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Why Spring is the Best Time to Call Your Air Conditioning Experts

Posted by Gregg on Apr 25, 2017 2:55:38 PM

It’s spring! Flowers are blooming, grass is growing, birds are chirping, and prices may never be lower on everything HVAC. Whether your current unit needs maintenance or you need a new unit altogether, spring is one of the best times to call your air conditioning experts. That’s because the HVAC industry tends to be slower in the spring, and deals are everywhere.

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Topics: air conditioning

Spring Allergies: Tips to Keep Allergy Triggers Out of Your Home

Posted by Steph Marsh on Apr 20, 2017 10:37:21 AM

Spring is officially here—what we’ve waited so patiently for through the snow, the ice, and the chilly temps. But for about one in four Americans, spring also means the return of spring allergies. Managing allergies can be a challenge, especially when enjoying the outdoors. But for many, the challenge doesn’t end outdoors. Allergens can be present indoors as well. The good news is that there are several things you can do to lessen the presence or effects of indoor allergens. Here are some tips for keeping allergens out of your home.

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Topics: air filters, Electronic Air Cleaners

Why You Shouldn't Use BTU Per Square Foot When Sizing Your HVAC System

Posted by Gregg on Apr 18, 2017 12:10:19 PM

At Stay Comfy we’re often asked about the correlation between a home’s size (square footage) and BTUs. In particular, we’re asked whether or not the home’s square footage should be used to determine the size of the HVAC system to install. Keith, our resident expert, says an emphatic NO! Here’s why he says not to use “BTU per square foot” as a way to determine the size of your HVAC system.

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Topics: HVAC

Why Spring is a Good Time for Your Annual Chimney Inspection

Posted by Gregg on Apr 13, 2017 10:31:00 AM

As the heating season winds down, it’s a perfect time to have your annual HVAC inspection and maintenance, including an annual chimney inspection. Chimney inspection? You may ask. Yes. It’s a good idea to have your chimney inspected annually and almost essential if you have a wood-burning fireplace. Here’s why:

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Topics: Inspections

SEER Rating: A Deep Dive into Cooling Efficiency

Posted by Steph Marsh on Apr 11, 2017 11:23:44 AM

Sometimes it’s hard to keep all the acronyms in the HVAC (there’s one right there!) world straight. There’s BTU, MERV, IAQ, BTUH, AFUE, ECM, HEPA, RH, and dozens more. So what’s this SEER rating all about? Well, SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and it’s the standard measurement of efficiency for air conditioning systems. Here’s more about SEER, how it works, and how it came to be today’s standard.

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Topics: SEER Rating, air conditioning

Why You Should Consider a Variable Speed HVAC System

Posted by Gregg on Apr 6, 2017 11:11:56 AM

You hear a lot these days about variable-speed heating and air conditioning and how that technology has improved HVAC systems in recent years. But what is all the excitement about? Here’s your crash course in variable-speed HVAC systems and what they can mean for your home heating and cooling needs.

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Topics: HVAC

Smart Thermostat Comparison: A Guide to Choosing the Best WiFi Thermostat

Posted by Gregg on Apr 4, 2017 8:28:45 AM

It seems like it was just yesterday when the new, new thing was smartphones. But today, we’re talking smart homes, and the technology has exploded. Technology can now connect and automate almost anything in and around our homes; lighting, security systems, home appliances, and, of course, WiFi, or smart, thermostats. But this new generation of thermostats can do a lot more than just adjust your home’s indoor temperature. Here are some of the features that you’ll want to consider when conducting a smart thermostat comparison.

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Topics: Cor Thermostat,, Wifi Thermostats

Why It's Important to Have Your Indoor Humidity Levels In-Check

Posted by Gregg on Mar 30, 2017 11:02:33 AM

We’re all familiar with the weather extremes in Minnesota and other parts of the upper Midwest: hot and humid in summer, cold and dry in winter. Both of those extremes can make it a real challenge to keep your indoor humidity levels under control, but doing just that is an important part of maintaining optimal indoor air quality. Here are some of the reasons why controlling your home’s humidity is so important, and ways to keep it in check.

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Topics: Air quality, humidity control

Try These Air Conditioner Repair Tips Before Calling a Professional

Posted by Gregg on Mar 28, 2017 2:37:00 PM

We’re finally into spring with summer not far behind, meaning it will soon be time to start up the air conditioners for the season. After several months of sitting idle, it’s a good idea to do an initial check of your air conditioner to make sure everything is in tip-top shape to avoid costly repairs. Here are some start-up steps to take, as well as some DIY tips to try, in the event your unit isn’t running quite as expected.

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Topics: Cooling

How Much Should an AC Installation Cost? Here's What to Consider

Posted by Gregg on Mar 23, 2017 8:03:53 AM

If you’re considering a new air conditioning unit, you’re no doubt wondering about the cost. As with many home-improvement projects, there’s no set answer to the question, “How much will an AC installation cost me?” That’s because there are so many factors that go into the final cost of a new AC unit. Here are the most common factors, and the ones you’ll want to consider when making your final investment.

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Topics: Cooling