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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... more »

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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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HVAC systems are a big investment for most homeowners. If you want to make sure you get many years of comfort back as a return on your investment, it's important to follow a proper HVAC maintenance timeline.

In the Beginning: Buying Your HVAC System

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Even the most handy homeowners can find themselves frustrated by plumbing. Not only is there a lot to know, but there are a wide variety of materials to choose from when making repairs.

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Getting That Dust Problem Under ControlBattling a dust problem doesn’t have to be a never-ending chore when you know where it comes from and take steps to minimize and control it. Dust comes from people and pets, fabrics inside a home, and the outdoors.

Minimizing Dust with the HVAC System

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Air Conditioner: TroubleshootingAir conditioners are complex systems, and any problem more serious than the most basic should be diagnosed and addressed by a trained HVAC professional. However, as a homeowner, you can help by being aware of common problems that can reduce air conditioner efficiency, erode performance or cause the A/C to break down entirely.

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How to Know That an HVAC Company is ReputableIf you do a quick search for "HVAC companies" in your computer browser, you'll quickly realize that you've got plenty of choices. But how do you know which ones will provide professional and reliable service or installation at a reasonable price?

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Decode HVAC Air FiltersWhen shopping for an HVAC air filter, do you understand what the numbers and acronyms on the packaging stand for? Not all rating systems are the same on all filters, so it may be difficult to figure out what they mean. Here's a primer to help you decipher.

What the Rankings Mean

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Air Filters
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Keep Your Home Free From MouldWe've all seen substances in our homes occasionally that we believe to be mould. Sometimes, it may even be black, and though we've heard dire warnings about black mould, the only way to know if what you're seeing is the dangerous kind is to have it tested.

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