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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

Building a new home is an expensive task. But to those who pursue the endeavor, it can give them a sense of control when it comes to the decision-making process and order over how they picture living life in their new home. Building new allows the buyers a chance to give input on the final details like counter tops, floor finishes, and more. If you are in the new house market you may have noticed a recent trend with builders letting the buyers pick their own HVAC system. Since an HVAC system is responsible for the comfort of your whole home, it’s a good thing to be involved in. Gone are the days when a contractor made all the decisions and buyers just filled in the blanks. Welcome to the world where the future homeowner is heard – even before the first hammer swings.

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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

A New Thermostat for Smarter Homes

Posted by Jordan on Feb 24, 2015 3:19:57 PM

Introducing the Carrier Côr™ Thermostat

Every year we move closer to the kind of futuristic world imagined in ‘The Jetsons,’ with machines that can do household tasks automatically. There are now vacuums that zoom around the room when you’re away, alarm systems that know when a door is left open and lights with motion sensors to turn themselves off. These products all make it seem like your home has a brain of its own, and now Carrier has come up with a product that brings you to the heart of your smarter home – The Carrier Côr™ Thermostat

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Topics: Carrier

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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Easy Improvements Before Selling Your Home

Posted by Jordan on Feb 20, 2015 4:55:53 PM

Cost-Effective Improvements to Add Value To Your Home

When you decide to sell your house, you want to make the most money you can get. Since you’re selling, though, you obviously don’t want to spend money on improvements unless you know you can recoup the investment. To help you on your journey, we’re highlighting some of the quick, cost-effective improvements you can make to add value when you put your home on the market. 

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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

FAQ: Indoor Air Quality

Posted by Jordan on Feb 4, 2015 3:46:18 PM

How to Control Common Indoor Air Pollutants

When it comes to pollution, our first thought is about the outdoors – smog in the air, litter on the street, pesticides and chemicals in our rivers. But lurking inside our tightly sealed homes may lay a greater safety issue – indoor air pollutants, which can contribute to asthma attacks, allergies, headaches, or worse. To keep yourself safe and your air quality high, we’ve got a list of some of the most common indoor air pollutants and how to control them from coming in or staying in your home.

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Topics: Air quality

Can a Home Contractor Help Show You How An HVAC System Works?

Posted by Jordan on Jan 31, 2015 4:10:50 PM

Why New Homeowners Should Use HVAC Professionals

Congratulations! You decided to make the jump and live the American dream of buying your own home. Now comes the flood of questions: How do I turn on and off the water to the house? What kind of insulation do I have? How does my HVAC system work? Or, if you are very new to homeownership: What is an HVAC system? Most questions are pretty easy to answer with the help of the Internet, but for your home’s HVAC system, you may be in better hands if you turn to the HVAC experts. Here’s what a contractor can help show you about how your HVAC system works.

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Topics: Home Maintenance

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