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4 Ways to Prep your Heating System and House for the Fall

Fall is finally here, and now is the perfect time to get prepared for the winter months ahead. Here are 4 simple ways to prepare for the cooler weather. Schedule your tune- up Preventive maintenance will help you recognize if your unit will withstand the harsh and demanding Minnesota winter. …

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Five Ways to Save Money on Home Cooling this Summer

The recent Star Tribune article about ways to save you money on home cooling maintenance this summer was, to be frank, really bad. We want to make sure our customers know that you can cut back on expenses and still remain comfortable. Follow these simple tips when the temperature starts …

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Response to Star Tribune Article

The Star Tribune recently posted an article “5 Ways to Save Some Cool Money in June” where they suggested to maintain your air conditioning unit by making appointments through your local Home Depot or Sears and suggested homeowners just “check refrigerant levels themselves”. We were shocked at such bad advice …

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Three Reasons to Convert from Oil to Gas

There are many reasons to consider converting your oil burning furnace or boiler to natural gas. Here are three reasons why you should make the switch before the unforgiving Minnesota winter takes hold. Save money with natural gas At the current rate, your cost savings for converting to natural gas …

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5 Questions to Ask When Repairing your Air Conditioner

Last month, we gave you tips on what questions to ask any HVAC contractor when installing a new HVAC system. The article focused solely on the installation of a new system. We will expand upon that with today’s post which is geared specifically towards HVAC repairs. Here are five important …

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5 Questions to Ask When Replacing your Air Conditioner

This is the most important time of year to have your air conditioner operating in peak condition. Acting quickly is crucial whenever the time comes for replacing your air conditioner. On the other hand, rashly signing-on to the first quote you see isn’t a good idea either. Be prepared to …

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Double Check your Fan Direction this Summer!

Fan direction matters. The proper fan direction can make an especially noticeable difference on days with extreme temperatures. This can allow you to raise your thermostat setting, while still remaining comfortable and saving money on utility bills. Many homeowners think they have their fan set the right direction when they …

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7 Steps to Air Conditioner Replacement

Not all HVAC contractors install a new air conditioning system the same way.  There is however, a right way and a wrong way. The right way involves a multi-step process with careful attention to detail. The wrong way has long-term consequences; and unfortunately, too many customers are on the losing …

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How to Set Thermostat for Optimum Efficiency

Thermostat settings are all about staying comfortable while maximizing energy efficiency. The first step is to properly set a programmable thermostat for your general lifestyle. Next, make a habit out of observing local weather forecasts and shutting off your AC whenever possible. Lastly, take advantage of small ways to stay …

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