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Seven Reasons Heat Pumps in Minnesota Homes Are a Smart Idea

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Why Heat Pumps are the Best Choice for Minnesota Homes


As Minnesotans know, winter can be downright brutal. While many people flock south for the duration of November through March, most of us stay for another long Minnesota winter, doing our best to make the best of it. If you’re looking to update or replace your home heating system, thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, investing in a heat pump can help make our Minnesota winter more comfortable. Heat pumps in Minnesota homes have several advantages over traditional heating systems, read on to learn if an air source heat pump is right for you.

Benefits of Heat Pumps in Minnesota Homes

Heat Pumps Heat and Cool Your Home

Heat pumps can be used to both heat and cool your home. Depending on the model you choose, you can even use them to do both at the same time. When used for both heating and cooling, a heat pump draws energy from outside sources to supplement the climate control provided by your home’s HVAC (heating ventilation, and air conditioning) system.

This allows you to get more out of your home’s Heating and cooling system since you can rely on the heat pump to make up the difference when temperatures are extreme. Because of this convenience, heat pumps are a great choice for Minnesota homeowners.

Air Pumps are incredibly Energy Efficient

Heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces. They use electricity to pull heat from the outside air and pump it into your home. Like furnaces, they use a fan to draw air into the system and push it through a filter that removes dirt and debris. The filtered air is then sent through metal coils where it is heated by a gas or an electric current before being blown back into the room. Because they use electricity, heat pumps can also be used to cool your home in the summer, depending on the model you choose.

A heat pump can reduce your electricity use for heating by approximately 50% compared to electric resistance heating such as furnaces and baseboard heaters.

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Heat Pumps Offer Flexibility

Like other heating and cooling systems, heat pumps can be installed in a number of different ways. They can be installed with a ducted or duct-free system. Ducted systems use a duct to transport the air from the heat pump to the rest of your home. With ducted systems, the heat pump is installed in a central location and the duct directs the heated air throughout your home. Duct-free systems, on the other hand, use a pump and a fan installed in each room of your home that needs to be heated or cooled.

They Lower Your Monthly Utility Bill

A properly installed and maintained heat pump will lower your monthly utility bills by at least 25% compared to a traditional heating system. Duct-free systems are more expensive to install than ducted systems, but they are more energy-efficient, so they lower your monthly utility bills and save you money in the long run.

They’re Quieter Than Other Heating Systems

Because they do not require a furnace and chimney, heat pumps are quiet. In fact, they’re often quieter than central air systems. Learn more about the value of a heat pump in your from a knowledgeable home heating professional with Dean’s Home Services. Our HVAC professionals repair and install heat pumps in Minneapolis St. Paul and the surrounding Twin Cities area.

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Dean’s Home Services HVAC professionals install a heat pump in a home

All in all, heat pumps are a great investment for Minnesota homeowners. They can be used to heat and cool your home, they’re highly energy-efficient, they’re easy and inexpensive to install, and they’re quiet. What’s not to love? If you’re in the market for a new heating system, a heat pump is definitely worth considering.

Fall Home Maintenance & Cleaning Checklist

It’s great that fall has arrived in Minnesota, but we all know what’s coming next. Fall is a good time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days and colder temps make outdoor work too difficult. Take some time to clean and prepare your home for fall. If you haven’t started fall maintenance, get on it now. We’ve created comprehensive fall maintenance and cleaning checklist to help you get your home ready for another Minnesota winter. (Scroll to the bottom for the complete checklist)

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HVAC Fall Maintenance

  • Have your clothes dryer duct cleaned: Dryer vent cleaning improves dryer efficiency as well as protects your home from a possible fire. This service can either be scheduled with a Dean’s Home Services HVAC professional or completed during your furnace maintenance appointment.
  • Check for Bugs: Check the bathroom and kitchen exhaust dampers for wasp nests. Nests in these terminals will prevent the dampers from opening.
    Hose Down your Air Conditioner: Spraying down your air conditioner in the fall is a simple task that can keep it clean and ready for next year.
  • Replace the batteries in your thermostat: If your thermostat fails while you’re on vacation, you might come home to a winter wonderland. (Batteries can usually be found in older thermostats, want a more efficient option, consider switching to a smart thermostat)
  • Replace furnace filters: Filter replacement should usually be done every three months, depending on the type of filter. The arrow on the filter should point toward the furnace.
    Ceiling fan direction for winter: Now is the time to change your ceiling fan blade direction so that it rotates clockwise for the winter months.
Annual Maintenance and Indoor Air Quality Evaluation improves your home’s energy efficiency.

