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How Do Hot Days Affect My AC Unit?

Posted by Kelly on May 28, 2015 2:47:00 PM

Does the Summer Heat Hurt My AC? 

It’s true that on hot days your air conditioner may work a little harder. You may hear it chugging along like the little engine that could once the first major summer heat wave rolls in.  Just like people, it could seem a bit sluggish on a 90-degree day – and add the bonus of humidity, and your AC unit may seem like it needs almost as much relief as you do. So, before the temps get too high, here’s the lowdown on how hot days affect your AC unit.

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Topics: Cooling

Condenser Fan Problems And Solutions

Posted by Kelly on May 26, 2015 2:16:00 PM

What to Check On Your Air Conditioner Condenser Fan 

When it comes to your air conditioner, there are many moving parts that help keep it running and keep you cool. But the condenser fan is perhaps one of the most important components, because it’s the part of your air conditioner that is responsible for moving the air across the condenser coil and rejecting the heat in order to keep your home comfortable. It’s also one of the more visible parts of your system, because you can see the huge fan on the top of your AC unit outside – which serves as a great reminder to make sure it’s working properly.

If you notice your home feels like a heat wave inside, it’s likely that an issue with the condenser fan could be the problem. And we have our resident expert, Keith Hill, technical support manager from Minnesota Air to help you find a solution.

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Home Cooling And Air Conditioner Myths

Posted by Kelly on May 21, 2015 10:38:00 AM

Summer MythBusters: The AC Edition 

If you’re a homeowner, you’ve likely heard many tips for home cooling – some even conflicting. So how to you separate the facts from the myths? Go to the experts! We talked to our resident expert, Keith Hill, the manager, technical support, for Minnesota Air to help us separate fact from fiction on some home cooling and air conditioner myths.

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Signs Your AC Needs To Be Replaced

Posted by Kelly on May 19, 2015 4:09:00 PM

How Do You Know You Need A New Air Conditioner? 

Imagine that it’s the middle of the summer. It’s a hot, humid day. You sweat as you saunter over to the thermostat to turn on the air conditioner and ‘click’ … nothing happens. Panic kicks in. What do you do? Try to figure out what’s wrong all by yourself? Call a pro to fix it? What if you need to buy a whole new AC unit? Is it in the budget? Meanwhile, the whole family swelters, waiting for the AC to be fixed.

That’s a household nightmare you don’t want to run into in the middle of summer. And that’s why you should know the telltale signs your AC needs to be replaced, before it actually bites the dust.

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Indoor Air Quality Tips To Keep Your House Cool

Posted by Kelly on May 14, 2015 1:22:00 PM

How to Keep Your Air Clean and Cool At the Same Time 

We all know that a clean house is a happy house, but in the summer, a cool house is a happy house, too. Since one of the biggest ways to keep your home cool and clean is making sure to keep humidity and moisture away, we’ve talked to our resident expert, Keith Hill, Minnesota Air’s technical support manager, to fill us in on some indoor air quality (IAQ) tips that pull double-duty and keep us cool, too.

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Topics: Cooling

Managing Humidity In A Minnesota Summer

Posted by Kelly on May 12, 2015 1:15:00 PM

Manage the Humidity to Help Beat the Heat 

Besides hot temperatures, it’s really the summer humidity that makes the air stuffy and unbearable. We use our air conditioners to help keep ourselves comfortable, but what other things do we need to keep in mind when it comes to keeping humidity at bay? If you don’t know, no sweat -- we’ve got the tips to help manage the humidity during a Minnesota summer!

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Topics: Cooling

Summer Thermostat Tips

Posted by Kelly on May 7, 2015 3:57:00 PM

Thermostat Tips To Stay Cool In a Minnesota Summer 

We love spending time outdoors in the summer in Minnesota, but on a really sizzling day, most of us try to find relief inside in the air conditioning. However, when it comes to setting your thermostat, finding the happy medium can be a challenge for many of us. Instead of playing a game of thermostat high-low all summer, let’s look some thermostat tips to get you through the heat!

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Topics: Cooling

How Much Clearance Should I Have Around My Air Conditioner?

Posted by Kelly on May 5, 2015 1:27:00 PM

Clear the Air to Improve AC Efficiency 

If you haven’t already given your air conditioner a tune-up this year, now is the time! Summer heat will be upon us before you know it, and it’s best to make sure your AC unit is working as efficient and as effective as possible before you start sweating. We’ve already given you a list of the things you need to do to get your air conditioner ready, but keeping it running well all summer means it also needs enough clearance to do its job.

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Do AC Units Fail Faster In Hot Climates?

Posted by Kelly on Apr 30, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Minnesota Air Conditioners Face Different Kinds of Stress 

In Minnesota, we only use our air conditioning units for a few months of the year. When we finally get a chance to turn on the AC after a long winter, it may seem like a lot of effort (cleaning it, getting it inspected by a pro, and making any repairs) just to turn it off again a few months later.

Hot, southern climates are just the opposite. They use their AC units for the majority of the year, with little room for a break.

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Topics: Cooling

What Is A Heat Pump And How Does It Help In The Summer?

Posted by Kelly on Apr 28, 2015 10:35:00 AM

How a Heat Pump Keeps You Cool 

You’d think that anything with the word ‘heat’ in the name would be used solely for just that – heating. But a heat pump is different. It can be used for both heating and cooling. In mild climates, heat pumps are an energy efficient alternative to a furnace and air conditioner – something that can heat your space in the winter, and help cool it in the summer. Despite the misleading name, we’ll be looking at what makes a heat pump your coolest little helper this summer.


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Topics: Cooling

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