Why a Planned Service Agreement is a Smart Idea

Planned service agreement

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 maitenance 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?

Repair or Replace

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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Extending the Life of Your Heating and Cooling System

Are you constantly on the run? From kids to carpools, client meetings to client dinners, and work to work outs, life never seems to slow down. Do you ever feel tired and worn down? If so, you are not alone. Depending on the season, your furnace and air conditioner feel the same way. That sounds sort of funny, doesn’t it? It is just a machine, right? It is built to run when we turn it on.

Well, just like the human body, your home’s heating and cooling system needs to be taken care of, so that it performs at its best. Turning it off completely isn’t always an option, especially during extreme seasonal temperatures, but there are things that you can do to help keep it running smoothly and more efficiently. These few simple steps not only keep things running better, but can also help extend the life of your heating and cooling system.

Annual tune-ups and maintenance

Maintenance and/or annual tune-ups are an easy way to check in on the health of your furnace and A/C. It is also a great time to make necessary adjustments to your system. Annual tune-ups are an ideal way to prepare for an upcoming season and ensure things are running smoothly. Schedule an appointment today to have your system checked, tuned-up, and ready to go for the upcoming season.

Change furnace filters

The dirt and grim on a furnace filter puts extra stress on your heating system when trying to push air through. Changing air filters on a regular basis not only improves the air quality of your home, but offers relief to your furnace.

Seal Air Leaks

When your home has leaky air ducts, it causes areas in your house to be cold in the winter and hot in the summer. This causes your system to work overtime to regulate the temperature of your home. By sealing leaky air ducts, air is no longer escaping from your home, giving your heating and cooling system a break from constantly working to regulate temperatures.

Programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat is an easy and energy efficient way to regulate your home’s heating and cooling system throughout the day or night. Lowering the thermostat when no one is home or while you are sleeping reduces the work your system has to do when no one is around.  Using a programmable thermostat in your home offers you the convenience of setting different temps to reflect your schedule.

The Simple Things

There are several other simple solutions to give your system a break. During the hot days of summer, use ceiling fans and close the blinds to help keep things cool. During the cold days of winter, keep the blinds open and let that natural sunlight help warm the room. In both cold and hot weather, make sure that vents are free of furniture, clothes, and other objects, which can add more stress on your system to heat or cool your home.

Give us a call at 763-428-3677 to find out how we can help extend the life of your heating and cooling system or schedule an appointment today. Need help now? We offer 24-hour emergency service to help those in a pinch.

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Beat the Dry Air of Winter with a Home Humidifier

 

cold winterOh yes, winter is certainly upon us. While winter in Minnesota means beautiful snowfall and fun outdoor activities, it also brings with it cold, dry air. During the extremely chilly months of winter, we do our best to seal up our homes, keeping the cold air out.

Although our intent is to keep our ourselves and our loved ones warm and cozy, we actually trap stale, dry air inside in our home. In fact, the air inside our homes holds more pollutants than the fresh, cold air outside. Without proper moisture in your house, the quality of indoor air can wreak havoc on everything from people to plants.

When there is a lack of moisture in the air inside your home, you may notice:

  • increased asthma and allergy symptoms
  • increased instances of flu and cold symptoms
  • dry skin, lips, throat, nasal passages, sinus pressure, and bloody nose
  • cracking in woodwork, hardwood floors, and walls
  • increased instances of shock from static electricity

While we can’t do anything about the cold temps outside, we can improve the air quality inside our homes by controlling the amount of moisture in the air. A whole home humidifier, installed directly into your home’s heating and cooling system, can help prevent many of these common side effects caused by the cold, dry air of winter.

Maintenance to a whole home humidifier system is simple and quick. For your convenience, we also have filters available for ordering on our website at Heating & Cooling Two.

Contact us today at 763-428-3677 to learn more about the benefits of integrating a whole home humidifier with your heating and cooling system.

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