If you haven’t had your heating/cooling system checked, a tune-up and inspection is a great way to make sure your current one is working properly.

A qualified Minneapolis Home Heating professional can evaluate the overall efficiency of your furnace and give recommendations on how to improve it. If there are any problems with your furnace, they’ll be able to give you options to keep you comfortable for the season ahead.

Dean’s Home Services is currently offering $49 Furnace Maintenance and indoor air quality evaluation.

Plumbing Maintenance



Water and winter in Minnesota do not go hand in hand. Fall is the best time of year to make sure the plumbing system is running efficiently.

Start by having your water heater flushed. Water heater manufacturers suggest flushing your water heater every year to get rid of sediment build up inside of it. The water in your tank can bring in minerals that solidify on the bottom and sides of your water heater and, unless flushed out, can cause your water heater to fail.

You can flush your water heater by connecting a hose to the drain valve and running hot water through it, or you can open the drain valve on your cold water supply line. This will remove any sediment that may have built up inside of your heater, which could cause problems in the future.

Flushing your home water heater can be gross. If you’re a Dean’s Club Member, it’s a complimentary task completed during your annual Dean’s Club Plumbing evaluation.

Home Plumbing Tasks
  • Drain and shut off water to exterior faucets.
    Check for leaks. If you have a garden hose, run water through it to thaw any frozen pipes.
  • Shut off the main valve from inside your home if your pipes are still running after being outside for a few days or more.
  • If you have a lawn sprinkler system (aka “irrigation system”) it needs to be drained and blown out with compressed air. Hire a pro to do this.
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Cleaning, Yard, and Winter Prep tasks

Here are some home cleaning and preparation reminders that are good to remember.

  • Fertilize and Aerate Your Lawn: Lawn aeration is the single most important task you can perform to maintain a healthy lawn. Lawn aeration creates extra pore space in the soil, allowing air, nutrients, and water to enter.
  • Get Paint and Caulk out of the garage: If you’ve been housing supplies from a project in the garage, now is the time to bring them inside. Paint doesn’t handle extreme temperatures very well. And while you’re at it, don’t forget the latex caulk. Freezing ruins both latex paint and caulk.
  • Get Your Yard Ready for Snowblowing Season: Remove rocks, dog tie-out cable, extension cords, holiday light cords, and garden hoses. Then stake out paths that run near gardens so you don’t accidentally suck up rocks and garden edging.
  • Seal up the leaks: Gaps in caulk and weatherstripping let cold air into your warm home, and sealing up a drafty house can save up to 20% on your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. You can use caulking but weatherstripping is the easiest and most cost-effective way to get it done.
  • Clean Your Carpets: Especially if you have pets, fall is one of the best times to have your carpets cleaned. The humid days of summer have passed, but the below-freezing days of winter have yet to arrive. It’s the best time to open windows for ventilation, which should speed up the drying process. If you’re not comfortable operating a carpet cleaning machine, let a professional wrangle the bulky cleaning equipment.
  • Prune the Plants: Late fall is the best time to prune plants and trees — when the summer growth cycle is over. Your goal is to keep limbs and branches at least 3 feet from your house so moisture won’t drip onto roofing and siding, and to prevent damage to your house exterior during high winds.

Dean’s Home Services 2022 Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Like the feeling of checking off a completed task? Download and print our fall maintenance & fall cleaning checklist. The guide can be used to get your home ready for the changing of the season.

