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Ways a Ductless Heating System Is a Winter Benefit

November 13th, 2017

ductless-unit-in-white-roomThere are a variety of ways to provide heat to a home, from the old-fashioned fireplace (more decorative than anything else today, but a nice luxury) to the most advanced high efficiency condensing furnaces. Many homes in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area rely on natural gas furnaces, which have an immense heating output that’s beneficial with our intense winters.

Another type of heating system is growing in popularity, however, and that is the ductless mini split heat pump. Ductless heating systems offer some great benefits to consider for a home. They aren’t ideal for every home, but the advantages for the right ones are tremendous. Below are a few examples.

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The Freedom Club Benefits You in Many Ways

October 30th, 2017

furnace-gas-with-pipesWinters in Minnesota do not fool around! We experience intense cold throughout the season, with frequent subzero days and nights. Keeping a home well-heated is the number one priority for homeowners during the winter: it’s not only an issue of comfort, but also of the health of the family.

Having a powerful and reliable heating system, such as a gas furnace, in your house is the first step toward ensuring you have uninterrupted warmth whenever you need it during winter. The next step is to keep up with regular maintenance for the heating system during the pre-season. Regular maintenance consists of a yearly visit from an HVAC professional to inspect the heating system, then clean, adjust, and generally tune it up. This slows down the effects of aging, catches possible safety hazards, lowers the amount of repairs, protects system energy efficiency, and gives the system the longest service life possible.

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When Your Old Furnace Has Had It…

October 16th, 2017

basement-furnaceMinnesota winters are nothing to take lightly. That’s something you certainly know if you’ve already spent at least one winter living here. You probably think that you take the winters as seriously as you should—but if you’ve been ignoring indications that the furnace that warms your home through to spring is no longer up to the task, it’s time to get serious about arranging for a furnace replacement in St. Louis Park, MN.

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It’s Already Time for Regular Heating Maintenance

October 2nd, 2017

cold-sweater-manCooler weather has arrived for October, and if you’ve lived for some time in Minnesota, you know how fast the cold winter weather can strike. The infamous Halloween Blizzard of 1991—now there’s a good example of how quick extreme winter can hit. You don’t want to be caught off-guard with a heating system that isn’t ready to do its job, which is why now is the time to arrange for your annual heating maintenance with our professionals.

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Did You Know Ductless Systems Are for Heating AND Cooling?

September 18th, 2017

ductless-mini-split-on-wallAutumn is the ideal time of the year to make major upgrades or full replacements to your home’s heating and cooling system. The heating system will especially be on your mind, since when fall arrives you know that another icy Minnesota winter is right around the corner. We can’t make it through the winter season without effective heating systems, and you’ll want to make sure the one that warms your family is ready to go. If your current heater is still functioning well and isn’t too old (less than 15 years), the important step to take is to arrange for regular maintenance for the unit. Sign up for our Freedom Club to receive a great deal on year-round HVAC maintenance, starting with your heater.

But, if you are thinking of making a big change to your HVAC system, one that not only improves your heating and cooling, we suggest that you think about a ductless mini split in St. Paul, MN.

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Don’t Wait on AC Repairs at the End of Summer!

September 4th, 2017

air-conditioner-units-near-grassIt won’t be long before we can expect the lovely cooler weather of a Minnesota fall to start. Our air conditioning systems will run less and less until they shut down for a long hiatus during the winter. You’ve probably already started to give your air conditioner longer breaks, which helps to keep down costs.

But there’s one “break” you shouldn’t give your AC during the tail end of summer: a break from repairs. It is tempting to ignore signs of an air conditioner that’s malfunctioning at this time of year. After all, you won’t need it much, and soon won’t need it all until the spring arrives. Is it worth it to schedule air conditioning repairs in St. Paul, MN so late in the cooling season?

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Are There Any AC Repairs I Can Do on My Own?

August 21st, 2017

hand-holding-wrenchWe understand that homeowners want to save money where they can, which is why they make efforts to find “do-it-yourself” techniques (many available online with only a quick search) for various household projects.

But not all projects are equal, and there are some parts of your house that you can’t fix yourself and hope for a positive result. The air conditioner is a good example. There are a few things you can do to help an ailing air conditioner, and some fixes that are basically correcting minor mistakes. But actually repairing an air conditioning system isn’t possible unless you have professional training. An air conditioner is a complex piece of refrigeration equipment, similar in many ways to your refrigerator. Only licensed professionals can hope to accurately and quickly repair an AC so it keeps working.

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It’s Late Summer: Watch for These Air Conditioner Problems!

August 7th, 2017

tools-on-ac-unitIt’s already August, but that doesn’t mean we can expect any reprieve from the heat soon. This is a point of the year where a household air conditioning system faces a dilemma: it has plenty of hard work still ahead of it, but has already built up a tremendous amount of wear and tear from two or more months of steady operation. This is the time when a homeowner has to be the most vigilant about potential air conditioning problems. If all that stress leads to a loss of cooling or a complete AC system breakdown, it means getting stranded during one of the hottest parts of the year waiting for help to arrive.

Fortunately, you have our experts to help you with air conditioning repair in Edina, MN or elsewhere in and around the Twin Cities. But we’re also in the prevention business as much as the repair business. We want to help you know what types of problems you might encounter with your air conditioner at this time of year. This will assist you with knowing when to call for preventive air conditioning repairs—which are the best kind of repairs!

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My Heat Pump Isn’t Sending Out Cool Air!

July 24th, 2017

thermometer-going-redHeat pumps for year-round home comfort are a good idea for most homes. Even with the deep freeze winters here in Minnesota, homes can still enjoy effective heating from a heat pump that’s also a dual fuel system using a back-up furnace in case the heat pump loses efficiency.

But you probably don’t want to hear about heating power right now. There’s enough heat outside as it is! Your current concern is the other half of your heat pump system’s operation, its cooling power. A correctly sized and installed heat pump is as powerful as a similar sized air conditioner. You can expect to skate through the hot days of summer with no problem.

But no mechanical system can work perfectly at all times. If you notice when you turn on your heat pump for cooling that it either sends out room temperature air or even heated air, something is wrong. It might be simple, or it may require calling for professional heat pump repair service. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons your heat pump may not be cooling your home:

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Why You Must Hire Professionals for AC Installation and Replacement

July 10th, 2017

technicians-evaluate-air-conditioning-systemIf possible, plan to have an aging air conditioning system replaced before the summer heat arrives. Spring is a good time to arrange for the work with our installation specialists. However, we understand that air conditioners can appear to be in good shape before the summer starts, only to abruptly crash when the heat becomes intense, requiring an emergency new system installation.

And we also understand why homeowners might want to attempt to do the installation on their own, or look to an amateur who makes big promises about saving money. But air conditioning installation and replacement must be left to professionals. Here are some reasons why:

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