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Why Home Builders Are Letting Buyers Pick their Own HVAC

Posted by Jordan on Mar 4, 2015 12:42:48 PM

Advantages to Picking the HVAC System for Your New Home

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Topics: Home Maintenance

Will My Old Furnace Work With The New Côr Thermostat?

Posted by Jordan on Feb 26, 2015 3:21:11 PM

The New Côr Thermostat In Your Home 

A lesson we all learn in life is how important it is to work together. We learn from those who are different than us, and grow into better versions of ourselves just by working as part of a team. Life is easier when we work together. So what does a thermostat have to do with being a part of a team? Meet your HVAC system’s newest teammate – the Côr thermostat. And boy, is she smart and easy to work with!

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Topics: Heating

Top-Of-The-Line HVAC Trends in New Homes

Posted by Jordan on Feb 23, 2015 12:48:50 PM

Spotting HVAC Trends at Parade of Homes

It’s the time of year where winter is starting to feel long, and people are busy planning distractions – like
trips or house projects – to get us through the season and into spring.

One of those traditional “distractions” in Minnesota is the annual Parade of Homes, a luxury home tour that runs from Feb. 28 through March 29 this year. Not only can you get great ideas for your own house (or just live vicariously through seeing some amazing homes), but you will also be able to see what top-of-the-line trends there are in home furnishings and comfort.

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Can a House Be Too Airtight?

Posted by Jordan on Feb 13, 2015 12:35:45 PM

Proper Home Air Ventilation Helps Your Living Space Breathe

In your lifetime, you’ve probably heard someone say, “let’s open a window and let the house breathe.” Of
course, homes don’t really breathe  people do. They were referring to the fact that the home had stale air inside – cooking smells, a still feeling, or an issue with the humidity – and they wanted fresh air circulating through. That’s great for days with perfect weather, but winters in Minnesota don’t allow for us to open windows without wasting the energy it takes to keep our homes warm. In fact, we try our hardest to seal them up tight and winterize them to save on heating costs. So, can a house be too airtight, or do we need to let it breathe every once in a while? The answer lies in the ventilation.

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Topics: Air quality

3 Key HVAC Questions to Ask When Remodeling Your Home

Posted by Jordan on Feb 11, 2015 3:52:51 PM

Consider HVAC To Make Comfort a Priority

When remodeling your home there are so many moving parts to consider. You need to think about
function, square footage, design, making sure the new space flows with your old space, decorating and so much more. One area you want to pay particular attention to when you are adding additional space is your home’s HVAC system. Since the comfort of your home relies so much on temperature and ventilation provided by your system, there are three key HVAC questions to ask when remodeling your home.

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Topics: Home Maintenance

What You Need to Know About Space Heaters

Posted by Jordan on Feb 6, 2015 12:26:34 PM

Are Space Heaters a Smart Option to Heat Rooms?

There are many homes out there that have that one “cold room,” like a basement office that just doesn’t
seem to feel as comfortable as the rest of the home. You may keep a stack of blankets or even try using a space heater to keep warm when you are in there. And while it may do the trick, is a space heater a smart option to heat a room? We’ll weigh the pros and cons and look at other options to see if there’s a better alternative for safety and cost.

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Topics: Heating

When Should You Check for Radon in Your Home?

Posted by Jordan on Jan 23, 2015 1:38:31 PM

Why Winter Is The Best Time To Test For Radon

You may have seen ad campaigns on billboards or TV commercials each winter reminding you to get your
house checked for radon. So what exactly is radon and why do we need to be concerned about it in our homes? We have some important facts about this dangerous (and mysterious) gas and the reasons why winter is the best time to test for radon.

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Topics: Home Maintenance

How Do You Know Your Furnace Is About To Die?

Posted by Jordan on Jan 21, 2015 2:26:33 PM

When to Replace or Fix Your Furnace

Many people go into homeownership thinking mowing the lawn and shoveling the sidewalk are the biggest tasks when it comes to sustaining a nice home. But maintaining your furnace is one of the most important responsibilities not only for your comfort, but for your safety, too. So how do you know when to replace your furnace and when to simply fix it? We’ve got the list of things to look out for to know whether your furnace is about to die.

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Topics: Heating

Understanding Attic Insulation

Posted by Jordan on Jan 15, 2015 11:46:04 AM

How Much Insulation Should I Have In My Attic?

Adding insulation to your attic can be one of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more
comfortable. It’s relatively simple to install, making it even more of a reason why many do-it-yourselfers decide to take on the task when they want to make their home more energy efficient. Understanding how much insulation you should have in your attic depends on three basic factors: the climate you live in, your budget (to determine what type of insulation you can afford) and your home design.

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When Should I Get a Home Energy Audit?

Posted by Jordan on Jan 8, 2015 1:47:30 PM

Why Winter is the Best Time for a Home Energy Assessment

If you’ve ever wondered how energy efficient your home is, a home energy audit will help get you some answers and
 probably save you money in the long run. It can be done any time of year, but the winter is the best time for a home energy assessment, because your audit can include a thermographic scan.

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