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Ask the Experts: What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat?

Posted by Brittany on Oct 1, 2015 2:28:22 PM

Finding the perfect temperature for your house can be a bit of a guessing game. The ideal setting changes from season to season, person to person, and even day to day. If it’s too humid or too dry, it can feel uncomfortable inside. And if you turn the heat up too high on a cold winter’s day, you’ll find yourself uncomfortable when your energy bill comes. So we asked our resident expert – Keith Hill – what temperature should I set my thermostat?

Your Comfort’s Hero: Perfect Humidity Levels

Keith, the technical support manager for Minnesota Air, says that everyone is different when it comes to temperature. In fact, what you perceive as a comfortable temperature may not feel that great in reality.

“Sometimes a preconceived idea of what a comfortable temperature is – is not (comfortable),” he says. “Keep in mind that humidity plays a role. You may be comfortable at 70 degrees with 40 percent relative humidity, but feel cool at 72 degrees with a 20 percent humidity level.”

Because humidity can affect your skin, air quality, woodwork, and furnishings – it’s important to keep it in check. Less humidity in your home in the summer months is great for your body’s comfort. In fact, a big part of your air conditioner’s job is to remove humidity from the air. Drier air inside during the summer means less of that soggy, sticky feeling on your skin.

“Dry air makes us feel cooler as it evaporates the moisture on our skin, making our skin temperature cooler,” says Keith.

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Topics: Air quality, Heating

The Complete HVAC Guide: Easy Answers to Hard Questions

Posted by Brittany on Sep 29, 2015 3:00:00 PM


If you are new to homeownership, learning about HVACs and furnace and air conditioning maintenance can seem daunting – or even boring. But never fear, you’ve come to the right place, because we at StayComfy Heating and Air Conditioning want to arm you with the knowledge you need to understand your system. Your Complete HVAC guide is filled with simple, but crucial, stuff. No over-your-head info here.

Did we lose you yet? Good. We’ll make it easy, starting with basic questions.

What is an HVAC?

Don’t feel silly asking, we know you can get the answer with a Google search, but who wants to wade through all the mucky muck?

An HVAC is the whole system that helps you stay comfortable in your home.

HVAC stands for Heating (H), Ventilating (V) and Air Conditioning (AC). It refers to the whole system that heats, cools and conditions the air in your house – keeping you comfy no matter the season. The components that make up your HVAC are typically a furnace, air conditioner, thermostat (controls), ductwork, and vents/grilles. Some people have additional components like heat pumps, humidifiers, air cleaners, and UV lamps. These are not necessary to make your HVAC system work, but they are great add-ons for comfort. (If you’d like to learn more about what they do, click here to see our products page.)

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, HVAC

How to Find the Best Heating Repair Company

Posted by Brittany on Sep 25, 2015 1:24:36 PM

If only there were a magic ball to tell you the best choices to make for all your everyday decisions – what route to take to work, when you should trade in that old car for a new one, and who the best company is to hire to do work on your HVAC? Well, unfortunately, there’s not, but we’ve got a way for you to narrow down your choices when it comes to finding a good heating repair company that will work for you.

Heating Repair Company

Not All Companies Are Built The Same

First, it’s important to know that just as in any profession, there are a wide array of skills and specialties when it comes to heating repair companies. Keith Hill, technical support manager from Minnesota Air suggests thinking about levels of expertise in terms of medicine.

“A doctor specializing in dermatology may be knowledgeable on cardiovascular, but I would rather have the heart specialist helping me when I’m feeling chest pains,” says Keith. “And I’d rather have the one with training at the Mayo Clinic and ten years of experience instead of the recent medical school grad.”

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Topics: System Maintenance, Home Maintenance, Heating

Winterizing Tips: Should I Cover My Air Conditioner

Posted by Brittany on Sep 16, 2015 4:07:24 PM

A few cool nights turn into a few cool days, and before you know it, the summer heat is done and so is the use of your air conditioner. That may have you wondering what to do next? How do you winterize your AC? Should you cover your air conditioner? The answer depends on a few factors and it’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons.

The Pros

Should I Cover My Air ConditionerWe will start with the reasons for keeping it covered when winter rolls around.

First, covering your AC will offer protection from the elements. Dirt and debris won’t fall inside the outdoor unit as easily as an uncovered one. That means less of a chance that you’ll get twigs, branches, or leaves inside your AC over the fall and winter when they tend to blow around, fall off trees, or roll off your roof.

