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FAQ: What Furnace Should I Buy? Things to Consider

Posted by Gregg on Feb 21, 2017 2:44:23 PM

For most of us, buying a new furnace, like any major appliance purchase, is a pretty big deal. So you want to be sure you have all of the information you need to make the right decision. After all, it’s a decision you’ll likely to be living with—literally—for the next 15 or more years. So let’s take a look at some of the questions you’ll want to ask during your HVAC buying process and other considerations that will go into making your final decision.

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Topics: HVAC

What's a MERV Rating and How Does It Affect My HVAC System?

Posted by Steph Marsh on Feb 16, 2017 2:40:35 PM

The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, is a third party rating system for air filters. It provides a means for consumers to compare the effectiveness of various filters. The higher the MERV number, the more effective a filter is at removing contaminants.

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Topics: Air quality

Avoid the Lines and Create Some Home Comfort This Valentine's Day

Posted by Gregg on Feb 14, 2017 2:18:47 PM

It’s Valentine’s Day and you know you want to do something special. But dining at a crowded, noisy restaurant? Battling downtown traffic? Bundling up just to get to the car? Not all that appealing, is it? Maybe the best way to spend this Valentine’s Day is to stay in and create some home comfort of your own. Here’s how you can ensure that your HVAC system cooperates with that plan.

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Topics: HVAC

What is Ductless Heating and Cooling? 4 Things You Need To Know Before Investing

Posted by Gregg on Feb 9, 2017 10:07:33 AM

Ductless heating and cooling systems have been around since the 1970s. They were developed in Japan and are very popular in Europe and Asia. They seem to be gaining popularity here in the States, as well. If you’re unfamiliar with ductless heating and cooling, how it works, and how it may benefit you, read on.

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Topics: HVAC

Thermostat Troubleshooting Issues? Here Are Some Quick and Easy Pointers

Posted by Gregg on Feb 7, 2017 9:41:42 AM

If you’re having trouble regulating your HVAC system and you think your thermostat may be the issue, we’ve got a few suggestions for troubleshooting and correcting the problem. Just ask yourself these five questions to troubleshoot the most common faults with thermostats. If all else fails, there are some other steps you can take to troubleshoot your furnace itself.

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Topics: Thermostats

Smart Thermostat Comparison: A 2017 Guide to Choosing the Best WiFi Thermostat

Posted by Gregg on Feb 2, 2017 3:26:53 PM

If you’ll excuse the pun, smart thermostats are one of the "hottest" items to join the Internet of Things. They’re changing the way we heat and cool our homes, increasing our awareness of the energy we’re using, and providing the convenience and security of a connected home appliance. There are a lot of choices out there and, like with any new device, some are better than others. If you’re thinking of adding a smart thermostat to your HVAC system, be sure you do a thorough smart thermostat comparison of the models that are available. To help get you started, here are some features to consider and recommendations on what we at Stay Comfy think are your best choices on the market today.

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Topics: Wi-Fi Thermostats

Picking Out The Best Humidifier to Combat Dry Winter Conditions

Posted by Gregg on Jan 31, 2017 1:59:45 PM

Along with the cold, the ice, and the snow, Minnesota winters also bring dry air — indoors and out. When it comes to a dry home, there’s help: a home humidifier. But there are different kinds out there, so what’s going to be the best humidifier for your home? This article will help you decide.

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Topics: Humidifiers

Reasons Why You Should Consider Zone Heating Your Home

Posted by Gregg on Jan 26, 2017 10:59:11 AM

Perhaps you’ve heard of zone heating and are wondering if it’s right for your home. If it’s comfort, convenience, heating, and quiet operation that you want from your HVAC system, zone heating may be the perfect choice for you. While it’s more commonly installed in new home construction, zone heating is still a viable option for many homeowners.

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Topics: Heating, HVAC

Basement Heating: How To Keep It Cozy Without Spending a Fortune

Posted by Gregg on Jan 24, 2017 10:39:25 AM

Is your basement colder than you like? Looking for heating ideas that don’t cost a fortune? The first step in solving basement heating problems is identifying why your basement is cold in the first place. Then you can decide the best way to solve the problem. Here are some tips from Keith Hill, Stay Comfy’s resident HVAC pro.

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Topics: HVAC, Winter

HVAC Manufacturers: Who Will Give You The Best Bang For Your Buck

Posted by Gregg on Jan 19, 2017 9:51:37 AM

There are a lot of good, reliable HVAC manufacturers out there, but at Stay Comfy we rely on our proven favorite: Carrier. Why? Here are the reasons we're so confident in Carrier's reputation, quality, and products.

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