About Damien

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

When Does Adding a Zoning System Make Sense?If you're having trouble balancing your home's HVAC system to evenly heat or cool your home, consider adding a zoning system. The system consists of multiple thermostats connected through a zone control panel to dampers that control the airflow in your ductwork.

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Phil Laprairie

Tight Ductwork: No. 1 Tactic for Preventing Heat LossOne of the most overlooked ways to make your HVAC system more efficient is to have tight ductwork.

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Ductwork
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Phil Laprairie

Annual preventive maintenance of your furnace by a qualified HVAC professional will prolong its life and ensure safe and efficient operation. The best time to have your furnace tuned up is in early autumn, before the heating season is in full swing.

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Furnaces
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Phil Laprairie

You’ve probably heard that you should replace the air filter in your furnace every month. The reason is simple: Your furnace filter removes particles such as dust, mold, pollen, viruses and bacteria from the air in your home and prevents them from damaging your system’s fan and heating coils.

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Furnaces
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The efficiency rating of your furnace replacement will have a significant effect on both indoor comfort and the amount of money you spend to keep your home warm. When selecting a new furnace, pay careful attention to the unit’s AFUE rating to make sure you get the most efficient furnace possible.

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Furnaces
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How Reducing Heat Gain Through Window Treatment Options Saves Energy And Increases ComfortThe challenge of maintaining a consistent and comfortable level of cooling in your home during the summer can be made more difficult by heat gain through your windows.

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Why HVAC Warranties Are A Must-Have With Any PurchaseWhen you’re purchasing a new air conditioner, furnace or boiler, several key considerations are paramount. Not only will the efficiency rating and features of your new equipment dictate the return on your investment, but any HVAC warranties that you purchase will also help to maximize your selection.

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Phil Laprairie

HEPA Filtration: Use It To Boost Indoor Air QualityThere are multiple ways to improve the quality of the air inside your home. High-efficiency particulate arresting (HEPA) filtration offers significant benefits over upgrading your HVAC system’s air filter efficiency. With precise control and a high efficiency, HEPA filtration deserves a second look.

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Air Filters
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It’s fairly easy to assess the electricity consumption of your home using a smart meter, but what can you do to find out exactly how much electricity your air conditioning and furnace consume? Calculating heating degree days (HDD) and cooling degree days (CDD) shows the fuel consumption of each piece of equipment to determine efficiency performance. Once you know that, you can better evaluate how much energy savings you’ll recoup from upgrading.

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Air Conditioning
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Insulation plays a bigger role than most homeowners know. It has a twofold purpose: Depending on the season, it keeps the hot or cold air outside from penetrating into the home, while it keeps hot or cold air inside the home from escaping. It also helps the efficiency of your HVAC systems by decreasing the home’s energy load.

There are a few signs to watch for that indicate you might have a problem with insulation:

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