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Early Fall is a Great Time for Furnace Maintenance

By admin on September 11th, 2011

When temperatures begin to drop outside and the leaves begin to turn, it is check up time for your furnace. Getting your furnace ready for the long winter ahead can save money and prevent costly repairs needed on a cold winter day, when you really need the heat instead of a large repair bill.

Scheduling an appointment early in the fall for furnace cleaning and maintenance is smart. Most businesses offer a discount package at this time of year. It is also wise to have your ducts cleaned. Ducts and vents are an important part of your heating system. If there are leaks, warm air escapes, providing less heat for comfort and causes the furnace to run longer. Sealing leaks will eliminate or minimize the air that escapes and provide a more energy efficient system that does not have to over compensate for lost heat. Duct cleaning also means that the air you breathe will be cleaner. You may also want to take advantage of and request a quick and inexpensive service to test the air quality in your home for allergens, mold and toxic substances as many illnesses are related to and(or) caused by airborne agents.

Who should you hire for furnace maintenance? It is always a good idea to ask friends, family or neighbors who they hire to do the job for them. Word of mouth is the best advertisement and if a company has a good reputation, you will hear about it, as well as the bad. Consider how long the company has been in business.You may even want to check with the Better Business Bureau or an association of local heating and air businesses. Doing your research will be a worthy investment and the company you hire for the service may even pass a long a discount to you for referrals in the future. You will also be assured that the service you receive is quality maintenance. Also, check to see if the company offers a money back guarantee or return service if not satisfied. Additional tip – if you see the company name listed as a top online search engine response for your area and the company does not have negative feedback, be confident that you have probably found a winner.

Wondering what takes place when furnace maintenance is done? Switches, valves and burners are first on the list to check, making sure they are running properly and whether they may need replacement. Testing air flow and ignition, along with changing filters and checking run cycle is included in a comprehensive check of the overall system. How much time will the furnace maintenance take? Generally, less than an hour and a half, depending on whether replacements or repairs are needed. Cost for the maintenance averages from $125 – $175, depending on your geographic location and distance from the company you hire.

After the maintenance is done and the even cooler temperatures of later fall and winter set in, you are ready to turn on the furnace and relax in comfort, knowing that your furnace is well prepared to work for you and will do the job until spring comes again. Click here to speak with the Minneapolis duct cleaning pros.

Who Is The Best Duct Cleaner In Your Area?

By Dave Trosdahl on June 8th, 2011

We at Duct-911.com believe that there are two things that set us apart from our competitors. You have to know this right from the get-go that we only provide the highest quality workmanship because we hope that you will let us help you out again sometime. We have a long-term outlook, having been in the air duct cleaning business for almost 15 years. Secondly, we don’t waste your time and charge you for it, by running up the bill to nearly $1K as some companies do. We aren’t going to try to convince you to send cameras through your air vents because we both know it’s just metal duct work.

Duct Cleaning and The Most Often Asked Questions

  • For only ninety-nine bucks, do you get the duct work spic-and-span? Our answer, yes, because with our company there is no need to count vents.
  • Do you foresee a trip charge or a travel charge? There are no hidden fees, which means you will not be hit with a surprise when you are invoiced.
  • Will you show us what comes out of the air vents? Since we don’t use portable equipment, all the dust, dirt and debris is vacuumed outside through our truck mounted vac. You can look in the truck and check it out, but later in the day your dirt will be combined with all the other home owner’s dirt from that day. So, it’s a little hard to know whose dirt is whose.
  • A video inspection, is this necessary to have? If you’d like to ensure every last spec of dust has been cleaned from your ventilation system, then you ought to hire a company that has video cameras capable of imaging your air ducts. The camera will show everyone in your family, including you, how dirty your air duct is and how clean it will be afterwards; all while you relax on the couch. Most of our customers think it’s just another dog-and-pony show to get homeowners to spend more than they need to.

This is good advice to use when looking to hire an air duct cleaning company.

Perhaps the duct cleaning company will accept a pre-filled out cheque. If the duct cleaning business is a legitimate one, one of their representatives will be able to quote you a price on the phone. You can tell an honest duct cleaning company from a dishonest one, as the former won’t quit if you don’t want to go above the original price.