Fall Home Maintenance in Minnesota

For most people, maintaining their homes is a priority. You want to live in a safe and comfortable environment. If you are diligent about regular maintenance, it will help you do that. Regularly inspecting your furnace and heating system can also save on energy bills and prevent dangerous accidents from happening.

Keeping up with regular maintenance can help keep you safe over time—especially during the long winters in Minnesota!

Regular maintenance in your home will help keep you safe over time, especially during the long winters in Minnesota. If you have any questions about the checklist or would like more information on our services, please contact us today!

The Ultimate Guide to Annual Furnace Maintenance 2022

Another Minnesota winter is quickly approaching, and with it comes the need to heat your home. A properly functioning furnace is essential to keeping most Twin Cities homeowners safe and comfortable throughout the cold months. If you’ve had a home heating system for years or just purchased a new one, it’s important that you remember to schedule your annual furnace maintenance visit in order to get the most out of your unit—not only this year but for many years to come.

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Five Benefits of a Fall Furnace Tune Up

Furnace maintenance is important for your home’s comfort and safety. Here are just a few reasons why it’s worth your money:

Improved Efficiency – When the weather turns cold, you want to be sure that your furnace will run as expected with no trouble. Furnace and air duct cleaning is a great way to get rid of the dust that has been collecting over the last several months (or years). Replacing your furnace filter has a positive impact on indoor air quality as well as heating system efficiency.

Improved Safety – A clean furnace is less likely to emit dangerous chemicals such as carbon monoxide.

Better Air Quality – As air moves throughout your home’s ductwork, it carries with it any loose particulate that could not be trapped due to a clogged air filter, dirty system components, or sat lingering in your ducts. Common contaminants can include:

  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Bacteria
  • Dust
  • Pollen

Catch Problems Early – Let’s say you have a crack in your heat exchanger– not only can this lead to problems with carbon monoxide, but it may also lead to the entire unit needing to be replaced. Furnace cleaning allows a trained technician to catch problems like this and others early on.

Increased Longevity – The better care you give your furnace, the longer each part will last and the less often you’ll need repairs.

Annual Furnace Maintenance is Good For Furnace Efficiency

Annual furnace maintenance is a smart investment in the long-term health of your home. A well-maintained furnace will have a longer lifespan and potentially save you money in the short term by preventing damages that can result from poor maintenance. Annual maintenance also helps to ensure that your heating system is running efficiently, lowering your energy costs over time.

Not having furnace maintenance completed can result in build-up inside your furnace’s internal components, which could cause overheating or other damage. This buildup can also reduce airflow through the system, which reduces heat output by 20% for every point drop in airflow (up to 50% at 100% clogged).

In addition to reducing heat output and increasing energy consumption rates (and therefore costs), clogs can cause fires or explosions when hot air collects around them instead of being dispersed throughout your home through proper ventilation systems—which are another part of yearly inspections!

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Keep Your Home Safe

Furnace maintenance also helps prevent fires and breakdowns, which can be dangerous for both you and your home.

Preventive HVAC maintenance also helps safeguard you and your family against the risk of carbon monoxide – the colorless, odorless gas whose effects can be deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to even low levels of carbon monoxide can cause serious health issues.

The most common cause of carbon monoxide leaks is a cracked or failed heat exchanger. An HVAC maintenance checkup typically includes a carbon monoxide test that would detect any potential hazard. Your HVAC professional can also talk to you about the benefits of installing a carbon monoxide detector.

It may seem like a hassle to get an annual inspection, but in the long run, it’ll save you money by preventing costly heating system repairs or an early replacement due to damage caused by lack of upkeep.

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to invest in annual furnace maintenance, think about how much it would cost to replace your furnace if it broke down during the coldest days of winter. When you consider how expensive this could be, getting regular checkups seems like a smart idea.

For Home Heating Maintenance, Repairs, and Replacements in Minnesota – Call Dean’s

Dean’s Home Services offers home heating services on all brands of furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps along with same-day HVAC service in both the Minneapolis St. Paul area and St. Cloud, MN.

Living in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area, you know the importance of having a furnace that works. If you’ve had your current furnace for a while, or if the repairs on it have started mounting up more regularly, then you may be wondering about the best time to buy a new furnace.

