Using a Humidifier Versus a Dehumidifier This Winter

October 20, 2021

Winter is fast approaching in the Rochester, MN, area. While heat is at the top of most people’s priority list, the indoor humidity level is often overlooked. Let’s discuss the importance of the humidity level in your home and whether you should use a humidifier or dehumidifier this winter. The Importance of the Right Humidity Level Keeping the humidity level balanced helps to create a more comfortable environment. Experts recommend keeping your home’s humidity level between 40% and 50%. At much more than 50%, you risk creating an ideal environment for mold growth, musty odors,

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Simple Guide to Relighting Your Furnace

September 20, 2021

As a homeowner, you should have a basic understanding of how to perform simple tasks with your furnace. These include things like changing out its filter and being able to relight the pilot light. If you’re not sure how to get your pilot light going again, then you need to read over the instructions below. Locate the Pilot Light Assembly and Turn the Fuel Off The first step in relighting your pilot light is locating the pilot light assembly. This is typically located near the bottom of your furnace. You may need to remove a panel

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5 Easy Steps for Cleaning Your AC Condenser Coils

August 17, 2021

Undoubtedly one of the most important components of your AC unit is the condenser coils, as they work with the evaporator coil to remove heat from your home. Keeping them spiffy is crucial to the prolonged success of your AC. Here are five steps you can take to clean your AC unit’s condenser coils and ensure it continues functioning at its best. Step 1: Give the Coils a Quick Inspection Before you get to work, you should make sure the coils are in good condition and don’t appear to be damaged. If they’ve been damaged, you

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Going on Vacation? Leave Your AC On

July 29, 2021

Air conditioners are necessary tools to have during the summer. When you’re going away on vacation, you tend to worry more about the air conditioning than the water and electrical systems. It’s important to be sure of how to set the thermostat correctly. How Long Will You Be Gone? The type of setting to choose for your AC depends on the length of your vacation. If you’re leaving for a day or two, keep the air conditioner running, but set the temperature a few degrees higher. This is recommended so that the room will cool relatively

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How To Clean Air Conditioning Unit

June 12, 2021

An air conditioner unit can eventually get dirty over time. Cleaning your air conditioner unit before you begin to use it is important for maintenance, and it helps boost the efficiency of your system. A well-maintained air conditioner will often last much longer compared to a unit with poor maintenance. Here are tips on how you can clean your air conditioner. Always Disconnect the Power One of the first steps in cleaning your AC unit is to disconnect its power. Failure to disconnect your unit is a major safety risk that can lead

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell?

May 10, 2021

Your air conditioner provides relief from the summertime heat and humidity in Rochester, MN. If you notice a smell each time your AC unit turns on, this might alarm you. Here are three reasons why your air conditioning system may be releasing an unpleasant odor. 1. Buildup on the Coil or Filter Dirt or bacteria buildup on the evaporator coil may cause a musty, stale odor to spread through your home during each cooling cycle. Only a certified HVAC technician should remove debris from the evaporator coil. A dirty air filter may cause a musty

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What Are the Major Parts of an Air Conditioner?

April 6, 2021

Since air conditioners were invented in 1902, many have come to regard them as a necessity. It’s helpful to have a basic understanding of your air conditioner’s critical parts so you’re more informed when something goes wrong. Evaporator Coil In the evaporator coil, the refrigerant turns into a gas. The refrigerant extracts heat and humidity from the air in your home. The refrigerant then flows to the compressor. Compressor The compressor pressurizes the gas, which heats it even more. The reason this needs to happen is that the refrigerant needs to be

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How to Stay Cool on the Hottest Days of Summer

April 1, 2021

After a long, cold winter here in Minnesota, we’re always glad when springtime arrives. But it’s not long until things heat up and we’re glad to escape the summer heat in the comfort of our homes. Having central air conditioning will help keep indoor air cool but there are some other things you can do to keep your air conditioning working optimally so your family stays cool. Here are a few tips to consider: 1. Keep blinds closed. When you block direct sunlight from entering your home through the windows, you’re keeping additional

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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Cover Your Air Conditioner in Winter

March 25, 2021

Here in Minnesota, it gets cold in the winter. Bone-chilling, jaw-quaking cold. Depending on the year, we can receive a few feet of snow and layers of ice in addition to the cold temperatures. It’s natural to want to cover up everything as winter approaches, but your outside air conditioner doesn’t need to be covered. It’s built to handle the cold and take on the elements without being tucked in. In fact, not only will covering your outside air conditioning unit not help, but it may also even cause damage! 1. Did you know that critters

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Is It Normal to Smell Gas Near a Furnace?

March 17, 2021

Winters in Rochester, MN, are long, cold and snowy. You’ll need a reliable furnace to keep your home comfortable. If you notice the odor of natural gas near your furnace, you may become concerned. Here’s what you need to know about when this odor is and isn’t normal and what you should do about the situation. Odor at the Start of a Heating Cycle The only time you should detect the odor of natural gas is at the beginning of a heating cycle. The odor should be faint, and it should go away within a couple

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