Typical Reason People Want Their Air Vents Cleaned.

We clean a lot of duct work for people who have either just moved into their new home, or have just had a baby. In addition, fall is our primary time for cleaning furnaces, and spring is our primary time for cleaning air conditioners.

No Gimmicks, just simple and straight forward pricing.

The nice thing about Duct cleaning Twin Cities pricing is that they use flat rate fees. Transients are the exception to in-floor heating. You can decide if you want to clean things when the technician is out. Some examples of problems that a duct cleaning professional may discover are clogged dryer vents or soot filled chimneys.

This blog post has been sponsored in part by the folks at:

  • DuctCleaningTwinCities.com, 260 Clarence St, St Paul, MN 55106 – (612) 412-1867
  • Air Duct Cleaning – All About Air Duct Cleaning Blog

Cash for Caulkers – Leaky Air Duct Work

By admin on July 26th, 2010

TCash for Caulkershe Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 – also known as “Cash for Caulkers” – is nearly here. The bill passed earlier this summer in the House of Representatives and is now awaiting final approval by the Senate. This is great news for homeowners and contractors. Arguably, the greatest barrier to widespread adoption of energy efficient or “green” construction is the cost. Cash for caulkers will hopefully be the impetus for change. This program lends itself nicely to the HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) industry since older heating systems are notorious for air leaks. Sealing leaky duct work often times will have a profound impact on a homeowner’s energy bill.

The Home Star bill provisions $6 billion for energy-efficient or “green” retrofits. It is expected to fund renovations for 3 million families, create 168,000 new jobs and save consumers $9.2 billion on energy bills over the next 10 years. However, in order to cash in on government funds, homeowners and contractors will need to follow specific guidelines. There are 13 types of retrofits described in the bill and each has unique requirements.

Fortunately there are many online resources discussing the latest developments in the Home Star bill. For example, HVAC Software Advice put together a cash for caulkers starter’s guide. They break down all the requirements of the bill into an easy-to-read table. The table includes specifications of retrofit requirements, along with the rebate amounts for each. They have also combined the retrofits into three packages.

To read their guide, visit: http://www.softwareadvice.com/articles/construction/cash-for-caulkers-the-definitive-guide-to-the-home-star-bill-1061110/

Benefits Of Duct Cleaning

By admin on July 12th, 2010

Extracting dust from the air duct work, by means of duct cleaning, is very beneficial to the air quality in one’s home. There is more dust inside than outside, and this type of dust is the ideal environment for mites and bacteria to develop, which are dangerous for health specifically if there are little children playing in various places in the house.

Our home’s HVAC (Air Conditioning and Heat Ventilation) systems are most prone to dust accumulation since these seasonal machines are not operated most of the time during the year. Additionally, because air conditioners ventilate, dust becomes trapped in them and this causes various allergic reactions. For this reason, many companies offer duct cleaning services for HVAC systems like heaters, air conditioners and dehumidifiers. The air channels of these machines can be properly cleaned with specialized brushes and blowers.Furnace Duct Cleaning

Heating and Cooling Maintenance

Duct cleaning not only reduces the incidence of dust allergies, but also ensures that your HVAC machine is properly maintained. Air conditioners and furnaces will work more effectively and perform their functions properly if there are cleaned regularly. An air conditioner will be more efficient at cooling if it is properly cleaned. You electricity bill will go down by reducing the burden on your AC’s compressor.

This is also true for heaters and dehumidifiers, if they’re cleaned utilizing the duct cleaning technique, their air passages won’t be clogged and won’t require as much maintenance. It has been noted HVAC systems have a longer functioning life if they’re properly cleaned and if the air passages are not clogged with dirt and dust. You will not have to worry about the HVAC system malfunctioning or replacing any parts. Thus, if one desires to make sure that his AC and heating systems is more durable, he must certainly get a duct cleaning system. Get your systems cleaned every season so that you can ensure a safe and healthy life for your HVAC equipment and perhaps even your family because they will not be exposed to allergens and dust related problems to the extent they might be with a dirty system.

