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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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Don’t Put These Things Down the Drain!Some people are eternal optimists. They think they can toss anything down the kitchen or bathroom drain and not face any consequences. Eventually, they learn the error of their ways when the sink backs up and they have to mortgage the ranch to hire a plumber. The fact is, garbage disposals have their limits, and some of the material that washes past the disposal will clog your pipes.

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Use These Helpful Plumbing Tips for New HomeownersWhen you own your home, the responsibility for keeping the plumbing running smoothly is on your shoulders. By following a few simple plumbing tips, you can make that job a lot easier.

Keep Up on Maintenance

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Control Pollutants in Your HouseholdIf you're concerned about air pollution and seek refuge inside your home from dirty air, we have some troubling news. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that indoor air is likely to be two to five times dirtier than outdoor air. This is a significant public health threat that also can erode quality of life.

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Things to Know About Return Air DuctsThe ductwork in your residential forced-air HVAC system is the network of pipes through which heated or cooled air travels. In addition to the supply ducts that provide the conditioned air, there is also a system of return air ducts that bring expended air back to your HVAC system.

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How to Respond to a Pushy HVAC SalespersonFace it: you'll never deal with buying a more expensive item for your house than an HVAC system, or anything that will make such a big difference for your household in long-term costs and comfort. That's why it's essential to work with a company whom you can trust.

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Get the Answers to Your FAQs About HVAC SystemsIt's not hard for a typical homeowner to get intimidated about his or her home's heating and cooling system. This is complex machinery, and learning how to use it efficiently and effectively requires more know-how than just adjusting the thermostat. That being the case, following are some answers to basic questions about a typical residential HVAC system.

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Prepare Your HVAC System to Spring ForwardSpringtime is almost here and with it comes the return of Daylight Saving Time. As you prepare to “spring forward,” now is a good time to think about how to prepare your HVAC system for warmer temperatures. Here are a few tips you can use to spring forward and get your HVAC system ready for the spring and summer:

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How to Know if You Need a New Water HeaterWill you know you need a new water heater before your existing water heater completely fails? Water heaters tend to be the most frequently replaced large appliance in a household, lasting on average about 10 years.

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How Does a Wi-Fi Thermostat Work?If you're ready to upgrade your home's thermostat, you'll be tempted to purchase a Wi-Fi thermostat. Also called "smart" thermostats, Wi-Fi thermostats take the regulation of household temperature to a new level.

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Think You Might Have a Gas Leak? Here’s What You Should DoAny home with combustion-powered appliances is at risk for a gas leak. Fortunately, there are many signs that gas is leaking, so learn to spot them and know when to take action. Following are some tips for detecting and dealing with gas leaks.

Why Gas Leaks Are Dangerous

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