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10 Quick Home Heating Tips from the Stay Comfy Specialists

Posted by Kelly on Feb 4, 2016 4:58:44 PM

 If you are chilled to the bone, or someone in your family is always complaining about how cold it is, then it’s time to find a way to remedy that! No one should be cold in their own home – not when it’s your main refuge for warmth and comfort during a Minnesota winter. Here are 10 quick home heating tips from the Stay Comfy specialists to bring you some relief!

Don’t Fall For Myths

There are a lot of home heating myths out there, but you don’t have to fall for them. One of the bigger myths is that you can turn your thermostat higher to heat your home up faster. Unfortunately, that’s not true says our expert, Keith Hill, technical support manager at Minnesota Air.

“Turning the heat up higher on the thermostat will not heat up your home faster. Set the thermostat where you want the temperature, and let it do its job,” he says.

Know Your Thermostat

It’s the little device that’s partly responsible for your comfort so get to know it! Newer digital models can be programmed for different temperatures at different times of day, and some even send you reminders. 

“Many homeowners are not aware of the features that are included,” says Keith. “Many have filter and humidifier reminders. Some will tell you what the humidity level is in the home and may be able to control a humidifier or a dehumidifier.”

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How to Combat Dry Air in Your Home

Posted by Kelly on Feb 2, 2016 2:40:03 PM

ZAP! We’ve all felt those little shocks you get as you move around your home or touch something on a dry winter day. They are annoying, but also a sure sign that you need to pay attention to the moisture levels in your home. In this case, if you are feeling those shocks – the LACK of moisture in your home. Here are some easy steps for combating that dry air. 

Seal Up From The Elements

Our resident expert, Minnesota Air technical support manager Keith Hill, says it’s really the outside air that dries out a home in winter, so it’s important to seal up the envelope of the home. That means you should be on the lookout for cracks in the foundation, gaps around windows or doors, and openings under your garage door.

“Cold air has little heat content, and it’s the heat energy that allows the air to hold water in a vapor form,” says Keith. “As the outside air enters the home through cracks and crevices (infiltration), it mixes with the indoor air and the humidity level drops.  Reducing those air leaks will help maintain the humidity in the home.”

Beware Of The Fireplace

You may be tempted to light a cozy fire on a cold winter day, and that’s fine, but just know that if you have a wood-burning fireplace, the chimney could be working as an exhaust flue – even when not in use.

“Homes that have wood fireplaces can be very dry, particularly if the fireplace does not have well-sealed glass doors,” says Keith. “Many think that wood heat is hotter and that dries the home. It’s actually the open fireplace allowing warm air into the chimney, which essentially becomes an exhaust device.”

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5 Reasons to Get a Garage Heater Installation

Posted by Kelly on Jan 28, 2016 12:49:21 PM

Technology has come a long way when it comes to keeping you comfortable when it’s cold outside. We have smart thermostats, remote car starters, and compact garage heaters. If you are sick of getting in and out of your car in the cold – even when you park inside a garage – then it’s time to think warm! Here are 5 reasons to get a garage heater installation this winter. 

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How Often Should I Get an Air Duct Cleaning in My Home?

Posted by Kelly on Jan 26, 2016 2:22:45 PM

Air duct cleaning is something you may have seen advertised in your local newspaper, through the mail, or even on a door-to-door salesman’s flyers. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Knowledge about air duct cleaning is in its early stages, so a blanket recommendation cannot be offered as to whether you should have your air ducts in your home cleaned.” However it is known to give people some peace of mind when it comes to efficiency, their health, and especially when it comes to treating or preventing mold. If you are in the market to get an air duct cleaning, these are some things you should know. 

When should I get it done?

The EPA suggests getting your air duct cleaned if:

  • You see mold growth inside the ducts.
  • There are excessive amounts of dust and debris.
  • You notice that you may have a pest infestation in your ducts (i.e. insects and rodents).

According to our resident expert, Keith Hill, technical support manager for Minnesota Air, a dirty furnace blower wheel and blower motor is also a good indicator that you’ll need a duct cleaning.

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How to Attain Healthy Indoor Air In Your Home This Winter

Posted by Kelly on Jan 21, 2016 4:45:28 PM

Experts will tell you to seal your home up from the outside elements in both the summer and winter – and it is good advice. However, when you seal your home to prevent energy loss, you may be unknowingly trapping pollutants inside – pollutants that can cause you harm. So, how can you balance those concerns? We talked to our resident expert, Keith Hill, manager of technical support at Minnesota Air, to get the lowdown on attaining healthy indoor air in your home this winter.

Look For Signs Of Unwanted Humidity

You can do many things to bring healthy air inside your home without the expense of heat loss. One of the most important things is having proper indoor ventilation. However, Keith says that one of the signs that will tip you off to improper ventilation and humidity is when condensation forms on your windows when subzero temps hit.

“As a rule, the more moisture that builds up on the windows, the more pollutants there are in the home. Consider a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) that can take care of your ventilation needs automatically,” he says. “We think of mold as a summertime problem, but indoor moisture and cold outside temps can cause condensate to form when the two come together.”

