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The Do's and Don'ts of Thermostat Placement for Your Home

Posted by Keith Hill on Feb 21, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Your thermostat is a key component of your heating and cooling system. Without it, your furnace wouldn’t know when to heat your home or your air conditioner to cool it.

Your thermostat reads the air temperature in the surrounding area and compares it to the target temperature you’ve set for your home. When those don’t match, the thermostat sends a signal to your furnace or AC to adjust the temperature accordingly.

Getting an accurate reading is critical to keeping your home at the comfort level you need and where you place your thermostat determines how accurate that reading is. Here are some tips for where to and not to place your home’s thermostat for best performance and comfort.

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Topics: Thermostats

Smart Vents vs. Zone Heating: What's the Difference?

Posted by Keith Hill on Feb 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

With all the modern options available for your heating and cooling system, it can be a challenge to keep them all straight. A common question from homeowners is "What is the difference between using smart vents and zone heating and cooling?" Both are options to optimize the efficiency of your HVAC system and provide optimal comfort for you and your family. But they do so in different ways and have different advantages and disadvantages. This article will help you determine which one may be right for your home.

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4 Common Furnace Problems and What They'll Cost to Repair

Posted by Keith Hill on Feb 7, 2018 9:15:42 AM

Maintaining home appliances is an inevitable part of every homeowner’s life. And nowhere is that more important than keeping your heating and cooling system in good repair. Of course, there will come a day when something will need replacement or repair. To stay ahead of the game, here are some of the more common problems you’re likely to encounter—and some tips on what you can do to troubleshoot or prevent problems before they start.

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Should I Be Closing Vents to Warm Up Other Rooms in My House?

Posted by Keith Hill on Jan 31, 2018 10:45:00 AM

The upstairs is too warm, the downstairs is too cool, and the basement is flat-out cold! Sometimes it can feel like a constant effort to keep home temperatures balanced. That’s when homeowners think that closing vents to redirect airflow can help. But that’s not really a good idea. Here’s why.

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Topics: Heating, Zone Heating and Cooling

7 Things to Check Before Firing-Up Your Gas Fireplace for the Season

Posted by Gregg on Oct 2, 2017 11:55:58 AM

There are few things more welcome than a warm, inviting fire in the middle of a Minnesota winter. So now is the time to take a look at your gas fireplace and make sure it’s ready for the season ahead. While gas fireplaces typically require less maintenance than wood-burning ones, they still should be inspected and serviced at least once a year. Here’s a checklist for making sure your fireplace is in safe working order for the winter months ahead:

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Topics: Heating

Winter Preparation: What You Need to Know About Home Insulation

Posted by Gregg on Sep 26, 2017 9:27:08 AM

As winter approaches, it just makes sense to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. That’s especially true if you’ve experienced drafting issues in the past. Fall is a really good time to make sure your home's insulation is adequate for the bitter cold, especially if you're hoping to get a second opinion from a professional. It’s a slower time for the pros and you’ll find it easier to book an appointment now, rather than later in the season. Here’s some information on home insulation to help get you started.

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Topics: Home Maintenance, Heating, Inspections

Homeowner Tips: How to Winterize Your 3 Season Porch

Posted by Gregg on Sep 21, 2017 1:50:46 PM

Minnesotans love their porches and sun rooms, so they're certainly missed in the cooler months as temperatures begin to plummet during late fall and winter. Not to mention they’re a common source of heat loss from our homes. So winterizing your three-season porch is a good idea as cold weather approaches. How far you take that process depends on your goals for using that room. Here are some ideas for what will work best to winterize your 3 season porch.

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Topics: Home Maintenance, Heating, Zone Heating and Cooling

9 Long-Term Benefits of Switching to an Energy Efficient Furnace

Posted by Gregg on Sep 19, 2017 9:48:41 AM

Buying a new furnace is a major investment and it’s a decision you’ll live with for years to come. So, it pays to consider all your options. And there are a lot of them, with a correspondingly wide range of pricing options.

Not surprisingly, the higher efficiency units fall into the higher-end price range. But before you exclude those options based on upfront costs, take a look at what your long-term gains might be with a higher-end system.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

Furnace Motor Diagnostics: 4 Ways to Prepare for The Cold Months Ahead

Posted by Gregg on Sep 14, 2017 10:12:07 AM

Winter is on its way — you can almost feel it in the fall air. It’s the time that Minnesotans start thinking about the cold months ahead and begin making sure they’re ready for a comfortable, maintenance-free heating season. Planning ahead should include an annual inspection — always a good idea to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.

But beyond a general check-up, there are some more in-depth diagnostics to consider. And one really important one is the condition of your furnace motor. No one wants to get caught with a failed motor — or one that is working at sub-par efficiency — in the middle of a Minnesota winter.

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Topics: System Maintenance, HVAC

How Can I Trust Furnace Reviews? What To Ask Before Investing.

Posted by Gregg on Sep 12, 2017 11:01:54 AM

Customer reviews have become a mainstay of the Internet, and for the most part, they’re usually pretty helpful. Reviews are really helpful when you're looking at a restaurant or even thinking about buying a new digital camera or laptop computer. But what about when it comes to bigger decisions, the kind you'll have to live with for the next 10, 20, or more years? Decisions like your next furnace? When the stakes are that high, you’ll want to make sure you're looking at reliable information in the furnace reviews you check out.

All reviews are not created equal, so here are some tips to make sure you can trust what you find online.

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