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Damien McCusker, Manager of Arpi's residential service division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 18 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 sharing his passion for soccer with his kids and enjoys watching them at soccer practice and games.

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Damien McCusker

If you’ve picked up a new furnace filter that has an arrow stamped on its side, it’s good to know that it’s there to help you put the filter in correctly. Filters make a big difference in HVAC systems because they keep much of the dirt and dust out of the air handler or furnace compartment.

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Most of us think online reviews are a huge help in determining what we should buy, where we should visit/stay or what services we should hire. But how much confidence should we have in such reviews, particularly when it comes to expensive equipment such as our HVAC systems?

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The heating and cooling system in your home probably uses the most energy of any other appliance you have. You might be able to trim those costs by adopting different HVAC habits that don’t necessarily include changing the thermostat’s setting. Keeping the system clean and maintained, as well as using it wisely may be all you need to get more from it for less.

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When to Change the Batteries on Your ThermostatAs we move from one season to the next and continue to rely on a properly operational HVAC system, the importance of having a working thermotstat cannot be understated. Thermostat maintenance typically includes swapping out the batteries.

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Baby Room Humidity LevelsCongratulations! You've just had a new baby! You're always careful to make sure their bottle is just the right temperature and they're being fed and bathed properly. You attend to every little detail. But there are always a few details you might not think about, but which are still important to take care of. For instance - what's the ideal baby room humidity level?

Ideal Baby Room Conditions

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Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist for CalgariansIn our part of the world, fall can come early, necessitating turning on the heating system before we normally do.

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Barbecuing and How it Affects Indoor Air QualityGrilling is all the rage these days. Homeowners nationwide have awakened to the myriad possibilities of cooking on a grill, while enjoying the convenience of keeping the cooking odors and heat outdoors. But grilling has some hazards, whether you use charcoal or propane. Fires, burns and explosions do happen with grilling. But so does poisoning from carbon monoxide given off by the charcoal or propane.

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Variable Speed HVAC for Calgary HomesNumerous advances in technology have helped make HVAC systems more efficient without sacrificing comfort or performance. Variable-speed HVAC systems are one such innovation, providing homes with an efficient yet effective way of maintaining cooling comfort.

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Energy Efficiency
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When is the best time of day to run your A/C? The obvious answer is, "When it's hot." However, that's not the only factor in play. There's also your power bill to think of. Many energy companies employ what's known as time-variant pricing, in determining how much to charge you each month.

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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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