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4 HVAC Projects for Better Home Efficiency in 2020

The new year is as good a time as any to take stock of your home’s efficiency needs. From system updates to routine maintenance, there are plenty of opportunities to maximize your HVAC system’s function. Here are a few essential strategies to input into your 2020 routine. Resolutions for HVAC Efficiency 1. Change Your Air […]

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Babe’s Guide to HVAC Efficiency Statistics

No matter what time of year, your home depends on your HVAC system to keep it comfortable. How you treat your unit, however, will dictate how efficiently it will perform from year-to-year. To give you an idea of what efficiency means for your unit (and your wallet), it’s important to know how your decisions affect […]

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Babe’s Holiday HVAC Safety Tips

With the holiday season around the corner, it’s time to deck the halls and prep for all your family festivities. My team at Blue Ox Heating & Air wants to ensure you have a cozy and safe home this December, so make your maintenance checklist early (and check it twice!) for an HVAC system that […]

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What You Shouldn’t Do When Heating Your Home

Minnesota winters are notoriously cold, which makes a cozy, heated home all the more necessary. When considering your heating bill, though, it can feel like you never find a happy medium between affordability and comfort. This misconception roots in a handful of common mistakes that many homeowners employ once temperatures drop. Here are what you’re […]

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What is Zone Heating?

HVAC bills can comprise up to 40% of your utility costs, so finding ways to make these essentials more efficient should be a priority. One option that optimizes your home’s unit is a zone heating HVAC system. It uniquely heats room-by-room instead of a single temperature for the whole space. Here are how it works […]

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A Guide to Efficiency When Upgrading Your HVAC System

While maintenance goes a long way in the life of an HVAC system, eventually it will be time to replace the unit for a new state-of-the-art model. Like when Babe came into Paul Bunyan’s life, a new system can make your heating work smarter and more efficiently, saving your wallet and unit from wasting unnecessary […]

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3 Signs You Need a Whole Home Dehumidifier

Your home should be your haven, a place to relax and unwind. When it feels stuffy and musty, though, it can be challenging to get comfortable. Areas of your home that are at the water line—such as a basement—can fall victim to excess humidity that will permeate your interior air quality. To circumvent this issue, […]

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Babe the Blue Ox’s Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Throughout my many years in Minnesota, I’ve learned what it takes to weather our harsh winters. My blue coat even came from a season so cold that the snow turned blue. To make your home a refuge from the wind and snow, though, you need to think ahead in the fall to prep your HVAC […]

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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Your Fall Furnace Tune-Up

Minnesota winters require a well-working furnace in your home to brace the bitter cold. When you don’t give your unit the care it needs, though, it will have to work harder to do its job—or break down when you need it most. Here’s why you should have an HVAC contractor check in with your furnace […]

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How to Shut Down Your AC Unit for Fall

When fall weather starts to set in, the last bit of housekeeping on your mind is your AC. Your dependable companion during the blistering summer months, though, needs a bit of attention before you turn it off until next year. Here’s what AC maintenance should be at the top of your to-do list this season. […]

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