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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

How Electronic Air Cleaners Can Help You Tackle Spring Allergies

Posted by Gregg on Mar 21, 2017 12:37:58 PM

Electronic Air Cleaners (EAC's) are sophisticated filtering units that are installed as part of your HVAC system. EACs are effective in eliminating the very smallest particle pollutants from your home, including pollen, bacteria, and viruses. So if you or any of your family members suffer from allergies, investment in an EAC may be just what you need. Here’s more information on how EACs work and why they’re so effective.

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Topics: Electronic Air Cleaners

Why Carrier Air Conditioners Are Worth the Investment this Spring

Posted by Gregg on Mar 16, 2017 10:28:55 AM

With spring almost here and summer not far behind, homeowners are beginning to think about installing a new or replacement AC system. And while there are many choices out on the market today, Stay Comfy always turns to Carrier air conditioners. Carrier’s reputation, reliability, and quality combine to make their units pretty much the best investment you can make in air conditioning. So if you’re in the market for a new AC, be sure to check out what Carrier has to offer.

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Topics: Cooling

Spring Cleaning: 4 Ways to Clear Out Stale Air From Your Home

Posted by Gregg on Mar 14, 2017 3:28:54 PM

OK, it’s almost here! The first, official day of spring (the spring equinox) is March 20, and we all look forward to getting back outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. And it’s just as important to have that freshness indoors, too. But what are the best ways to clear stale air from your home and replace it with clean, spring-fresh air? Here are four ways to freshen your home this spring. 

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Topics: Air quality

Not Sure When to Use a Dehumidifier? Here are Signs You May Need One

Posted by Gregg on Mar 9, 2017 1:01:29 PM

With temperatures getting warmer and summer looming, you may be wondering when to fire up the dehumidifier. During the hot days of summer your air conditioning system will usually do a fine job of keeping indoor humidity in check. But what about those cooler days when your A/C won’t kick in, or runs for only short periods of time? Or what if you don’t have central air? Your indoor humidity levels may get too high, which could contribute to the growth of mold in your home. Here are some of examples of when to use a dehumidifier.

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Topics: humidity control

Why Air Duct Cleaning Can Lower Your Heating and Cooling Costs

Posted by Gregg on Mar 7, 2017 10:38:00 AM

When was the last time you had your home’s air ducts cleaned? Can’t remember? Maybe never? Luckily, it’s not a chore that needs be taken care of often, but cleaning your air ducts can help lower your heating and cooling costs, extend the life of your HVAC system, and contribute to healthier indoor air for you and your family.

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Topics: Air quality

Top 3 Reasons to Change Your Furnace Filter Often

Posted by Gregg on Mar 2, 2017 9:07:39 AM

Sometimes the simplest home maintenance chores are the easiest ones to forget—or put off. But hopefully changing your furnace filter isn’t one of them. HVAC professionals recommend checking your filter monthly and changing it as soon as it’s dirty or clogged. A good way to check is to hold the filter up to the light. If you can’t clearly see light through the filter, it’s time to replace it. At the very minimum, professionals recommend you change the filter every three months. Here’s why you’ll want to stay on top of this particular household chore.

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Topics: air filters

Why is my Xcel Energy Bill So High? Here are 3 Ways to Save

Posted by Gregg on Mar 1, 2017 12:42:56 PM

After your mortgage, your energy bill is likely to be the next highest monthly home expense. So it makes sense to want to keep it as low as possible. Sometimes that can be a challenge in Minnesota, where we so often experience temperature fluctuations and extremes. But there are ways to save on your CenterPoint or Xcel energy bill, and here are some ideas to get started.

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Topics: HVAC, Winter

Power Through The Winter With Ideal Home Temperature Settings

Posted by Gregg on Feb 23, 2017 11:52:09 AM

Here in Minnesota it feels like we’re at the tail end of winter, but as we all know, that can change—literally—overnight. So while warmer temps are in sight, we’re still in heating season and most everyone hopes to find the ideal home temperature, especially as the weather fluctuates in the transition from winter to spring. Here are some ideas for finding and keeping an ideal temperature in your home as we close out this year’s heating season (fingers crossed).

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Topics: Weather, Wi-Fi Thermostats

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