The best time to contact a Minneapolis HVAC company like Dean’s Home Services for replacing your home heating and air conditioning is when they aren’t busy dealing with furnace, boiler and AC emergencies.

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Three Reasons Fall is the Best Time to Purchase a New Furnace

1) COST EFFECTIVE

If your furnace is on the way out, having a replacement installed compared to the alternative of emergency furnace repairs is more cost-effective.

Spring is normally the best time to have an HVAC inspection completed. You’ll be able to determine if it’s time to upgrade or not through annual Minneapolis Furnace Repair and air conditioner maintenance. Make sure you take age into account since furnaces in Minnesota last between 10-15 years.

2) BETTER WEATHER

Due to milder temperatures in spring/fall, you as a homeowner are less likely to be using your heating system. This makes it the perfect opportunity to get your HVAC system replaced or repaired, as you’ll be able to survive a few days without having to rely on your system.

Better weather conditions are also a plus for the contractors installing your equipment. Win, win for everyone.

3) BETTER SCHEDULING OPTIONS

Your home HVAC systems are generally used less in spring/fall which also leads to fewer emergency HVAC situations.

This is great if you’re scheduling your new furnace to be installed. There will be better appointment availability, and your HVAC company can be more flexible and accommodating to your schedule.

Spring and Fall is the Best Time in Minnesota to Replace Your Furnace and Air Conditioner

The greatest chance to discover a bargain on a furnace occurs during spring and fall, when previous season models may be found. At Dean’s Home Services, we always have great specials going on, so be sure to check them out. Installation is also one of the most significant financial factors when getting a new furnace. In spring and fall, your technician will have fewer customer demands and might provide you with better value for your money. Because installation is one of the most critical monetary factors when buying a new furnace, you should use a company you can trust.

Contact Dean’s Home Services HVAC professionals for all repairs, maintenance, and replacement services in the Twin Cities. Dean’s Home Services specialized in Plumbing, Heating &Air, Electrical and Drain Cleaning. Call Dean’s Home Services 24/7 at 763-515-4852

It’s tough to keep a warm home without a properly maintained furnace. If you want to avoid a home that feels like a deep freeze, check out these tips for fall furnace maintenance 

Fall Furnace Maintenance Tips

 

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HVAC Professional tune up

When you contact Dean’s Home Services, our  Minneapolis HVAC professionals perform a number of routine maintenance tasks along with those recommended by manufacturers

The objective is to clean,  evaluate and examine your homes furnace for any signs of problems including:

  • Grinding noises: A cracked belt is a common source of grinding sounds. Without attention, it can break at any time of the day or night.
  • Whining pitch: Often, a failing furnace ignition causes this sound.
  • Constant thermostat adjustment: We check the thermostat itself for loose wires. Your furnace manufacturer typically recommends contacting us on a yearly basis to perform routine maintenance on your heating system.

Furnace Filters and Obstructions Cause a  Majority of Heating Failures

Cold weather creates unwanted objects to block your furnace and air ducts. Our reliable technicians check commons areas where branches, nests, and ice might build up to obstruct the circulation of warm air.

We replace your filters and provide instructions on how and when to change filters between our maintenance service calls.

A dirty furnace filter simply circulates air full of dust and debris throughout your home. A clogged filter does not allow warm air to reach rooms that need critical heat.

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A furnace that provides inadequate heat does you and your family no good. Contact our Minneapolis Furnace professionals at Dean’s Home Services for complete

A heat pump is an energy-efficient device that heats and cools your home at the same time. In other words, a heat pump does double duty as both an air conditioner and a furnace. Here’s everything you need to know before home heat pumps in Minnesota.

Innovations, federal and state rebates, and a number of other factors have ignited interest in Heat Pumps for Minnesota homeowners.
Heat Pumps

What is a Home Heat Pump?

A home heat pump is a device that can both heat and cool your home. A heat pump is different from a traditional furnace because it doesn’t produce heat. Instead, it moves heat from one place to another. If you live in a temperate climate like Minnesota, a heat pump can help you heat your house without burning any fossil fuels.

