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Safety and the Heat Exchanger

A cracked heat exchanger will allow dangerous gasses such as Carbon Monoxide (CO) to enter your home and affect the health of your family. Changer your furnace filter regularly That said, there are things you can do to minimize this danger. First and foremost, change your furnace filter regularly. Old and/or dirty filters impede the [...]

Residential Boiler Checklist

Although the heating season is now fully underway, and you, undoubtedly, are already using your radiator, baseboard or radiant heat residential boiler there are still some items you can check to make sure you have an uneventful winter heating season. While boiler systems are complex, and require trained service personnel to perform some checks and [...]

Boilers: a Quick Overview

If your older home has cast iron radiators, or your newer home has steel radiators, baseboard radiators, or other forms of radiant heat, your house has a boiler and not a forced air furnace. The boiler heats water in a closed-loop pipe system. Heated water flows to the radiators, where it warms the house. Cooler [...]

Choosing the Right Furnace Filter

If you home has a forced air furnace, it will have a furnace filter. This filter should be changed every three months. For the typical Minnesotan this means changing your furnace filter twice during the heating season: once at the beginning of the season (October), and once mid-season (January). Knowing the types of furnace filters, [...]

Cleaning Your Furnace and Ducts has Benefits

You will benefit from cleaning your furnace and duct work if you Have Pets. Pet dander will clog filters and settle in registers and ducts, ready to be re-disbursed the next time the fan turns on. Have allergies. A clean furnace and duct work minimize the dust, dander, in the air easing allergic and asthmatic [...]

Fixing broken vent pipes

Vent pipes are the unsung heroes of modern plumbing. They allow waste water to drain freely and they prevent your home from filling with stinky and potentially toxic sewer gas. Yeah, they’re pretty important. If they’re so important, why haven’t I ever seen them?┬áVent pipes are like the ninjas of your home plumbing system. They [...]