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Simplify Summer with Mini Splits

When the temperature rises, that’s when you really notice how well your air conditioning is or is not functioning. If you notice your air conditioning is having some issues, it is important to have them taken care of as soon as possible in order to keep you and your family cool. At Aabbott Ferraro, we specialize in heating and cooling for Woodbury and have some advice to help you beat the summer heat.

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If your home doesn’t have the necessary ductwork already installed, an efficient yet quality fix is with a ductless mini split. There are many advantages to choosing these types of heating and cooling systems. The primary benefit that ductless mini splits offer is their ability to be retrofitted into houses lacking the existence of ducts. Going this route, you spend a lot less in money and time over if you were to opt to have ducting and a heat pump or A/C system installed.

With ductless air conditioners, you get all of the cool comfort of an in-home air conditioner but without the expense and hassle of having ductwork installed. And, ductless heating and cooling allows for “zone cooling and heating.” This will allow you to cool or heat only specific rooms in the home as opposed to controlling the temperature of the entire household at once. So if you are in the position of having certain rooms in your home that you do not occupy regularly, turning off your ductless mini splits will allow you to save money on energy bills.

Energy efficiency is a fantastic reason to choose this type of system. Because they work without any ducts, the energy loss sometimes associated with ductwork of central air conditioning no longer exists. Pundits estimate that 30% of the energy consumption of a central air system is lost because of the ductwork.

A real bonus of ductless mini splits is that they double as heat pumps during the colder months of the year; so this benefits both your heating and cooling all year round. Ductless mini splits can replace any alternative or additional means of heating within your home such as fireplaces, kerosene heaters and more.

So, whether it’s a new home you’ve just moved into, or a home you’ve had for a while; new ductless mini splits can help simplify and cool down your summer. Budget-friendly and energy efficient, ductless mini splits are the ideal way to keep your home cool at a lower cost without losing the cool air generated.

Would you like more tips and information like this about your heating and cooling in Woodbury? Call Aabbott Ferraro at 651-776-7214 or you can contact us to set up a Free Estimate on a New Installation.

Tips to Keep Your Air Conditioning Happy and Healthy this Summer

Temperatures are rising in Minnesota and if you haven’t already, you will soon be switching on your trusty air conditioner. When it comes to costly air conditioning repairs, you want to do everything you can to avoid them, especially during the hottest days of summer. At Aabbott Ferraro, we specialize in air conditioning for the Twin Cities and we have a few suggestions on how to avoid these repairs and keep your air conditioning working its best to keep you and your family cool.

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Inspections

Inspections, in the long run, can help avoid costly, time-consuming air conditioning repair. Annual inspection can be one of the best ways to keep your air conditioning healthy. The experts at Aabbott Ferraro can come to your home before the start of the warm season and take a look at your system. We know what to look for and will make sure that everything is in good working order and that no repairs, parts or replacements are needed.

Filters

Air conditioning filters are an essential part of keeping your system running properly. And, changing its filters is one of the biggest things you can do to avoid air conditioner repair. These filters trap dust and other particles, keeping your air conditioner clean and removing those particles from the air in your home.

As the filters get more and more dust trapped in them, this can eventually reduces airflow and increases resistance. So, when this happens, it is time to go out and buy a new filter and replace the old one. It is customary to change your filters about once a month if you run your air conditioner on a regular basis.

Cleanings

Taking the time to do some regular maintenance and cleaning for your air conditioning can help save you time, money and hassle on air conditioner repair in the long run. But sometimes, a thorough cleaning is not a do-it-yourself project. Aabbott Ferraro can help repair and clean your air conditioning to help prepare it for the summer heat.

Don’t forget! The outdoor unit is also important to keep clean. Make sure you go out on a regular basis and clean leaves and other debris that has blown into or under the unit. That is also a good time to check that piece of equipment for any broken parts. If you spot anything amiss, you can call us for quick and timely air conditioning repair services.

To learn more about the air conditioning services we provide in the Twin Cities, call Aabbott Ferraro at 651-776-7214 or you can contact us to schedule your Free Estimate.

Home Improvement Month: Air Conditioning FAQ

May is National Home Remodeling Month, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders. So, while you’re updating and cleaning different areas within your home this month, don’t forget your air conditioning! If you are tackling a home remodeling project, the warmer spring months are a great time of year to make vital improvements. And, one of the most common home improvement projects we help with is installing air conditioning in Maplewood. So we thought we would take some time to answer some of the questions we’ve gotten about central air conditioning.

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Is it alright to install central air conditioning systems any time of the year?
The experts at Aabbott Ferraro can install central AC any time of the year except for the coldest of winter months.

How do I know what size central AC system should be installed in my home?
When we come out to your home, our system designers will take detailed measurements. The designer will include all of your doors and windows in the measurements and will also take the amount of insulation your home has into account. We then input all of this information into a computer program and do the cooling load calculations. This determines the right size system for your home.

