Welter My Shelter Air Tips
It’s the end of tax season and Minneapolis homeowners are looking forward to receiving their annual tax rebates. As someone who likes to keep your hard-earned cash in your own pocket, you take every opportunity you can to save money on your taxes. However, do you spend as much effort trying to reduce your Minneapolis heating costs as you do on completing your income tax forms?
Many Americans are not aware that there are ways to save money on their heating costs other than turning down the thermostat. In fact, taking advantage of utilities rebates by buying energy-efficient appliances is a great ways to save money on your Minneapolis heating costs.
As we prepare to enter April and the Minnesota winter drags on, it’s easy to think of all of the things we dislike about winter: cold temperatures, high gas bills, icy roads, itchy wool clothing, static cling, fewer daylight hours, shoveling the driveway, dry skin, perpetual cough…
Wait, did you know that the Ray N. Welter Heating Company has solutions to more half of those problems? We covered how to lower your gas bills in this blog post, and in today’s blog post, we’ll explain how you can avoid dry skin, winter viruses, static cling and even damage to your home.
It often seems like there are only two seasons in Minnesota—winter and summer—because temperatures tend to be so extreme in this state. It may be springtime right now, but there’s no saying when the temperatures will jump from cool to hot! Summer is right around the corner and the best way to be prepared for high temperatures and humidity is to schedule an air conditioning repair Minneapolis visit.
Even if your air conditioner isn’t broken, it’s important to schedule an annual maintenance visit. Air conditioners, like cars, are machines that require regular maintenance. They need lubricants and fluids to help their parts move smoothly. Air conditioners also collect dust, dirt and pollen and need to be cleaned in order to operate at maximum efficiency.
I think it’s safe to say that this winter has been a doozie. The winter of 2013-2014 was marked by an alarming number of extreme weather events including the Polar Vortex in the Midwest, ice storms in the North East, and substantial snowfall in the South.
Furnace installation and repair numbers were high this year as people in the north struggled to repair their overworked furnaces and folks in the south considered purchasing a furnace for the first time. Have no doubts, it was a particularly cold winter this year.
Where were you during these extreme winter weather events of 2013-2014?
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: