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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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By the time Father's Day rolls around, the weather has usually warmed enough to remind your dad that keeping cool is important in this climate. These gift ideas might help you find something he will appreciate throughout the summer and winter, too.

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In today's competitive real estate market, most offers to purchase include an inspection clause so buyers can check the condition of the home's structure and various systems. Increasing numbers of buyers are also having in-depth inspections performed on key systems like the HVAC. This makes it essential to take the following steps with your HVAC system if selling a home is in your plans:

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Home additions are certainly an incredible prospect for any homeowner. You get to choose your own layout, design all the details, and really make the new area your own, often in ways that were never fully realized when you first purchased your home. Upgrading your HVAC system to provide ample heating and cooling is one prospect that you definitely don't want to skimp on, so we've compiled a bit of advice to get you ahead of the game.

System Extension

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Whether you’re buying a home in a neighborhood with a HOA (homeowner’s association), or live in one already, there may be HVAC requirements that could affect your home’s heating and cooling system. While the heating system is normally contained within each residential unit, issues do come up.

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Architects collaborate with HVAC engineers on HVAC placement as they design the mechanical systems for homes. It matters because its location does make a difference in its energy efficiency and safety.

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Your HVAC system is designed tough -- particularly the outdoor unit of the air conditioner. And though we don't usually have to worry about hurricanes or tornadoes doing damage to the condenser in our part of Canada, other weather issues can create problems -- particularly rain. Read on about rain effects on HVAC equipment.

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An HVAC technician uses an array of tools to perform maintenance and repairs or install new equipment. Many tools are also used by other trades, such as a reciprocating saw, tube cutter, ladder, wire stripper and level, and various types of pliers, snips, screwdrivers and wrenches. Other more specialized HVAC tools are used too, depending on the specific work being performed. Some of the top tools of the HVAC trade include:

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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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Repair vs. Replace: Start the ConversationHVAC systems are expensive, so no one looks forward to having to replace them. When something goes wrong, you may be tempted to just keep repairing the system piece by piece, rather than replacing everything at once. But if you're debating the issue of repair vs. replace, ask yourself the following questions before you decide.

1. Is the system breaking down frequently?

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Protecting Your HVAC System During a Home RemodelWhen planning a home remodeling project, you'd be wise to sit down and take stock of how the work will affect other areas of your home. One of the most significant areas of concern is your HVAC system. Take measures to protect your air conditioner, furnace and ventilation system from dust, dirt and debris during remodeling.

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