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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.


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.

Maintaining Your Mini Splits: FAQs

As you know, mini splits provide many great benefits. They not only have the ability to save you money, they can even save you the time and hassle often associated with a duct installation. Once you have mini splits in your St Anthony home, you begin to see all of the many wonderful advantages associated with owning this type of heating or cooling system. But, with regards to maintenance, questions do come up. As a trusted name in heating and cooling, the experts at Aabbott Ferraro have fielded many questions about mini splits. Here are a few of our top questions and answers below:

Q: How long can mini splits last?
A: If properly maintained, mini splits could last up to or over 20 years! It is very important, however, to maintain your unit in order to keep it working as long as it’s able.

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Q: What do I do if my mini split isn’t functioning correctly?
A: At Aabbott Ferraro, we offer comprehensive repair and maintenance for all of your heating and cooling needs. We will come directly to your home and look through the entire system to find the problem. We can test for leaks, electrical issues, drainage problems and even help you clean your outdoor or indoor units. You can even become a Pro-Tune member and receive seasonal maintenance, free reminders, discounts and more!

Q: What kind of cleaning do indoor mini splits require?
A: Air filters play a key role in your air conditioning system. When it comes to indoor units, it is very important to keep these filters cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. Dirty filters can cause the cooling coil to freeze up and block air flow. You can clean or replace the filter on your own. However, there are many to choose from so you must choose wisely, as the wrong filter can shorten the lifespan of your mini splits, increase your utility bill or even impact your health. Call our mini splits repair experts for assistance with all your air filter needs.

Q: And what about outdoor mini splits, what kind of cleaning do those require?
A: Outdoor units also need to be cleaned regularly, especially its coil which can trap dirt, leaves and other debris. You can use a soft brush to clean the coil but if you are uncomfortable tackling this cleaning yourself, call the experts at Aabbott Ferraro for assistance.

Q: What are some other issues that can arise?
A: It is important that mini splits are installed correctly by professionals to ensure they work for as long as they should. Unfortunately, we have been finding more and more systems that have been installed incorrectly by other contractors. There are also many other issues that can come up; from compressor malfunctions, faulty wiring, or issues with the refrigerant or condensate drain line. Our service technicians are trained in troubleshooting for these issues other repair companies struggle with.

Having issues with mini splits in St Anthony? Learn more about the many replacement and maintenance services we offer by calling Aabbott Ferraro today at 651-776-7214 or Contact Us.

Heating Up in Arden Hills: Home Heating Systems

Did you recently host the holidays at your home? If so, there is a chance you noticed a few things about the importance of functioning home heating systems. Arden Hills is a beautiful place to host the holidays but, being in Minnesota, it can also be a very chilly place! The last thing you want to worry about next year when thinking about the comfort of your loved ones is the temperature throughout your house. Take the time to have your home heating systems looked at now so that when next year comes around you can concentrate on the important things like making great holiday memories! Here is a check list from the experts at Aabbott Ferraro to help keep your furnace functioning and home heating systems up and running.

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Have it Inspected
Before winter even hits, having home heating systems inspected by professionals is key. Our trained professionals at Aabbott Ferraro will come to your home, take a look at the entire system and recommend any necessary repairs. While we’re there, we will also clean and change your furnace’s filters if necessary. Being proactive with all kinds of home heating systems is the best way to avoid malfunctions, especially when you really need the heat!

Keep the Light On
When home heating systems suddenly go out, chances are it could be that the pilot light has gone out. If you know how to relight it safely, do so. But, if you are unfamiliar with the relighting process, then give the experts in home heating systems a call! At Aabbott Ferraro our trained professionals will come by and take a look.

Cleaning & Maintenance
All winter long home heating systems work hard, filtering, heating and circulating air. A properly maintained filter will prevent most matter from getting inside the machine. When we visit for your furnace inspection we can give you some great tips on how to keep your furnace clean throughout the winter. We can even show you how to change filters on your own!

Thermostat Shmermostat
No really, thermostats are important too! Before you start blaming your furnace, one of the most important parts of home heating systems is the thermostat. When your heat stops working, double check the thermostat and keep an eye on it throughout the winter.

For more information on how to get the most out of home heating systems in Arden Hills, or to get it repaired, inspected or replaced, call Aabbott Ferraro at 651-776-7214. Or, contact us and get a Free Estimate on a New Installation.