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Phil Laprairie

Here's What to Know About the Parts of Your FurnaceCalgary gets mighty cold in the winter, and your furnace is your first defense against frigid weather. While the furnace doesn't have many moving parts, it's a complex machine, and understanding how your system works can help you troubleshoot problems and effectively communicate with an HVAC technician should something go wrong.

The Thermostat

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Preventing Frozen Pipe BurstsSnow storms and freezing temperatures mean it's time to take stock of your plumbing pipes, if you haven't already. Some of your plumbing may well be vulnerable to freezing and possible pipe bursts. Here's some helpful information on what to do before temperatures plunge again.

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Phil Laprairie

Shopping for a New Toilet? Use These TipsPurchasing a new toilet shouldn't be a stressful endeavor, but the truth is, there are a lot of different models to choose from these days. To help you find the best one for your needs, here are a few tips:

Research Before You Buy

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Phil Laprairie

If you deal with the Calgary winter by using a space heater in a chilly room, be sure you practice the utmost caution when it’s running. While they’re convenient and inexpensive to buy, they have an unfortunate downside when it comes to safety.

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To Save Money and Sleep Better, Try Lowering Your Home's TemperatureEven people who find little to like about long winters have a few good reasons to celebrate: lowering the temperature at night will improve sleep and save energy at the same time. Researchers have found that cool temperatures foster sound and beneficial sleep, which promotes good health and well-being.

Ideal Temperatures

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Phil Laprairie

Heating your Calgary home accounts for a large portion of your energy bill, and taking steps to reduce your heating costs can leave you more money for the little pleasures in life.

A leaky home envelope allows cold air from outside to infiltrate your home, reducing your comfort and taxing your HVAC system as it works overtime to compensate for lost air. Sealing these air leaks has far-reaching benefits:

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Phil Laprairie

HVAC Heating Season LingoThe more you know about the basics of your home's heating system, the better equipped you'll be to plan proper maintenance and troubleshooting of the equipment during the heating season. Knowledge of key HVAC terms also will enable you to save energy while heating your home. Following are some important terms to know this heating season:

Energy efficiency/AFUE

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How Can a Humidifier Help During Winter?Indoor air quality often slides in the winter because of the lack of humidity, caused by cold temperatures outdoors and heating the air inside. In many cases, the damage to your home and discomfort low humidity causes is easy to remedy with a humidifier.

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ECM or PSC Furnace Motor Replacement?A furnace motor replacement may be a necessary but unwelcome expense, but it can also be an opportunity to increase the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. PSC (permanent split capacitor) motors have been the standard for decades.

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Phil Laprairie

Lower Energy Bills: A Nice Gift to Yourself This SeasonWith winter and the holidays here, you're probably looking for ways to save money, including with lower energy bills. You're in luck since most households have a huge potential for greater efficiency when it comes to heating and other energy draws. Try some of the following energy-saving tips this holiday season:

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