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Why Does 50 Degrees Feel Balmy in March But Frigid in September?

It happens every year: The mercury hits 50 degrees Fahrenheit and Minnesotans act like they’re on a tropical beach vacation. The coats come off, the T-shirts come out, and the sunburns take us all by surprise.
So why is it that when the same temperature shows up for the first time in September, we all run screaming for parkas and pumpkin spice lattes? And is there an easy way to stay more comfortable all year ‘round without cranking your thermostat up and down? (The answer to that second question: Yes, there is. Stay tuned.)

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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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Fall Maintenance Checklist - Bonfe Blog
Fall Maintenance Checklist

Are you prepared for the cold months ahead? Making sure your home is ready first could help with that. Getting ahead and checking in on the parts of your home that keep you warm can help you save money, time and stress. Below we provide you with a home maintenance checklist to walk through and

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Furnace Tune-Up: Do You Need One This Season?

It’s that time of year again—cold weather is just around the corner. Is your furnace ready for another winter? You’re probably familiar with professional furnace checks but do you really know what’s involved?   What’s involved in a furnace tune-up? A check involves over 20 technical steps. Here are two of the most important ones:

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Start Your Career with Bonfe

Did you know? There is a major labor shortage in the United States right now and this includes the HVAC industry. Are you wondering why this is not only happening but also why it’s happening right now? Let us tell you!   Labor Shortage: Let’s go back in time. Historically, for people growing up in

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Ways to Safeguard Your Home Before Leaving Town

Congratulations! You’re finally going on that long-anticipated and much-deserved vacation. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until the morning you leave to get your house prepped for vacation-mode. Here’s our pre-travel checklist: Unplug and reset the thermostat. Temporarily adjust the thermostat so you’re not wasting energy in an empty house. (A good rule of thumb

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how to change your furnace filter
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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how to handle a holiday hvac emergency
How to Handle a Holiday HVAC Emergency

There’s no good time to have an HVAC, plumbing, or electrical emergency, but perhaps the worst time is on a holiday. An emergency interrupts your festivities, and it’s not easy to find an HVAC repair company willing to send someone out on a national holiday (at least not for an exorbitant holiday rate). As a

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Save Energy With Nest Learning Thermostat

Did you know that your thermostat is responsible for over half of your monthly energy bill? If you’re trying to save energy in your home, you need a thermostat that not only works with you, but works for you. Saving money on energy use is not as easy as simply installing a programmable thermostat. You

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What Happens During a Furnace Tune-Up?

Regular maintenance, including furnace tune-up inspections, are essential for your home systems to continue operating safely and efficiently. Having your furnace serviced before winter will ensure you experience consistent, optimal comfort throughout the season. Why is a furnace tune-up so important? Technicians often equate getting a system tune-up to getting the oil changed in your car. Your furnace is

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