Improving Indoor Air Quality in the Summer

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Remember last winter when we shared our blog called Improve Air Quality During the Winter Months? We were inspired to write that blog during the cold days of winter, when everyone was cooped up inside, living with all of the indoor air pollutants that are trapped in the home, office, gym, and school.

Well, we have news for you — indoor air quality is not so hot in the summer either. If you think about it, it makes sense. It is just like winter, except flip the script…it is hot. Once the temperature outside starts to rise, we shut our doors and windows to stay comfortable, just like winter, but instead turn on the AC.

While winter is cold and dry, summer brings a bit of a twist. Summers in Minnesota tend to be hot and humid. Our 10,000+ lakes are to thank for our summer humidity. When humidity gets trapped in our homes, it promotes the growth of bacteria and mold, which is not good.

What can you do to improve the air quality in your home during the hot and humid days of summer? Oh, let us tell you the ways.

Upgrade Your AC

Was your current AC system installed during the Reagan Administration? Ok, so maybe it isn’t that old, but you get it. Upgrading an old air conditioner with a high efficiency system offers many benefits to homeowners, such as improved air quality, humidity control, and reduced utility costs.

Reduce Humidity

A great way to reduce indoor humidity is to have a whole-home dehumidifier installed in your home, which can be an add-on to your current system. A de-humidifier controls the level of humidity in your home, reducing excess moisture in the air, which is helpful in controlling asthma and allergies.

Keep it Clean

Replace air filters on a regular basis. Keeping air filters clean helps keep indoor air clean. If you have a dirty air filter, the air pushing through your system will be redistributing that dirt and dust through your vents.

Let it Flow

Installing an air exchanger in your home helps produce fresh air and proper ventilation, reducing dust, excess humidity, and indoor air pollutants.

Suck it Up

Vacuuming carpets, rugs, pillows, mattresses, upholstery, and drapes on a regular basis is helpful in the battle against indoor air pollutants.

Let Heating & Cooling Two help you improve the indoor air quality in your home. For questions or concerns regarding indoor air quality or issues with your current cooling system, give us a call at Heating & Cooling Two at 763-428-3677. We offer free estimates and evaluations to determine the best course of action.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tips for Reducing Utility Costs this Summer

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Do you like to save money? If you are like most homeowners, saving money during the summer months is a hot topic. Want to know another hot topic during the summer? Staying as cool as possible.  Although saving money is very important, the comfort of you and your family is even more important.

Don’t worry. You can have it all…fame, fortune, and a cool house. Ok, so maybe not fame or even fortune, but you can save a little cash and stay cool this summer.  At Heating & Cooling Two, we have come up with a few suggestions for increasing the energy efficiency in your home, helping to reduce utility costs.

Let it Flow

This is a super easy fix. Check your vents. If you have something blocking the air flowing from your vents, this will cause your AC system to work harder and run longer to cool your home.  The easier it is to cool the rooms inside your home, the less your system will need to run, reducing utility costs. Doesn’t that sound efficient? It is energy efficient, to be exact.

Be Smart about Indoor Temps

Invest in a smart thermostat or programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats can be scheduled to increase or decrease the temperature in your home depending on time of day, area or zone of your home, or both. Are you at work all day? There is no need to keep rooms as cool when you are away all day. The same goes for when you are sleeping at night. Installing and being strategic about your thermostat is easy.

Blinded by the Light

Does your home get flooded with sunlight during the day? Before you leave for work, shut any blinds or curtains that can prevent the sun from warming up the rooms in your home. Blocking the sun from coming in during the day can help naturally decrease room temperatures, making your system work less.

Sprung a Leak?

Do you have rooms in your home that are difficult to keep cool? You would be surprised to know that many homes have leaky air ducts, causing the cool air to escape outside the home. Having your air ducts sealed is an easy solution to keeping the cool air in and hot air out.

Need a Tune-up?

An annual tune-up is recommended to all homeowners. Annual tune-ups are a proactive way to keep your system running at its very best and finding issues before they become emergencies. We also offer Scheduled Maintenance Plans at great rates that keep homeowners on task with tune-ups and maintenance.

If you have questions or concerns on your current air conditioning system or any of our cost saving suggestions, give us a call at Heating & Cooling Two at 763-428-3677. We are happy to discuss any issues and offer free estimates and evaluations. Is your AC on its last leg or not working at all? Give us a call. In a pinch? No problem. We also offer emergency service.