Reasons to Install a Heat Pump

Living in a climate where the temperature drops below freezing, a heat pump can be a great investment. Benefits of installing a heat pump in Minnesota include:

Reduce the use of conventional heating and cooling systems

By transferring heat instead of generating it, you might reduce your electricity use at home by 30-40%. Not only does this translate to the cost benefits discussed above, but it helps you reduce the carbon footprint of your home to protect the environment for years to come.

Improve efficiency with dehumidified air

In the summer months, a heat pump may be exceptionally beneficial because high-efficiency heat pumps can dehumidify air more effectively than central air conditioning systems. With less humidity in the air, you will enjoy cooler temperatures inside without high energy use.

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

Heat Pumps

A heat pump works by moving heat from one place to another. In the winter, the heat pump takes the heat from the outside air and brings it inside your home, where it warms up your living space.

In the summer, the process is reversed. The heat pump takes the heat from inside the house and moves it outside. This makes the air in your home cooler and keeps you from having to run the air conditioner as often. When the air conditioner runs, it uses a lot of energy. This can add up to a big increase in your energy bills. A heat pump rarely uses more than one kilowatt of electricity, which is almost nothing compared to the amount of energy it takes to run an air conditioner.

Minnesota Heat Pump Rebates

There are a number of economic incentives for purchasing a heat pump in Minnesota. The Minnesota Air Source Heat Pump Collaborative has identified rebates available to customers in nearly every utility territory ranging from $200 to $2,000. Just one example in Minnesota, Xcel Energy is offering up to $2,500 in rebates.

Call Dean’s to Learn About a Heat Pump in Your Home

If you live in Minnesota, a heat pump is a great way to stay warm during the cold winter months. These devices are energy efficient, cost-effective, and easy to install.

They can also be used to remove heat from your home during the summer, which can reduce your dependence on

your home air conditioner. Whether you’re worried about high energy bills or keeping warm, a heat pump might be the perfect solution for you. Contact Dean’s Home Services to learn if a heat pump makes sense for you and your family.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN

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  • Protect your home and family from dangerous dryer fires caused by flammable lint.
  • Improved dryer airflow, efficiency, and ventilation lowering energy bills.
  • Clothes dry faster, reducing wear and tear.

Minneapolis Dryer Vent Cleaning

Having lint accumulate inside your dryer in your dryer vent can create a range of troubles for your home and your dryer. It can lead your device to run slower and that can trigger too much usage & energy bill. Each year, 2,900 home fires are caused by a build-up of lint in your dryer. Dean’s dryer vent cleaning reduces your fire risks and drys your clothes faster!

Schedule Your Dryer Vent Cleaning Today!

  • Experienced Twin Cities Home Heating, Dryer Vent & Air Duct Cleaning Professionals
  • Fast, knowledgeable, and clean dryer vent cleaning professionals.
  • Contact Dean’s to schedule a dryer vent cleaning and if you’re a Dean’s Club Member – have it completed during your fall furnace evaluation.

Why Should You Have Your Dryer Vent Cleaned?

Over time, lint and debris accumulate in dryer vents and cause clogs that can lead to a number of dryer vent problems including decreased efficiency. When airflow in a dryer vent is restricted due to clogs, there is an increased risk of fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, wasted energy and time, and excessive wear of clothing, among other negative effects.

Prevent Fire

Obstructed dryer vents are the source of thousands of house fires every year. People often ignore or don’t recognize the signs of a clogged dryer vent, and this seemingly small oversight can have disastrous results, including the loss of life and property. The best way to prevent house fires is to have your dryer vent cleaning performed regularly by an expert.

Shorter Drying Times

A dryer that’s clogged with lint is an obvious fire hazard but it also ends up taking more time to dry clothes because lint buildup makes it difficult for the humid air to escape, allowing moisture to persist. By having your dryer vents professionally cleaned, you can shorten drying times and spend less time waiting on those clean clothes.

