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Steps to Take When Shutting Down Your Furnace

Posted by Ed Heil on Mar 13, 2014 6:33:00 PM

 Furnace shutdown

It's been a long, cold winter and your furnace has come through the brutal temperatures like a champion. If you could hug the old "lug" you would, instead, you want to be sure you put your system to rest until you need to call it into action again. So, what needs to be done to put the furnace into hibernation for the summer season? Here are some steps to take when shutting down your furnace.

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Topics: System Maintenance

Best Way to Manage Home Temperatures in Changing Seasons

Posted by Ed Heil on Mar 11, 2014 8:54:00 AM

Maintaining comfort between seasons


It’s hard to imagine that one day, not too far down the road, we’ll be needing to kick on the air conditioning. And then a day or so later it’ll get chilly again and we’ll need the heat back on again. Okay, let’s face it, given the weather in Minnesota, we may need to switch it back and forth all in the same day! What is the best way to manage temperatures in changing seasons?
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Topics: System Maintenance, Heating, Cooling

How Do You Remove Radon From Your Home?

Posted by Ed Heil on Mar 6, 2014 5:40:00 AM

High levels of radon increase cancer risk

Although radon is a natural occurring radioactive gas, it is nothing you want seeping into your home. Radon makes its way from the soil into your home through foundation cracks and openings or is present in well water, but elevated levels of radon in your home can be deadly over time -- only smoking causes more lung-cancer related deaths. How do you know if you have elevated radon levels in your home and then how do you remove radon from your home?

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Choosing the Right Carrier Thermostat for You

Posted by Ed Heil on Feb 27, 2014 4:10:00 AM

Carrier Thermostats: Good, Better and Best

If you have a Carrier furnace, you probably want a thermostat that equals in quality. And being that thermostats are the gateway to managing energy use and costs, you are going to want to know what options are out there before you switch out the old for a new and improved model. Carrier offers a number of thermostats for their furnaces, in a range of good, better and best quality.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

The Ideal Thermostat Setting in a Home

Posted by Ed Heil on Feb 11, 2014 5:40:00 PM

Personal preference and tolerance guide thermostat settings

Find that Perfect Setting

Just returned from a friend’s home where they keep their thermostat set at 64-degrees. It was freezing in there – and they had actually turned UP the heat for company. My preference is closer to 72-degrees, so there is no need to bundle up while being at home, and yet that costs us a fortune. So what is the ideal thermostat setting in a home? One that is comfortable and efficient.

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Topics: Heating

How to Reduce Draft in your House

Posted by Ed Heil on Feb 5, 2014 9:55:00 PM

Air leaks cause drafts

Prevent air leaks in your home

If you feel chilly in your house - even with the heat turned up, chances are your home may have air leaks that are causing drafts. Even if you have a newer, efficient furnace, those drafts are contributing to higher heating and cooling bills because you just paid to heat or cool that air that is escaping. By eliminating those unwanted air leaks, your home will not only be comfortable year-round, but you can actually save up to 10-percent on your energy bills!

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Topics: Heating

How To Fix Dry Skin in the Winter Months

Posted by Ed Heil on Jan 30, 2014 3:41:00 PM

Combat winter's effects on your skin

The recent stretch of extreme cold has done a lot of damage – to our emotional well-being, our pocketbooks and even our skin! With the Minnesota winter temperatures so low and our furnaces running non-stop to keep our homes comfortable, our skin has really taken a beating. Are you suffering from rosy cheeks, dry hands and feet, even sometimes to the point of splitting and cracking? If so, you’re not alone; if not, you are very lucky. Here are some tips to combat winter’s effects on our skin.

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Topics: Heating

What is the Proper Level of Home Humidity?

Posted by Ed Heil on Jan 19, 2014 1:28:00 AM

Too much, too little humidity in your home

Let’s face it, it’s hard to manage humidity levels in the home during the cold winter months. It seems like one day your throat is dry and scratchy and then the next your windows are icing over. What is the proper level of home humidity for those of us who live in Minnesota and how can we keep things comfortable for our family and pets?

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Topics: Heating

Understand the Benefits of Heating Your Garage

Posted by Ed Heil on Jan 18, 2014 8:54:00 PM

The garage is an extension of a home, and although most of us use them simply for storage or to park our cars, there is a growing trend to heat the garage for expanded uses. Feeling stir-crazy? Some want that ‘bonus’ space for a place to retreat to during the long winter months, to perhaps work on a project or the car, or to play a mean game of Ping-Pong. You may not be ready to turn your garage into living space, yet here are some thoughts to better understand the benefits of heating your garage.

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Topics: Heating

Good, Better and Best Options When Buying a Furnace

Posted by Ed Heil on Jan 7, 2014 4:17:00 PM

Good, Better, Best furnaces to buy

So many brands, so many contractors, so many options to consider. Let's face it, it's not like we buy a new furnace every week, month or year so figuring out what furnace to buy is a real challenge. For many, this may be a once in a lifetime decision! So when it comes to this important household decision, What are good, better and best options when buying a furnace?

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Topics: Heating