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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!!!

A/C Spring Cleaning Air Conditioner Tune-up

By Dave Trosdahl on April 10th, 2008

At Duct-911.com, we would love nothing more than to be able to help you save energy and save money by lower your heating and cooling costs while still helping you maintain a cool climate inside your home this summer.

A/C Spring Cleaning

When thinking about your furnace or air conditioner it is important to under stand that most central air conditioners have three basic parts:

  1. Compressor/Condenser – This is the outdoor unit that sits next to your home
  2. Evaporator/A-coil – an indoor unit which is located in the plenum (the duct work above your furnace).
  3. Duct work and air vents More

A Clean Dryer Vent Saves Money and Prevents Fires

By Dave Trosdahl on March 15th, 2008

A Clean Dryer Vent Provides Safety, Shortens Drying Time & Saves You Money!

You put your clothes in the dryer 2 hours ago and they’re still not dry! Sound familiar?If so, it might be time for you to have your dryer vent cleaned. If you can tell that your dryer is working properly (heating up and tumbling) most likely you have a plugged clothes dryer vent.

Benefits of a Clean Dryer Vent:

  • Faster drying times – the damp air is vented outdoors instead of recirculating within the tumbler.
  • A clean dryer vent saves you money – The longer it takes to dry your clothes, the more energy you consume. Most homeowners realize enough energy savings the first 3 months to pay for the service call.
  • Fire hazard is prevented – the lint which has built-up over time in the heating chamber and dryer vent is removed, eliminating spontaneous combustion due to excessive heat.

Cost of Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer vent cleaning prices vary from one company to the next. Another factor is who is doing it. An appliance repairman is much more expensive than a professional dryer vent cleaning company. Prices seem to vary from $65 when included with another service already being performed at your home (duct cleaning for example), to $199 if a special trip is made. Some companies charge more for dryer vents which are seriously plugged or are vented two stories up through the roof.

Look for a company that will give you a guaranteed price. If they need to come out to do an inspection and give a quote, expect to pay much more. At Duct-911.com the price is always guaranteed; $65 when included with air duct cleaning, or $99 for dryer vent cleaning only.Remember, the same equipment which is uysed for duct cleaning is also used to clean dryer vents.

Call 877-DUCT-911 (877-382-8911) for dryer vent cleaning, duct cleaning and more.

Adjust Your A/C Temp – Save Energy and Help the Environment!

By Dave Trosdahl on April 26th, 2007

Here are 10 ways you can start doing your part to conserve energy and save money doing it. This was just posted on the homeakers.com website:

10 ways to save money — and the environment
Get a little greener with smart ways to fight global warming and fatten your wallet.
By Carlye Malchuk
…1. Use your furnace or air conditioner only when needed
Heating and cooling are the biggest sources of energy costs for Canadian families. The best way to save money is to turn the thermostat down one or two degrees in the winter, and up in the summer.
When heating your home, every degree you turn down your thermostat can save between two and four per cent on your energy bill. In the summer, every degree below 26C means a significant increase in energy needed to run your A/C, so stick to 24 or 25C. As well, keeping your air conditioning unit out of direct sunlight will save you five per cent of your cooling costs…