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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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Damien McCusker

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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Damien McCusker

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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Damien McCusker

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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HVAC
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Damien McCusker

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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Home 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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HVAC
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Damien McCusker

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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Duct Cleaning
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Damien McCusker

The arrival of fall means that Thanksgiving and the holiday party season are right around the corner. Whether you'll be hosting an annual family get-together or multiple parties this season, it's vital to make sure that your home's plumbing system is in top condition. Here are some plumbing considerations to tackle while your festivities are still in the planning stage:

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Plumbing
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Damien McCusker

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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HVAC
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Damien McCusker

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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Damien McCusker

Fall and winter vacations are a bit tricky when it comes to thermostat settings. You don't want to waste energy if the house is vacant, but then again you don't want to come back to burst pipes and frozen plants. So what are the best thermostat settings for your furnace or other type of heating system while you're away?

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Thermostats

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