 

 

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Why a Planned Service Agreement is a Smart Idea

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Oh, the benefits of membership. Aren’t they sweet? From fancy golf courses to local bulk grocery stores, who doesn’t love the extra perks that come with an annual fee? We certainly do, so this is why we offer our customers the opportunity to receive special perks with us. Not only is it easy and convenient, but it keeps customers on track with maintenance. When our customers sign up for our Planned Service Agreement (P.S.A.) they are eligible to receive discounts on service repairs, lower rates on accessories, and so on.

Taking care of your heating and cooling system really does pay off. At Heating & Cooling Two, we recommend that a qualified technician service your HVAC equipment every 12 months. Not only is it a smart thing to do, but it also offers cost savings to home and business owners in the long run. Preventative maintenance helps keep your heating and cooling system running smoothly. While regular maintenance improves equipment capacity, equipment safety, and efficiency, it can also mean a longer life for your HVAC system and steps toward lowering utility bills.

Our convenient pre-planned service agreement offers many benefits, such as…

  • $50 off service call/ diagnostic fee
  • 10% discount on service repairs
  • Discounted refrigerant
  • Lower utility bills
  • Improved equipment safety
  • Extended equipment life
  • Improved equipment capacity
  • Lower rates on accessories
  • Improved equipment efficiency

We offer three levels of service for our maintenance packages, which can be customized to meet your specific needs.

Platinum Package Includes:

  • Furnace Tune-up
  • Air Conditioning Tune-up
  • Filter Replacement
  • Humidifier Tune-up
  • Air Exchanger Tune-up

Gold Package Includes:

  • Furnace Tune-up
  • Air Conditioning Tune-up
  • Filter Replacement
  • Humidifier Tune-up

Silver Package Includes:

  • Furnace Tune-up
  • Air Conditioning Tune-up
  • Filter Replacement

Give us a call at 763-428-3677 to schedule an appointment or to find out more about our Heating & Cooling Two Planned Service Agreements. You can also visit us online!

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Hot Summer = Hot Summer Deals

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Wahoo…school is out! You know what that means, right? It means that it is SUMMER in Minnesota! While winter is long and cold, we certainly know how to do summer up right in Minnesota. With over 10,000 lakes to play in and around, we’ve got in made in the shade (and hot sun), all summer long. While Minnesota in the summer can be beautiful, it can also bring extremely hot weather. During the cold winter months, we pledge to never complain of the heat of summer. Once that heat hits and we near the 90-degree mark, our promises of never uttering the words “it’s so hot” are soon forgotten.

So, as we enjoy (prepare for) the hot summer days ahead, we thought it would only be fitting to share some of our HOT DEALS. In a perfect world, air conditioners and furnaces never have issues. In the real world, air conditioners always seem to have issues on the hottest day of summer.

Check out the Hot Summer Deals that we have going on through 6/30/17…

Are you having trouble with your air conditioning? Don’t sweat it. Give us a call today at 763-428-3677 or schedule an appointment online. We will diagnose the issue and offer cost effective solutions and repairs. Need help now? We offer 24-hour emergency service – call 763-428-3677 and press 7 for emergency service.

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An AC Tune-up is Cool When Preparing for a Hot Summer

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Who is ready for a nice, warm summer? A summer filled with blue skies, big puffy white clouds, and the warm sunshine. Oh, the warm, warm sunshine. Here is another question for you — do you love a crisp, air-conditioned home on a warm, summer day? Who doesn’t, right?

If keeping your home at a cool, comfortable temperature throughout the summer months is important to you, think about scheduling an air conditioning tune-up. Scheduling a professional AC tune-up can help save money and misery this summer.

Has your air conditioner ever quit working on you in the heat of the summer? A failed A/C unit can be miserable for both family members and pets. The good news is that problems with your A/C unit can be detected and resolved during a routine A/C tune-up, which will save you on repair and/or replacement costs. While we offer 24-hour emergency service, we would rather perform a routine tune-up and have you set for summer.

Our annual AC tune-up includes…

  • Air Filter Replacement (filters provided for additional fee)
  • Clean Drain Lines & Condensate Trap
  • Inspect & Clean Blower Components
  • Clean Outdoor Unit Using Eco-Friendly Solution
  • Inspect Electrical Connections & Wiring
  • Test & Inspect Safety Controls
  • Thermostat Operation Inspection
  • Check Refrigerant Levels
  • Inspect Heat Anticipator Settings
  • Check Operating Pressures
  • Inspect Indoor Cooling Coil
  • Check Amp Draw/Motors
  • Lubricate All Moving Parts
  • Monitor Air Conditioning Cycles
  • Monitor Operation
  • Adjust Air Flow for Proper Temperature
  • Inspect Overall Operation.

