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9 Long-Term Benefits of Switching to an Energy Efficient Furnace

Posted by Gregg on Sep 19, 2017 9:48:41 AM

Buying a new furnace is a major investment and it’s a decision you’ll live with for years to come. So, it pays to consider all your options. And there are a lot of them, with a correspondingly wide range of pricing options.

Not surprisingly, the higher efficiency units fall into the higher-end price range. But before you exclude those options based on upfront costs, take a look at what your long-term gains might be with a higher-end system.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

Why High Performance Furnace Motors Are Worth the Investment

Posted by Gregg on Sep 5, 2017 11:11:10 AM

Fall is coming quick and now is a great time to make sure your furnace is ready for the winter months ahead. To get started, here’s a checklist for winterizing your whole HVAC system. Beyond getting your current system ready for winter, this is the time of year that a lot of homeowners are thinking about replacing or upgrading an aging furnace. If you’re thinking along those lines, then you’ll want to seriously consider a high-performance motor — or ECM.

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Topics: Heating, Energy Efficiency, HVAC

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

How Winter Thermostat Settings Affect Your Home and Your Wallet

Posted by Gregg on Jan 12, 2017 10:46:48 AM

It’s winter and outside temperatures can fluctuate drastically, which means more work for your home heating system. So what are the best winter thermostat settings for a home thermostat? Most people try to strike a balance between personal comfort and fuel economy — no one enjoys an inflated energy bill at the end of the month. Here are some things to take into consideration when you’re setting your thermostat for winter weather.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

Furnace Replacement Advice: Metal vs. Plastic Venting

Posted by Gregg on Dec 20, 2016 10:22:38 AM

If you’re considering a furnace replacement, you may have heard that there are two types of venting: metal and plastic. But what does that really mean? And should you be considering one over the other? Here’s what you need to know about the difference between metal and plastic venting.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, HVAC

10 Ways to Avoid a High Electric Bill in the Winter

Posted by Gregg on Dec 8, 2016 12:34:46 PM

Homeowners are often concerned about gas energy savings, but what about a high electric bill? Like your gas bill, your electric costs can rise in the winter. But just as with your gas bill, there are steps you can take to keep your electric bill down.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency

9 Heat Hacks to Avoid Furnace Replacement

Posted by Gregg on Nov 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Thinking it might be time for a furnace replacement, but not quite ready to take the leap? That’s understandable. It’s a big decision and can be a significant investment. While you’re deciding, here are a few “heat hacks” to get the best performance and value out of your current unit. 

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Topics: Heating, Energy Efficiency

How Much Money Can I Really Save with a High-Efficiency Furnace?

Posted by Gregg on Nov 22, 2016 11:18:57 AM

It makes sense to want to save on heating and cooling costs, which are among the highest home maintenance expenses. One great way to do that is to install a high-efficiency furnace to replace an older, less efficient model. But how much would you really save? The honest answer is, it depends on a number of factors, including: 

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Topics: Heating, Energy Efficiency

A New Homeowner's Guide to Buying a New Furnace

Posted by Gregg on Nov 17, 2016 10:13:39 AM

In the market for a new home? Or making your first home purchase? Whether experienced or a first-time homebuyer, there are a lot of things to consider when making your buying decision. One is ensuring that the home you’re purchasing is in good condition and will be as worry-free as possible. Nowhere is that more important than making sure that your heating system is in order. But what if you think your dream home may need a new furnace? Here’s a 6-point checklist to help you decide.

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Topics: Heating, Energy Efficiency

Why is My Gas Bill So High?

Posted by Gregg on Nov 15, 2016 11:29:33 AM

For many of us, our monthly gas bill can be among our highest home-related expenses. This is especially true in climates like Minnesota’s where winter and summer temperatures can be extreme. However, there are ways of monitoring, adjusting, and reducing those costs.

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Topics: Heating, Energy Efficiency