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Is Your Home Heating System Ready? Prepping for Fall & Winter

The first day of fall is September 22nd. With fall brings cooler, crisper weather and a renewed dependence on your home’s heating system. Have you prepared it for the months ahead? As experts in heating and air conditioning for Minneapolis, we’d like to offer a few suggestions to help get your home heating system warmed up and ready.

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Before cold weather arrives, have your heating system inspected by professionals like those at Aabbott Ferraro. We will come to your house, take a look at the entire system and recommend any necessary repairs. After a few months off, your system will likely require a few tweaks. For example, its filters will likely need to be changed. You will also be shown how to change the filters yourself if you are unsure of how to complete this task. It is usually a simple process, and filters are on the cheap end of the spectrum.

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.

How is your thermostat? If it doesn’t seem to be working properly, it should be addressed as soon as possible. But don’t worry! This is usually a fairly easy fix. After checking the thermostat, if your heating still is not working properly, you should check your house’s air vents. Are all of the vents fully open? Are they blocked? Make sure they are all open and clear to ensure the warm air can blow out of them properly.

Next, turn on your furnace and check the air vents. Is warm air blowing out? If cold air or no air at all is blowing out, then it is time to give the heating and air conditioning experts a call.
If you still notice issues, you should call our heating and air conditioning company for assistance. We can send a technician to your home as soon as possible to check on things and to ensure your furnace is working as it should.

This winter, if your home heating system suddenly goes out and if your furnace is not new, the chances are your pilot light has gone out. If you know how to do this safely, relight it. But if you do not know how to relight the pilot light safely, contact the heating and air conditioning company you can trust; Aabbott Ferraro.

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

Choosing the Right Air Conditioner for Your Air Conditioner Replacement

When you realize you need a new air conditioner, especially this time of year, it can be pretty stressful. First, on top of the heat that’s now building in your home, you’ll need to find the right air conditioning contractors you can trust to suggest the right size and type of air conditioning that will work best for you. That’s why when you need help with your air conditioning in St Anthony, you should trust the experts at Aabbott Ferraro. You can depend on us to get the job done right the first time and that your new air conditioner will not cost you any more than it needs to. We take into consideration the size of your home, any existing ductwork and more before suggesting a new air conditioning system. We have been serving this area for decades, so our heating and air conditioning technicians are well-versed in our unique climate and how it affects your air conditioner needs. So, before we get started, here is a brief rundown of these factors and how they affect the type of system we install.air conditioning

First, we will consider how big your home is, how many windows and doors it has, how energy efficient these windows and doors are, how much shade your home gets, how good your home’s insulation is and what your climate is like.

Next, measurements will be taken. This is the best way to figure out what size air conditioning system to install. Measurements include the square footage of your home and each room in your home. And one of the other measurements he will take into consideration is the cooling capacity of the air conditioner systems available.

No existing ductwork? More interested in zone cooling? Then you might want to consider ductless air conditioning. Ductless air conditioning is great for people whose homes do not have ductwork. 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.

Our technician will also tell you about your new unit’s SEER rating. SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio.” It is what tells us how energy efficient the unit is, so the higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the unit will be.

Whatever your home needs is what our air conditioning experts will prescribe. Interested in learning more about air conditioning for your St Anthony home? Call Aabbott Ferraro at 651-776-7214 or you can contact us to set up your Free Estimate.

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.