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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).

High Efficiency Furnace Regulation Postponed

Blog by: Dennis, President of Gopher Heating

Recently, Minnesotans looking to upgrade their furnaces had until May to do so without being required to purchase a furnace that was at least 90% efficient. If you were in the market for a new furnace these last few months, chances are you were urged to purchase sooner rather than later so that you would not be held to these standards and you could save some money. However, officials have postponed the regulation that would go in to effect in May, stating that the proposal would be revisited again in one year.

This is a plus for homeowners looking to do some home projects, including upgrading their furnace, as lower efficiency furnaces are often cheaper than the 90% efficient models. The downside, noted by environmental groups, is that this amendment would have saved billions of dollars in heating bills and reduced emissions that contribute to global warming.

So for at least another year, Minnesotans can purchase furnaces without any efficiency regulations.

If you’re in the market for a new home heating system or have questions regarding the energy efficiency of your system, give Gopher Heating a call at 952-890-3466 (Twin Cities) or (507) 665-3300 (Le Sueur, MN).

The Importance of CO Detectors

Blog by: Dennis, President of Gopher Heating

Winter is in full gear, which means most likely your furnace has been in full gear, too. This is a very important time to make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working properly, or even more importantly – to install a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t have one.

First and foremost: what IS carbon monoxide (CO)? It is an odorless, colorless gas that is created whenever any carbon based fuel (oil, wood, natural gas, etc) is burned. Many home heating systems such as furnaces and water heaters, generate some amount of carbon monoxide, which is typically sent out through a flue and then outdoors so it can’t harm you in your home.  However, if a flue becomes blocked or starts leaking, your home may become a hazardous trap for CO.

Because CO is odorless and colorless, it is very important you take steps to ensure your home is safe from this dangerous gas before it is too late, as it often is not noticed until the consequences are fatal. If you feel dizzy, nauseous, or experience headaches – these are early signs of potential exposure to carbon monoxide. Prolonged exposure can be deadly, so make sure you give your CO detector a check if you experience these symptoms.

When choosing a CO detector  to install, find a detector with a battery back up. These systems require less maintenance and will still continue working if the power in your home goes out. CO detectors are available for as little as $12, and are worth the investment to keep your home and your family safe.

Another way to make sure your systems are in working order and your home is CO free is to have a Gopher Heating professional inspect your furnace regularly. Give Gopher Heating a call to set up an appointment today at 952-890-3466 (Twin Cities) or (507) 665-3300 (Le Sueur, MN).

Helpful Money-Saving Tips

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Blog by: Dennis, President of Gopher Heating

We’re all looking to save some extra money and energy, especially after the expensive hype of the holiday season. You can do just that beginning with your own HVAC system! These tips are a good place to start.

1. You can save 5% on your AC costs by replacing the air filter once a month! Check your filters (as they may not need to be replaced quite this often) and see when they should be replaced, and change them out as necessary. So much dust and junk gets caught in the filter, and once it has reached it junk-catching potential it just doesn’t work as effectively as it should. By replacing your filter appropriately, you can save yourself some cash!

2. Caulking air leaks on doors and windows can reduce energy costs by 15-30%! This can save you some serious cash, folks. If your windows and doors are leaking cold air in to your home, and allowing warm air to escape (and vice versa for warmer seasons) your HVAC system works overtime to keep your home at the temperature you prefer. Keep the air you want inside your home IN, and keep the elements OUT by sealing your home effectively – you and your wallet will be glad you did.

And of course, if you have any questions at all call Gopher Heating today at 952-890-3466 (Twin Cities) or (507) 665-3300 (Le Sueur, MN). We’re always happy to help!

Furnace Safety

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You’ve probably been running your furnace rather consistently for at least a couple months at this time. While you continue to use your furnace throughout these cold winter months, keep in mind these safety tips to keep you and your family safe and healthy!

  • The lifespan of a typical gas furnace is 15 to 20 years – give or take a few years. Maintenance and upkeep are necessary to ensure a long lifespan of your heating system.
  • The best thing you can do to ensure your furnace stays in working order is to schedule a maintenance check up once a year, done by a trained professional. A check up can do wonders for it!
  • Pay attention to your furnace. If something doesn’t smell or sound right – make sure to have it looked at.

If you need any assistance with the upkeep of your furnace or if you need a tune up (now $50 off until 12/31/12) call Gopher Heating at 952-890-3466 (Twin Cities) or (507) 665-3300 (Le Sueur, MN) and we’d be happy to help!

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

Holiday Facebook Promotion Extended!

We are excited to announce that our holiday Facebook promotion has been extended to include even more of our amazing followers! Now through December 31st, 2012, be one of our 75 newest followers on Facebook , and receive a free, no obligations Target gift card! All you have to do is like Gopher Heating on Facebook, then send an e-mail with your name and mailing address to info@gopherheating.com and we’ll send you your free Target gift card – our way of wishing you a very happy holiday season from Gopher Heating!

Make sure to take a look at our other holiday offerings which are sure to save you some money during the holiday season!

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

Gopher Heating Takes Part in Heat Up Minnesota!

Gopher Heating had the good fortune of taking part in Lennox’s Heat Up Minnesota program this October, a campaign which gave 100 deserving Minnesotan families brand new high efficiency furnaces. Submissions were collected via heatupminnesota.org, and responders were asked to share a story of someone they knew who was in need of heating for their home. The submissions were then reviewed by a panel of heating and cooling dealers and Lennox staff. Candidates were chosen based on need and feasibility.

The Gopher Heating team was thrilled to be a part of Heat Up Minnesota, and on October 6, they helped out Judith Jones of Le Sueur, MN by installing a new high efficiency furnace in her home. Gopher Heating’s technicians donated their time, tools, and hard work to make sure Ms. Jones has a nice warm house for the upcoming cold season and many more to come.

Ms. Jones’ home

The Gopher Heating team ready to install a high efficiency furnace for Ms. Jones

Members of Gopher Heating with Ms. Jones’ new high efficiency furnace

Gopher Heating on WCCO

Last evening, Gopher Heating’s president, Dennis, was on WCCO‘s evening news discussing the rising cost of heating this winter season. In case you didn’t catch it  – watch the video here!

Here is the article from WCCO’s website:

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Heating costs hit record lows because of last year’s mild winter, but predictions of a “normal” season this year could mean a big increase.

Minnesota’s Energy Department estimates a rise in heating bills: 20 percent for houses using oil, 15 percent for natural gas customers, 13 percent for propane and 5 percent for electricity.

The price of natural gas is only predicted to rise less than a percent over last year, but the experts at Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning say anything can happen.

“We’re on the low end now, but they do fluctuate, so who knows,” said owner Dennis O’Brien.

O’Brien says saving starts with a good furnace tune up for peak performance.

“If you have a 95 percent efficient furnace, but it’s not working up to its potential you’re wasting money,” said O’Brien.

O’Brien also says make sure your home’s “envelope” is well sealed. That means good insulation — especially in the attic — and tight seals around doors and windows.

Then there’s the thermostat. A programmable model could save you 20 percent in heating costs.

When it comes down to it, natural gas and propane costs aren’t really going to be the issue — the cold weather is. So, taking those steps is your best bet.

As for people using heating oil, global demand for crude oil and instability in the middle east could send prices to record highs.”