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Minnesota Winter Advice from Your Local Heating Experts

Posted by Kelly on Mar 22, 2016 4:06:32 PM

As our Minnesota winter enters its final stretches, we want to give you some sage advice about heating and taking care of your HVAC system before the snowflake season ends. Here are some of the words of wisdom from our local heating expert, Keith Hill, the manager of technical support at Minnesota Air, on what you should be doing to prepare yourself and your HVAC this month. 

Don’t Forget To Change Your Filter

We may have some days that get warm enough to feel like a nice spring day, but that doesn’t mean we can turn off our furnaces just yet. Nights get colder and you may find yourself turning it up as your home cools down.

“Since our furnaces run less at this time of the year, we tend to take them for granted. Don’t forget about the basics – filter changes in particular,” says Keith.

“Even though the furnace doesn’t run that often, it still needs a clean filter to allow the right amount of air to keep it running a the proper temperatures.”

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Topics: Winter

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

Air Quality Control: How to Keep Your Air Fresh During the Long Winter

Posted by Kelly on Dec 28, 2015 4:22:42 PM


During the colder months, it’s hard to get fresh outdoor air inside your home. We keep our windows and doors closed tight to prevent heat loss and tend to have our homes sealed from the outside elements. So, how do we keep the air in our homes fresh during the winter? The answer is all about air quality control and keeping track of what YOU add to the air.

Pay Attention To What You Bring Inside

In the summer, we tend to go outside to perform household tasks like painting and staining, but in the winter, going outside to do those same things just isn’t an option. You may go to a basement or a garage away from the rest of the family, but that won’t prevent the harmful chemicals and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from being in your home. VOCs are found in paints, stains, cleaning products, and even things like carpet and furniture, so you need to pay close attention to what you bring into your home.

When it comes to repainting a room or furniture, sometimes you just can’t wait until summer. For that, you can crack a window open if you need to paint a room, but it will waste a lot of heat energy. It’s best to use a paint labeled with no VOCs or low VOCs.

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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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Topics: Winter

Electric Bill Intervention: How To Lower Your Bills In The Winter

Posted by Kelly on Nov 17, 2015 2:47:27 PM

 You can feel the chill in the air, the winter breeze starting to nip at your nose, and the holiday spirit bringing warmth to homes across the country. With all the extra entertaining and energy needed to keep your home extra cozy this winter, we wanted to help you find ways to lower your electric bills this season. I mean, who doesn’t want a little extra spending money during the holidays. So let’s bring down our bills and bring on the eggnog with an electric bill intervention.

1. Limit Or Stop Using Space Heaters

Space heaters are a huge energy sucker in homes. A small one can cost anywhere from $20-$50 a month if you are running it constantly when you are home. They can be cost effective if you are turning down your thermostat and just using it to supplement heat in one room (the room you are spending time in). But when people use them in place of a gas furnace to heat their home, they will end up spending a lot more. In fact, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce says that when used to heat a whole home or business, gas furnaces cost 43 percent of the cost of using electric space heaters to heat the same area.

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Topics: Winter

What to Do If Your Furnace is Not Working?

Posted by Brittany on Sep 23, 2015 4:49:36 PM

On a cold day, the last thing you want is to turn your thermostat on only to have your furnace remain off. Don’t be left in the cold this fall, there are some simple steps to take if your furnace is not working.

Check To See If There Is An Easy Solution

If you go to turn on your thermostat and nothing happens, don’t run to call a technician right away. It could have a simple solution that you can find yourself through a little troubleshooting. These simple steps could save you time and money before picking up the phone. 

First, if you are feeling no heat being produced by your furnace, make sure the thermostat is in heat mode and the temperature is at a proper setting. Something that simple can be overlooked and if you move your setting up and down a few degrees it may trigger your furnace on.

Also check or replace the batteries on your thermostat if you have one that uses them.

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Topics: System Maintenance, Heating, HVAC, Winter

Winter Prep: How to Find the Best Heating Service in Your Area

Posted by Brittany on Sep 21, 2015 10:23:15 AM

As you are prepping for cooler weather ahead – powering down the air conditioner, taking the boat out of the water, buying a new coat, packing away the swimsuit, and learning how to winterize your home? Make sure that finding an HVAC service to help you get your home ready for fall and winter is a priority too. Here are some tips to finding the best heating service.

Do They Know Your HVAC?

In the HVAC profession, there are many skilled technicians with various levels of expertise and specialties, according to our resident expert, Keith Hill, technical support manager for Minnesota Air.

“For example, some are great on gas furnaces and air conditioners, but not so good on heat pumps or hydronic heat (boiler systems),” he says. “And nowadays, the brand of product may have nuances that make it difficult for a tech that is not familiar with that particular product.”

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Topics: Heating, HVAC, Winter

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