How can I save money on my central air conditioning bill this summer?
If you don’t have one already, consider having a programmable thermostat installed. It will allow you to set the temperature in your home to go either go up or down depending on what time of day it is. For example, if you go to work during the day, you can schedule your air conditioning to decrease while you’re gone and come back on a few minutes before you return home.

How can I make sure my air conditioning is running efficiently?
First, it is important to have an inspection of your system to ensure everything is running properly. And, the best thing you can do is make sure to change the filters on a regular basis. The frequency depends on the type of unit you have, but it will generally be every one to three months.

Can you install central AC in my home even if I have a boiler?
While a traditional central air conditioning unit might end up being rather expensive, considering the ductwork needed, there are other options. Have you considered ductless air conditioning? We can install Fujitsu Mini Splits, which is a type of ductless air conditioner that is getting more and more popular these days. It eliminates the need for new ductwork and it offers zone cooling and heating.

Are you ready to learn more about air conditioning for your Maplewood home? Contact Aabbott Ferraro today at 651-776-7214 or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.

Spring Cleaning for Your Heating & Air Conditioning

With the warmer, wonderful weather of spring also comes spring cleaning. Don’t leave your heating and air conditioning out! It’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to prepare your heating and air conditioning systems for the months ahead. While you may think it’s a bit early, the beginning of spring is a great time to get started. Because you know what comes next; summer!

From having your furnace inspected for next year, to replacing your air conditioning’s air filter; there are many things you can do to prepare your systems. We specialize in heating and air conditioning in Shoreview and the surrounding areas and can help you get your systems prepared for the hot, the humid and the unexpected. Here are some tips from the heating and air conditioning professionals at Aabbott Ferraro to help you prepare.

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Schedule a tune-up. Simply give us a call and we can make sure everything is running efficiently for the spring and summer; making it less likely to break down on a hot day. When it comes to heating and air conditioning, it is important to schedule preventative maintenance. A tune-up is a great way to ensure all of your systems are in working order.

Have your furnace inspected. While it may not seem like it, spring is actually a great time of year to have an inspection. After a winter of hard work, your heating system could use the extra care. And, the warmer weather means you won’t be in urgent need of it for a while in case repairs or maintenance need to be done. Preparing ahead of time means you won’t be caught without heat next winter.
The professionals at Aabbott Ferraro are prepared to inspect your furnace and ensure that it’s up and running for next year.

Check your efficiency. This will help your heating and air conditioning to better cool and heat your home and help you save you money. First, have your air conditioning filter replaced. This can improve your air quality and your system’s efficiency. And, be sure to check your air filter every 30 days during the summer. Have your heating and air conditioning specialist also check for any leaks. Having any leaks in your ductwork repaired will also help with your system’s efficiency.

Consider an upgrade. Is it time to update your old heating and air conditioning? Having your old system replaced by a newer, more efficient one could save you money on your heating and air conditioning bills. Don’t have a programmable thermostat? This is key to a more eco-friendly home! Have one installed and you can possibly lower your bills; set the temperature to run less when you’re not there and save some energy!

For more information on heating and air conditioning in Shoreview, call Aabbott Ferraro at 651-776-7214 or contact us to Schedule Your Appointment.

How to Save Money on Your Heating Bills Next Year

Congratulations! You have almost made it through the Minnesota winter! Though, we might be seeing a few more weeks or even months of cold weather, at this point, you might be wondering how you can save a few bucks on heating next year. Not liking what you see on your heating bill? Heating in the Twin Cities can call for some planning and foresight, so here are a few things to keep in mind for next winter.

Cut Down On Drafts and Air Leaks

There are several different ways to can make your house less likely to leak its heating. The first is to install shrink-wrap plastic on your windows. It is a relatively affordable solution and available at most home improvement stores. You can also get special guards for your doorways to keep cold air from leaking in underneath them.

A more pricey solution but sometimes a necessary one is having new windows put in. The windows on the market today are much more air-tight than they used to be. Keep an eye on your home’s duct work as well and if you see any cracks or damage, make sure they are repaired or replaced.

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Get Smart, Consider a Programmable Thermostat

If you don’t have one already, consider having a programmable thermostat installed before next winter. Our heating experts at Aabbott Ferraro can install one of these for you. It will allow you to set the temperature in your home to go either go up or down depending on what time of day it is. If you go to work during the day, you can schedule your heating to decrease while you’re gone and to come back up a few minutes before you get home. That way, your house is nice and warm while you are in it and a bit cooler when you are not. Those few degrees could make a big difference and help you save a little on heating next year.

Schedule a Furnace Physical from Aabbott Ferraro

A great way to save money on your heating bills next winter is to make sure your furnace is running at its peak efficiency. Arrange for one of the experts at Aabbott Ferraro to give your furnace a once-over before the cold kicks in. We can even come out and inspect your furnace on an annual basis to ensure proficiency every year. We will make sure your heating system doesn’t require any repairs and that it’s as clean as it should be. After all, a clean furnace works much better than a dirty one!

Follow these tips for a warmer, more comfortable and more affordable winter next year. For more information on heating in the Twin Cities, call Aabbott Ferraro at 651-776-7214 or contact us to Schedule Your Appointment.