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This winter has been especially cold for Minneapolis residents. In fact, in December and January, Minnesota experienced 30-year record low temperatures. Minnesota hasn’t been the only state experiencing such cold temperatures, and increased demand for furnace fuel nationwide has driven up the price of natural gas. I’m willing to bet that your Minneapolis furnace bills this winter have reflected the combination of cold temperatures and higher fuel prices!
Want to reduce the amount of money that you spend on your heat bills? These five simple tips will help you keep more money in your wallet this winter.
If you think that surviving the bitterly cold weather is challenging, think of how your Minneapolis furnace feels. In sub-zero temperatures, your furnace has to work overtime to keep your home warm and comfortable. In fact, during the heating season, your furnace endures the equivalent of putting 133,000 miles on your car.
Due to this extra output, furnaces have an unfortunate tendency to break down on the coldest days. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your Minneapolis furnace is in tip top condition before disaster hits.
Keep your furnace in good condition during the coldest days of winter by following the tips below.
When functioning properly, a gas furnace keeps your home warm and comfortable. However, a poorly maintained furnace can become a source of danger in your home. That’s why it’s important to schedule an annual furnace repair Minneapolis appointment.
Fuel burning appliances like gas furnaces naturally produce very low levels of carbon monoxide as a by-product of the combustion process. However, if an appliance like a gas furnace isn’t working correctly, it can output dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Accumulation of carbon dioxide can occur if a heat exchanger is rusted, a burner is misadjusted or if the furnace has been improperly installed.
There’s no doubt that with today’s prices finding ways to cut energy costs is a good way to go when it comes to Minneapolis home heating. Some homeowners consider using alternative fuel burning heaters that burn wood, grain, corn or coal as alternative home heating solutions, thinking that they save money.
But are these efficient home heating alternatives? The answer is no and a less efficient system means a more expensive choice.
When determining efficiency of home heating sources, the industry measures heat output in British Thermal Units (BTUs). Fuel sources such as #2 fuel oil and liquid petroleum (LP) BTUs are measured per gallon. Heating oil produces 138,500 and LP creates 95,000 BTUs per gallon.
If you’re a Minneapolis homeowner, you’ll have to deal with a heating repair problem at least once in your lifetime. If you’re like most Minnesotans, you’ll want to have some idea of what’s wrong with your furnace before you call Welter Heating, your Minneapolis home heating specialist. We’ve identified some common home heating repair problems in this blog post so that you can diagnose the problem before calling Welter Heating for an estimate.
Please keep in mind that while some home heating services, like changing air filters, can be performed by the home owner, most heater repairs require professional attention due to the potentially dangerous nature of HVAC repair.
The holidays are a time of joy and warmth, but preparing your home for the holidays can be stressful, especially if you are hosting a party or family get-together. You want your home to be warm, well-decorated and full of friends and family, but you know that you’re going to have to work to get your home ready for company! Don’t worry; you still have time to prepare! Just follow these tips to transform your home into a cozy, holiday haven:
Get ready, your Minneapolis home heating demands are likely to rise this winter, according to the annual Winter Fuels Outlook from the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration.
In fact, the government predicts that 90 percent of 116 million American homes will see higher heating bills because the prices on natural gas, propane and electricity will rise.
Minneapolis home heating costs will increase the most for those who use natural gas. The Energy Department projects a 13 percent increase between October 2013 and March 2014. While this increase seems sizeable, heating oil energy costs will still be lower than the previous 5 winters.
On warm fall days like the ones we’ve had this year, it seems nearly impossible that the other weather shoe is going to drop. But it’s certain your home heating system will be called into service sooner rather than later, so now is the time to consider Minneapolis furnace repair work.
To make sure that your home will be warm and cozy when the weather gets cold, follow these 10 do-it-yourself Minneapolis furnace repair tips:
- Inspect Your Burner Flames. Before you remove the combustion chamber door, make sure to turn the power off. Once inside, turn the power on, engage your thermostat and check that the flames are burning even and blue – yellow flames are a sign of dirty burners.
As we roll into the cooler days ahead and prepare to fire up our Minneapolis furnaces, you no doubt have already had your home heating system properly serviced and tested. However, there are other things you should do to prepare for winter, such planning for power outages.
Severe weather is the most likely culprit when it comes to blackouts, and Murphy’s Law dictates that a power outage at your house could occur on the coldest day of the year. Follow these 5 tips to prepare for a power outage:
The dog days of summer are behind us and school is back in session but there is still plenty of fun to be had in Minneapolis. Conduct a routine check of your Minneapolis furnace as we slide into the cooler days of fall and then head out to enjoy some great entertainment around the Twin Cities.
Family Friendly Venues You Can Enjoy Without Charge:
- Minnehaha Park – Open daily from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., this spectacular park stretches along the Mississippi River and features bike paths, a playground and volleyball courts. The famous 53-foot Minnehaha Falls are a crowd favorite and the inspiration of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha.