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Phil Laprairie, manager of Arpi’s residential division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 34 years. He raises funds for various organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and enjoys spending quality time with his two grandchildren...

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Stop the Sneeze! Allergy TipsCalgary has a lengthy allergy season that starts in the spring, during which an abundance of allergens, the substances that set off allergies, are generated by grass, flower and tree pollen. You can't do much to keep the pollen from wafting around in the air, but you can take steps to control allergens in your home.

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Spring Cleaning for Your HVAC SystemHVAC spring cleaning might seem like a strange idea at first. However, once you start considering how much of your home's air flows through your HVAC system, you'll see why cleaning it out is important. HVAC spring cleaning not only helps you get rid of the dust and allergens that can accumulate in your ducts, it also helps extend the life of your entire system.

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Xeriscaping is a Low-Maintenance Way to Landscape Around Your A/CThe landscaping around your A/C's outdoor condenser makes a difference in how efficiently it runs and one of the best styles to use is xeriscaping. Greek for "dry," a xeriscape combines low-water use plants with masonry or native rock materials to create an enticing landscape with little maintenance and water use.

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Landscaping
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Why You Should Buy the Whole System, Not Just the UnitA new HVAC system can help you keep your energy bills down even in the warmest Calgary summers. While it's tempting to try to save a little by upgrading only one part of the system, upgrading both will save you the most in the long run.

Optimal Efficiency and Performance

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Save Money and Conserve WaterIn Calgary's dry climate, fresh water is a particularly valuable natural resource. Taking some simple steps to conserve water protects this resource while also keeping your water bills down.

In the Kitchen and Bath

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Here’s How to Keep Your Home’s Basement from FloodingEven if your basement isn’t converted into a living space or utilized for important storage, basement flooding is still a big deal. Typically, main electrical panels, the water heater, furnace and washer/dryer are all installed in the basement and vulnerable to water damage.

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Tips to Help with Air Conditioner ShoppingAs with any major purchase, when you buy a new air conditioner for your home, research is essential as well as taking care to avoid making certain common mistakes. Consider the following when shopping for a new air conditioner.

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Discoloured Hot Water? Here’s What it MeansIf can be worrisome when you turn on a faucet and discoloured hot water comes out. You might automatically think a faulty water heater is to blame, but there are other potential causes and some are more serious than others.

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Never Again Forget to Change Your Air Filter"Out of sight, out of mind" is a saying that perfectly captures the situation with your forced-air heating and cooling system's air filter. This modest but essential piece of equipment performs its job hidden inside your furnace plenum or air conditioner air handler, and as a result, it easily forgotten.

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How Your HVAC Components Work TogetherIn most North American homes, the heating and cooling (HVAC) components are interconnected into one system. Some parts of that system are at work year round to provide comfortable and efficient heating and cooling. Learn how HVAC system components work together.

Heating

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