Performing an annual AC tune-up also helps extend the life of your system. There really is nothing cooler that you can do for your air conditioning system. Well, the only thing cooler, is getting a deal on an AC tune-up. Check out our HOT DEALS on tune-ups, repairs, and replacements. Schedule an AC tune-up before the summer heat hits.

Visit HeatCool2.com or call us at 763.428.3677 to set up an appointment!

 

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Diamond Vent Screens Offer Peace of Mind

Diamond Vent ScreensFrom time to time, we receive calls from customers regarding loud noises in their walls. Recently, a customer called because she believed she had squirrels in inside of her walls and attic. The culprit? A bird had gained access into an exposed PVC pipe on the side of house and decided to call it home.

The noise that our customer was hearing was the bird’s feathers hitting the side of the PVC pipe upon entry and exit. She was right, that bird made quite a bit of racket and the noise echoed up through her walls! Our Heating & Cooling Two HVAC techs were able to locate the issue by inspecting the outside of her house, where they found an exposed PVC pipe. Under the opening of the PVC pipe were bird droppings and feathers, stuck to the side of her home.

Diamond Vent Screens

Leaves, birds, squirrels, chipmunks, children’s toys, landscape rocks, and more are all items that we’ve found trapped inside PVC pipes. This can lead to costly malfunctions and service calls. To prevent this from happening and to save yourself from potential service calls, you need our Diamond Vent Screens.

For more information on our Diamond Vent Screens give Heating & Cooling Two a call at 763.428.3677 or order online now. Think you have something stuck in a PVC pipe in your home? Give us a call or schedule an appointment. A Heating & Cooling Two HVAC technician can help you resolve the issue and install a Diamond Vent Screen, giving you peace of mind.

 

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The Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

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Do you remember the days of waking up to an extremely cold home because you lowered the thermostat before you went to bed? What about leaving on a winter vacation, only to return to a not so warm welcome from your frigid home? Maybe you are still doing this. Well, guess what? You don’t have to do that anymore.

Saving money and being energy efficient does not have to come at the expense of comfort. If you are mindful enough to lower temps when you are at work, during the night, or while you are on vacation, then a programmable thermostat is right up your alley.  Programmable thermostats not only increase energy efficiency, but also save homeowners time and money in the long run. A programmable thermostat is an easy, affordable investment when it comes to heating and cooling your home.

Have an area of the home that gets hits by the sun most of the day? With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust zones and timing, based on the direction of the sun and how naturally heats your home throughout the day.

Programmable thermostats allow you to set temps, timing, and even zones, so that you and your family don’t sacrifice comfort. Is it hard to get out of bed in the morning because your nose is cold? No longer. With a programmable thermostat you are in control. Set lower temps at night, saving energy. Set an increase in temperature before the alarm goes off in the morning. Nothing says “good morning” like a warm, cozy home. And, nothing says “savings” like not wasting energy while you are away or asleep.

At Heating & Cooling Two, we offer a wide range of accessories to keep your HVAC system running smoothly. Do you have an older heating and cooling system? Have questions about what you can do to improve air quality and efficiency in your home? Give us a call. Our team of HVAC experts is happy to answer any questions about your current system. We also offer free, no obligation estimates.

Call us today at 763-428-3677 to discuss or schedule an appointment.

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Warmer Weather Ahead – Get an A/C Tune-up

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Until last Tuesday, it seemed as though warm weather was here to stay in the Twin Cities area. Although the snow did stick, it certainly didn’t last long. While the weather in Minnesota can be pretty unpredictable, it would appear that the mild temperatures of spring should bring an early summer. Is your A/C system ready for summer?

When you think about it, our HVAC system is the silent hero. It heats our homes during the cold days of winter and keeps us cool during the summer months. But, do we take it for granted? If you are not servicing your furnace or air conditioning system on an annual basis, the answer is probably yes.

The lifespan of the average air conditioning system is around 15 years…if you take care of it. To keep your system operating smoothly and efficiently, it is necessary to perform annual maintenance. We recommend customers perform an annual tune-up, before the hot days of summer arrive. No one has time for system failure or breakdowns during 90-degree days.

At Heating & Cooling Two, we offer both annual tune-ups and maintenance service packages. Our HVAC experts will do a thorough inspection of your air conditioning system. Preseason A/C maintenance not only gets your system ready for the warm weather ahead, but can also save on repair costs in the future, and helps improve the air quality in your home. You can’t beat that.

