How much would this increase our electric bills? The floors are heated by a series of tubes that are installed in the floor with water heated by a boiler running through them. The boiler can be either electric or gas. The cost would be affected by a few different variables and type of situation. Because each place is different, your house should be evaluated to determine which type of system to install and to approximate savings.
Yes, in-floor heat can be installed under most common flooring surfaces, including hardwood floors, carpet and tile
We are considering building a new home. Can in-floor, or radiant heating be used throughout the entire house?
Yes, most homes have in-floor heating on the main living floor and the lower level.
We have heard that in-floor heating can be added to rooms in an existing house, like the bathroom. Is this true?
If our monthly gas bill for heating our home each month is about $180.00 now, how much could it be cut if we switched to a geothermal heat pump system?
Each home’s energy bills are different. If you now use gas for your home’s heating, water heating, washer, dryer and even cooking, you should notice a substantial monthly savings since the majority of the gas costs are attributed to your heating system.
If we were to switch to a geothermal heat pump, is it true that we would no longer need to purchase propane gas?
It depends on the type of system installed and what type of other appliances you have.
It depends on the system and the present ductwork. Some ductwork modification may be required.
Yes, the geothermal heat pump can provide both heating and cooling for your home.
We have heard a little about geothermal heat pumps. Do they work in Minnesota where the ground freezes all winter long?
Yes, geothermal heat pumps do work well here, even with Minnesota’s cold winters.
Is there a special filter that we can use with our furnace to help improve the dust level in our home?
We have pets and our children suffer from allergies. There are some brands of furnace filters that offer improved filtering. You might want to try one of these filters for your family.
We have a remodeled home that has central air conditioning now. Can we add an air exchanger to help improve our indoor air quality?
Yes, we can add air exchangers to most existing home heating systems.
An air exchanger cycles air through your home, expelling warm, stale air from inside the home and replacing it with fresh, cool air from outside. These modern units can be set to run on regular cycles based on the time of the year. With today’s new homes being built much tighter, using air exchangers can
We have two children who suffer from asthma. Is there anything we can do to our heating and cooling systems to help them?
There are many options, such as whole-house HEPA filtration systems to humidifiers to UV lights that kill germs and bacteria.
We just purchased a repossession home that does not have central air conditioning. Can central air be added even though the house is already built?
Yes, central air conditioning can be retrofitted into existing homes in conjunction with most forced air furnaces and using existing duct work.
As with the furnace, I recommend every 1-2 years. We typically offer clean-and-check specials for air conditioners in the spring.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is the way the efficiency of air conditioners is measured. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the system is.
Our air conditioner is 15 years old and our cooling bills seem to be higher every year. Might we be ready for a newer unit?
While an older unit may still be cooling your home, its efficiency is probably not as good as today’s models. Today’s central air conditioners will most likely save you money on your monthly energy costs.
Does the part of the air conditioning system that sits behind the house with the fan on top need any type of regular cleaning in the spring?
You will want to make sure the fan area is free of any debris, such as leaves and branches. Also, you will want to make sure that the fins are clear of dirt and debris on all sides of the unit. Use a gentle spray of water from your hose to clean these fins. Do not use high pressure as that can bend and damage the fins.
Our central air conditioner does not seem to be cooling our house as good as it used to. What might be causing this?
There are a number of things that could be causing this, from low refrigerant to blocked coils. The best way to diagnose this is to have an HVAC professional check your system to make sure it is running as efficiently as possible.
It seems to run fine but we want to make sure it lasts for many years. If your furnace is older than 5 years I would recommend a service for every 1-2 years. We typically offer clean-and-check specials in the fall.
We have a fairly new furnace. Do we need a carbon monoxide detector or are they just for older homes?
Because newer high efficiency furnaces are sealed combustion appliances they greatly decrease the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning. This is because there is no mixture of the air that is being used for combustion with the air in the house. But I still would recommend a carbon monoxide detector.
Sometimes we get a spark when we touch the light switch or even pet the dog, especially in the winter months. What causes this?
Because the air in the winter is dryer it is more conducive to the creation of static electricity.
No. There are a number of possible causes of this. Once an evaluation is done, alternative solutions can be explored.
Is there a way to program the furnace to run at a lower temperature during the day when we are at work but turn up automatically so that the house is warmer when we arrive home?
The installation of a programmable thermostat will allow you to set the times you wish it to be warmer or cooler in your home.
My furnace is 20 years old. Could I expect to see a savings in heating costs by replacing it with a newer model?
Yes. A 20 year old furnace most likely has an AFEU efficiency of 60%-80%. A high efficiency furnace could save you as much as 35% on your annual heating fuel costs.
Some rooms in our house are cooler than others in the winter. Is there any way that we can even the heat out so the temperature is consistent in all rooms?
This is a tricky question to answer. Sometimes zoning of a system can be done. The best way to answer this is to have a heating professional evaluate your system to explore the various possible solutions to heating problems.
Yes there are. Some filters may cause too much restriction to air-flow and actually be hard on your equipment.
Ideally your filters should be changed monthly.