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Should I Dehumidify My Home? Signs It's Time to Take Action.

Posted by Gregg on Jul 20, 2017 2:40:43 PM

Summertime is filled with high temps and high humidity, certainly the time to get the AC going full blast. But what if you don’t have central air? Or you have it, but it just doesn’t seem to handle the indoor humidity the way you’d like? At what point does it make sense to add a dehumidifier to your home? How does a dehumidifier work? What are the signs that you might really need one? These are the questions we’ll tackle today.

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Topics: humidity control

Is Ductless Air Conditioning More Efficient for My Home?

Posted by Gregg on Jul 18, 2017 12:28:23 PM

Ductless air conditioning systems go by many names: DLS (ductless split system), DFS (duct-free split system), and mini-splits. But they all solve the same problem for homeowners: they provide efficient, comfortable cooling where a traditional system can’t. Ductless systems are becoming increasingly popular, although they’ve been around since the 1970s. Still, many homeowners aren’t that familiar with what great problem-solvers these units can be. Here are answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about ductless systems.

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Topics: Zone Heating and Cooling

AC Repair: What You Can Fix Yourself and When to Call a Pro

Posted by Gregg on Jul 13, 2017 3:12:22 PM

Air conditioner on the fritz? It always seems to happen when it’s hottest and muggiest, right? Or on the weekend! So, when can you avoid an AC repair, and when do you have to call the pros? Here are some tips to help you diagnose the problem.

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Topics: Cooling

What Is the Average Lifespan of a Central Air Conditioner?

Posted by Gregg on Jul 11, 2017 2:42:33 PM

A central air conditioning system is a significant investment in a home and most homeowners look forward to theirs lasting a good many years. Still, many homeowners wonder what they can realistically expect from their system, especially if it’s a little older. Many also ask if it makes sense to upgrade an older system, even if it’s working just fine. Well, wonder no more. Here's everything you need to know about the average lifespan of a central air conditioner.

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Topics: Cooling

Home Comfort: A Guide to Finding The Perfect Home Temperature

Posted by Gregg on Jun 29, 2017 11:29:50 AM

One day it’s 90° F by early morning, the next day the high is 65°. Yep, it must be the change of seasons in Minnesota. These kinds of temperature swings are standard for Minnesota and the upper Midwest, and we’re all used to it — no matter how much we complain. But that doesn’t make it any easier to find the perfect indoor home temperature. Here are a few tips for regulating your home’s temperature to provide some home comfort for your family.

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FAQ: Does Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Really Cut Cooling Costs?

Posted by Gregg on Jun 27, 2017 8:59:55 AM

We’ve probably all heard the sage advice: “Just close off the registers in the rooms you’re not using. Closing vents will save on energy costs if you’re not cooling (or heating, for that matter) those rooms.” But is that really true? And if so, how much can you actually save? We checked in with Keith Hill, resident HVAC expert at Stay Comfy to find out.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

Is Your HVAC System Still Using AC Freon®? It May Be Time to Upgrade

Posted by Gregg on Jun 22, 2017 12:11:01 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of phasing out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which includes Freon®, a refrigerant once common in air conditioners and freezers. Scientific evidence determined that HCFCs are significant ozone-depleting substances. The phase-out was implemented as a result and manufacturers stopped using HCFCs in 2010. However, many appliances made and installed before that may still be using Freon.

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Topics: Cooling

What Does the MERV Rating Say About My HVAC Air Filter?

Posted by Gregg on Jun 20, 2017 2:06:46 PM

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and is a third-party system for rating air filters. It’s a convenient way for homeowners to compare different filters and choose what’s best for their particular situation. Essentially, the higher the MERV rating, the greater the ability to filter contaminants. We talked with Keith Hill, Stay Comfy’s resident HVAC expert to learn more.

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Topics: air filters

3 Ways To Purify Home Air Naturally So Your Family Can Breathe Clean Air

Posted by Gregg on Jun 15, 2017 9:53:31 AM

It’s no secret that fresh, clean air is ultimately important to our health. And it’s only natural to want to make sure that you and your family are breathing the freshest, cleanest indoor air possible. That’s especially true if anyone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma, environmental sensitivities, or other health concerns. Here are steps to keep your indoor air as healthy as possible.

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Topics: Air quality, Electronic Air Cleaners

HVAC Rebate: What You Need to Know About Cool Cash

Posted by Gregg on Jun 13, 2017 8:59:27 AM

Never heard of Cool Cash? Heard about it but wondering just what it’s all about? You’ve come to the right place. Especially if you’re looking to save on installing a new cooling system ahead of the summer heat. Cool Cash can help you do just that—and save big!

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Topics: Cooling, Carrier