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Improve the Air Quality in your Home with these simple HVAC tips

No matter what the season, allergens can pose a real problem to allergy and asthma sufferers. And, unfortunately, the problem is not confined to just the outdoors. Allergens can regularly and unsafely enter the home.  Many homeowners often complain that their allergies are just as bad indoors as they are outdoors and are often looking […]

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HVAC Maintenance: Is Your Furnace Ready for the Winter?

As the State Fair winds down and kids head back to school, it’s hard to imagine but colder temps are just around the corner. Minnesotans endure some of the most brutal temperatures in the country and you want to ensure you and your family has a safe and warm home throughout the season. One of […]

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Humidity Control in Your Home

Now that you know what makes humidity tick, it’s time to use our nerdy science powers for good. Environmental control good. We’re basically like mutants. With slightly less impressive powers. Controlling the humidity inside your home is actually pretty simple, once you know how humidity works. A few very common sources account for almost every home’s humidity problems. The […]

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How Your Home Can Benefit From Ductwork Sealing

Traditional HVAC systems rely on a network of ducts running throughout the walls, ceilings, and floors to deliver air from the furnace or air conditioner into the interior of the home. Design changes in recent years have made ductwork much more energy-efficient than in the past, but if they are not well-sealed, a lot of air can be […]

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How to Tell if Your Home Needs a New Furnace

Your home’s furnace is essential for keeping your family comfortable. If it starts to malfunction or slow down, it’s important to call an HVAC contractor to address the issue right away. In some cases, your system may simply be past its useful life, meaning you need to replace it. Here are some of the top […]

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How to Prepare Your AC Unit for Fall

For a lot of people, preparing for the fall involves little more than pulling a couple jackets out of storage and ordering at least one indulgent Pumpkin Spice latte. If you’re a little more interested in preparing your home for the crisp air and crispier leaves than the average joe, that means taking certain steps […]

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How to Get More Out of Your Mini-Split Heat Pump

You might not think that a mini-split heat pump would be efficient in a cold climate such as Minnesota, but as long as you have it installed properly by a professional, you’ll be surprised at how effective this piece of vital equipment can really be. At Blue Ox, we have the experience necessary to make sure your system […]

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How to Cut Heating Costs This Winter – Infographic

Minnesota winter is synonymous with cozy sweaters, warm blankets, hot cocoa and high energy bills. It should come as no surprise that running your heating system nonstop will cause your energy bills to pile up faster than snow on an unshoveled driveway. The good news? Even in the middle of winter you can take steps to reduce energy and […]

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How to Clean Your Drains Without Harsh Chemicals

Green living may have been a fad for awhile now, but unlike fidget spinners or planking, green living isn’t fading away any time soon. There are too many genuine benefits that come with living a green life. Green living is cost-effective because it involves using and reusing things you already have in new ways. It’s […]

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How Poor Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health

PROTECT YOUR HEALTH BY IMPROVING YOUR AIR QUALITY Today’s well-insulated homes make it easier and more economical to maintain a comfortable environment indoors, but they also tend to trap pollutants inside. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is typically many times more polluted than the outdoor air in cities like Minneapolis. Included in the […]

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