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Spring Tips: How to Combat Dry Air in Your Home

Posted by Kelly on Mar 3, 2016 3:59:37 PM

Dry air is something that many homes have to deal with, especially when it’s cold out. But even as we head into spring, the task of adding humidity to our homes never ends. Air entering your home is what makes it dry out. So, as the seasons move from cold to warm in Minnesota, here are some suggestions to combat dry air during the spring.

“Cold air contains little moisture as it takes heat energy to keep the moisture in suspension, so cold air entering the home in winter or spring will dry it out,” says Keith Hill, our resident expert and manager of technical support at Minnesota Air. “Spring air is not so cold, so the moisture content is not as low as winter outside air which makes it less of a problem, but the solutions are the same.”

Reduce Air Leaving/ Entering The Home

It’s important to seal up the envelope of the home. This helps the home hold more moisture inside. In order to do this, look for cracks in the foundation, gaps around windows and doors, and if you have an attached garage, don’t forget about the service door. This door is especially important to seal, as it may also allow fumes from your automobile to enter the home.

“Remember that whatever air leaves the home has to be replaced with air infiltrating the home through cracks and crevices,” says Keith. “Seal up those leaks and limit the air leaving, and the moisture level will be easier to maintain.” 

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Topics: Summer

Repair or Replace: Air Conditioner Tips for Homeowners

Posted by Brittany on Sep 2, 2015 2:26:01 PM

If you’ve ever been stuck wondering whether to repair or replace something after it breaks, you are in good company. Is it worth the money to get it fixed or should you just buy new? That’s the question many ask themselves when their car breaks down, their computer crashes for the hundredth time, or their air conditioner stops keeping them cool. Well, since we’re your experts at keeping you comfortable in your home we’re here to help you with the latter. Here are our air conditioner tips for homeowners when you’re deciding whether to repair or replace your AC. 

Budget/Return On Investment

When deciding to buy new vs. fix what you’ve got, it’s always good to first look at what you can afford. Take a look at your budget and decided how you want to save money – a $200 repair may be the temporary band-aid you can afford right now, but it also may mean you’ll need more repairs on your AC down the line. You’ll need to weigh whether it’s worth the investment now — and based on energy efficiency alone, it may be.

Keith Hill, technical support manager for Minnesota Air, says because the minimum SEER rating – or energy efficiency rating – is now required to be 13 SEER or higher in the United States, even the most inexpensive units now (ACs rated 13 SEER) are 30 percent more efficient than the most inexpensive units just 9 years ago when SEER 10 was the minimum. 

“That’s a 30 percent reduction in fuel consumption even for the most basic new unit,” he says. “Or save more and buy a 16 or even 20 SEER unit. Those numbers equate directly to fuel consumption — 16 SEER is 60 percent more efficient than a 10 SEER. It’s that simple.”

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Topics: Cooling, Energy Efficiency, Summer

How to Lower Humidity in Your Home

Posted by Brittany on Aug 13, 2015 6:34:49 PM

Once we reach the final stretch of summer, you may find yourself riding the thermostat roller coaster, turning the temperature up and down depending on if it’s a mild day or a steamy one. However, hopping on that ride won’t be fun when it comes to getting lower humidity levels. If you want the humidity in your home to be comfortable, you need to keep moisture out. It may be tempting to open the windows in mild weather, but if it’s humid out – don’t do it. Here are some ways to lower humidity in your home.

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Topics: Cooling, Summer

Achieving Home Comfort: Ways to Control Your Home Humidity Levels

Posted by Brittany on Aug 4, 2015 1:20:18 PM

Humidity plays a major role in your body’s comfort. Humidity is moisture; it’s the wetness in the air, and we can feel it on our bodies, too. Often times we think of temperature as being a main factor in comfort, but as anyone in Minnesota will tell you, being cold is not as bad as being cold and wet (or being hot and sticky for that matter). That’s why we want to share with you some simple ways to achieve home comfort by controlling your home humidity levels.

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Topics: Air quality, Summer

5 Things to Try Before Calling an Air Conditioning Service

Posted by Brittany on Jul 21, 2015 5:37:21 PM

Is your air conditioner running? Well then, why don’t you catch it? Stupid jokes aside -- this is the time of year when the heat and humidity catch up with aging air conditioners, and the price of fixing them is no laughing matter! So if your AC isn’t running, is there anything you can do yourself to fix it? There are five things you should try before calling an air conditioning service. 

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Topics: Home Maintenance, Cooling, Summer

Energy Saving Tips For A Minnesota Summer

Posted by Brittany on Jun 23, 2015 4:47:26 PM

Who doesn’t love saving money? And in summer in Minnesota, when we are running the air conditioner more and using more water to maintain our gardens and green lawns, we can use all the help we can get to save some money on energy. Let’s look at some tips to get you started on a sizzling summer of energy savings. 

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Topics: Cooling, Energy Efficiency, Summer