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Air Filter Tips

Blog by: Dennis, President of Gopher Heating

It’s no secret that air filters are an important part of your HVAC system – they keep the air in your home pure, they keep you healthy when they’re clean.. the list goes on. Today we’ve got some tips to make sure you’re making the most of your air filters and HVAC system, and keeping you and your family healthy and comfortable.

 

  • Buy at least three filters a time and store them near your furnace. This will reduce any procrastination to change your air filters when necessary, and in turn you’ll be keeping the air in your home pure and healthy.
  • Always turn off your furnace at the breaker panel before replacing the air filter. It’s the easiest way to ensure your safety from any electrical shocks.
  • Your home environment and how often you run the heat or air can affect how dirty your air filter is. If you have no pets or few items collecting dust in your home, your filter will not get dirty as fast.
  • If you are unsure about what type, size, or style of air filter you need, or if you’re unsure how to change out the filter, always call a professional to help. They can show you the proper needs of your HVAC system and it’s air filters.

 

Filters are easily available for purchase on http://www.gopherheating.com. If you have any questions about your air filters or HVAC system, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Our professional technicians are available by email at info@gopherheating.com or by phone at 952-890-3466 (Twin Cities) or (507) 665-3300 (Le Sueur, MN).

Minnesotans Asked to Conserve Energy

Blog by: Dennis O’Brien, President of Gopher Heating

Hot temperatures in Minnesota lately have left the majority of us no other option than staying indoors in the blasting AC for days on end. Just recently, Minnesota Power asked customers to conserve energy due to the high temps and increased energy usage from air conditioners.

It is most important to conserve energy between the hours of noon and 8 PM.  Minnesota Power suggests delaying the use of appliances such as washers/dryers and stoves, and setting the thermostat to 77 degrees during these hours.

Playing your part to help curb Minnesota’s energy use is easy: keep your thermostat at the recommended 77 degrees when you leave for work, and make oven-free lunches and dinners.

For more energy saving tips visit http://www.energysavers.gov/tips/heating_cooling.cfm

For updates, visit Gopher Heating on Facebook and Twitter.

Christmas in July Service Call Deal!

Blog by: Dennis O’Brien, President of Gopher Heating

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Christmas in July is here, and do we have a deal for you!! Save today on any service call when you call Gopher Heating at 952-890-3466 (Twin Cities area) or 507-665-3300 (Le Sueur area).

Christmas In July Price: $75.00

Normal Price: $99.00

That’s a savings of 24%!!!

ONE WEEK ONLY so get this deal while it lasts!

More information here: www.gopherheating.com/dealoftheday.asp

Happy Summer Solstice! (and a deal for you!)

Happy Summer Solstice! The Summer Solstice marks the first day of summer with the longest day and shortest night of the year. Here  in Minnesota, Summer came barging right in with the hot and stick 90 degree temps we’ve been having! Don’t forget, for this season we have an excellent deal for our customers!

Now that summer is here, now is the time to get your cooling system inspected.  We are offering a complete  air conditioner precision tune-up for only $99** plus tax.

Your precision tune-up includes:

– Cleaning Condenser Coil

– Verify Thermostat Operation

– Measure Voltage

– Measure Amp Draw

– Inspect Belt Condition

– Measure Refrigerant Pressures

– Measure Temperature Drop Across Coil

– Measure Super Heat & Sub-Cooling

– Tighten Wiring Connections and Insulation

– Oil Blower Motor If Necessary

– Inspect Condensate Drain

– Inspect Contacts For Pitting & Wear

– Inspect Furnace Filter (Customer will be advised if filter needs to be changed. 

  Additional charge for filter due to various sizes and types.)

 

Not including if necessary:

– Cleaning Evaporator Coil

– Cleaning Condenser Coil

– Removing Blower Wheel and Cleaning

– Refrigerant

– Parts

 

If you need any of the above items completed with your precision tune-up additional charges will apply.  Please ask for details.

Customer will be advised of any additional charges before repairs are made.  Air Conditioner inspections can be scheduled Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*.   Please call 952-890-3466 to schedule your appointment.

*Other times available outside regular business hours for an additional fee.  Please call for details.

** Price is per air conditioner.

Offer good until July 1st.

We now offer Duct Cleaning.  Please call for details.

Pre-Season Precision Tune-Up!

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Summer is just around the corner and now is the time to get your cooling system inspected.  We are offering a complete pre-season air conditioner precision tune-up for only $99** plus tax.

Your pre-season precision tune-up includes:

Cleaning Condenser Coil

– Verify Thermostat Operation

– Measure Voltage

– Measure Amp Draw

– Inspect Belt Condition

– Measure Refrigerant Pressures

– Measure Temperature Drop Across Coil

– Measure Super Heat & Sub-Cooling

– Tighten Wiring Connections and Insulation

– Oil Blower Motor If Necessary

– Inspect Condensate Drain

– Inspect Contacts For Pitting & Wear

– Inspect Furnace Filter (Customer will be advised if filter needs to be changed. 