Air Quality Indoors

As a responsible society we are obligated to look after our environment as pollution has become a worldwide issue. If everybody uses duct cleaning for their homes, then one person follows and another person and after this the entire community will benefit. We must promote duct cleaning systems if we want a cleaner, environmentally friendly, and pollution free atmosphere. Cleaning ducts can be costly, yet the advantages definitely are greater than the expenses, particularly when one views it in the context of environmental issues that we face.

Combine Govt Tax Credits, Rebates for Energy Savings

By admin on January 25th, 2010

Currently, the United States Government is offering a federal tax
credit if you buy an energy-efficient product or renewable energy
system for your home. For example, if you purchase an HVAC (Heating,
Ventilating, Air Conditioning) unit such as an advanced main air
circulating fan, an air source heat pump, central air conditioning, a
gas, propane, or oil hot water boiler, a natural gas or propane
furnace, or an oil furnace, you can qualify for federal tax credits.
Specific details related to the Energy-Star Federal Tax Credits for
Consumers are available here:
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index on the
energystar.gov website.

Besides these very lucrative national and local rebates, credits and
discounts, Service Experts (http://www.HVACclearance.com/sm) can
provide new EnergyStar-rated heating and cooling equipment at a
discount until March 31 2009, at which time some of those deep
discounts will end.

If you combine the tax credits along with other national and local
rebates, there is a very good chance that you can up to 100 percent off
your purchase: making it virtually free. As the largest national
heating and air conditioning service company, Service Experts can now
provide new furnaces and air handlers at a near net zero cost to some
consumers, depending on the location of the home and locally available
government and utility rebates. The only caveat? Depending on your
area, you may need to purchase an air conditioner at the same time in
order to ensure the correct sizing, air flow and proper operation of
the entire HVAC system.

I’ve attached a recent press release by Service Experts that details
the fact that they’re helping consumers combine the available
government tax credits, rebates, and discounts so that they can get a
new HVAC unit or furnace for 100 percent off the purchase price.

Visit this Heating and Air Conditioning site also.

5 Ways to Slash Your Heating Bill this Winter

By admin on October 1st, 2009

Consumer Reports Shows How to Reduce Your Heating Costs This Winter

Last year Consumer Reports published an article showing homeowners how to reduce their heating bill while increasing the value of their home. At Duct-911.com we don’t claim to be real estate appraisers, but we do know that all these things play a big role in making your house more sellable. More importantly we feel, is showing consumers how they can make slight changes in their lifestyle and still save substantial amounts on their annual heating bill.

Here is what Consumer Reports Recommends:

  1. Weatherize Your Home. – Weatherizing you home can save you up to 30 percent on heating. Your hardware store or local building center can give you one great tips on this based on the age and style fo your home. weatherizing includes things like putting plastic on the inside or outside of your windows, replacing damaged or missing seals on doors, using insulating foam gaskets on outlet covers, and much more.
  2. Insulate and Seal. – Insulation is relatively inexpensive and in many cases makes for an easy weekend do-it-yourself project. Here are some of the areas in your  home where you may be losing heat:
    • Add More Insulation – Adding attic insulation can lower your heating costs from 5 to 30 percent, according to a U.S. Department of Energy study. Check your attic to see if there ae places where the insulation is dirty. This could be a sign that you have a leak (seal it up) and now it’s time to replace the insulation. Ideally you should have R-38 insulation in your attic. If your house is new or your attic has been recently remodeled, you might be all set, but in older homes insulation can be minimal and poor quality at best.
    • Insulate your water pipes using slip-on pipe insulation. You may also want to replace your water heater’s damaged or missing blanket or wrap. A water heater generally comes from the factory with inadequate insulation and correcting the problem is easy and effective. Both of these products can be found at most home improvement stores.
    • Seal up your air ducts. The DOE estimates that 20 to 40 percent of the heating energy that leaves the heating system of a typical forced-air gas furnace heating cooling system is lost in the duct work system.
    • Seal Up Those Holes & Cracks – Cracks and crevices throughout your home allow expensive heated air to escape from your home. Furthermore, strong winds can force Freezing cold air into your home. Oftentimes a little caulking and a few pieces of insulation is all you need.
  3. Lower Your Thermostat. – For every degree you lower the temperature, you can save about 3 percent on your heating costs. This chore can be handled automatically using a programmable thermostat. Discount stores often times sell them for as little as $30-$40.
  4. Replace Your Old Windows. Installing new windows can save you 10 to 25 percent per year on heating if you have single-paned windows. But installing replacement windows can be expensive to install and the payback can take years. High efficiency replacement windows typically cost $7,000 to $20,000 installed, for an average house so it’s important to consider how long you will be keeping your home.
  5. Buy an Infrared Space Heater. If you can get by with not heating your whole house, many people are turning their thermostats way down and using a high efficiency infared space heater. Although space heaters cost about twice as much to run as a high efficiency gas furnace does, you have the ability of heating only the rooms your are using.

