Keep out Uninvited Houseguests – Pest-Proof your HVAC Systems

pest proof your HVAC system

Everyone loves having company. Entertaining family and friends fills your house with laughter and merriment. But the fun can end when visitors overstay or drop by unannounced. While we can’t keep Uncle Ned from wearing out his welcome, we can offer a few tips to pest-proof your HVAC systems and home.

HVAC MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING

Keeping up with routine maintenance can help prevent pests in your home. Don’t skip out on furnace and A/C tune-ups, bi-yearly cleanings, and inspections. Bonus: Regular HVAC Maintenance will also extend the life of your units.

Speaking of cleaning… Get your air ducts cleaned regularly. Cleaning will remove debris and allergens, improving your indoor air quality. Regular inspections by an HVAC professional can catch any potential problems early.

SEAL DUCTS AND VENTS

Leaky ducts and vents can be a perfect way for unwanted guest to get in. Besides cleaning, sealing your ductwork and vents will also keep out odors, pests, and allergens. Bonus: Sealing the leaks can lower your HVAC costs.

CLEAR AND PROTECT OUTDOOR UNITS

Some of your HVAC units can be exposed to the elements. Protect your outdoor units by properly mounting them on a raised slab. Installing a Supreme Stands® heat pump stand will also guard your heating systems from snow, ice, and water. In the summer months, routinely cut back grass and weeds from your units.

If your furnace or water heater vents into a PVC pipe through a side wall, then you need a Diamond Vent Screen. Diamond Vent Screens prevent blockages by leaves, birds, chipmunks, children’s toys, landscape rocks, etc.

We have been family owned since 1980. When it comes to your family or business, you deserve a reliable air conditioning and heating system that gives you comfort, value, and peace of mind. At Heating & Cooling Two, that’s exactly what you’ll get. We can’t help with Uncle Ned or other unwanted houseguests, but if you find yourself in need of an HVAC professional to help pest-proof your HVAC systems, give us a call!

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Rock Your Spring Cleaning – Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Get Your Home Ready for Spring

It’s official; Spring has sprung. This wonderful time of year means longer days, warmer weather, and everything turns green. Get your home ready for spring by taking care of some yearly home maintenance. Bonus: our list will allow you to take advantage of the mild weather and pleasant temperatures!

GET YOUR HOME READY FOR SPRING

INSPECT YOUR ROOF AND FOUNDATION

As the snow melts and the ground thaws, your home may shift a little. Checking your foundation and roof can help prevent major problems in the future. Your roof is your first line of defense against water damage.

CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS

Protecting your home from water damage should also include cleaning out your gutters. Gutters divert rain away from your home. Focus on prevention so you don’t have a costly repair later.

CHANGE YOUR HVAC FILTERS

Changing your HVAC filters once a month can improve and extend the life of your heating and cooling systems. If you haven’t even thought about your filters, now may be the perfect time to get back on track to changing them monthly.

REGULAR MAINTENANCE ON FURNACE AND AIR CONDITIONERS

Speaking of extending the life of your HVAC systems, spring is a great time to get a furnace and AC tune-up. Getting a tune-up now means that you will be ready for both summer and fall.

CLEAN YOUR DRYER VENT

Often overlooked, a yearly cleaning of your dryer vent can prevent a fire and keep your machine running at its top performance. For a refresher of all the benefits, read our latest blog about it.

REPLACE BATTERIES IN SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

Take advantage of the change of season to check and replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Double check that they are in good working order to keep your family safe.

To help get your home ready for Spring, call or schedule an appointment today. Our trained professionals will make sure your HVAC systems are in tip-top shape.

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Fall in Love with Our HVAC Planned Service Agreements

HVAC Planned Service Agreements

Did you send your loved one flowers, chocolate, or a gift last month? While we can’t help you out of the doghouse if you didn’t, we can help keep your heating and cooling systems running at their best. At Heating and Cooling Two, we make servicing your furnace or air conditioner a breeze with our HVAC Planned Service Agreements. Regular service to your heating and cooling systems can improve and extend the life of the units. More efficient operations will also help lower utility bills.

Regular maintenance on your units also helps keep your home safe. Prevent unexpected, costly repairs by catching possible problems early. Other benefits of our HVAC Planned Service Agreements include $50 off your service call/diagnostic fee, 10 percent discount on repairs, discounted refrigerants, and lower rates on accessories.

