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Damien McCusker

When your heating or cooling system stops working, you may be tempted to try to fix it yourself to save time and money. Unless you are a qualified HVAC professional, however, you should resist this temptation. Here are some of the reasons why DIY HVAC repairs can be a bad idea.

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Home Safety
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Damien McCusker

Your heating bills are a reflection of the weather, furnace efficiency and how well your home resists temperature change. While you can’t do much about the weather, you can make a difference in furnace performance and home energy efficiency.

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Furnaces
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Damien McCusker

When it's winter in snow country, we need to be prepared for a power outage. The power can go out for a number of reasons: ice or wind may take down power lines, or above-average power usage during extreme temperatures may affect how much power can be delivered to large numbers of homes.

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Home Safety
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Damien McCusker

With the furnace operating nearly 24/7 this time of year, many homeowners are prone to taking their heating system for granted, especially if they scheduled preseason maintenance on the furnace before the weather turned cold in the fall. Yet, there's one furnace maintenance task that you won't want to skimp on this winter – change your air filter regularly.

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Air Filters
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Damien McCusker

Up here in Calgary we have to take HVAC maintenance seriously.

Even in a mild winter, an arctic cold front or a blizzard can blow in, making temperatures plummet, icing power lines and downing trees. There's also the possibility your heating system can fail just when you need it most. That's why it pays to stay on top of things.

Along with your other post-holiday chores, don't neglect the HVAC maintenance. Here are some of the most important things to do.

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Damien McCusker

When the new year comes, it’s a chance to reevaluate what you’re doing to improve your life. New Year’s resolutions are made to get fit, lose weight, and do more of what’s valuable. While you’re making resolutions for yourself this year, take time to make some HVAC resolutions as well. They can keep you more comfortable, improve the function of your heating and cooling systems, and save you money throughout the year.

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HVAC
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hvac system
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Damien McCusker

The wisdom of reusing and recycling doesn’t extend to your carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors. Both of these have limited lifetimes, and like bicycle helmets and child car seats involved in accidents, it’s better to replace detectors than risk failure.

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Home Safety
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Damien McCusker

Troubleshooting vents for the home heating system is a common issue during winter months. If you’ve upgraded to a newer, high-efficiency furnace, you probably have a sidewall-vented unit instead of the roof vent that older furnaces utilized.

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Ventilation
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Damien McCusker

If you're like most homeowners, you know that contaminants can collect in your home's ductwork over time, and that it needs to be cleaned out periodically to keep your HVAC system functioning properly. When you decide to have your ducts cleaned, it's vital to be aware that there are scam artists out there who offer special “deals” that can cost you too much for cleaning that's not even effective. Here are some warning signs of a duct cleaning scam:

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Duct Cleaning

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