What are the Quickest, Easiest, Cheapest Ways to Lower Energy Bills?

Grab your phone.
Set a timer for ten minutes.
And get ready to lower your energy bills.

No, you don’t have to huddle in a dark, cold house all winter to do it. (We’re in Minnesota so we know how Important it is to stay warm through a long winter—and to stay cool through a hot, humid summer!)

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Common Indoor Allergy Triggers in Spring

April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring pollen, and pollen can be miserable if you’re allergic to it. For some unfortunate people, even being indoors in spring can make you sick. If you’re having an indoor sneeze-fest, complete with a drippy nose and watery/itchy eyes, your home air quality could be compromised by

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How to Change Your Furnace Filter

Remembering to change your furnace filters is one of the best ways to maintain your HVAC system between tune-ups. Not only will regular furnace filter maintenance keep your air clear when open windows aren’t an option, but it will also reduce heating costs by improving the efficiency of your furnace. Keeping up with furnace filter maintenance isn’t difficult, but

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Rest Easy At Night With Nest Protect

We all know the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of having functional carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in our home, but is there anything more annoying than a malfunctioning alarm going off in the middle of the night? Or the hassle of trying to turn off the smoke alarm when you let the

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Your Home, Your Health: Treating Sick Building Syndrome

Have you found yourself sneezing and coughing, feeling fatigued, or suffering from headaches more often lately? This time of year, it’s easy to chalk those symptoms up to a nasty winter cold. But they could also indicate that it’s not just you—it’s your house that could be making you sick. Sick building syndrome (SBS) is

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6 Tips for Preventing Indoor Air Pollution During Winter

We’re all familiar with the dangers of outdoor air pollution, but did you know that it’s possible to experience air pollution indoors? It’s true. The air inside your home can be polluted by a variety of different contaminants including mold, tobacco smoke, household products, gases, and building materials. Poor air quality can be a significant

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Prevention is the Best Protection: Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

In our last post, we described the dangers of carbon monoxide, but there’s no reason to live in fear. There are plenty of preventative measures you can take to ensure that your home is never threatened by the silent killer. If you follow the carbon monoxide safety tips we outline below, you should never have

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How to Protect Yourself Against the Silent Killer: Carbon Monoxide

“The silent killer.” No, it’s not a ninja wearing house slippers creeping across your bedroom carpet, shrouded in shadow. It’s carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless gas that can build up in homes when fuel-burning devices are not properly ventilated or maintained. CO is known as the silent killer because it can be

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To Repair or to Replace Your Air Conditioner? That Is the Question.

As the summer winds down, your air conditioner might be showing signs of wear after a long season of use. You may be noticing some ominous sounds, finding that it has trouble coming on, or feeling like your house isn’t as cool as it was in June. It may be that your unit only needs

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Tips to Prepare Your Air Conditioner For The Summer

Like Rocky Balboa prepared for the ultimate fight of his life; each summer, the air conditioner does the same. When the hot weather shines, we kick our air conditioners into top gear, as everyone wants to escape the hot weather. Before you turn on the air conditioner this summer, you need to prepare it to

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