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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.

“Whole-House” Air Duct Cleaning

By Dave Trosdahl on April 3rd, 2009

We are asked all the time, ‘How can you professionally clean all the air ducts for just $99’. Our answer is quite simple, we don’t need to make a living cleaning air ducts!

Our company, Duct-911.com has been installing and repairing furnaces and air conditioners since the early ’90’s. As a full service Minneapolis Heating and Air Conditioning company operating in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN metro area, we started our offering air duct cleaning as a complimentary service for our customers.

In no time, by word-of-mouth through our customers, friends and neighbors started calling us to have their air ducts cleaned too. We now provide our $99 “Whole House” special to any one in the 11 county metro area.

Yes, our profits are very slim. We aren’t losing money, but we approach this from the sense that if you like our duct cleaning service you will consider us for all your furnace and a/c repairs as well. We simply look at it this way; our current customers will remain our customers. As for the other “new customers”, we are convinced that when they see how honest and professional our company cleans air ducts, they will consider us for other heating and cooling needs as well.

So, please do not be startled by our low duct cleaning price. We are only trying to retain customers and hopefully pick up some new accounts along the way.

If you live in the Twin Cities area, and would like to take advantage of our “Whole-House” Air Duct Cleaning special for just $99, contact us by phone:

  • In Minneapolis call: (612) 234-4117>
  • In St. Paul call: (651) 653-4704
  • In Eden Prairie call: (952) 513-4353


or check out our Air Duct Cleaning website

Is Regular Duct Cleaning a Good Choice?

By Dave Trosdahl on September 13th, 2008

Your home is perhaps one of your most valuable assets, so keeping it clean is part of the routine chores that you should perform to keep the structure and appliances in optimal condition.

Duct Cleaners

Professional air duct cleaners provide you with a series of services that include duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, furnace cleaning, a/c cleaning, chimney cleaning, and many other services related to your home’s heating and cooling system. Most duct cleaning services also include the cleaning of furnaces, air conditioning systems, ductwork, chimneys, water heaters and other routine household maintenance chores. They may also offer transit duct cleaning, vent cleaning, air duct sanitizing, etc.

If you need to hire a duct cleaner, you can try traditional methods such as browsing the yellow pages and looking at the classified ads in your local newspaper. However, the easier and faster way to find a cleaner is by researching on the Internet. In many countries, there are national duct cleaners’ associations that have searchable lists of their members, grouping them by regions, and providing additional information such as areas of specialization and additional services that they can provide.

You can browse the duct cleaners’ database, and find the professional closest to fitting your budget. Cleaning of air ducts on a regular basis is an investment that extends the life expectancy of your heating and cooling system (furnace and a/c), along with the added benefit of cleaner air. So, when you hire the services of a professional duct cleaner you will be helping to keep a hygienic household environment. However, is there a difference between a professional duct cleaner and an unqualified cleaner such as the homeowner?

Professional Duct Cleaners Will Inspect and Advise

Professional duct cleaners are trained to spot safety concerns like mold or other microbial growth. They will offer suggestions on how to clean contaminated areas, as well as offer tips on how to prevent future problems. The same is true for the heating and cooling system. A well trained, professional air duct cleaner will also inspect the furnace for a cracked heat exchanger. A cracked heat exchanger will often go unnoticed by the homeowner leading to, often times deadly consequences. They will be able to check for carbon monoxide leaks and offer solutions to repair problem areas.

In the unfortunate event part or all of your heating and cooling system needs to be repaired or replaced, a professional duct cleaning company will have certified HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) technicians on staff, ready to correct problems immediately.

Heating and Cooling

Furnaces and air conditioners are among the most costly investments in a household, so getting a professional duct cleaning company to perform regular cleaning maintenance is a wise choice. Routine cleaning of your ventilation system including your air vents, furnace, central air system and chimney will make you feel more comfortable at home. And if your home looks good and is dust-free, your sense of well-being will also be increased. Visit us online at Duct-911.com or by calling 877-DUCT-911 to schedule duct cleaning.

These and many other duct cleaning facts are explained in great detail on our web site, Duct-911.com, as well as by calling 877-DUCT-911.