Lowers Your Energy Bill

When your dryer takes longer to dry clothes due to a lint clog, it ends up using more energy. Naturally, this means spending more money on utilities. Having your dryer vents regularly maintained meaning higher energy efficiency, lower energy bills, and less money spent just to dry your clothes.

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Dryer Vent Cleaning Near Me? Trust HVAC Professionals with Dean’s Home Services

Dean’s HVAC service professionals and duct cleaning professionals understand the importance of maintaining ventilation in your home. Dean’s has fast, proven solutions that ensure your residential vent is cleaned safely and properly.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs to be Cleaned

  • Clothes take longer to dry
  • The dryer is hot to the touch after a cycle
  • Your laundry room is hot after a cycle
  • The dryer emits a burning smell
  • There’s inconsistent airflow from the exhaust vent
  • Excess lint appears in the lint trap after each cycle
  • You find debris outside the dryer vent

Dryer Vent Cleaning FAQ

How often should dryer vents be cleaned?

Have gas-powered dryers inspected every year by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are together and free of leaks. Have your dryer cleaned every 2 – 3 years by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.

Who cleans dryer vents in Minneapolis MN?

Dean’s Home Service, a local Minneapolis St. Paul HVAC Company specializes in residential ventilation service. Dean’s provides dryer vent and air duct cleaning to the Twin Cities Area

What are the reasons to get my dryer vent cleaned?

Prevent Fire
Obstructed dryer vents are the source of thousands of house fires every year. People often ignore or don’t recognize the signs of a clogged dryer vent, and this seemingly small oversight can have disastrous results, including the loss of life and property. The best way to prevent house fires is to have your dryer vent cleaning performed regularly by an expert.

Shorter Drying Times
A dryer that’s clogged with lint is an obvious fire hazard but it also ends up taking more time to dry clothes because lint buildup makes it difficult for the humid air to escape, allowing moisture to persist. By having your dryer vents professionally cleaned, you can shorten drying times and spend less time waiting on those clean clothes.

Lowers Your Energy Bill
When your dryer takes longer to dry clothes due to a lint clog, it ends up using more energy. Naturally, this means spending more money on utilities. Having your dryer vents regularly maintained meaning higher energy efficiency, lower energy bills, and less money spent just to dry your clothes.

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Saving Money & Energy Efficient

You’re looking into purchasing a new AC unit and keep hearing the phrase “SEER Rating”. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy states that heating and cooling account for 55% of the energy used in residential homes. Energy prices aren’t getting any cheaper, therefore, maximizing efficiency is an excellent way to keep money in your pocket at the end of each month. Learn what that means, and how your SEER rating relates to buying a new furnace and air conditioner.

What is a SEER Rating?

All HVAC systems have SEER ratings which stand for Seasonal Energy Efficiency ratio. This ratio allows individuals to determine the efficiency of an AC system. The higher the final number is, the more efficient.

The average production of an air conditioning unit is measured in British Thermal Units or BTUs, and the average energy expended is measured in watts. The result will be a number from 6 to 23. The most popular systems boast a SEER of 20 or higher. A system with a SEER of 20 would use 1/20th of energy as one with a SEER of 10, even though they may have the same output.SEER ratings are only used to determine the energy efficiency of air conditioners and home heat pumps

An HVAC unit that has a higher SEER is often due to two components that provide greater indoor comfort.

  • 2-stage or variable-speed compressor
  • Variable-speed blower
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Differences Between Single-Stage and Two-Stage HVAC systems

Air conditioners with lower SEER ratings are usually single-stage and only run on one speed. This means they’ll frequently turn on and off during mild weather and you’ll experience uneven cooling or hot and cold spots. Y

You’ll also experience higher humidity levels which makes it feel hotter than it is. Your A/C needs to run for a long period of time to remove humidity from your home’s air. A single-stage system’s ups and downs don’t accommodate this, and it might require maintenance for them to run comfortably.

