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Furnace Motor Diagnostics: 4 Ways to Prepare for The Cold Months Ahead

Posted by Gregg on Sep 14, 2017 10:12:07 AM

Winter is on its way — you can almost feel it in the fall air. It’s the time that Minnesotans start thinking about the cold months ahead and begin making sure they’re ready for a comfortable, maintenance-free heating season. Planning ahead should include an annual inspection — always a good idea to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.

But beyond a general check-up, there are some more in-depth diagnostics to consider. And one really important one is the condition of your furnace motor. No one wants to get caught with a failed motor — or one that is working at sub-par efficiency — in the middle of a Minnesota winter.

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Topics: System Maintenance, HVAC

How Can I Trust Furnace Reviews? What To Ask Before Investing.

Posted by Gregg on Sep 12, 2017 11:01:54 AM

Customer reviews have become a mainstay of the Internet, and for the most part, they’re usually pretty helpful. Reviews are really helpful when you're looking at a restaurant or even thinking about buying a new digital camera or laptop computer. But what about when it comes to bigger decisions, the kind you'll have to live with for the next 10, 20, or more years? Decisions like your next furnace? When the stakes are that high, you’ll want to make sure you're looking at reliable information in the furnace reviews you check out.

All reviews are not created equal, so here are some tips to make sure you can trust what you find online.

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Topics: Carrier, HVAC

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

Floor Vents: Will Decorative Grilles Affect My HVAC System?

Posted by Gregg on May 16, 2017 1:17:53 PM

You’ve just refreshed the look of your living areas—new paint, maybe new carpeting or refinished hardwood floors. Now your old HVAC grilles don’t seem to fit with the new, fresh look. Or, your grilles just look old and worn and you’re thinking it’s time for a change. But can decorative grilles affect the efficiency of your HVAC system? The short answer is, yes. Here’s why, along with some tips on what to consider when replacing your grilles.

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Topics: HVAC

Why You Shouldn't Use BTU Per Square Foot When Sizing Your HVAC System

Posted by Gregg on Apr 18, 2017 12:10:19 PM

At Stay Comfy we’re often asked about the correlation between a home’s size (square footage) and BTUs. In particular, we’re asked whether or not the home’s square footage should be used to determine the size of the HVAC system to install. Keith, our resident expert, says an emphatic NO! Here’s why he says not to use “BTU per square foot” as a way to determine the size of your HVAC system.

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Topics: HVAC

Why You Should Consider a Variable Speed HVAC System

Posted by Gregg on Apr 6, 2017 11:11:56 AM

You hear a lot these days about variable-speed heating and air conditioning and how that technology has improved HVAC systems in recent years. But what is all the excitement about? Here’s your crash course in variable-speed HVAC systems and what they can mean for your home heating and cooling needs.

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Topics: HVAC

Why is my Xcel Energy Bill So High? Here are 3 Ways to Save

Posted by Gregg on Mar 1, 2017 12:42:56 PM

After your mortgage, your energy bill is likely to be the next highest monthly home expense. So it makes sense to want to keep it as low as possible. Sometimes that can be a challenge in Minnesota, where we so often experience temperature fluctuations and extremes. But there are ways to save on your CenterPoint or Xcel energy bill, and here are some ideas to get started.

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Topics: HVAC, Winter

FAQ: What Furnace Should I Buy? Things to Consider

Posted by Gregg on Feb 21, 2017 2:44:23 PM

For most of us, buying a new furnace, like any major appliance purchase, is a pretty big deal. So you want to be sure you have all of the information you need to make the right decision. After all, it’s a decision you’ll likely to be living with—literally—for the next 15 or more years. So let’s take a look at some of the questions you’ll want to ask during your HVAC buying process and other considerations that will go into making your final decision.

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Topics: HVAC

Avoid the Lines and Create Some Home Comfort This Valentine's Day

Posted by Gregg on Feb 14, 2017 2:18:47 PM

It’s Valentine’s Day and you know you want to do something special. But dining at a crowded, noisy restaurant? Battling downtown traffic? Bundling up just to get to the car? Not all that appealing, is it? Maybe the best way to spend this Valentine’s Day is to stay in and create some home comfort of your own. Here’s how you can ensure that your HVAC system cooperates with that plan.

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Topics: HVAC

What is Ductless Heating and Cooling? 4 Things You Need To Know Before Investing

Posted by Gregg on Feb 9, 2017 10:07:33 AM

Ductless heating and cooling systems have been around since the 1970s. They were developed in Japan and are very popular in Europe and Asia. They seem to be gaining popularity here in the States, as well. If you’re unfamiliar with ductless heating and cooling, how it works, and how it may benefit you, read on.

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Topics: HVAC