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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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Summertime brings a slower pace and a welcome vacation; however, that doesn’t mean you have to give energy savings a break. Here are Arpi’s tips for energy savings through the dog days of summer.

Tips that require effort, and add up to some savings:

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Crawlspace problems often lead to energy loss and impact your home’s comfort levels if they aren’t properly insulated. However, before you can address insulation, you have to consider ventilation, as vented and unvented crawlspaces require different responses.

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Most homeowners probably think that an efficient attic is one that has sufficient insulation. However, insulation is only half the battle; air sealing is the other. There are many potential areas in an attic for air leaks to occur due to the connections between the walls and the ceiling, framing, soffits and chimney, just to name a few.

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There are some home projects that lend themselves to do-it-yourself (DIY) mode; however, other jobs are better left to the professionals—especially when significant safety hazards exist. DIY refrigerant-replacement jobs are not recommended because of the severity of the safety risks and the nature of the refrigerant’s makeup and its flammability. Don’t take this project on–no matter what you hear in the media.

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There’s a lot of talk about energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. Consumers tend to think that as long as they have a high-efficiency heating system, they’ll get the best energy use possible. While that’s true to a point, there are other factors that impact efficiency. Ductwork design and installation are two of the most significant contributors to efficiency that can make or break utility bills.

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Wondering how you can increase the efficiency of your air conditioning system this summer without sacrificing comfort? Ceiling fans do just that.

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There is a multitude of HVAC contractors in almost every city, including Calgary. Not every contractor is the same, however. What is it that sets one apart from the others? Expertise, of course, and experience. But just how is a consumer supposed to gauge the quality of a company? You can compare certain elements, such as a company’s referrals and the number of years they have been business; however, the associations that HVAC contractors belong to as well as awards they’ve received also reveals quality.

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Giving your heating and cooling equipment regular preventive maintenance is important, but how do you know that your systems are getting the right kind of attention ? How can you tell if a contractor does a thorough inspection? Arpi’s offers this checklist so that you can make sure that all of the critical components of your systems are examined.

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If you plan on upgrading your air conditioning system in the near future, you’ll want to have your contractor size the unit beforehand. Sizing creates a picture of the type of system you need and the capacity it should have in order to comfortably cool your home.

Air conditioning systems are often undersized or oversized, both of which create problems. When a system is undersized, it doesn’t have enough power to adequately cool the air in your home. An oversized system can lead to increased energy costs, failure of the system’s parts and excessive noise.

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Homeowners looking for increased energy savings do well to explore the benefits of high-efficiency air conditioners. Efficiency is expressed through the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. Canada has set a minimum SEER 13 rating for central air conditioning systems between 65,000 and 240,000 Btu/h (British Thermal Units per hour). A SEER rating is impacted by the design of its components within the system itself. You’ll want to look for these advanced features:

Compressors

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