Price of a Two Stage HVAC system


It’s a trade-off, the higher the SEER rating now equals lower costing energy bills for years to come. 
The SEER rating of an air conditioning unit is one of many features that have an effect on the price.  Higher-performing units can be more costly than older units or units for each increase in SEER rating, expect to pay anywhere from $350 – $1500

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Minimum SEER Ratings For HVAC Units in Minnesota


Between extreme weather swings and Increases in energy cost, living in Minnesota, we know the importance of having an energy-efficient HVAC system to deal with the heat and the humidity.   The Department of Energy determined in 2015 that starting in 2023, the SEER minimum in Minnesota should be 14 to keep up with both increased energy costs and warming trends.

Interested in options for a new energy-efficient Air Conditioner or Heat Pump for your home? Contact Dean’s Home Services to schedule a free home comfort consultation where an HVAC professional can review the options which make the most sense for you.

An air conditioner cleaning has a number of benefits which improve its efficiency as well as the life of the unit.

Do You Need an Air Conditioner Cleaning?

If your outdoor AC unit is dirty, it can lead to poor air quality inside your home which reduces its efficiency.

Signs your AC needs maintenance
  • Poor indoor air quality – Excessive amounts of dust, pollen, and mildew can accumulate in your AC unit, eventually being blown into your home. This can be especially problematic for those with allergies or asthma.
  • Reduced efficiency – A clogged or dirty AC unit can reduce efficiency which in turn will drive up your energy bills. A clogged or dirty unit can also result in a shorter lifespan for your AC unit.
  • A decrease in airflow – If your unit is dirty, it will reduce the amount of air flowing through it. This can lead to increased energy usage and poor indoor air quality.
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Make sure you have clean air filters

For your AC unit to work properly, you need to have clean air filters. Similar to how your car will not run as smoothly if you don’t change the oil, a clogged air filter will cause your unit to work much harder than it needs to. That could mean less efficient cooling and a shorter lifespan for your AC unit. Changing out the furnace filters is a task that should be done every few months but if you have pets or notice dust, you’ll want to do it more often.

Ensure none of the vents in your home are blocked

When your AC unit is running, it’s just as important that nothing is blocking the vents where the air is flowing out of your home. If the vents are blocked, the unit will have to work harder and may not adequately cool your home. Vents can become blocked by leaves, dust, and other debris. As autumn approaches, it’s especially important to keep your vents clear of leaves, as they can easily block your vents. You may also want to check your vents during spring and summer as well, as pests such as mice are also known to nest in vents.

To keep your vents clear, consider installing a leaf blower attachment on your vacuum. This will allow you to quickly and efficiently remove leaves and other debris that may have built up around your vents.

Check that your outdoor AC unit isn’t obstructed

To ensure that your unit is operating at peak efficiency, you should periodically check that nothing is obstructing it. You should make sure that any trees, plants, or shrubs are not growing too close to your unit.

This could result in damage to your unit and reduced airflow through it. You should also make sure that there are no fallen branches or other items near the unit that could be blown or thrown into the unit during high winds.

Air Conditioner Cleaning by a HVAC Professional

In order to clean the coil of your outdoor AC unit, a professional will use a cleaning solution that’s specially formulated to break up the dirt and grime on the coil. The cleaning solution is then vacuumed out, leaving the coil clean and operational once again. The process is relatively quick and shouldn’t disrupt the operation of your AC or cause any damage. And, it will help prevent the coil from becoming blocked by dirt and debris, allowing the unit to operate more efficiently. This can translate into reduced energy bills and a longer lifespan for your AC unit.

A Professional AC Tune Up

A professional AC tune-up or annual AC Maintenance will allow a technician to examine your outdoor AC unit and diagnose any issues that may be contributing to reduced efficiency or reduced lifespan. During the tune-up, the technician will examine the condition of the coil, check for possible damage caused by animals or weather, replace any filters that may be dirty, and thoroughly clean the unit. A tune-up is recommended every two years. If you notice reduced airflow, an increase in utility bills, or that your unit is making strange noises, it’s best to have it examined as soon as possible. A technician can help identify potential issues and resolve them before they become serious problems.

Keeping your air conditioning unit clean can help ensure that it’s operating efficiently and that it lasts a long time. To keep your outdoor AC unit clean, you should check it once a month during the hotter months and more frequently during the cooler months when leaves and debris tend to build up quickly.

