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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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Schedule an Annual Checkup

An HVAC technician should be called to your home for an annual checkup of your equipment at least once per year. This will keep the system running smoothly and prolong its operational lifespan. If you haven't done so this year, now's the time to get it done.

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Geothermal systems can give Calgary homeowners a more energy-efficient way to keep their homes warm or cool instead of using a furnace or central air conditioner. However, these systems aren’t necessarily the most suitable choice for everyone. Learn more about this type of system to help you determine if it might be a good option for your home.

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Forest Fire Smoke & Your Home HVAC System

Calgary Air Quality Warning

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Although they are built to last and are rugged equipment, it is possible that you have an overworked HVAC system. It could be nearing the end of its lifetime or being used in a way that makes it work harder than it needs to.

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Clogged dryer vents are the number 1 cause of home fires in Canada, with thousands of dryer vent fires reported every year. The fires are usually ignited by a spark setting lint trapped in the exhaust hose on fire. It's important to pay attention to signs there may be an obstruction, and to correct it right away.

Here's what you need to know about dryer ventilation:

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Home Safety
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When vacation time rolls around, most of us are in a quandary about what to do about our homes. Pets, plants, mail, deliveries and home systems may all require some attention.

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You've likely acquainted your children with various aspects of safety around your home. But what about HVAC safety? You might think that since most of the HVAC system is out of sight, it is of no concern when it comes to your kids' safety.

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Damien McCusker

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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All HVAC systems use thermostats to control their operation. While some use complicated electronics, chips and programming, they all work off the principle of thermal change. A bimetal thermostat uses a thin strip of brass bolted to an equally thin strip of iron. A gas-bellows thermostat operates on the same principle as a bimetal unit, but gas reacts more quickly to temperature changes.

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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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