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Reasons Why You Should Consider Zone Heating Your Home

Posted by Gregg on Jan 26, 2017 10:59:11 AM

Perhaps you’ve heard of zone heating and are wondering if it’s right for your home. If it’s comfort, convenience, heating, and quiet operation that you want from your HVAC system, zone heating may be the perfect choice for you. While it’s more commonly installed in new home construction, zone heating is still a viable option for many homeowners.

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Topics: Heating, HVAC

Basement Heating: How To Keep It Cozy Without Spending a Fortune

Posted by Gregg on Jan 24, 2017 10:39:25 AM

Is your basement colder than you like? Looking for heating ideas that don’t cost a fortune? The first step in solving basement heating problems is identifying why your basement is cold in the first place. Then you can decide the best way to solve the problem. Here are some tips from Keith Hill, Stay Comfy’s resident HVAC pro.

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Topics: HVAC, Winter

Furnace Not Working? Try These Steps Before Calling in a Professional

Posted by Gregg on Jan 5, 2017 1:57:24 PM

Is your furnace not working? Before you become your own DIY HVAC professional or call in an expert, it will help to know a little about your heating system, how it works, and its functional components. For example, does your furnace have a pilot light? How about a motor and blower? Does your thermostat need batteries to operate?

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Topics: Heating, HVAC

Furnace Reviews: Our Top HVAC Recommendations for 2017

Posted by Gregg on Jan 3, 2017 1:57:47 PM

What makes one heating system “better” than another — and why? There are technical reasons, of course. But for the homeowner, the real reasons are comfort and economy. So our furnace reviews and recommendations are based first and foremost on those two factors.

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Topics: HVAC

Warning Signs Your Furnace Motor May Need to be Replaced

Posted by Gregg on Dec 27, 2016 2:55:03 PM

No one wants to suddenly be caught without heat, especially in a Minnesota winter. Your furnace motor, of course, is a major component of your heating system and you’ll want to be sure it’s in top running condition. Luckily, that’s usually pretty simple.

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Topics: HVAC, Winter

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

Types of Furnaces and Their Unique Attributes

Posted by Gregg on Dec 15, 2016 10:06:02 AM

The various types of furnaces available differ primarily by the type of fuel they burn — or any other means by which they create heat. There are numerous types of fossil fuel burning furnaces, although the most common burn gas or oil. For alternate fuels, there are furnaces that can utilize wood, coal, or manufactured wood pellets. More and more, you’re seeing solar-powered units, and there are also electric furnaces. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the most common types of furnaces.

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Topics: HVAC, Winter

HVAC Replacement: 4 Signs It's Time for a New System

Posted by Gregg on Dec 6, 2016 11:00:23 AM

Have you been wondering when HVAC replacement might be right for you? Perhaps you’ve been hearing a few unusual noises coming from your system. Or maybe you’ve had a few too many service calls lately. Or it seems like your energy bill has been creeping up and up over the years. These can all be signs that your intuition is right - maybe it’s time to think about investing in a new system. Here are four of the most common signs that you’re ready for HVAC replacement.

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Topics: HVAC

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

3 Excellent Benefits of Installing a Wi-Fi Thermostat

Posted by Gregg on Oct 20, 2016 9:18:03 AM

You’ve probably noticed that Wi-Fi thermostats are becoming more and more popular, and there are good reasons for that. Most of the Wi-Fi thermostats on the market today fall into the high-performance category, meaning they have all the features of a good digital thermostat. But they have additional benefits, as well. Here are three top reasons to seriously consider installing a Wi-Fi thermostat as part of your heating and cooling (HVAC) system.

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Topics: HVAC