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Should I Repair or Replace My Commercial Rooftop System?

There are over 10 million rooftop units in the United States and many of those are over 15 years old. Making the decision to repair or to replace your rooftop system can be difficult for any company. Many will look at the immediate price tag but doing so may cost …

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What is “Red Tagging” and What Choices Do You Have as a Consumer?

The following is derived from the document “Red-Tagging Tips for Consumers” created in tandem with the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota and Owens Companies. Being told that operating your furnace is dangerous to your property and the health of those inside your home can be a frightening, high-pressure situation. …

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Response to Star Tribune Article

The Star Tribune recently posted an article “5 Ways to Save Some Cool Money in June” where they suggested to maintain your air conditioning unit by making appointments through your local Home Depot or Sears and suggested homeowners just “check refrigerant levels themselves”. We were shocked at such bad advice …

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Setting your Thermostat to your Priorities… Cost vs. Comfort

Staying comfortable in your home while remaining energy efficient is one of the quintessential offerings of this blog. Oftentimes, cost savings and environmental friendliness are key motivators. Comfort, on the other hand, is something the average homeowner is not willing to sacrifice. This post quantifies the cost to cool a …

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5 Questions to Ask When Repairing your Air Conditioner

Last month, we gave you tips on what questions to ask any HVAC contractor when installing a new HVAC system. The article focused solely on the installation of a new system. We will expand upon that with today’s post which is geared specifically towards HVAC repairs. Here are five important …

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7 Steps to Air Conditioner Replacement

Not all HVAC contractors install a new air conditioning system the same way.  There is however, a right way and a wrong way. The right way involves a multi-step process with careful attention to detail. The wrong way has long-term consequences; and unfortunately, too many customers are on the losing …

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Do I Need a Mid-Summer AC Tune-up?

We’ve preached preventive and regular maintenance on this blog from the beginning. Simply put, it is well worth the small investment of a tune-up in order to avoid large operating costs and big, unexpected repair costs later. It is always a good idea to have a maintenance inspection performed before …

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What is the Ideal Summer Temperature for a Commercial Space?

The temperature in your commercial space matters a lot. Employees depend on a comfortable work environment.  Customers and visitors are more likely to think favorably of your business if a desirable temperature is controlled. Ultimately, the temperature in your building impacts your business’ bottom line. Yet the optimal setting can …

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