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10 Reasons to Love Cold Weather

Posted by Brooke on Oct 23, 2014 9:58:08 AM

Why Minnesotans Love the Cold

Maybe winter isn’t your favorite time of year, but there are a lot of great things about the change of seasons and colder temperatures. Here are 10 reasons to love cold weather:

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Topics: Minnesota

Understanding Home Heating

Posted by Brooke on Oct 21, 2014 12:43:15 PM

How Your Body and Home Stay Warm

The human body remarkably has a way to keep its core temperature stable. Thermoregulation is the technical term for how we maintain our body temperature even in harsh conditions. Like our bodies, our home heating systems use a similar type of thermoregulation – just with a little more metal. Our knowledge about humans and temperature control is helpful in maintaining a stable and healthy home temperature. 

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Topics: Heating

Finding Air Leaks through Thermographic Inspection

Posted by Brooke on Oct 16, 2014 2:45:47 PM

What is Thermographic Inspection?

Some people opt to do a home inspection on their own. They check their windows and doors for air leaks, and the attic for proper insulation, and then they do the repairs themselves. But some people opt to call in the pros – contractors who can take a more high-tech look at a building to see exactly where the heat loss is coming from. Thermographic Inspections use infrared scanning to detect thermal defects and air leaks in buildings. By knowing exactly where those problem areas are, and fixing them, consumers can save 5%-30% on their energy bills. But what exactly is a thermographic inspection?

In the simplest explanation possible: An energy auditor uses this technology to detect where your home is losing heat. 

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

Leading Furnace Brands

Posted by Brooke on Oct 14, 2014 10:18:52 AM

Keep Warm with these Top Furnace Brands

We’ve all played the childhood game Musical Chairs, right? Where a group of peers keep changing chairs as the music plays and stops until there is just one top chair left, and one winner. Well that is sort of what it’s like when it comes to ranking top furnace brands. The same brands show up year after year - they’ve all been in ‘the game’ and all taken a turn as the top brand winner in furnace rankings. Here are the top furnace brands in no particular order – because they’ve all recently been at the top.

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Topics: Heating

10 Blogs to Answer All Furnace Questions

Posted by Brooke on Sep 30, 2014 1:12:00 PM

Minnesota Furnace Buying and Maintenance Guide

59mn7aIn case you weren't aware, here at Stay Comfy, Minnesota, we know a thing or two about how to keep your home warm and cozy, especially during the cold Minnesota winters. We've discussed how to select a furnace, what could be wrong with your furnace, how to take care of your furnace – basically everything there is to know about maintaining that big metal thing in your basement. 

Instead of searching through our wide-array of (extremely informative) furnace and home heating blogs, we've made answering your questions even easier. From choosing the right furnace, to getting rid of an old furnace – plus everything in-between, here are our top 10 blogs for all you need to know about your home furnace and furnace maintenance. 

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Topics: System Maintenance, Home Maintenance, Heating

Home Humidity and Health Effects

Posted by Brooke on Sep 23, 2014 9:32:30 AM

The Importance of Proper Home Humidity

Humidity. There is too much of it in the summer, and not enough in the winter. But did you know that your home's humidity levels are an important factor to your family's health? Discover why better home humidity management during the winter will improve your family's overall comfort and well-being. 

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Topics: Air quality, Heating

Gas Furnace Versus Oil Furnace – Which is Better for Your Home

Posted by Brooke on Sep 19, 2014 11:07:00 AM

Differences Between Gas and Oil Furnaces

With our long, cold Minnesota winters, furnaces are an essential part of our homes. Furnaces can be operated with different fuels, with natural gas and oil being two options in Minnesota. Why are some homes heated with other fuels and what are the differences between gas and oil furnaces?

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Topics: Heating, Carrier

How to Winterize your Minnesota Home

Posted by Brooke on Sep 16, 2014 12:42:00 PM

Protect Your Home From Winter Wear and Tear

The time has come to tackle some home winterization projects. Although it’s not winter yet, completeing these tasks now will save you from both a freezing home and a freezing chore later. Here are some important and simple winterization projects you can do to save energy and protect your house from Minnesota's coldest months.

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Topics: Home Maintenance, Heating, Minnesota, Energy Efficiency

The Importance of Changing your Furnace Filter

Posted by Brooke on Sep 8, 2014 1:28:22 PM

Change your Furnace Filter to Keep Air Quality Clean

It’s one of those things you know you should do; it’s easy and important. But for whatever reason you can't remember the last time you cleaned or changed your furnace filter. Somehow, you need to get a system in place for making sure that filter is kept clean. Air filters play an important part in the air quality of your home as well as keeping your furnace functioning properly. Here is why changing out (or cleaning) your furnace filter is so important:
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How to Choose a New Furnace

Posted by Brooke on Sep 4, 2014 9:19:29 PM

How to Decide if a Carrier Furnace is Right For You

Are you in the process of buying a new furnace? Just remember that whatever brand you choose, you will have a relationship with that dealer for years to come. So, make sure you’re comfortable with not only the furnace you are choosing, but the dealer as well. Here is a simple way to help you to decide if Carrier is the right furnace for you. 

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Topics: Heating, Carrier