Preparing for summer – What Minnesotans need to know

Summer weather in Minnesota can be unpredictable. We can have 70 degree weather one day and 100 degree weather the next day. We also experience a good deal of humidity in Minnesota, which leads to discomfort.

In order to stay cool during Minnesota summers, you need an air conditioning system that can efficiently and effectively remove humidity from your home. Carrier offers a full line of energy efficient products through their Infinity, Performance Series, and Comfort Series central air conditioning systems.

Here are a few tips for homeowners to be more energy efficient this summer:

  • Have your air conditioning system serviced regularly by a licensed professional each year. Preventative maintenance not only helps air conditioning systems run at peak performance, but also helps identify and prevent potential problems that can lead to costly repairs down the road.
  • Change your filter often. The general rule of thumb is to change the filter in your furnace every 30 days. A dirty furnace filter not only prevents air flow throughout your home, but it also causes the blower inside your furnace to work harder and creates a potential for the motor itself to fail. One of the questions I always get asked is, “Is the $20 filter better than the $2 filter?” One thing to keep in mind about furnace filters is that most of the expensive ones are usually more heavy and/or dense. This makes it more difficult for your furnace to draw air through the filter; causing more strain on the blower motor inside the furnace and using more energy in the process.
  • Consider upgrading old equipment. That old thermostat or air conditioner may still work, but how well do they work?  Replacing an old thermostat with a new digital and programmable thermostat will surely save money down the road. Newer thermostats are more accurate (most to within 1 degree of room temperature). Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to set the temperature they want their home to be at when it is occupied and unoccupied. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a programmable thermostat can save a homeowner as much as 10 to 25 percent on their energy bill by providing more efficient operation and better temperature control.

Improvements are constantly being made to new air conditioning systems and they are, without a doubt, more energy efficient than systems that were available even 10 years ago. Upgrading to a new air conditioning system can save in energy consumption, lowering monthly utility bills. It can also save in costly repairs to old systems.

Dave VanDeVoort
Journeyman Pipefitter/HVAC Technician
Minneapolis-St. Paul Plumbing, Heating, & Air

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