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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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Thermostats

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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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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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Why Your Thermostat Isn't Keeping Its ScheduleProgrammable thermostats are well known for their money-saving features that improve heating and cooling efficiency while also reducing monthly costs for indoor comfort.

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How to Know if Your Thermostat is Reading the Right TemperatureIt's a warm summer day in Calgary. The house feels like it's around 30 degrees. So why does the thermostat say it's only 20 degrees? If your thermostat temperature is incorrect, then your HVAC system can't cool your home properly. How can you know if it's reading correctly, and what can you do about it?

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On or Auto: The Battle of the Thermostat SettingsWith the Calgary summer approaching, you'll want to have your A/C on to keep your home cool. But when you adjust your thermostat, "on" isn't the only option – you can also set your thermostat setting to "auto". What's the difference? And which one should you use? The answer is that you can use either one – so long as you know what you're using it for.

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How Does a Wi-Fi Thermostat Work?If you're ready to upgrade your home's thermostat, you'll be tempted to purchase a Wi-Fi thermostat. Also called "smart" thermostats, Wi-Fi thermostats take the regulation of household temperature to a new level.

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If you haven't gotten around to changing the settings on your programmable thermostat for cold weather energy savings, the sooner the better. A programmable thermostat can't save you money unless you have it set for the particular season.

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Fan On or Auto? Learn Which Setting Is Best for Your ThermostatHave you ever wondered which thermostat fan setting is best: "on" or "auto"?

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How to Use That Programmable Thermostat to Your AdvantageA programmable thermostat is a valuable tool that can cut your energy bills and improve your comfort levels at the same time. Just like any tool, the more you know about operating it, the better the results will be. 

Types of Programmable Thermostats

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Get More Out of Your Programmable Thermostat This WinterThere's no denying that a cold Calgary winter is just around the corner. We don't know how brutal it may be this year, but preparing your home now can help keep your family comfortable this winter. Does your home have a programmable thermostat? This simple device offers an easy way to keep your home warm and save money on your heating bills.

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