Dean’s Club Evaluations Help You Avoid Costly Repairs

Dean’s Club Members get the added value of a Dean’s Club evaluation where we we examine the coil for damage, check for any obstructions, and clean the air filters as needed. Keeping your AC unit clean can help reduce energy usage, cut down on utility bills, extend the lifespan of your unit, and keep your home cooler and more comfortable all year long.

What Does a Bathroom Exhaust Fan Do? 

Despite the hypothetical alternative of venting out your bathroom with an open window, all bathrooms require a bathroom exhaust fan for ventilation. 

If you don’t have or use proper ventilation in your bathroom when you are running water for long periods of time, the paint and infrastructure such as drywall and wooden supports will begin to decay. The paint will peel, mold will grow, and materials will start to rot and decompose. Although they sell mold-resistant paints for the bathroom, they should be used to supplement your protection, not as the sole prophylactic. A ventilation fan is also important when you are cleaning. The fumes from cleaning products can become toxic and overwhelming. In addition, when you have all the humidity building up in your bathroom, it will start to smell dank like a wet dog from the mildew and bacteria thrive.

bathroom exhaust fan

A Bathroom Exhaust Fan Improves Indoor Air Quality

 

The ventilation in your bathroom solves a myriad of potential problems in one shot, these are the most common reasons you should have a bathroom exhaust fan

  • Comfort:  As the warmer months approach, be sure to utilize your bathroom exhaust fan to help circulate the air, keeping you feeling fresh, cool and clean.
  • Prevent Mold Growth: Mold and mildew are not only unsightly but can cause damage to bathroom surfaces. Shower curtains can get mildew patches, towels can become smelly, and countertops will need more frequent cleaning. Your bathroom ceiling may also develop mildew without a fan. An exhaust fan can eliminate the moisture in the air and keep your bathroom dry.
  • Aesthetics: Peeling paint or wallpaper can be caused by excess moisture in enclosed or smaller spaces. Wood floors and doors can also be damaged by humidity. Using an exhaust fan to pull out the water in the air can help eliminate damage to your bathroom walls and floors.
  • Eliminate Odors: Bathroom fans can help get rid of foul smells more quickly. Exhaust fans work efficiently to keep your bathroom fresh and free from bad odors, smells and common bathroom scents by pulling the unpleasant aromas out.
  • Efficiency: While a hot shower may be just what you need to begin your day, stepping out into a hazy bathroom with fogged-up mirrors when you need to get ready in a hurry isn’t ideal. An exhaust fan can help clear the air in the bathroom quickly and efficiently, so you’re able to get on with your day.

Is opening a window better than a bathroom exhaust fan?

An open window simply doesn’t compete with a fan. If you leave your window open when it is raining, it will become more humid in the bathroom. If you leave it open when it is cold out, you are throwing money out the window and will see an increase on your heating bill. Although an open window is a nice feature when it is springtime and everything is wonderful outside, 90 percent of the time you won’t have the courage to open that window when you are in the bathroom.

 

Bathroom Exhaust Fan Size Guide

Choosing a bathroom exhaust fan that’s properly sized for your bathroom is something a Dean’s HVAC professional will be able to help you determine. The bigger the bathroom, the higher the CFM rating you’ll need. CFM stands for Cubic Feet per Minute.  A fan should have a CFM rating high enough to replace the air in your bathroom at a rate of eight times per hour.

For bathrooms between 50 and 100 square feet, estimate 1 CFM per square foot of floor space. For smaller bathrooms (less than 50 sq. feet), 50 CFM. For larger than 100 square feet, you have to tally the CRM requirement for each bathroom fixture to estimate your needs. Add 50 CFM for each toilet, tub or shower. And 100 CFM for jetted tubs.

The bigger your bathroom, the higher the CFM rating you’ll require.

 

The formula used to determine the CFM 

Length x Width x Height x 0.13 = Minimum CFM rating

Most fans will be rated from 50 to 110 CFM.

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