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Damien McCusker, Manager of Arpi's residential service division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 16 years and has hands-on experience in new home installations, furnace and air conditioner replacements, sales and residential service. He spends most of his spare time being an UBER driver, driving his kids to soccer practice and games.

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Phil Laprairie

HVAC systems are a big investment for most homeowners. If you want to make sure you get many years of comfort back as a return on your investment, it's important to follow a proper HVAC maintenance timeline.

In the Beginning: Buying Your HVAC System

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Phil Laprairie

Even the most handy homeowners can find themselves frustrated by plumbing. Not only is there a lot to know, but there are a wide variety of materials to choose from when making repairs.

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Plumbing
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Getting That Dust Problem Under ControlBattling a dust problem doesn’t have to be a never-ending chore when you know where it comes from and take steps to minimize and control it. Dust comes from people and pets, fabrics inside a home, and the outdoors.

Minimizing Dust with the HVAC System

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Phil Laprairie

Air Conditioner: TroubleshootingAir conditioners are complex systems, and any problem more serious than the most basic should be diagnosed and addressed by a trained HVAC professional. However, as a homeowner, you can help by being aware of common problems that can reduce air conditioner efficiency, erode performance or cause the A/C to break down entirely.

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Air Conditioning
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How to Know That an HVAC Company is ReputableIf you do a quick search for "HVAC companies" in your computer browser, you'll quickly realize that you've got plenty of choices. But how do you know which ones will provide professional and reliable service or installation at a reasonable price?

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Air Conditioning
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Decode HVAC Air FiltersWhen shopping for an HVAC air filter, do you understand what the numbers and acronyms on the packaging stand for? Not all rating systems are the same on all filters, so it may be difficult to figure out what they mean. Here's a primer to help you decipher.

What the Rankings Mean

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Air Filters
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Phil Laprairie

Keep Your Home Free From MouldWe've all seen substances in our homes occasionally that we believe to be mould. Sometimes, it may even be black, and though we've heard dire warnings about black mould, the only way to know if what you're seeing is the dangerous kind is to have it tested.

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Mold
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Repair vs. Replace: Start the ConversationHVAC systems are expensive, so no one looks forward to having to replace them. When something goes wrong, you may be tempted to just keep repairing the system piece by piece, rather than replacing everything at once. But if you're debating the issue of repair vs. replace, ask yourself the following questions before you decide.

1. Is the system breaking down frequently?

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Phil Laprairie

How to Know if Your Thermostat is Reading the Right TemperatureIt's a warm summer day in Calgary. The house feels like it's around 30 degrees. So why does the thermostat say it's only 20 degrees? If your thermostat temperature is incorrect, then your HVAC system can't cool your home properly. How can you know if it's reading correctly, and what can you do about it?

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Thermostats
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Plumbing 101: Cloudy Tap WaterWhat's going on when the water from your tap comes out cloudy? Also described as "milky" or "murky," cloudy tap water can be unnerving if you don't know the reason for it.

Most frequently the cloudiness is caused by tiny air bubbles. Usually once the bubbles rise up and dissipate, the water should clear. If it doesn't, you may have a problem that bears looking into.

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