In cold winter climates like Minneapolis, MN many homeowners turn their heat way down at night and use a space heater to heat only 1 or two rooms while they get ready for work. If no one is home during the day they don’t need to turn the heat up again until they return from work. Programmable thermostats work perfectly in this situation. The house will be warm when you come home from work and until you go to bed at night.

For even more energy saving ideas, read the article we published last year: “Home Energy Saving Tips“.

To read the Consumer Reports article in full, here is the link: http://blogs.consumerreports.org/home/2008/10/winter-heating.html

Minneapolis Duct Cleaning

By admin on September 4th, 2009

Minneapolis Duct Cleaning

Duct Cleaning Dust MiteMinneapolis Duct Cleaning is the premier air duct cleaning company in the twin Cities, MN area. With more than 50 years experience installing furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps and more, Duct-911.com is prepared to handle all your HVAC needs, including air duct cleaning. As a professional heating and cooling contractor, Duct-911.com is able to offer excellent heating and cooling cleaning services at unbeatable prices.CALL 612-234-4117 to get on the schedule.

Before Duct Cleaning

All manufacturers of heating and cooling equipment recommend having your furnace cleaned, and inspected annually. Most homeowners agree that common sense dictates having their ductwork cleaned atht the same time. While there is no formal guidelines as to how often your ventilation system is cleaned, the professionals at Duct-911.com are able to offer suggestions based on number of people and pets in your home, smokers, as well as medical and environmental concerns..

Here are Just a Few of the Many Reasons for Minneapolis Duct Cleaning:

  • Experienced air duct cleaning company: Our duct cleaning company has been serving the Minneapolis metro for over 15 years.
  • One price fits all: We have a flat rate fee of $99 whether your house is small or huge.
  • Fast, efficient & friendly duct cleaning techs: All of our techs work as assistants for several months before they are promoted to lead duct cleaning technicians.
  • Full service HVAC contractor: Homeowners prefer working with a duct cleaner who knows how to service, maintain and install all types of furnaces and air conditioners.
  • Fully licensed & insured heating and air conditioning company: Our sister company, Hoffman Heating has been installing heating and cooling equipment since 1947! – we know duct cleaning!

Visit us at: Duct Cleaning Minneapolis

After Duct Cleaning

Duct-911.com is known throughout the Minneapolis St. Paul, MN metro area for affordable top quality duct cleaning. So, when you work with Duct-911’s team of heating and cooling contractors, and our duct cleaning technicians you can feel good knowing you’re getting the very best service possible for your air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, garage unit heaters, boilers, air handlers, packaged units, comfort controls and indoor air quality systems. You can also trust Duct-911.com’s Minneapolis Duct Cleaning technicians to provide top notch cleaning services and to help determine the best duct cleaning method and maintenance schedule that’s right for you and your family. CALL 612-234-4117 to have all your duct cleaning questions answered.

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Why Annual Furnace Cleaning is so Important

By Dave Trosdahl on August 28th, 2009

All Manufacturers Recommend Annual Furnace Cleaning

Furnace cleaning refers to the cleaning of all the parts of the furnace that it is composed of. These parts include burners, flame sensors, bearing and belts, furnace filters, vents and even furnace chimney. A regular maintenance is essential to efficient functioning of any device and so is the case with a furnace. Nearly all manufacturers recommend an annual furnace cleaning.

