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10 Expert Tips To Achieve Home Comfort In The Minnesota Winter

Posted by Kelly on Jan 14, 2016 4:59:40 PM

Are you already sick of winter? Well, we hate to break it to you, but we are still several months away from feeling spring breezes and the grass beneath our toes. However, we can make the most of the time we spend inside our homes if we make it as comfortable as possible. Here are our 10 expert tips to achieving home comfort in Minnesota this winter.

Find A Perfect Thermostat Setting

It’s the obvious first step to keeping warm this winter, but once you find your golden thermostat setting, you’ll see why its number one in keeping you comfortable and saving you money. Most people believe that anywhere between 68-70 degrees is ideal in the winter. But you may find that you prefer to sleep in cooler air, so feel free to turn it down at night. A programmable thermostat can help you make adjustments at certain times of day so you can set it and forget it.

Balance Humidity

Just as important to your comfort as the temperature, is the humidity. In summer, you feel hot and muggy when the humidity is too high. In winter, you can feel clammy or colder with too much moisture in the air. If there is not enough moisture, you’ll get dry skin, brittle nails and hair, and chapped lips. The key is finding the right balance in your home and a whole house humidifier/dehumidifier can help with that.

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Topics: Winter

Winter Tips: How to Combat Dry Air in Your Home

Posted by Kelly on Dec 17, 2015 4:41:26 PM

In the winter, it pays to be prepared for all the usual foes – extra gloves in your purse for cold weather, an ice scraper in your car to clear that pesky snow from your windshield, and lotion in your pocket to help your hands stay protected from that dry, dry air. The moral of the story is “be prepared,” and the same holds true for homeowners. You can take some easy steps to beat the winter dryness, so here are our tips to combat dry air in your home.

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Winterizing Tips: Should I Cover My Air Conditioner

Posted by Brittany on Sep 16, 2015 4:07:24 PM

A few cool nights turn into a few cool days, and before you know it, the summer heat is done and so is the use of your air conditioner. That may have you wondering what to do next? How do you winterize your AC? Should you cover your air conditioner? The answer depends on a few factors and it’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons.

The Pros

Should I Cover My Air ConditionerWe will start with the reasons for keeping it covered when winter rolls around.

First, covering your AC will offer protection from the elements. Dirt and debris won’t fall inside the outdoor unit as easily as an uncovered one. That means less of a chance that you’ll get twigs, branches, or leaves inside your AC over the fall and winter when they tend to blow around, fall off trees, or roll off your roof.

A covered AC will also stop snow from accumulating on the unit. In Minnesota, we are no stranger to high snow drifts or even blizzards that can leave several feet accrued outside. As that melts and re-freezes, it may leave unwanted moisture dripping into your unit – and moisture isn’t good for machinery. Ice can damage the coils and you may just want to avoid taking a chance. That being said, most HVAC equipment is made to withstand varying weather conditions, but things like hail and blizzards are especially destructive.

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Topics: Weather, Winter