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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

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

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

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

How Can I Avoid Dry Air In My Home?

Posted by Gregg on Dec 13, 2016 11:42:43 AM

Whether summer or winter, humidity plays a big role in your indoor air quality. Too much humidity in summer leaves us feeling hot and sticky. But too little in winter makes us feel colder and the dry air can contribute to irritations like dry skin and nasal passages. Really low humidity can even dry out wood floors and furniture enough to cause cracking. So, here are some easy ways to avoid dry air in your home.

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Topics: The Côr Thermostat, Winter

Farmer's Almanac Forecast for Early 2017

Posted by Gregg on Nov 29, 2016 4:00:38 PM

Brrr! The Farmer’s Almanac forecast for 2017 predicts a colder than normal winter for the upper Midwest. Here’s what the venerable (and 80% accurate) almanac has to say:

“Winter will be colder than normal, with the coldest periods in mid-December, through most of January, and in early and late February. Precipitation will be a bit above normal in the east and below normal in the west, with snowfall above normal from Minneapolis eastward and below normal in the west. The snowiest periods will be in early to mid- and mid- to late December, mid-January, and early to mid- and late February.”

So, what can we do, besides pulling out some extra sweaters and blankets? Read on.

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Topics: Heating, Winter

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

Efficient Ways to Bring Fresh, Minnesota Air Into Your Home

Posted by Gregg on Oct 27, 2016 8:47:28 AM

One of the delights of spring is that first time you can open the windows and let in that fresh Minnesota air. But what do you do when it’s too cold to open a window and doing so would defeat your home heating goals? Here are some efficient ways to keep fresh, clean, Minnesota air circulating through your home, no matter the season or the weather.

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Topics: Air quality, Minnesota, 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