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Your First Steps in Thermostat Troubleshooting

Posted by Gregg on Aug 25, 2016 9:06:34 AM

Have you ever gone to change your thermostat setting and it just doesn’t seem to respond? That can be a nightmare when you are looking for cooling on a humid day or some heat on a frigid one! Maybe it seems to run, but you can’t feel any cool or warm air coming from the vents. Maybe it doesn’t even turn on. Here are some of the first things to check if you need to do some thermostat troubleshooting.

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Topics: System Maintenance

Here are the Factors in Your HVAC Installation Cost

Posted by Gregg on Aug 23, 2016 10:51:34 AM

Whether you are building a new home or in the market to replace an existing HVAC system, it’s always good to go into the process armed with the knowledge of installation costs and other features. We have advice from our resident HVAC expert, Keith Hill, manager of technical support at Minnesota Air, to help you learn about all the factors that can influence your HVAC installation cost.

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Topics: HVAC

Heat Pump vs. AC: What's Best For Me?

Posted by Gregg on Aug 18, 2016 9:43:22 AM

When it comes to staying cool during a Minnesota summer, the default device that many think of to keep them comfortable is an air conditioner. The next appliance that may come to mind is a heat pump. Although not as popular in our state, a heat pump can provide not only cool air in the summer, but heat in the winter too. Let’s look at a comparison of heat pump vs. AC to find what’s best for you!

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

How To Check Your Home Humidity Levels

Posted by Gregg on Aug 16, 2016 1:35:09 PM

Have you ever gone down into a basement and it smells like a wet dog? How about walking down a creaky hallway, trying not to wake family members in your house? Both are signs of a humidity problem in a home and should be remedied for maximum comfort – and, in some cases, safety. Here’s how you can check your home humidity levels. 

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Topics: Air quality

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Posted by Gregg on Aug 11, 2016 11:37:05 AM

You may have heard of people using heat pumps in their homes as an energy efficient alternative (or supplement) to furnaces and air conditioners. Despite the name, a heat pump can both cool and heat a home and they are great for those with moderate heating and cooling needs. So how does a heat pump work?

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

How to Pick the Perfect Thermostat Temperature

Posted by Gregg on Aug 9, 2016 9:08:22 PM

As we play the game of “hot and cold” at the end of the summer – where the temperature can swing from 90 degrees and steamy to mild and 70s – you may be wondering where to set your thermostat. In autumn, it can still be pretty warm, but the humidity usually drops down once school is in session. Do you still need the AC on or can you get by using fans and open windows? It really all comes down to personal preference, but here are some things to know about picking the perfect thermostat temperature.

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Topics: The Côr Thermostat

Everything You Need to Know About Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

Posted by Gregg on Aug 4, 2016 1:01:58 PM

The popularity of alternative energy and using it in our homes is growing every day. If you or someone you know is interested in learning about harnessing the power of geothermal heat pumps, then you’ve found the right place to get started on your geothermal journey and get some expert advice too.

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Topics: Geothermal

A Quick Guide To Optimal Air Conditioner Clearance

Posted by Gregg on Aug 2, 2016 1:28:12 PM

If you’ve had an HVAC technician come to your home to give your air conditioner and furnace a maintenance check, you’ll know that they look at the system inside and outside the home. If you haven’t had a pro out to perform maintenance yet, there is no time better than the present, especially if you want to keep your AC running smoothly for the rest of the summer. One of the easy items you can check in the meantime is the clearance around your air conditioning unit. After all, your AC relies on the magic of airflow, so you need optimal air conditioner clearance to keep it working well.

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Topics: HVAC

Advantages And Disadvantages Of A Ductless HVAC System

Posted by Kelly on Jul 28, 2016 2:21:28 PM

Keeping the great outdoors outside is the reason HVAC systems were invented. We expect comfort indoors throughout the year and that’s why HVAC systems have a long history of innovation. The most common type of HVAC system in Minnesota uses a series of ductwork, vents, and grilles to bring comfort to the home, but what if a space doesn’t have vents and ducts? What if you added on an addition to your home or converted a porch or garage to be used all year? For that, many turn to ductless systems. Let’s look at the pros and cons of going ductless! 

The Pros 

They’re Space Savers

Ductless systems can go in many different places and can fit in areas that ducts can’t fit. They are a space-saving solution that can provide comfort in homes that just don’t have the real estate for bulky vents and ducts but that need the extra cooling and warmth just like other places in your home. 

Cost Effective

In addition to being great space problem solvers, they are also cost effective. If you have an addition or three-season porch you are converting to a four-season room, it may be too expensive to upgrade your entire central HVAC system. Ductless provides easy install and less mess and renovation.

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Topics: HVAC

What To Do When Your Air Conditioner Is Leaking

Posted by Kelly on Jul 26, 2016 11:34:04 AM

In the past, we’ve talked about how you can tell your air conditioner is leaking and the different signs that indicate you’ve got a refrigerant drip. Now, we want to let you know even more about what to do if your AC is leaking – it’s not always as easy as a DIY fix!

If you are a homeowner and you notice that your air conditioner is freezing up – then that’s a good indication that you’ve sprung a refrigerant leak. You may also notice a wet, oily stain – that’s likely the point of the leak, because the refrigerant circulates with a lubricating oil and can create that wet, oily puddle. 

So, what steps should a homeowner do next? Can you fix it yourself or do you need to call in a pro? Our resident expert, Keith Hill, technical support manager at Minnesota Air, says when it comes to AC leaks – they always require a pro.

So, as a homeowner, that should be your first and only step when dealing with a leak – call a pro. Here are three reasons why. 

It’s The Law 

Keith says the first reason an AC leak requires a professional is that federal law requires it.

“It requires special tools and special skills to repair the leak and recharge the unit – and it may be dangerous,” he says. “The passage of the Clean Air Act in 1973, which was meant to reduce the amount of ozone-depleting chemicals into the atmosphere, led to a federal law that requires only EPA certified technicians are allowed to install or repair appliances with refrigerant in them.” 

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Topics: Cooling