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Tips for Saving Energy over the Holidays

Posted by Brooke on Oct 28, 2014 9:28:08 AM

Reduce Heating Bills, Increase Holiday Cheer


It’s never too early to plan ahead for the holidays in Minnesota! Here are some proactive tips for your holiday events to help you save energy and money during the upcoming season.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

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

Reading your Residential Electric and Gas Meters

Posted by Brooke on Oct 10, 2014 9:35:48 AM

How to Read Your Home Electric and Gas Meters


If you’re trying to get a handle on your home energy consumption and want to verify what is shown on the bill from your utility company, it’s important to understand a few things about the electric and gas meters at your home.

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Topics: Home Maintenance, Energy Efficiency

Lower Home Energy Bills with Landscaping

Posted by Brooke on Oct 8, 2014 10:27:00 AM

Landscape your Minnesota Home for Energy Efficiency


When we think of landscaping we most often think of how a lovely yard adds beauty and value to a home. But did you know that certain landscaping strategies can actually help reduce your heating and cooling costs from 10-30 percent? Here’s how.

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Topics: Heating, Cooling, Energy Efficiency

How to Easily Lower Your Heating Bill

Posted by Brooke on Oct 2, 2014 10:45:15 AM

Break Bad Habits, Save Money and Energy


Heating bills cost Americans a lot of money – in fact about 40 percent of our energy bills are heating-related. To make matters worse, our bad habits actually cause this money-costing-energy to go straight to waste. The good news? Bad habits can be broken. Here are tips on how to break bad habits and lower your heating bill this winter.

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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

Farmers Almanac: 2015 Minnesota Winter Predictions

Posted by Brooke on Sep 24, 2014 12:45:00 PM

What to Expect this Winter in Minnesota 

So many forecasters, so many different predictions. Who to believe? 

The Old Farmers Almanac, now known as The Almanac, is North America's oldest continuously published periodical (first published in 1792) and comes out every year in September. The operation is based in Dublin, New Hampshire and the words of the Almanac's founder, Robert B. Thomas, guide them still:

"Our main endeavour is to be useful, but with a pleasant degree of humor."

The Almanac predicts a relatively normal and (unsurprisingly) cold winter for those of us in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. The Almanac also predicts that in some areas, below normal temperatures and precipitation will occur due to the reoccuring cold streaks throughout January and February.

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Topics: Minnesota