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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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8 Ways to Conserve Energy and Save Money this Summer

Everyone wants to save money, right? No one actually likes seeing their energy bill to skyrocket when it’s time to turn on the AC. Here are a few ways you can conserve energy, save money, and reduce your carbon footprint this summer when it comes to dealing with the heat: When it cools off at

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tips to get your HVAC system ready for warmer weather
Tips to Get Your HVAC System Ready for Warmer Weather

March in Minnesota can’t make up its mind: one day we get slammed with enough snow to warrant school closures, and the next it’s 40 and sunny, bringing spring-time thoughts of flowers and sunshine and warmer days ahead. March weather also means your heating and cooling needs will likely go from one extreme to another.

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take care of the heart of your home your hvac system
Take Care of the Heart of Your Home: Your HVAC System

A highly functioning system translates to lower utility bills, better air quality, and fewer unnecessary costs With February 14 fast approaching, it’s hard to ignore the abundance of red, pink, and white hearts decorating retail stores and restaurants and even cars. Not coincidentally, February is also American Heart Month, drawing attention to cardiovascular disease and

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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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HVAC guide to hosting over the holidays
HVAC Guide to Hosting Over the Holidays

It’s that time of year: We’ve had our first (and second) snowfall, malls around the Twin Cities are putting up red and green decorations, and our social calendars are quickly filling up for every weekend between now and mid-January. The holidays are just around the corner. Hosting family and friends over the holidays is a

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HVAC Upgrades That Increase Your Home Value

When you’re putting your home on your market, you have to make many decisions about the relative cost/benefit of making certain upgrades throughout the house. For example, will a renovated master bath result in an offer high enough to offset to investment? The same analysis has to be done for your HVAC system. HVAC can

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