Why You Need A Furnace Clean And Check And Tuneup Every Year

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In Minneapolis / St Paul MN area homes, our furnaces sit idle for 7 to 8 months each year

Forced Air Furnace Tuneup & CleaningIt’s easy to forget about your furnace until some cold weather rolls in and you feel a chill inside your home. When it’s time to switch on the heat and make the chill go away, home owners can get a little nervous. Typically the first time you fire up your furnace you smell something burning that does not smell right. This is dust and dirt that has accumulated in the system being burned off when you first start your furnace. Also if your furnace is older you can feel insecure about the integrity of your system and whether it will be reliable for the full winter heating season.

High Efficiency Furnace Mandates Go In Effect May, 2013 For St. Paul, Minneapolis, MN Furnace Replacements

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There’s some pretty big changes coming up in May of 2013 regarding the choices you will have when you replace your homes furnace

Today a furnace that is rated 80% efficient can vent exhaust gases up a chimney (like most current installations). After May of 2013 the federal government has mandated that all new furnaces installed in homes in Minnesota must be 90% efficient or higher.

Understanding Forced Air Furnace Efficiency Ratings And Blower Motor Stages

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In todays market, forced air furnaces come in many different efficiency ratings

If it’s time to replace your Minneapolis, St. Paul, MN area homes forced air furnace, you need to understand your choices so you can make a smart decision on what equipment will keep your home comfortable for years to come. You can choose to purchase and install a furnace that has an efficiency rating from 80% to up to 98%. The higher the rating, the more heat you get in to your house for each dollar you spend on energy. So with a furnace that is 98% effective, the waste associated with each energy dollar spent is 2 cents. With an 80% efficient furnace, the waste associated with each energy dollar spent is 20 cents. The higher efficiency furnaces incorporate more technology to achieve better performance.

Replacing Your Home’s Heating System? Here’s Some Tips To Consider

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When it’s time to install a new furnace or boiler in your Minneapolis, St Paul MN area home, keep these things in mind

It’s a major purchase that you will live with for years. Your family will rely on your heating equipment and the company you choose to keep them warm and comfortable during the cold Minnesota winter. Here are the most important things you should ask a home heating contractor when you look for a company to purchase from and have install a new heating system.

What’s more important – the heating equipment or the people performing the installation?

To get a successful furnace or boiler replacement project you need to work with experienced professionals. Every home is unique and the equipment that is proper for your neighbor may not be right for you. A professional should measure your home and consider heat loss factors when they configure a system for your home. They should also listen to your concerns and issues. Your new system should make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.

Tankless Water Heaters Deliver Hot Water On Demand And Save Energy

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On Demand Tankless Hot Water HeatersTraditional water heaters waste energy by continually heating and re-heating water you aren’t using. All day and night your traditional tank style water heater burns energy to keep hot water ready and available when you want it. Heating water accounts for up to 30% of the average home’s energy budget – a tankless water heater will save on these expenses.

Tankless water heaters don’t have a large tank to keep standby water ready when you need it

There’s no more heating water for hours on end, whether you’re using it or not. When you turn the hot water handle, cold water travels through a pipe heated by a gas burner or an electric element that “flash” heats the water instantaneously. That’s why tankless water heaters are called “On Demand” or “Instantaneous” water heaters.

Understanding Indoor Air Quality Issues In Your Minnesota Home

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We seal our home’s tight to save energy and money on heating and air conditioning costs, but what cost do we pay in indoor air quality?

By understanding some basic sources of poor indoor air quality you can improve the air you breathe in your home. Here are a few tips on improving your home’s indoor air quality. They can also save money on house cleaning, your appliances’ longevity, and best of all, doctor bills.

Install, maintain and use exhaust fans in the kitchen and with the dryer

Gas appliances in particular emit carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and formaldehyde. Exhaust fans help move these gases out of your home.

Endless Hot Water And Energy Savings For Your St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN Area Home

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Conventional tank style water heaters continuously heat and re-heat the same water over and over so hot water is ready when someone in your home needs it. So while you are asleep at night your water heater is burning energy heating and re-heating the same water. The same occurs during the day when you are at work and the kids are at school. The majority of the day no one is using hot water in your home, but your conventional tank style water heater burns energy to keep how water ready in the tank.

Water Heater Maintenance Saves Energy, Money And Extends Equipment Life For St. Paul / Minneapolis, MN area homeowners

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Water Heater Rust Sediment DiagramSavvy homeowners know that regular maintenance can payoff in big savings by preventing little problems from growing in to large expensive problems. But many people neglect maintenance and tuneup for their home’s hot water heater and over time certain factors affect the performance and safety features on tank style water heaters. Ignoring this will cost more in operation and compromises the safety features built in to your water heater.