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Making the Switch to Geothermal Energy: Pros and Cons

Posted by Kelly on Jan 19, 2016 3:22:02 PM

If you are thinking about bigger ways to go green – geothermal energy may be on your list. Geothermal energy is when heat is gathered from below the earth’s surface, which can then be harnessed to heat or cool your home. It is one of the best ways to get clean, renewable energy, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But there are upsides and downsides to everything, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of making the switch to geothermal energy.

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10 Expert Tips To Achieve Home Comfort In The Minnesota Winter

Posted by Kelly on Jan 14, 2016 4:59:40 PM

Are you already sick of winter? Well, we hate to break it to you, but we are still several months away from feeling spring breezes and the grass beneath our toes. However, we can make the most of the time we spend inside our homes if we make it as comfortable as possible. Here are our 10 expert tips to achieving home comfort in Minnesota this winter.

Find A Perfect Thermostat Setting

It’s the obvious first step to keeping warm this winter, but once you find your golden thermostat setting, you’ll see why its number one in keeping you comfortable and saving you money. Most people believe that anywhere between 68-70 degrees is ideal in the winter. But you may find that you prefer to sleep in cooler air, so feel free to turn it down at night. A programmable thermostat can help you make adjustments at certain times of day so you can set it and forget it.

Balance Humidity

Just as important to your comfort as the temperature, is the humidity. In summer, you feel hot and muggy when the humidity is too high. In winter, you can feel clammy or colder with too much moisture in the air. If there is not enough moisture, you’ll get dry skin, brittle nails and hair, and chapped lips. The key is finding the right balance in your home and a whole house humidifier/dehumidifier can help with that.

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How to Find the Best Heating Service in Your Area

Posted by Kelly on Jan 12, 2016 2:00:00 PM

You never know when old man winter will come knocking on your furnace’s door and your furnace decides not to answer him (in the form of a non-working HVAC unit). No one wants to feel the cold inside their home on a blustery day and that’s why regular HVAC maintenance is so important in keeping your home comfortable and working. Here are some tips to find the best heating service if you do need it this season.

Find A Reputable Company

Do your homework! This isn’t an area where you can skimp and just pick the first company that pops up in the phonebook or a Google search. Do your research, and find an HVAC company that’s above the rest. Do you have friends and neighbors who have had good experiences with a heating service? Was it an established company that you know has been around for a while? Will it be around next year when you need them?

“These companies are invested in their business and cannot afford to tarnish their reputation by hiring ‘parts changers,’” says Keith Hill, technical support manager for Minnesota Air. “Hiring the tech that has the lowest hourly rate is rarely a good idea. Do your homework and it will pay off both in dollars and in the knowledge that your system is in good working order – reliable, safe, and efficient.” 

If you need a first step in the right direction, contact your HVAC experts at StayComfy. We’ll answer your questions and show you why we’re one of the best.

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10 Things to Try When Your Furnace is Not Working

Posted by Kelly on Jan 7, 2016 10:53:30 AM

In the winter, nothing is worse than a cold house – especially if it’s because of an issue with your furnace. So, what should you do when you feel a chill and the temperature isn’t as high as the thermostat is set? Before you call a pro, here are 10 things to try when your furnace is not working. 

1. Change The Filter

It is the barrier that keeps the dirty air, allergens, dust, and pollen particles from entering your home. That’s why it’s so important to change your filter regularly. Once it gets clogged up with all the stuff it’s protecting you from, the air won’t be able to flow as well through it and that may make your furnace dirtier and not function properly. Keep your filter clean or change it regularly to prevent furnace issues.

2. Check The Fuse Box/Circuit Breaker/Switches

It may seem obvious, but making sure there is actually power going to your furnace can often get overlooked. Technicians report going to more than one house where the only service needed for a broken furnace was actually turning it on! The same goes for checking the fuse box or circuit breaker. A flipped breaker or blown fuse can mean no power going to your furnace, which means no heat for you. A simple check before you call the tech will save you some time and money.

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Creating a Comprehensive HVAC Maintenance Plan For Your Home

Posted by Kelly on Jan 5, 2016 2:19:53 PM

 Owning a home comes with many responsibilities to keep it in good working order. Maintaining your HVAC system is perhaps one of the most important tasks to keeping you comfortable in your house – it is, after all, in control of the temperature and humidity in your home. That’s why many homeowners choose to enroll in a pre-paid maintenance plan with an HVAC company so they don’t have to think about making appointments or setting up a schedule. They just set up the plan with their service company and forget it until the twice a year maintenance checks come up on their calendar. If that sounds good to you, here’s what it takes to create a comprehensive HVAC maintenance plan – one that can help you maintain your HVAC system and keep it running smoothly for years to come.

Hire The Right Company

When making a plan for your home’s HVAC, the first step should be to hire a company you trust and know has a reputation for excellent service. Get recommendations, check reviews, make sure they’re established and have been around for a while, because that means they are more likely to be in business in the future, too. Ask if the company has emergency staff that can come 24 hours a day, if needed. Ask if you can speak to the tech about learning more about your system and maintaining it in between service calls. Getting a company that can provide a comprehensive service is what you are looking for. 

Want to know more about what it takes to get the right person for the job? We’ve put together a guide on picking the best HVAC pro here.

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