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Phil Laprairie, manager of Arpi’s residential division, has been working in the HVAC industry for 34 years. He raises funds for various organizations including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and enjoys spending quality time with his two grandchildren...

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With energy costs sure to rise in coming years, energy efficiency has become a prime consideration for homeowners looking to replace their home's central air conditioning system. Luckily, air conditioner ratings are available that show how well a particular cooling system converts electricity into cooling.

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Do you know as much about your water shutoff valves as you might need to know in a plumbing emergency? Knowing where the valves are located and what they do could help prevent water damage in your home. Here's a basic primer to familiarize you with shutoff valves.

Main Water Shutoff Valve

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Most homeowners don't think about water leaks when it comes to their air conditioner. After all, it's an air system. Why would it be leaking water? What may surprise some homeowners is that every A/C has a condensate drain that has one job — trapping and funneling water away from your air conditioning system.

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It seems like everywhere you turn these days you hear about some new "smart" technology. Now, even HVAC systems have entered the realm of smart operation. Following is a rundown on what you can expect if you're upgrading to a smart HVAC system.

What a Smart HVAC System Can Do

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When you think about it, one thermostat to control the air conditioning and heating for the entire home isn't really that efficient. After all, your home's rooms differ in their needs for heating and cooling, depending on size, how many windows there are, window size, the home's orientation to the sun and other factors.

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When it's time to pack your kids off to school, it's also time to recognize that the seasons are changing. As fall approaches, make an effort to ensure that your home HVAC system is prepared to keep you warm through the colder months. Here are some tips to keep you cozy:

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Many people have the wrong idea about ceiling fans.

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Energy Efficiency
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Purchasing new appliances for your home gives you the opportunity to install the most energy-efficient equipment possible. Products with high efficiency can save you significant amounts of money over time through lower monthly operating costs. As you look, check for the Canadian EnerGuide label.

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If you're planning to hire an HVAC contractor for your Calgary or Alberta home, you need to know that the company you are hiring is going to deliver quality service. While many HVAC companies can claim that they have exceptional technicians, you need actual proof of the quality of the contractor.

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The long hours of intense sunshine in Calgary increase cooling costs, but you can lessen some of that heat gain by using solar shades. These shades block some of the heat solar radiation creates when it strikes surfaces.

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Energy Saving Tips

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