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Clean Duct Work Means Your Heating and Cooling System Will Run More Efficiently

By Dave Trosdahl on November 30th, 2007

Every once in a while, one of us at Duct-911.com come across a very well written article promoting the benefits of duct cleaning. Today we found just that. We uncovered an awesome post from a heating and cooling contractor located in Bellingham, WA.

Wes Diskin of Barron Heating and Cooling, has crafted a very well written article with tips a homeowner can use to properly maintain their heating and cooling system. It goes into detail the steps involved in doing proper maintenance and cleaning of the components in a typical heating and cooling system.

Mr. Diskin also addresses the importance of duct cleaning whenever replacing a heating and cooling system. In his article published at www.barrongreenteam.com, he says; “If a new furnace is being installed, you should probably invest in a duct cleaning at the same time, because chances are the new blower will be more powerful than the old one and will stir up a lot of dust.”.

At Duct-911.com, we always encourage homeowners to clean their duct work whenever a new heating and cooling system has been installed. Most professional HVAC contractors agree that it is better for your furnace AND your family members to breathe clean air.

Is Air Duct Cleaning Really Necessary?

By Dave Trosdahl on October 28th, 2007

Is Air Duct Cleaning Right for You?

To best answer the question “Is air duct cleaning really necessary?”, you might want to ask yourself “is carpet cleaning really necessary?” or “is cleaning my refrigerator coils really necessary?”. It all depends on whose air ducts we are talking about.

Legionaires’ Disease

In deciding if air duct cleaning is right for you, it might be helpful to understand how air duct cleaning was started in the first place. According to Tim Hebert, president of an air duct cleaning association based in Washington D.C., his theory is that it all started in July 1976, in a hotel in downtown Philadelphia. The American Legion was holding a statewide convention in the city, when suddenly the legionnaires mysteriously began falling ill with pneumonia. More than 200 people got sick and 34 died.

The source of the pneumonia was a strain of bacteria that was unrecognized at the time, and which was later dubbed legionella pneumophilia. It had spread through the hotel’s heating and cooling system, flowing into every room in the hotel through the air conditioning.

According to Wikipedia; “L. pneumophila was first recognized after a 1976 outbreak among a group of elderly men attending an American Legion convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (hence the name Legionaires’ disease). This outbreak affected over 200 individuals, with 34 fatalities.”

Indoor Air Pollution or “Sick Building Syndrome”

Hebert credits the outbreak with spurring public interest in indoor air pollution, an entirely new concept to a generation of Americans who had grown accustomed to the joys of air-conditioned buildings in the summer and cozy, air-tight interiors in the winter. What had seemed like sensible energy-efficiency in the 1970s suddenly had a bad side. People started talking about “sick buildings”.

Since the 1970’s a lot of different theories have emerged, ranging from; clean your air ducts annually at an affordable price of around $100, to clean it once every 7 years for an exhorborant amount oftentimes exceeding $1,000

Deciding on Air Duct Cleaning

If you are healthy, have no pets, and your home is nearly dust free, perhaps an annual cleaning might be overkill, on the other hand, if you suffer from allergies or other respiratory or health conditions, is once every 7 years enough? You might want to consult with an allergist, but you will ultimately need to determine what amount of dust dirt and debris you are comfortable with.

Home Energy Saving Tips From Washington

By Dave Trosdahl on September 19th, 2007

Here are 5 energy saving tips from Energy Ideas Clearing House based in Washington. They have many tips from using the right light bulbs to refrigeration savings. We have published the ones directly related to Heating and cooling.

Home Energy Saving Tips.

  • Lower your thermostat at night and whenever the house is not occupied.
  • Tune up the furnace annually.
  • Replace furnace filters. The dirtier they are, the harder the fan furnace works. Clean filters are essential for heat pumps – airflow is critical and can add years to the life of your heat pump.
  • Insulate and seal ducts in attics, crawl spaces, garages and other unheated areas-potential big energy savings.
  • Furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioning and water eaters all have high efficiency models available and should be considered when replacing these appliances. – Replace conventional oil burner (oil furnace) with a more efficient flame-retention burner.
  • To read all of the home energy savings tips (even those unrelated to your heating and cooling system) visit energyideas.org. Additionally, you might want to search the entire Duct-911.com website for many heating and cooling, dryer vent cleaning tips and air duct cleaning tips.