From the Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Experts
As Minnesotans, we get excited at the sight of the fall colors but it’s not always the same feeling when we are sealing drafts, unhooking hoses, and getting our snow gear ready. Since we spend about 62% or more of our lives inside our homes, it’s important for them to be comfortable, efficient, and a healthy living environment year-round, especially in the winter.
Gas and electrical heating units need proper maintenance. Caring for your equipment is key to extending its lifespan, efficiency, making sure it’s safe to use, and avoiding issues when you need heat the most. Manufacturers normally require regular maintenance performed by a professional for warranties to be valid. Memberships start at $10 per month and provide free tune-ups.
Clean & Pristine
Heating and cooling units, though durable, are subject to failure when they become dirty. Furnace blower-wheels and air ducts should be cleaned every three to five years. Dryer vents should be cleaned every year. Always contact a professional to have these essential parts cleaned.
Regularly changing furnace filters will help protect your equipment. When a dirty filter is used for too long it can increase dust, equipment strain, and reduce air quality. In general, 1”- 2” furnace filters should be replaced every one to three months, 3” – 4” filters every six to nine months, and some larger filters can last up to one year. This depends on the environment around and inside your home. Homes with multiple occupants and pets can expect to change their filters more often and should get a duct cleaning every two to four years. Schedule your Duct Cleaning starting at $525.
The Right Technology
Today’s technology extends to our home’s heating and cooling units. Smart thermostats help save money, give more control of your comfort level, send data on your equipment run times, filter change reminders, and humidity levels.
Controlling your home’s humidity levels not only helps you physically but your home too. Low humidity levels dry out your skin, eyes, and breathing passages, and make your home feel colder. It can damage drywall, wallpaper, woodwork, musical instruments, and electronics sensitive to static electricity. High humidity levels cause condensation, and the growth of bacteria, mold, and dust mites. Your home’s humidity levels should be between 30-50%. Having a professional install a humidifier and dehumidifier are healthier, more efficient, and more cost-effective than portable units in the long run.
With a built-in air purifier, which releases zero ozone emissions, you can reduce 80% of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and reduce up to 99.99% of viruses and bacteria. Airborne particles are charged by the released ions causing them to cluster and be caught in filters. Bacteria and viruses bond with oxygen ions and are inactivated. These devices can be effective in clearing the air of pet dander, and dust. They improve air quality, alleviating allergy and asthma triggers while performing better than costly portable air purifiers throughout your home. Get one installed starting at $500.
Our professionals will be happy to answer your questions, provide free information so that you can make an informed decision, and give you tips specific to your equipment. Get through winter comfortably. Call your expert heating, cooling, and plumbing expert today. Check our promotions page for deals on water heaters, water softeners, furnaces, duct cleaning, and more!