How a Furnace Works

A furnace functions in a manner that cold air is drawn into the system, passed through the filters and heated inside the furnace. This heated air is then distributed to various parts of the home through a number of ducts. The mechanism seems quite simple and homeowners oftentimes feel there is no need to clean the furnace on an annual basis. However, it is not as simple as it sounds. If not cleaned annually, heaps of dust and dirt may accumulate over the filters, ducts and other components, resulting in numerous problems. Air passages may be hindered increasing the pressure inside that may lead to alarming heat levels eventually shutting down the system. Also, this increases electricity bills manifolds.

Why Furnace Cleaning is Important

A dirty furnace is also a hazard to your health as the hot and moist environment inside the furnace duct work is an ideal condition for many harmful bacteria, fungus and viruses. These microbes pollute your indoor air and cause many health issues including asthma, sneezing, coughing and other respiratory diseases along with allergic reactions. Every time air is circulated through these dirty ducts you and your family is exposed to these pollutants. That is the reason all manufacturers suggest to opt for furnace cleaning at least once a year. However, the frequency may vary depending upon other factors. If you smoke for example, you should consider cleaning your furnace more than once a year. Similarly if you have pets that shed then also a high frequency is advised. The dander of these pet are also drawn inside the furnace as the air is circulated in and out of the system which may cause allergic reactions in many individuals.

If you have moved to a home that has been recently constructed or if you have done some renovation work inside the house, it is the right time to call a reputable furnace cleaning company. Another important concern that demands more frequent furnace cleaning, is an illness of a family member. If you or your family members have a form of respiratory disease or some sort of allergy the condition may get serious if the air you breathe in is not clean.
A clean furnace not only assures the efficiency of the furnace but also increases the life of the system. A professionally cleaned furnace is not only pocket friendly but also health bestowing! Schedule Your Furnace Cleaning Today!

Should I Install a Heat Pump?

By Dave Trosdahl on August 4th, 2009

Because of their energy savings, heat pumps are quickly gaining in popularity. Most homeowners are unaware of how a heat pump works and how it could add value to their home’s heating and cooling system by saving energy and money. This article, written in easy to understand terms, explains how a heat pump can find heat in the winter even in a northern climate like Minnesota.

Although our skin tells us differently, when it’s cold outside there is still heat which can be brought indoors. And, when it’s hot outside there is still cool air which can be used to cool your home. Here’s how heat pumps work in our four very distinct seasons in Minneapolis, St Paul, MN:

September through December in Minnesota, temperatures start to fall. A heat pump will start to find warm air outside and bring it indoors. A heat pump works like a window air conditioner which has been put in your window backwards! Your furnace will barely run except when it gets really cold, at night for example.

Winter is usually well under way starting sometime in December and in Minnesota, it doesn’t let up much until March. Even so, there are many days where the temperature climbs above +20 degrees. On warm winter days, your furnace will most likely not even run, your heat pump will takeover. Think of the money you will save!!!

Secure Your Home Improvement Tax Rebate!

By Dave Trosdahl on July 16th, 2009

By now, most homeowners have heard of all the tax rebates for various home improvement products and services, but not all are aware of how substantial they are. If you install a qualifying high efficiency furnace, you can save 30% of the bill! While there are some stipulations, a qualified heating and cooling contractor will easily be able to help you out. Here is a link to the federal website to help you get started: Federal Tax Credits For Energy Efficiency

Here are the federal guidelines:

  • must be “placed in service” from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010
  • must be for taxpayer’s principal residence, EXCEPT for geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, solar panels, and small wind energy systems (where second homes qualify)
  • $1,500 is the maximum total amount that can be claimed for all products placed in service in 2009 & 2010 for most home improvements, EXCEPT for geothermal heat pumps, solar water heaters, solar panels, fuel cells, and small wind energy systems which are not subject to this cap, and are in effect through 2016
  • must have a Manufacturer Certification Statement to qualify
  • for record keeping, save your receipts and the Manufacturer Certification Statement
  • improvements made in 2009 will be claimed on your 2009 taxes (filed by April 15, 2010) — use IRS Tax Form 5695 (2009 version) — it will be available late 2009 or early 2010
  • If you are building a new home, you can qualify for the tax credit for geothermal heat pumps, photovoltaics, solar water heaters, small wind energy systems and fuel cells, but not the tax credits for windows, doors, insulation, roofs, HVAC, or non-solar water heaters.