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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

How Can I Lower My Xcel Energy Bill?

Posted by Gregg on Nov 10, 2016 10:57:21 AM

It’s a fact that your Xcel energy bill, or those from other providers, can be among your highest home maintenance expenses. It just makes sense to want to lower it as much as possible, and that’s even more important as we approach the heating season. So, if you're worried about your heating bill this winter, here are some ways you can conserve energy and save cash for other things at the same time.

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Topics: Heating, Energy Efficiency

No Heat? Don't Panic, Follow These 6 Simple Steps

Posted by Gregg on Nov 8, 2016 11:13:52 AM

No one wants to come home and find there’s no heat — especially in a Minnesota winter! But if that happens to you, keep in mind that often the cause may be minor and something that you can correct yourself. Here are six simple steps to take to see if you can correct your "no heat" problem without a service call. 
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Topics: System Maintenance, Heating, HVAC, Winter

How to Select the Right Energy Efficient Furnace

Posted by Gregg on Nov 1, 2016 2:31:39 PM

As temperatures fall in the upper Midwest, it’s natural to start thinking about heating your home for the coming season, and a perfect time to consider installing an energy efficient furnace. But unless you’ve recently purchased a new furnace, you may not be aware of current innovations in both efficiency and comfort. Here are a few tips to help you get started researching and selecting the right furnace for your home.

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Topics: Heating, Energy Efficiency, Winter

Reduce Your Utilities Bill with These Tips

Posted by Gregg on Oct 25, 2016 11:35:00 AM

The leaves are falling, the nights are cooling, and suddenly it's here — home heating season. So, with our Minnesota winter fast approaching, it makes sense to ensure that you’re getting the best performance out of your heating system. Here are three ways you can increase your system’s efficiency and reduce your utilities bills this winter.

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Topics: Heating, Winter

Calculating Your New Furnace Cost: What to Consider

Posted by Gregg on Oct 18, 2016 10:20:47 AM

As the leaves turn and temperatures drop, it’s natural to start thinking about winter heating. And perhaps this is the year to replace that old furnace with a new, energy-efficient one. But what would a new furnace cost?

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Topics: Heating, HVAC

The 5 Benefits of Installing a Carrier Heat Pump

Posted by Gregg on Oct 6, 2016 9:23:34 AM

Heat pumps are nifty alternatives (or supplements) to getting a furnace or air conditioner. Because of the name, many people think that a heat pump serves one purpose  but it can both heat and cool a home. Once thought to be best for those with moderate heating and cooling needs, newer heat pump models – like Carrier’s geothermal heat pumps – can be used in the coldest winters and hottest summers. Here are some of the benefits of installing a Carrier heat pump in your home.

1. Can Heat And Cool Your Home

We briefly mentioned this, but it’s pretty cool that you can have one piece of equipment that can pull double duty! Just like an air conditioner takes heat from inside the home and pushes it outside in the summer, so does a heat pump. But it also has the ability to flip the process in the winter and act as a heating unit. Our expert Keith Hill, the technical support manager at Minnesota Air, describes the heating mode like a reverse refrigerator because it extracts heat from the outdoors and ejects it into the air flowing in your duct system, which will heat your home. He says that even when it’s cold outside, the refrigeration system can take heat from 30- or 40-degree outdoor air and bring that heat indoors with the newest units.

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Why Spring Is the Best Time to Buy a New Furnace

Posted by Kelly on Apr 14, 2016 12:08:10 PM

Spring has sprung! And hopefully your HVAC made it all the way through the winter and will last you for many winters to come. But if not, you’ve found the right article. Spring is the time of year when we turn off the furnace and prepare the air conditioner for the summer heat, but it’s also the off-season for HVAC contractors. That means it’s one of the best times of the year to buy a new furnace. Here’s why:

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Topics: Heating

3 Common Home Heating Cost Comparisons

Posted by Kelly on Mar 1, 2016 4:11:29 PM

Whether you are looking to ‘go green,’ or just save a little money on your energy bill, comparing the different methods of home heating is a great place to start. However, you should know that there are many variables that go into making the choice that is right for you. We’ll break down some of the factors to consider when you are comparing different modes to heat your home, as well as a home heating cost comparison.

Fuel: The Type And Cost of Using

Fuel, or what powers your heater, is the place to start. Depending on if you are getting a furnace that runs on natural gas, oil, propane, electric, geothermal, etc., a lot can change in the price. Because so many furnaces depend on the fuel supplied by a company (gas, electric), the cost can change from month to month, according to Keith Hill, the technical support manager at Minnesota Air. Keith says that is especially true with the price of “delivered fuels” like propane and fuel oil – because it all depends on the company supplying it and the way the market is going at the time. 

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Topics: Heating