Residential Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Eden Prairie’

Understanding Furnace Efficiency

Monday, November 13th, 2023

Whenever you need to turn on your furnace to warm your house during the chilly Minnesota winters, you’ll spend money—regardless of whether you’re using gas or electricity. But how much money you spend will depend on the efficiency of the furnace, i.e. how well it converts its energy source into heat. 

Efficiency in furnaces has become more important than ever as people look for ways to cut down on energy consumption and benefit the environment. The technology of furnaces has advanced to make high-efficiency units more efficient than ever. In this post, we’ll look into furnace efficiency and how it’s measured to help you understand its importance.

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The Big Fall Question: Is It Time to Replace Your Old Home Heater?

Monday, October 9th, 2023

You know what Minnesota winters are like. They can be beautiful, but without reliable sources of indoor warmth, they can also be miserable and dangerous. You certainly never want to head into a Minnesota winter with a central heating system for your home that you can’t trust to get the job done or not fail when you need it the most.

That’s why fall is the time to ask yourself the big question about your old heating system: Is it time to get rid of it and schedule a new heating installation in Eden Prairie, MN?

The easiest way to get an answer to this question is to work with the helpful team at Residential Heating and Air Conditioning. We know our way around heating systems and we certainly know what Minnesota winters can do. Before you call us, we’ll give you some helpful information that will shed light on your current heating system’s fate.

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4 Common Ductwork Issues

Monday, August 28th, 2023

We’ve served the Twin Cities for more than 25 years, so we’ve seen plenty of problems with the ductwork in homes. Providing duct services in Eden Prairie, MN is an important part of our job of helping homes stay comfortable and energy efficient because of how seriously bad ducts affect how an HVAC system operates.

However, the major problem with ductwork issues is that few homeowners know about them until the issues escalate. In this post, we’ll offer you some important education about the most common types of ductwork problems. These might be affecting your home at this very moment. 

If you have any concerns or questions about your ducts, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We can diagnose the ductwork (such as measuring how it maintains pressure) to locate any troubles and then have them fixed right.

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Don’t Push Your AC Too Hard at the End of Summer

Monday, August 14th, 2023

August and September often bring out the hottest weather of the summer. That can spell bad news for air conditioning systems which have already put in several months of hard work keeping homes chilled and comfortable. As the heat ramps up, ACs are at a higher risk of failing or losing cooling capacity because of the strain and overwork. 

We don’t want you stuck with a failed air conditioner during the dog days of summer—although you can always depend on us for air conditioning repair in Eden Prairie, MN or elsewhere in the Twin Cities when you need it. We have advice to help you lessen the cooling load on your air conditioning system and see that it remains reliable until it shuts off at the end of the year.

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How Do I Know If My Furnace May Have Asbestos in It?

Monday, July 10th, 2023

The word asbestos is a frightening one to homeowners: even if they don’t exactly know what it is, they know they don’t want it in their homes. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber with high heat resistance, and this heat-resistant property has made it a common material in construction since ancient times. 

Unfortunately, this is what allowed asbestos to get easily into homes, usually as part of insulation. Breathing in asbestos fibers is harmful: long-term lung exposure can cause several respiratory illnesses, such as mesothelioma, a dangerous form of lung cancer.

One prime area where asbestos might lurk in your home is in your furnace. In this post, we’re going to look at the issue of asbestos in furnaces and whether this is a problem with your home’s furnace. If you’ve got an asbestos problem, call our team for asbestos removal in Eden Prairie, MN

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The Benefits of Installing a Smart Thermostat

Monday, July 3rd, 2023
Intelligent home automation system: controlling house temperature with a multimedia touch screen display, mounted on an apartment wall and wireless connected to a main computer unit. Intelligent system for energy saving, climate control and environmental conservation. Temperature is expressed in Fahrenheit degrees (see more images from my portfolio for other units). Shows thermometer, warm and cold air conditioning icons, relative humidity and current temperature.

Many homeowners have a digital thermostat, although some may still have a manual thermostat that uses sliders and dials to change the temperature. But more and more homeowners are installing smart thermostats that they can control remotely and which handle many functions on their own. 

You may think that your standard thermostat is good enough to get the job done, but we recommend you consider a smart thermostat and the benefits that come with it.

When you’re ready to schedule service for thermostats in Eden Prairie, MN, we can help see you get the right smart thermostat for your needs. In the meantime, you can learn more about the multiple benefits of using a smart thermostat with your HVAC system. 

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Demystifying the 5 Top Myths About Home Air Conditioning

Monday, June 19th, 2023

In the (relatively) short time that ACs have been parts of homes, several myths and misconceptions have risen about them. Some are relatively harmless trivia, but others can have a major impact on comfort and energy use in a home. We want you to know the real deal when it comes to air conditioning in Eden Prairie, MN, and throughout the Twin Cities, so we’ll break down several of the biggest myths about AC systems.

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Can a Heat Pump Work as a Comfort Solution for My Home?

Monday, June 5th, 2023

If you’ve heard of heat pumps, then you probably already know the big advantage they have as HVAC systems: they can operate as both heating and cooling systems. Essentially, heat pumps are air conditioners that can switch the direction they move heat, so they can both remove heat from a space and bring heat into it.

Heat pumps are becoming more popular each year, but here in Minnesota, most people still rely on an HVAC setup that pairs an air conditioner with a furnace (gas or electric). It’s familiar, it works for most homes. So why consider heat pumps in Eden Prairie, MN for home comfort? Do they live up to their promise as a year-round all-in-one comfort solution?

Answering this question requires looking a bit closer at heat pumps and how they operate in Minnesota weather.

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Let’s Talk About Your AC (And If You Need More)

Monday, May 15th, 2023

Spoilers for this post: You probably don’t need more refrigerant! If you do, it’s a repair situation.

We thought we’d get the crucial information out of the way first, because people often have mistaken assumptions about how air conditioners use refrigerant. They might hear from a source that it’s a good idea to get the refrigerant “topped off” before summer rolls around, or that you’ll need to have routine refrigerant refills to ensure the AC doesn’t run out of it.

To which we’ll ask: “When was the last time you needed to have the refrigerant in your refrigerator refilled?” We’ll bet the answer is never—unless the refrigerator was broken.

Well, the refrigerant in an air conditioning system is the same. Unless the AC is leaking refrigerant (in which case call us for air conditioning repair in Eden Prairie, MN), you won’t need to have any additional refrigerant put into it during the system’s service life.

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Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better With a New AC

Monday, April 17th, 2023

An essential part of getting a new air conditioner is finding the right-size unit. We don’t mean the physical size of the air conditioner, but the size of its cooling power and its capacity. You want to ensure you have an air conditioner that’s big enough to cool your house, but which isn’t too big.

“Wait a minute,” you might think. “Why is it a problem if the AC’s too big? Isn’t it better to err on the side of too big rather than too small?”

You’re not the only one who has thought this when getting a new air conditioner. We’ll explain why bigger isn’t necessarily better with an air conditioner. In fact, it can often be a disaster!

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