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Homeowner Tips: How to Winterize Your 3 Season Porch

Posted by Gregg on Sep 21, 2017 1:50:46 PM

Minnesotans love their porches and sun rooms, so they're certainly missed in the cooler months as temperatures begin to plummet during late fall and winter. Not to mention they’re a common source of heat loss from our homes. So winterizing your three-season porch is a good idea as cold weather approaches. How far you take that process depends on your goals for using that room. Here are some ideas for what will work best to winterize your 3 season porch.

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Topics: Home Maintenance, Heating, Zone Heating and Cooling

Why Zone Cooling Might Be the Answer to Your Home's Rising Heat Problem

Posted by Gregg on Aug 3, 2017 8:42:53 AM

Heat rises. It’s a concept taught in grade-school science class and one that can prove to be a problem for some homeowners. It’s not uncommon for upper levels of a home to be harder to cool than lower levels. A typical solution is to lower the thermostat temperature to compensate, but that can have the whole family grabbing sweaters just to stay comfortable on lower levels. And guess what that does to your energy bill? Here are some situations where zone cooling might be the solution.

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Topics: Heat Gain, Zone Heating and Cooling

Is Ductless Air Conditioning More Efficient for My Home?

Posted by Gregg on Jul 18, 2017 12:28:23 PM

Ductless air conditioning systems go by many names: DLS (ductless split system), DFS (duct-free split system), and mini-splits. But they all solve the same problem for homeowners: they provide efficient, comfortable cooling where a traditional system can’t. Ductless systems are becoming increasingly popular, although they’ve been around since the 1970s. Still, many homeowners aren’t that familiar with what great problem-solvers these units can be. Here are answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about ductless systems.

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Topics: Zone Heating and Cooling

How HVAC Zone Control Provides Ultimate At-Home Comfort

Posted by Gregg on Jun 6, 2017 11:54:06 AM

Keeping your home at just the right temperature during the summer can sometimes be a challenge. Especially when outside temperatures vary a lot, you can experience uneven temperatures throughout your home. It’s not uncommon, for example to have a cooler basement but warmer upstairs. Or for some homes, additions or rooms that have more or less insulation can have temperatures that vary significantly from other parts of the home. If any of that sounds familiar, you’ll want to know more about zone cooling and heating.

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Topics: Zone Heating and Cooling