Our plans are customizable to fit your specific needs. We offer three levels of service for our maintenance packages.

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

Let us help you love your heating and cooling systems all year round. Schedule an appointment today to talk with one of our service professions to customize a plan for your home.

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The Benefits of Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

benefits of cleaning your dryer vents

Does your mountain of laundry seem to be a never-ending chore? Does your dryer add to the problem by taking more than one cycle to dry your clothes? Cleaning your dryer vents may not be high up on your regular cleaning list. It should be, especially if it takes more than one cycle to dry your clothes. Getting your dryer vents cleaned once a year can save you time, money, and your favorite Harry Potter T-shirt.

Benefits of Cleaning Your Dryer Vents

Save Time

Running a load of laundry through the dryer a few times is not helping move the mountain. It can also be a fire hazard. Running multiple cycles could mean that your dryer vent is clogged. Removing clogs will allow your machine to run more efficiently, saving time and energy.

Long Live your Dryer

Keeping your dryer vents free of clogs also can extend the life of your dryer. Taking the strain off your machine allows it to work at maximum performance. Removing the extra strain will also help with lowering energy costs. Also, since you fixed the real culprit, this means that getting a replacement dryer can be put on hold.

Save your Clothes

Longer drying time means more heat. More heat means that the fabric of your clothes may break down. Your favorite Harry Potter T-shirt could end up with unwanted holes or a few sizes too small. A mending charm may not be able to save it.

Improve your Indoor Air Quality

If your dryer doesn’t completely dry your clothes or takes more than one cycle, this can release moisture into the air, producing allergens and degrading indoor air quality. Improve the air by sealing leaks and removing obstructions form your vents.

Safety First

Dryer fires have gone up in the last several years. Dryer lint is one of the most common ways a house fire can occur. Not cleaning out your dryer vents can increase your chance of a fire in your home. Also, not properly maintaining your gas dryer could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. If your dryer is clogged, the odorless, colorless, toxic gas could make its way into your home.

Save your money, home, family, and favorite clothes by getting your dryer vents cleaned. Schedule an appointment today to have one of our HVAC Specialists keep your dryer working wonderfully.

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Increase your Home’s Humidity

Increase your Home’s Humidity

Your home can be a place of comfort, relaxation, and love. Dry air can cause your heavenly paradise to turn into a desolate wasteland. Do you wish you could capture some moisture? Below are a few ways to increase your home’s humidity.

Increase Your Home’s Humidity

Air Dry Your Clothes

Save some energy and add moisture into the air. Skip the dryer. Hang your clothes on a drying rack to let the air absorb the water.

Add A Few Houseplants

In a process called ‘transpiration,’ plants can continuously release moisture into the air. They take in water through their roots. The water travels all the way up to the pores on the underside of the leaves to be released. Not all plants are the same; get ones that can survive in drier circumstances.

Just Add Water

This is probably the most common DIY trick to increasing your home’s humidity. Add moisture to your home by:

  • Filling ceramic or metal bowls with water and placing them on vents or your radiator.
  • Boil water on the stove while you cook.
  • After a bath, let the water cool to room temperature before draining.
  • Fight the dryness of the air by adding water, in any way that is most convenient.

Keep the Cold Air Out

Check your house for cracks and make sure the basement, attic, furnace vents, etc. are sealed to increase home humidity. Cold air getting into your home can cause the humidity to drop. Call us if you have questions on how to check or seal your HVAC system.

Whole-House Humidifier

Sometimes the best way to treat something is to install a more permeant fix. If the natural methods are not resolving the dryness problem, it may be time to look at installing a whole-house humidifier. Besides adding humidity to your home, benefits include:

    • Help with cost and energy efficiency; because humid air holds in more heat.
    • Reduces the risk of furniture drying out and cracking.
    • Relieves allergy symptoms and other respiratory issues.
    • Resolves issues with cracked skin, chapped lips, nose bleeds, dry contacts, and more.

Call us today to learn more about your options or to set up an appointment.

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Benefits of Sealing Leaky Air Ducts

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Duct, duct, leaky duct! All games and jokes aside, leaky air ducts can negatively impact the heating of your home. Leaky air ducts let the warm air out and the cold air in. This can create pockets of cold air or cause a room to be a little chilly. They can also contribute to reducing your indoor air quality by adding to the mold and allergens in your home and letting in harmful radon gas or carbon monoxide exhaust. Neglecting leaky air ducts can cost you money every month as it causes your furnace to run more often to heat the room to the thermostat setting.

