Tag Archives: heating

Snowbirds: How to Prep Your Home for a Winter Away

Snowbirds aren’t actually birds, but if you’re reading this you already know that – since you are one! Being a snowbird means you can pack your bags and head for warmer climes when the weather gets cold. It’s an enviable lifestyle, but with it comes some particular responsibilities. Responsibilities like making sure your empty home … Read More >

Saving on Heating Costs in the New Year

A lot of homeowners think of a high heating bill as something they just have to tolerate. Even DIYers and bargain hunters view heating as the one area where high cost is inevitable. It’s understandable; what if you mess with your heating settings and then your furnace freaks out or your house won’t get warm? … Read More >

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 … Read More >

Home Heating

The Best Way To Keep Your Home Comfortable We live in a region with wicked extremes—102° and humid in the summer, -60° with wind-chill in the depths of winter. One of the biggest challenges for Minnesotans is staying comfortable despite the less-than-comfortable forecast. Although we Minnesotans are known for venturing outdoors with complete disregard for … Read More >

4 Things To Do Before You Turn Your Furnace Off for the Season

As the weather gets warmer, so does your home. Do you know what you should be doing for your furnace at the end of the season? It’s important to complete end of season furnace maintenance such as checking for carbon monoxide. On average, about 170 people in the US die every year from CO produced by non-automotive … Read More >

8 Super Easy Ways to Get Ready for Spring

Minnesotans may feel that discussing spring in March is premature, or even presumptuous. But at the risk of jinxing it, we’re (at least somewhat) confident spring is on its way. Besides, even if spring is still an all-too-distant memory, it never hurts to be prepared for it. Preparing for spring helps us feel like it’ll really … Read More >

5 Surprisingly Easy Ways To Save Money On Heating This Winter

It’s October, and as the sun sets earlier every night, you’re probably feeling a bit of the old familiar anxiety creeping up on you. We here in Minnesota have a sort of local motto you may have heard: winter is coming. Even if you’re one of those weirdos who looks forward to winter, because of … Read More >

BUYING A FURNACE FAST

Broken Furnace? Replace it FAST! If your furnace is failing, or if it just went out, you don’t have the luxury of time to meticulously shop through every furnace option. Blue Ox Heating & Air has some basic tips to help you buy a new furnace fast. Know Your Specs—what do you want? Also keep in mind … Read More >

WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ZONE CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEMS

Zone climate control is something that has been in homes for several years, however it is becoming even more popular than ever because of the comfort, convenience and savings it can offer.  Zone control allows you to heat or cool specific areas of your home at a time rather than the entire home at once. … Read More >