Home Heating

The Best Way To Keep Your Home Comfortable

We live in a region with wicked extremes—102° and humid in the summer, -60° with wind-chill in the depths of winter. One of the biggest challenges for Minnesotans is staying comfortable despite the less-than-comfortable forecast. Although we Minnesotans are known for venturing outdoors with complete disregard for the temperature, when it’s time to go inside, we’re just like everybody else—we want it to be comfortable. Whether you’re looking for cool in the summer or warm in the winter, there are many different air solutions for your home. Which one is right for you?


Whether your family has trouble agreeing on a comfortable temperature or you have rooms in the home that are scarcely occupied, zone systems can be a benefit to almost any home. The ability to divide your house into specific areas allows you to program the temperature of each zone accordingly. If you like your home office at 67°, but you like the kids’ bedrooms to stay closer to 72°, great! Zone heating and cooling systems can divide your house up to be as comfortable as possible in each area.


Heat pumps work to ensure that your central heating system isn’t working too hard. If you’re having a hard time raising your household temperature, or if your heater seems to be running constantly, it may be time to install a heat pump. Heat pumps can help your air system work more efficiently and decrease your heating bills in the winter and your cooling bills in the summer.


A furnace is a staple in many Minnesota homes, both old and new. Furnaces heat homes by taking cool air from throughout your home, heating it, and then distributing it through a network of ducts that lead all through your home. There are three main types of furnaces on the market available today.

Natural Gas: Also called a forced-air furnace, these heating systems pull cool air from specific rooms, pass it through a heat exchanger, and then distribute the warm air back to the same rooms.

Oil: These furnaces are very similar to forced-air systems, but instead of a heat exchanger, heat oils travel from the tank to the burner by way of a pump, where they become a fine mist that is mixed with air. This fuel/air mixture is then pushed into the burner where it is ignited in the combustion chamber.

Electric: These furnaces use heated coils to warm air that is blown through the system. This warm air is then distributed through ducts. Electric furnaces are commonly combined with heat pumps to maximize efficiency.

If you have home heating questions, Blue Ox Heating & Air is always available to help. Whether you have a late-night emergency or an installation question, contact Blue Ox today!

Blue Ox Heating & Air is a full-service residential heating and air conditioning company that also specializes in air quality products and services. Blue Ox is fully licensed, bonded, and insured to provide our Minneapolis customers with services relating to furnaces, heating, and air conditioning. Our cumulative years of experience approach over 200 years of work in the HVAC industry.