Solutions for Leaky Air Ducts

The best solution is to seal the leak. Having a professional come in and check your home will ensure that the ducts are sealed correctly. Heating and Cooling Two uses Aeroseal® to seal air ducts. Aeroseal® is a sealant that is guaranteed for ten years but has been tested for 40 years. This spray can cover all ducts including hidden ones. Our trained technicians also make sure that they protect all sensitive objects in your home.

Ductless Air Systems

If you are looking to renovate your home, another option is to put in a ductless air system. Discover comfort without compromise with Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating. Ductless air systems allow you to control individual room temperatures, using the exact amount of energy need to comfortably heat or cool your home. Also, the Mitsubishi Electric system can improve indoor air quality with its allergen filtration system. It actually cleans the air.

Leaky air ducts can put extra strain on your pocket book as well as your furnace. Sealing or renovating your home to include a ductless air system can help save money and improve the air quality of your home. Call us today to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment today!

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Saving Money Round-Up | Heating and Cooling Rebates

Heating and Cooling Rebates

Welcome to January! This month has kicked off with a little cold, a little snow and one fantastic moment by the Vikings! January is also the time that people start thinking about their taxes.
In the past, homeowners received tax credits for upgrading to energy efficient heating and cooling systems. Those programs expired at the end of 2016, but there are other ways to save money this year. Below are a few suggestions:

Rebate offerings

To save money on your heating and cooling projects this year, consider rebates offered by energy and utility companies. Energy savings programs and incentives can help reduce your demand as well as your bill for the year. Many companies also offer rebates to help cover the cost of upgrading your HVAC systems for more energy efficient ones.

Below is a list and link to local energy and utility companies to help you find what rebates and programs are offered by each.

Depending on the urgency of your heating or cooling project, sometimes it is worth waiting to see what rebates may become available later in the year. Heating and Cooling Two is a certified Bryant Dealer and recommends taking advantage of their Bryant Bonuses throughout the year. The promotions time frame and deals vary. Stay up-to-date of what they are offering and when they are available by following our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram).

Energy Efficiency

Rebates are a great way to save money, but one of the best ways to cut costs is by upgrading your heating and cooling systems. HVAC systems can use more than half the average home’s energy. Improving your systems can help keep your family comfortable in more ways than one.

Energy efficiency ratings are a great way to compare systems to determine which one may be best for your home. Before purchasing a new furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump, check these standard ratings:

AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) – This is the standard measurement of efficiency used for gas and oil. The higher the rating, the greater the efficiency.
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) – This is the standard measurement of efficiency used for the cooling process of air conditioners and heat pumps. The higher the rating, the greater the efficiency.
HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) – This is the standard measurement of efficiency used for heating mode of heat pumps. The minimum required HSPF rating is 7.7. The higher the rating, the greater the efficiency.

Although this will not directly save you money on your taxes, spending less to heat, cool, and operate your home is a great way to save money this year. Contact Heating and Cooling Two today to set up an appointment to check and possibly upgrade your heating and cooling systems!

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Benefits of a Garage Heater

Benefits of a Garage Heater

Mancave, bike shop, gym, car storage, shop… a garage can be many things to many different people. With a recent shift to using that space more creatively, the garage can be much more than storage space. Open up the possibilities by looking at the benefits of a garage heater. Now maybe the perfect time to re-think the use of your garage.

Benefits of a Garage Heater:

Comfort: Very few people like to work or hang out in the cold, at least not for very long. One advantage of a garage heater is that it allows you space and time to get more projects done.

More Space: Creating a hangout or workspace in your garage can free up space in your home. The extra room could benefit adults, kids, and pets from having to spend time or play outside in the cold.

Low Maintenance: Most garage heaters are simple in design. Our Hot Dawg® Garage Heaters have permanently-lubricated motors for trouble-free dependability. Most maintenance involves basic cleaning or changing the air filters regularly. Hot Dawg® Garage Heaters alme with a 10-year warranty.

Compact: Past garage heaters have been large and clunky. Today they have a much smaller and compact design. Smaller doesn’t mean less power. Make sure to get the right size heater for your space.
Utilize your space further by having your garage heater mounted to the ceiling with a Supreme Stands® unit heater quick hanging bracket. The video below shows how quick and easy it is to install.

