Being Proactive is a Smart Move When It Comes to Your Furnace

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Have you ever hosted a family holiday party (that can sometimes even mean overnight guests) or invited friends over for a big game, and little by little the house starts to lean toward frigid? You think to yourself that the house getting a bit chilly is odd, as it usually heats up with a house full of people. You check the thermostat, confirming the switch is turned to heat, but the temperature continues to drop and there is no warm air coming out of the vents. Your guests start to notice the crisp air, Aunt Lizzie is now wearing gloves, and you have no answers.

If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Furnaces breakdown every day, and usually at the most inconvenient times. Historically speaking, there is never a really good time to have furnace trouble, unless it somehow coincides with unseasonably warm weather. But, that rarely happens either.

Never fear, there is hope when it comes to controlling the fate of your furnace. That’s right, there is no need to head into winter with your fingers crossed, hoping that this won’t be the winter that the furnace breaks down. Nope, this winter you can take matters into your own hands, take the bull by horns, grab the wheel, and… well, you get it.

What we are talking about is scheduling a furnace tune-up before the weather really starts to get cold. An annual furnace tune-up is a proactive measure to ensure that your furnace continues to run smoothly. Just like your car, your furnace requires regular maintenance. An annual furnace tune-up is not only good from a maintenance standpoint, but it can also help detect potential issues, preventing unexpected breakdowns in the future.

Wait!!! We’ve got more good news. If you do experience furnace issues, convenient times or not, you can call us to help. We are available during regular business hours and we also provide 24-hour emergency service to customers in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.
Give us a call at Heating & Cooling Two to schedule a furnace tune-up.

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Get Ready for Winter with Our Fall Maintenance Checklist

 

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Hey Twin Cities, is your home ready for winter? If not, let’s get it ready. Below is a list of things of things to consider this fall to prepare for the winter months ahead.

2017 Heating & Cooling Two Winter Checklist

  • Be Prepared. Test your furnace early in the season to make sure it is in good working condition.
  • Be Proactive. Schedule a furnace tune-up to ensure your furnace runs smoothly all winter. A furnace tune-up is also an opportunity to catch any potential issues before they become real problems – at an inconvenient time.
  • Clear the way. Clear heating vents of any items that may be blocking air flow. Keeping air vents free of furniture, clothing, and other items helps evenly distribute warm air throughout the room. The more challenging it is for the furnace to push out warm air and heat a room, the harder your furnace is forced to work.
  • Keep it Clean. Change your furnace filter on a regular basis. A clean air filter not only takes stress away from the furnace, but also helps improve indoor air quality during the winter months.
  • Test it Out. Now is the perfect time to not only test carbon monoxide detectors, but while you are at it, test smoke alarms as well.
  • Be Smart. Install Smart thermostats, which allows you to regulate and set temperatures while you are away and at night, saving energy and utility costs.
  • Switch it up. Turn your humidifier switch to winter and open the bypass on the unit. Change the humidifier pad frequently and set the humidity level to 35%.
  • Flip the Script. Reverse the switch so that your ceiling fans rotate clockwise to produce an updraft and push the heated air back down into the room.
  • Exit Only. Install Diamond Vent Screens on exhaust pipes to keep furry friends and debris out of PVC pipes.
  • Seal it Up. Consider having your air ducts sealed airtight with AEROSEAL to prevent warm air from escaping and cold air entering through leaky air ducts.

Have questions about winter prep for your furnace and home? Interested in scheduling an annual tune-up? Give us a call at 763.428.3677. If you experience unexpected furnace issues, give us a call. We offer 24-hour emergency service to customers in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

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Winter is Coming. Are you Ready?

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Ready for the cold weather of winter? OK, we get it, we get it. We know that it is hard to think of the cold and snow when we are all still enjoying the warm weather of August. But, in the words of almost every character on the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming.”

Like it or not, the days are getting shorter and the weather will start to cool down soon. While you may not be ready to shift seasons, it is important that your heating and cooling system is ready, no matter what season it is.

Not quite sure what to do to prepare? Here are a few suggestions to keep you on the ball and ready to rock, whenever Mother Nature decides to switch things up.

Get a tune up

Performing a regular furnace tune up or air conditioning tune up will help you and your HVAC system in the long run. By having your furnace and air conditioner cleaned, inspected, and tuned up on a regular basis is not only smart, but can save you money. By having your system inspected, an expert can monitor the performance and help avoid future issues, which can save money on emergency service calls or complete system replacement.

Replace your old system

How old is your current furnace or air conditioner? Are repairs starting to add up? Is it getting harder and harder to heat your home in the winter or cool it down in the summer? It might be time to replace the old system. Adding a new, energy efficient furnace or air conditioner will not only save you money on repair costs, it will save you money on your utility bills as well. If your system is over 15 years old and giving your grief, we recommend replacing before investing any more money in repairs.

Schedule regular maintenance

Just like an oil change for your car, your furnace and air conditioner need to have regular maintenance to keep things running smoothly. We recommend that a qualified HVAC technician service your HVAC equipment every 12 months. At Heating & Cooling Two, we have annual maintenance packages or Planned Service Agreements that keep you on track and provide special benefits, like discounts on service repairs and service calls/diagnostic fees. We offer multiple levels of Planned Service Agreements (P.S.A.) — Platinum, Gold and Silver.

Have questions about your current system? Want to schedule a tune up? Give us a call at Heating & Cooling Two. We are happy to help. Also, don’t forget about our HOT DEALS on service or system replacement.

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Five Signs That You May Need to Replace Your Current Air Conditioner

Air Conditioner

Oh, the dog days of summer! Don’t you just love the warm weather and sunshine? What do you love more, the sunny, warm weather or the relief you feel when you step inside into the cool air conditioning?

While there is nothing better than Minnesota in the summer (unless you love winter), there is nothing worse than a broken air conditioner and a hot house. Doesn’t it seem like the AC breaks down during the hottest days (and nights) of summer?

Five Signs That It Might Be Time to Replace the AC

Little Air Flow

There is little to no air flow being pushed out of your vents when you turn on your thermostat.

Not Cool

The air that is coming out of the vents is warm, and that’s not cool.

Pay for Air Conditioning Repairs. Repeat.

You are spending more on repeated repairs than a new AC system would cost. Let me repeat, you are spending more on repairs than a new AC system would cost. Invest your money in a replacement air conditioner.

It’s Old

Plain and simple, your central air conditioner is old. We know that it can be hard to say goodbye, but there comes a time in an air conditioner’s life when we must say “so long.” The average life span of an air conditioning system is 15 years. If that time has come or you are nearing it, it might be time to replace the old AC with a new energy efficient model. Not only will you be saving money on repairs, but with an energy efficient air conditioner, you will also save on monthly utility bills.

Something is Up

Does your air conditioner sound funny, smell funny, or is it leaking something? If any or all are happening, call a professional Heating & Cooling Two specialist to evaluate the issue. Yes, it might only require a simple repair, but don’t delay, as simple issues can quickly turn into bigger problems down the road.

While a replacement is not always needed, it is recommended to have an annual tune-up or maintenance on your current heating and cooling system. If you are having trouble cooling down your home, give us a call at Heating & Cooling Two. Our team of HVAC repair specialists will evaluate the issue and discuss repair or replacement options and pricing. If you do need repair or A/C replacement, check out our Hot Deals.

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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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