A covered AC will also stop snow from accumulating on the unit. In Minnesota, we are no stranger to high snow drifts or even blizzards that can leave several feet accrued outside. As that melts and re-freezes, it may leave unwanted moisture dripping into your unit – and moisture isn’t good for machinery. Ice can damage the coils and you may just want to avoid taking a chance. That being said, most HVAC equipment is made to withstand varying weather conditions, but things like hail and blizzards are especially destructive.

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Topics: Weather, Winter

Everything You Need to Know About AC Installation Costs

Posted by Brittany on Aug 18, 2015 6:01:00 PM

Fall will be here before you know it, but before you start prepping for cooler weather, why not look into whether or not you’ll need a new air conditioning unit. This is especially important if you’ve noticed your AC has been running less efficiently this summer. Ask yourself: have you had to make a lot of repairs? How old is it? How efficient is it compared to a newer model? This may be the time to buy a new AC unit, but in order to know if it’s the right time for your budget, let’s take a look at everything you need to know about AC installation costs.

What’s The Price?

The price of getting a new air conditioner unit installed can run anywhere from $3,000-$7,500 on average, according to figures reported from homeadvisor.com and Angieslist.com. Depending on several factors, though, some report prices as low as $1,800 and as much as $15,000. To find out the price you will pay to get a new air conditioner unit installed, you’ll need to look at several factors when you talk to a pro.

Factor 1: The Size Of Your Home

Size matters when it comes to your AC unit. A 500-square-foot apartment won’t need the same size unit as a 2,000-square-foot house, which won’t need the same size unit as a 5,000-square-foot mansion or 15,000-square-foot office building. You need an AC unit that will have enough power to cool your home without getting one that’s too big for it. If you choose an AC that’s too small, it will need to work much harder to cool and dehumidify your home. Too big, and you’ll be paying more and feeling less comfortable. That’s because a unit that’s too big will reach the thermostat set point early and then turn off before the AC had enough running time to remove humidity from your home. Bigger spaces need bigger AC units and more cooling power, which will cost more money.

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Topics: Cooling, HVAC

Smart Thermostat Comparison: Côr™ vs. Nest vs. Honeywell

Posted by Brittany on Aug 11, 2015 11:12:00 AM

The marketplace for smart thermostats got even bigger with the launch of Carrier’s Côr™ thermostat earlier this year. If you are doing a smart thermostat comparison, there’s many to choose from – Côr™, Nest, Honeywell Lyric, etc., and we at Carrier and StayComfyMinnesota.com are here to tell you why the Côr™ Thermostat stands out above the rest.

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Topics: Carrier, Energy Efficiency, The Côr Thermostat

What is a MERV Rating? Understanding the Effectiveness of Air Filters

Posted by Brittany on Aug 6, 2015 5:54:49 PM

We talk about air filters often in this blog, and that’s because it really is one of the easiest and most important things to take care of to maintain your home’s HVAC system, and essentially, your home’s comfort. Picking a good filter for your home and understanding the efficiency of it has gotten easier with a ranking system – called a MERV rating – that grades filters on their effectiveness.  Here’s how understanding the MERV rating will help when you’re in the hardware aisle, picking out your next filter. 

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Topics: Air quality, HVAC

Achieving Home Comfort: Ways to Control Your Home Humidity Levels

Posted by Brittany on Aug 4, 2015 1:20:18 PM


Humidity plays a major role in your body’s comfort. Humidity is moisture; it’s the wetness in the air, and we can feel it on our bodies, too. Often times we think of temperature as being a main factor in comfort, but as anyone in Minnesota will tell you, being cold is not as bad as being cold and wet (or being hot and sticky for that matter). That’s why we want to share with you some simple ways to achieve home comfort by controlling your home humidity levels.

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Topics: Air quality, Summer

Hiring an HVAC Pro: 5 Things You Need to Know

Posted by Brittany on Jul 31, 2015 8:39:41 AM

If you’re new to homeownership or have never had to hire a professional for home repairs or maintenance—it can feel a bit intimidating. You may not be sure what to expect, and you could be quoted a price but don’t know what you are getting for your money. When it comes to heating and cooling systems, we’re here to teach you the five things you need to know when hiring an HVAC pro.

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Topics: System Maintenance, HVAC

How Do I Know When to Call the HVAC Experts?

Posted by Brittany on Jul 28, 2015 12:43:10 PM

With making any home repairs, you need to calculate the cost of trying to do it yourself versus the cost of hiring a professional. Some things are easy – a trip down to the hardware store and a quick Internet search can give you answers to most small household problems. But when expensive equipment is involved – like with your HVAC system – your time and money may be better spent calling in a pro. So, to save you a little more time, here are some examples of when to call in the HVAC experts.

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Topics: System Maintenance, HVAC