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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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Thinking of Buying a Carrier Furnace? Here's What's 'Hot' Right Now

Posted by Gregg on Jan 17, 2017 2:38:42 PM

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: At Stay Comfy, we’re “sold” on Carrier furnaces. That’s because of Carrier’s premier reputation for quality, durability, and above all, comfort. Carrier offers a range of options for all parts of the country. But what’s recommended for the upper Midwest are its higher efficiency units, designed to handle even the harshest winters while saving on fuel costs.

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How Winter Thermostat Settings Affect Your Home and Your Wallet

Posted by Gregg on Jan 12, 2017 10:46:48 AM

It’s winter and outside temperatures can fluctuate drastically, which means more work for your home heating system. So what are the best winter thermostat settings for a home thermostat? Most people try to strike a balance between personal comfort and fuel economy — no one enjoys an inflated energy bill at the end of the month. Here are some things to take into consideration when you’re setting your thermostat for winter weather.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

Electric or Gas Fireplace? A Breakdown Comparison of the Pros and Cons

Posted by Gregg on Jan 10, 2017 11:33:09 AM

As with any purchasing decision, the choice between two options comes down to what it is you’re looking for. Most people buy a fireplace — gas or electric — for one or more of the following reasons:

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Topics: Gas Bill

Furnace Not Working? Try These Steps Before Calling in a Professional

Posted by Gregg on Jan 5, 2017 1:57:24 PM

Is your furnace not working? Before you become your own DIY HVAC professional or call in an expert, it will help to know a little about your heating system, how it works, and its functional components. For example, does your furnace have a pilot light? How about a motor and blower? Does your thermostat need batteries to operate?

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Topics: Heating, HVAC

Furnace Reviews: Our Top HVAC Recommendations for 2017

Posted by Gregg on Jan 3, 2017 1:57:47 PM

What makes one heating system “better” than another — and why? There are technical reasons, of course. But for the homeowner, the real reasons are comfort and economy. So our furnace reviews and recommendations are based first and foremost on those two factors.

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Topics: HVAC

Energy Tips: 3 Ways to Lower My Gas Bill

Posted by Gregg on Dec 29, 2016 10:14:44 AM

Winter is officially here and we’ve already had some real deep-freeze days. That can trigger thoughts about the cost of staying warm and what it means to your winter gas bill. To keep costs down, it helps to understand the three basic ways you can lose heat from your home. Because that heat loss is what can really add up to extra gas usage and a higher gas bill.

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Topics: Heating, Gas Bill

Warning Signs Your Furnace Motor May Need to be Replaced

Posted by Gregg on Dec 27, 2016 2:55:03 PM

No one wants to suddenly be caught without heat, especially in a Minnesota winter. Your furnace motor, of course, is a major component of your heating system and you’ll want to be sure it’s in top running condition. Luckily, that’s usually pretty simple.

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Topics: HVAC, Winter

Why Should I Install a Wi-Fi Thermostat?

Posted by Gregg on Dec 22, 2016 3:55:07 PM

From apps that remotely start our cars, to those that control interior and exterior lighting, or a smart doorbell that video monitors our front door, we’re getting more and more used to the Internet of Things (IoT) — the connectivity of devices to the Internet. More and more, we’re adding devices that control our homes and the appliances within them. Wi-Fi thermostats are part of that trend, and there are plenty of good reasons to consider one for your home. Here are just a few.  

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Topics: The Côr Thermostat, Wi-Fi Thermostats

Furnace Replacement Advice: Metal vs. Plastic Venting

Posted by Gregg on Dec 20, 2016 10:22:38 AM

If you’re considering a furnace replacement, you may have heard that there are two types of venting: metal and plastic. But what does that really mean? And should you be considering one over the other? Here’s what you need to know about the difference between metal and plastic venting.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, HVAC