Archive for the furnace category
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
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.
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.
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:
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)
By Dave Trosdahl on June 8th, 2008
By Dave Trosdahl on April 16th, 2008
If you are a homeowner you are most likely in the “spring clean-up mode”, if not, I bet you will be soon. As the temperatures start getting back to normal and the old furnace gets a break, most people start thinking about spring cleaning and how they can get some fresh air back into the house.
By Dave Trosdahl on December 5th, 2007
The quick answer? Yes, it is worth the money.
Here’s the way we look at it. Let’s say your car is dirty and you want to wash it. The best is to do it yourself by hand. Sometimes though, that just isn’t practical. So, you take it through the “touch-free” wash. It won’t be quite as clean, but it certainly will be much cleaner.
The same is true when it comes to the $99 duct cleaning. While it doesn’t “scrub” the walls of the duct work, it will remove about 90% of the dust and dirt. Not bad for a quick job which only takes about an hour.
What’s the difference between the $99 duct cleaning and the $189 duct cleaning?
By Dave Trosdahl on September 8th, 2007
With winter quickly approaching, here are a few tips to help you keep your heating and cooling system running at its most efficient level:
- Keep your thermostat at a constant temperature, even when no one is home.
- Change the pleated filters inside your furnace every month or as required.
- If you have an electronic filter, keep it clean. When dirty, it can create ozone and irritate allergies.
- Check the outside condensing system regularly for any grass clippings or leaves stuck to the coil.
- Have the system serviced every spring & fall by a reputable HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) service company.
Following these simple steps should help keep your home more comfortable and your utility bills lower.
By Dave Trosdahl on September 2nd, 2007
Today, with the electric service in most areas being as dependable as it is, some customers response to no power is total confusion. Electric companies say this is even more true in good weather. The fact of the matter is, the power can go off at any time for any number of reasons.
First of all, relax, it’s going to be okay. Even if it is the dead of winter, it takes hours for your house to cool off enough to cause any damage. Under normal circumstances, in winter, your furnace might not run for long periods of time. Besides, electrical power is typically restored in minutes, so other than being an inconvenience, there is usually no need for alarm. In the summer months you will simply be without refrigeration and air conditioning for a few minutes or hours. Simply limit the number of times you open outside doors and try not to open the refrigerator or freezer more than necessary. Everything will be back to normal in no time.