The leaves are falling, the nights are cooling, and suddenly it's here — home heating season. So, with our Minnesota winter fast approaching, it makes sense to ensure that you’re getting the best performance out of your heating system. Here are three ways you can increase your system’s efficiency and reduce your utilities bills this winter.
You’ve probably noticed that Wi-Fi thermostats are becoming more and more popular, and there are good reasons for that. Most of the Wi-Fi thermostats on the market today fall into the high-performance category, meaning they have all the features of a good digital thermostat. But they have additional benefits, as well. Here are three top reasons to seriously consider installing a Wi-Fi thermostat as part of your heating and cooling (HVAC) system.
As the leaves turn and temperatures drop, it’s natural to start thinking about winter heating. And perhaps this is the year to replace that old furnace with a new, energy-efficient one. But what would a new furnace cost?
The leaves are falling, the fireplace is roaring, and the heat will soon be on. It’s that time of year to schedule an HVAC inspection. Once you’ve picked the best company to hire, how can you make the most of your time with the HVAC professional? By asking questions of course! You’ll want to review everything the HVAC pro will be doing before they show up (cleaning coils, oiling motors, cleaning drains, etc.), but here are 5 questions that may be helpful to ask during your next HVAC inspection.
Winter allergies are nothing to sneeze at. They are very real, and for allergies sufferers, just as miserable as allergies during the other seasons. Winter allergies tend to happen because we seal up our homes tight in the colder months to prevent chilly outside air from entering our house. However, when your home is closed up from the outside air, that means there can potentially be a build-up of allergens and pollutants. In fact, our resident expert, Minnesota Air's Keith Hill, says that in some homes, mold and mildew are more prevalent in wintertime. Not to mention dust mites and pet dander. So how do you keep them out of your home?
Heat pumps are nifty alternatives (or supplements) to getting a furnace or air conditioner. Because of the name, many people think that a heat pump serves one purpose – but it can both heat and cool a home. Once thought to be best for those with moderate heating and cooling needs, newer heat pump models – like Carrier’s geothermal heat pumps – can be used in the coldest winters and hottest summers. Here are some of the benefits of installing a Carrier heat pump in your home.
1. Can Heat And Cool Your Home
We briefly mentioned this, but it’s pretty cool that you can have one piece of equipment that can pull double duty! Just like an air conditioner takes heat from inside the home and pushes it outside in the summer, so does a heat pump. But it also has the ability to flip the process in the winter and act as a heating unit. Our expert Keith Hill, the technical support manager at Minnesota Air, describes the heating mode like a reverse refrigerator because it extracts heat from the outdoors and ejects it into the air flowing in your duct system, which will heat your home. He says that even when it’s cold outside, the refrigeration system can take heat from 30- or 40-degree outdoor air and bring that heat indoors with the newest units.
As the crisp fall air begins to push aside the humid days of summer, you may be excited to finally save some money on your heating and cooling bills by living blissfully in that happy time where you can turn off the air conditioner yet still don’t need to turn on your heat. Enjoy it, it goes by quick! However, if you know that your HVAC system is getting up there in age, this “in-between” time during the autumn is also the perfect time to look at replacing your old system. Here are a few reasons why fall is such a good time to buy a new HVAC system.
The simple answer is: yes. Low humidity can be bad for your home. Just like too much humidity can be bad for your home as it can cause mold and other issues – too little moisture can also cause problems. Here are some of the signs of a home with low humidity and what you can do to prevent it.
Topics: Air quality
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that can seep up from the earth and into your home. As the weather gets colder, you may start seeing ad campaigns that warn you to get your home tested for this safety hazard. They are not there to strike unnecessary fear into homeowners, but to potentially save many people from the dangers of long-term exposure to radon gas. Here’s why it’s so important to get your home tested, and if you get a positive result, why radon removal is crucial.
The Dangers Of Radon
Radon occurs naturally in the environment, but it’s not healthy for you to breathe or be around in high levels. It’s a gas that seeps up through the soil as uranium decays and breaks down into radium, which then turns into radon gas. In low levels, it’s not harmful, but once it’s trapped inside you home – especially when you have it sealed up from the cold winter air – it’s very dangerous.
Topics: Air quality
If you are getting an HVAC system – whether it be brand new, installed in your home, or buying a home with an existing HVAC – there are some questions you’ll need to ask during the process to make sure you are getting quality. Here are some of the HVAC questions to ask during the buying process so you don’t end up with buyer’s remorse.