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Benefits of Heat Pumps: What Industry Experts Say

Benefits of heat pumps as a heating and cooling option.Now that winter is in full swing in Minnesota, many homeowners are cringing as they write the check to their energy provider each month. But, others who are using a heat pump in tandem with their electric furnace may be finding the opposite.

What is a heat pump? Heat pumps use electricity to move warm and cold air around a home, rather than burning fuel to do so. While heat pumps can be used in place of a heating and cooling unit in more moderate climates, for climates like Minnesota’s, heat pumps need to be used in combination with a backup heating source. Using a heat pump and an electric furnace together can cut your electricity use by as much as 40%, making your home more energy efficient and saving you money on energy bills.

Electric Furnace vs. Gas Furnace: HVAC Experts Weigh In on Which is Best

Electric Furnace vs. Gas Furnace

“Is an electric furnace or a gas furnace better?”

This is the question that most homeowners find themselves asking when it comes time to replace their existing heating system.

The truth is that there are many correct answers to this question. How can that be? Well, electric furnaces and gas furnaces each have their own set of pros and cons. We asked our HVAC expert friends to weigh in with their overall opinion. Here’s what they had to say:

8 HVAC Experts to Follow on Twitter

8 HVAC Experts to Follow on Twitter

When it comes to your home’s HVAC system, you’re probably not much of an expert. Lucky for you, there are a number of solid HVAC experts and resources out there—and some of the best can all be found on Twitter.

Here’s our list of the eight HVAC experts you should be following on Twitter. Click on any of the expert’s name to be taken to their respective Twitter page.

HVAC Answers: Ask an HVAC Expert Anything

Looking for HVAC answers?

A woman uses her laptop to search for HVAC answersWhen you have a quick question about your furnace or air conditioner, the last thing you want to do is pay a $150 service fee to have an HVAC professional come out to your home and spend five minutes answering your question. While HVAC repairs and maintenance require a service visit, simple questions do not. That’s why the Ray N. Welter Heating Company is encouraging home owners in the Twin Cities to reach out to them with any questions they have about their HVAC systems! No question is too basic or advanced – chances are that many other people have the same question that you do!

Thermostat Wars! Local Celebrities Tell Us What They Set Their Thermostat To

what should I set my thermostat to?We’ve all asked ourselves “what should I set my thermostat to?” For some of us, home thermostat settings are a source of conflict, creating what we call “Thermostat wars.”

Experts agree that there’s no one “perfect” temperature to set your thermostat to for optimal comfort and energy savings. The temperature that you set your thermostat to is a matter of personal preference, and varies by season. For instance, if cost savings is your top priority, you should set your thermostat lower in the winter and higher in the summer to minimize the amount of energy you use for heating and cooling.

Air Conditioning and Furnace Blog

Benefits of Heat Pumps: What Industry Experts Say

Benefits of heat pumps as a heating and cooling option.Now that winter is in full swing in Minnesota, many homeowners are cringing as they write the check to their energy provider each month. But, others who are using a heat pump in tandem with their electric furnace may be finding the opposite.

What is a heat pump? Heat pumps use electricity to move warm and cold air around a home, rather than burning fuel to do so. While heat pumps can be used in place of a heating and cooling unit in more moderate climates, for climates like Minnesota’s, heat pumps need to be used in combination with a backup heating source. Using a heat pump and an electric furnace together can cut your electricity use by as much as 40%, making your home more energy efficient and saving you money on energy bills.

Electric Furnace vs. Gas Furnace: HVAC Experts Weigh In on Which is Best

Electric Furnace vs. Gas Furnace

“Is an electric furnace or a gas furnace better?”

This is the question that most homeowners find themselves asking when it comes time to replace their existing heating system.

The truth is that there are many correct answers to this question. How can that be? Well, electric furnaces and gas furnaces each have their own set of pros and cons. We asked our HVAC expert friends to weigh in with their overall opinion. Here’s what they had to say:

8 HVAC Experts to Follow on Twitter

8 HVAC Experts to Follow on Twitter

When it comes to your home’s HVAC system, you’re probably not much of an expert. Lucky for you, there are a number of solid HVAC experts and resources out there—and some of the best can all be found on Twitter.

Here’s our list of the eight HVAC experts you should be following on Twitter. Click on any of the expert’s name to be taken to their respective Twitter page.

HVAC Answers: Ask an HVAC Expert Anything

Looking for HVAC answers?

A woman uses her laptop to search for HVAC answersWhen you have a quick question about your furnace or air conditioner, the last thing you want to do is pay a $150 service fee to have an HVAC professional come out to your home and spend five minutes answering your question. While HVAC repairs and maintenance require a service visit, simple questions do not. That’s why the Ray N. Welter Heating Company is encouraging home owners in the Twin Cities to reach out to them with any questions they have about their HVAC systems! No question is too basic or advanced – chances are that many other people have the same question that you do!

Thermostat Wars! Local Celebrities Tell Us What They Set Their Thermostat To

what should I set my thermostat to?We’ve all asked ourselves “what should I set my thermostat to?” For some of us, home thermostat settings are a source of conflict, creating what we call “Thermostat wars.”

Experts agree that there’s no one “perfect” temperature to set your thermostat to for optimal comfort and energy savings. The temperature that you set your thermostat to is a matter of personal preference, and varies by season. For instance, if cost savings is your top priority, you should set your thermostat lower in the winter and higher in the summer to minimize the amount of energy you use for heating and cooling.

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