Living in Minnesota, it can seem like a real luxury if you have an insulated and heated garage. Make this the winter that you upgrade your garage and add a new space to your home! Contact Heating & Cooling Two today. We’ll help you make the most of your garage space.

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Relieve Holiday Stress – Solve Common Heating Problems

Common Furnace Problems

December is a beautiful month, one to enjoy falling snow and colder days. It also can be one of the busiest months with holiday preparations. No one wants to sit down to the holiday feast to find that the meal is cold because the whole house is cold. It seems that common furnace problems happen at the most inopportune times. It’s the Murphy’s Law of the season: if something can go wrong in your home around the holidays, it will. Below are a few common furnace problems and how to prevent/avoid them.

Common Furnace Problems

Little or No Maintenance

Extend the life of your furnace with regular preventive maintenance. Routine inspections should happen twice a year. Checking that your HVAC systems are running efficiently can help avoid major issues.

Dirty Filters

Changing your filters is one of the simplest ways to keep your HVAC systems running their best. Clogged and dirty filters put extra strain on your furnace. The additional stress can cause things to break or malfunction. To avoid this, be sure to check and change filters monthly.

Pilot or Ignition Control Problems

A malfunction of your furnace’s ignition control can cause intermittent or no heat. This may also be caused by clogged or faulty electrical components. This issue is best left to professionals, so call us to take a look.

Other Furnace Problems

Other common furnace problems include not heating enough or at all, frequent cycling, the blower continually running, and unusual noises. A clogged filter, improper air flow, or a faulty thermostat can all cause your furnace to not heat enough or at all. Blower issues may indicate a limit switch problem. Loud or unusual noises might mean a mechanical problem, airflow reductions, or clogged burners. With these types of issues, it’s best to call a professional to come out and take a look.

These are just a few common furnace problems. If you have a question about your heating system, we encourage you to reach out to us. Check out our guide on what to do before you call us.

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Say Buh-Bye to Desert Dry Air, Skin, and Eyes with a Whole-House Humidifier

 

Benefits of a whole-house humidifierDry air is the culprit of a lot of struggles – cracked lips, dry skin, and itchy eyes to name a few. Many of us feel the effects of dry air, especially once the winter months hit. So instead of stashing lip balm in every corner of your home and office, think about the benefits of installing a whole-house humidifier.

Moisturize the Air, Moisturize Your Skin

If you or members of your family deal with cracked skin, chapped lips, nose bleeds, or have trouble with dry contacts, installing a whole-house humidifier will drastically help resolve those issues. When we have the heat on, the indoor humidity levels can drop to 10 percent or less. Humidifiers add moisture to the air and, therefore our skin and eyes, making it much easier for everyone to go about their day-to-day.

Sneezy to Sleepy

Newer models of humidifiers can help relieve allergy symptoms by regulating the moisture in the air without overdoing it. If a home is too moist it increases the chance of the spread of dust mites, and if it’s too dry other allergens can aggravate the throat and nose. With a whole-house humidifier you can control the humidity in your entire home with the touch of a button. Regulating this will help soothe the nose and throat passages and decrease allergy symptoms. It can also help people with asthma and other upper respiratory issues.
With the ease of allergy symptoms, and other respiratory issues, comes the ease of snoring. With that throat-soothing factor, comes an ear-soothing factor as well. If you’re a mouth breather, added moisture in the air will help you sleep more comfortably and keep you from snoring. Win-win for you and whoever falls asleep next to you. Also, if you forget that glass of water on your nightstand, no problem.

Cost and Energy Efficiency

Your house itself can suffer from dry air as well. It can cause damage to wood floors, doors, and furniture by drying it out and causing it to crack. The joints in wood floors can loosen, doors can swell or shrink making them difficult to open or close, and furniture arms or legs can wobble. Installing a whole-house humidifier will help reduce the risk of damaging these items in your home and eliminate maintenance costs or inconveniences.

Another great thing about humidifiers is the more humid the air is, the more it holds heat. That means you won’t have to turn up your heat as high as you would without a humidifier. This will save energy, as well as money in the long run since you won’t be running your heat as high over the course of the winter.

In Minnesota winters, your home’s heating system is an all-star player, but the whole-house humidifier is the MVP. If you feel you could benefit from installing a whole-house humidifier in your home, contact us today for financing options or more information.

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