What to expect during an annual A/C tune-up?

  • Clean or replace standard air filters
  • Inspect inside cooling coil (clean at discounted rate if necessary)
  • Inspect primary & secondary drains
  • Clean & test condensate drain (where applicable)
  • Inspect condenser coil – clean as necessary
  • Lubricate all moving parts (where applicable)
  • Inspect & tighten all loose electrical connections
  • Monitor air conditioner operating pressure (add additional refrigerant at discounted rate if necessary)
  • Monitor air conditioning cycles
  • Inspect & test safety controls
  • Adjust air flow for proper temperature rise
  • Inspect heat anticipator settings
  • Inspect thermostat operation

Things you can on your own for the health of your heating and cooling system…

  • Adjust thermostats
  • Replace air filters
  • Inspect and clean air registers or baseboard radiators

Ready for summer? Give us a call at 763-428-3677 to schedule your annual tune-up. Our customer service team and HVAC experts are here to help.

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Repair or Replace Your Heating and Cooling System?

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To repair or replace your heating and cooling system, THAT is the question. How does anyone really know how to gauge this decision?  Gut instinct? A little elbow grease after trying to figure out what is wrong with the furnace…again?  Maybe it is the new blankets you just purchased because your house just isn’t heating up like it used to.

For most, the first thought when something goes wrong with the furnace or air conditioner is to get someone in to look at it, right? If your heating and cooling system is relatively new, a repair is probably the best option and with any luck, under warranty. If you have an older system, the cost of repairs can really start to add up.

As a guide, we have put together 3 questions to consider when deciding whether you should replace your current HVAC system or just repair it.

How old is it?

How old is your heating and cooling system?  Age plays a big factor in performance and maintenance cost. It is recommended to replace your HVAC system anywhere from 16-20 years. Plan ahead. If your system is getting old, do your research and be in control of the replacement. It is better to choose to replace your furnace and air conditioner on your own terms, rather than it choosing for you. Scheduling to have a new HVAC system installed is also cost effective, compared to an emergency situation on a cold night in December, when your old furnace decides that it is done working.

How does it function?

How well is your current system operating? With regular maintenance and annual tune-ups, your heating and cooling system should be performing quite well. If your system is not running as efficient as it used to, it may be time to replace. Schedule time with a Heating & Cooling Two expert to discuss your options.

What about repair costs?

As your heating and cooling system ages, chances are it will have an increase in need for repair. How often are you paying for repairs?  Are these costs adding up? What is the cost of repair vs. the cost of replacing the old system? Is it worth it to keep repairing your current system?

Not all heating and cooling systems are equal. Some run without a problem for many years. Others are not so lucky. If you are unsure as to the state of your heating and cooling system, give Heating & Cooling Two a call. We will be happy to discuss your current system and make recommendations on either repairs or replacement options.

Call Heating & Cooling Two today at 763-428-3677 to discuss your options or to schedule service.

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Regular Maintenance is a Heating and Cooling System Saver

 

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Could you imagine driving your car around, year after year, never having it serviced by an expert? I think it is safe to say that the car probably wouldn’t last very long. When warning lights come on in, you have the car serviced. You have scheduled oil changes and tune-ups, because that is what we have been taught to do with a car. The better you take care of the car, the longer it will run, right?

Well, the same goes for your heating and cooling system. Your furnace heats your home during the cold months of winter, keeping your family safe and warm. We all know how important that is during a Minnesota winter. The air conditioner keeps you nice and cool, when things heat up in the summer. While you rely heavily on your heating & cooling system to get the job done, it is easy to take for granted that it will always work.

Out of site, out of mind.

For many, the HVAC system is tucked away in the basement or storage area, so it is not always top of mind. Unlike a car, it is difficult to tell when there is a problem, until it stops working completely. Of course, these are usually the times when you need it the most, like a 100 degree stretch in the summer or below freezing temps in the winter.

A heating and cooling system saver.

The best thing you can do for your heating and cooling system is to have regular maintenance performed. Scheduling routine maintenance or an annual tune-up is your best bet in checking on the health of your HVAC system. It can be a real system saver. Periodic maintenance offers the opportunity to make necessary adjustments to keep your heating and cooling system running at peak performance.

Call today at 763-428-3677 to schedule a system maintenance check or an annual tune-up on your HVAC system. At Heating and Cooling Two, we are happy to offer our customers discounts on maintenance service. Check out our hot deals.

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