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The Best Furnace Upgrades

Your furnace gets the job done, for the most part. But for a system you use for so much of the year, and one that is such a major necessity, you’re not sure whether you really get the most from your heating equipment.

Whether you want accurate temperatures, better air quality, better control, or energy savings, we’ve got some suggestions for you. Check out these furnace upgrades that local customers love!

Zone Control

Upgrading a home to include zone control is a big job, but if it’s something you’ve put time into considering, the results will likely be well worth it. Zone control involves dividing your home’s ductwork into zones, so that different zones or rooms of the house can get a different level of airflow.

If the living room always seems colder than the rest of the house or if the upstairs is always too warm, zone control can help to resolve this, evening out temperatures throughout the home by letting more airflow into some rooms than to others. Plus, each room gets its own thermostat, meaning you can adjust temperatures according to each person’s preference!

Smart Thermostat

The smart thermostat is the latest and greatest in HVAC technology. With more and more homeowners singing its praises, you’ve probably already heard quite a bit about it. We recommend calling technicians to install it to ensure the new thermostat is compatible and calibrated.

A smart thermostat allows you to control the temperature in your home even when you are hundreds of miles away on vacation! Check whether you’ve accidentally left the heat on before heading to work, and find an efficient temperature schedule that works for you.


Dry winter air certainly helps aid the spread of cold and flu viruses. It can also allow furniture or paint to crack, and it’s just plain uncomfortable with the dry skin and chapped lips that result. Small portable humidifiers really don’t do the trick when you want to keep the entire household comfortable. Whole-home humidifiers are available from local technicians that work with your HVAC equipment for all-around comfort.

Air Purifier

Your air filter might not be doing the best job when it comes to cleaning the air. It’s not the filter’s fault; it’s not even what filters were originally designed for. The filter does help to eliminate many contaminants from the air, but the smallest can still get through since it’s primary job is just to protect the air handler from damage. For the highest level of air cleaning, we recommend a UV air purifier installed within your HVAC system.

Heat Recovery Ventilator

One of the primary reasons for poor indoor air quality when its cold out is how tightly sealed our homes are. Of course, opening a window would just harm heating efficiency. But with a heat recovery ventilator, you can let in the fresh air without any major impact on the way your heating system works. Stale air exhausts outside through the vent, while fresh air passes over a heat exchanger before moving through the ducts.

Contact VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for these upgrades and more to your furnace in Minneapolis, MN.

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