  Additional charge for filter due to various sizes and types.)

 

Not including if necessary:

– Cleaning Evaporator Coil

– Cleaning Condenser Coil

– Removing Blower Wheel and Cleaning

– Refrigerant

– Parts

 

If you need any of the above items completed with your pre-season precision tune-up additional charges will apply.  Please ask for details.

Customer will be advised of any additional charges before repairs are made.  Air Conditioner inspections can be scheduled Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*.   Please call 952-890-3466 to schedule your appointment.

*Other times available outside regular business hours for an additional fee.  Please call for details.

** Price is per air conditioner.

Offer good April 1st – July 1st.

We now offer Duct Cleaning.  Please call for details. 

Visit our website at www.gopherheating.com to order replacement filters and schedule appointments.

Going Green with your HVAC System!

We came across this awesome infographic video awhile ago which talks about the future of energy use in America. Renewable energy and “going green” are a trend that have really come to light in the last few years, and there are ways that you too can make “greener” use of your HVAC systems. As you watch, consider your own energy use – do you think your own habits will align with BP’s prediction of America’s energy related future?

While we’re on the topic, here are some great tips for going green with your existing HVAC systems! It saves you money, and helps the Earth – a win-win situation! Catch all the great details below!

To find out how Gopher Heating can help you make energy efficient HVAC choices, give us a call at 952.890.3466 (metro area) or 507.665.3300 (Le Sueur area).

Advice from Lennox: What to Know Before You Buy an HVAC System

At Gopher Heating, we use the finest home solutions products, including Lennox Healthy Climate Solutions, which feature a full range of indoor air quality products that fit every home and every need. This past Friday, Lennox posted an excellent blog with information every consumer should know before purchasing an HVAC system. We couldn’t resist – we had to pass it along to you. For the full article, click here.

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“Installing an HVAC system in a new home, or replacing one in an existing home, is no easy feat. There are numerous factors you must consider, and many options you must weigh. This is truly an opportunity where the more information you have, the better equipped you are to choose the right system for your needs.

What is an HVAC system? HVAC is an acronym that stands for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning. A home’s HVAC system is responsible for maintaining a preferred temperature, managing air quality, and properly ventilating the entire home. An HVAC system generally consists of an air conditioning/heater unit, ductwork, and other components necessary for comfortable and healthy air.

A new system. When choosing a new HVAC system, it is important to carefully review your home. No two homes are exactly alike, and your personal preferences for air temperature and moisture levels should also come into play when choosing a new HVAC system. It is important to consult a professional to learn what systems are right for your home, your budget, and your level of comfort.

Cost. The cost of a brand-new HVAC system depends on many factors, including the size of your home, the units and components chosen and other factors like how well your home is insulated.

Long-term planning. When replacing an HVAC system, it is important to think ahead. Buying ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and a more energy-efficient HVAC system will save you time in the long haul. Depending on where you live, integrating solar energy into your home’s HVAC system can be not only great for the environment, but also allows you to tap into a completely free and unregulated energy source– the sun. Also, installing a solar-integrated HVAC system also makes you eligible for tax breaks and tax credits.

To see a full list of our services and products, including air conditioning installation or air conditioning repair, visit an authorized Lennox dealer. For more information or energy-saving tips, look for us on Facebook and Twitter.”

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Minnesota Cold Weather Rule Ending Soon

There are just a few days left of the Minnesota Cold Weather Rule, which protects Minnesotans from unlawful shut offs from October 15 to April 15. All Minnesota Energy Resources customers are eligible for this service, but once April 15th hits, utilities that have gone unpaid will be shut off until paid, or until payment plans are set in place.

An article from the Pioneer Press states that “CenterPoint Energy, the state’s largest natural gas provider with 790,000 customers, is urging its customers with bills two months or more past due to contact the utility about setting up payment schedules.” This way customers can avoid shut offs during the time when the Cold Weather Rule is not in effect.

The moral of the story: Pay your utilities on time, or you’ll be suffering the consequences this summer. For more on this issue, see this article.

Spring Cleaning Sale!

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Spring is right around the corner, and with these warm temperatures here earlier than normal, spring cleaning has crept up on all of us a bit sooner than we might like. But don’t fret, Gopher Heating has you covered with a great deal to get your cleaning started. If you take advantage of our spring sale, you can get up to 15 air ducts cleaned for only $279! That’s a whopping 20% off our everyday low price of $349. Make sure to get this deal before it’s gone, and let your friends know, too!

To inquire about this deal, give us a call at 952.890.3466 (metro area) or 507.665.3300 (Le Sueur area). We can’t wait to hear from you!

Did You Know?

Did you know that Gopher Heating is not only present online here on our blog, but we also use other social media channels, too? Follow us on Facebook today, and also on Twitter. We post all our sales, promotions, tips, and inside knowledge to these channels. Don’t miss another sale – follow us today!