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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

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