FAQ’s

Can I perform my own Home Performance Energy Audit?

While there are some aspects of a Home Performance Energy Audit that you can do on your own, these assessments and upgrades should be performed by trained technicians. For more information, please contact us today for a Comprehensive Home Performance Energy Audit: 888-483-5740!

What is included in a Comprehensive Home Performance Energy Audit?

This audit improves each of your building’s components to maximize energy efficiency, comfort, air quality, health, and durability. As each building is different, a Comprehensive Home Performance Energy Audit differs from house to house, depending on the specific needs of the building identified during the initial home energy audit.

Comprehensive Home Performance Energy Audits typically include:

  • combustion safety testing
  • attic insulation
  • wall insulation
  • air sealing
  • duct sealing
  • combustion equipment tuning.

For more information, please contact us today for a Comprehensive Home Performance Energy Audit: 888-483-5740!

Can a Comprehensive Home Performance Energy Audit protect my family from mold?

Yes, it can. When warm, moist air passes through cooler air within a wall cavity or inside a window frame, it can contribute to mold growth. Included in most Comprehensive Home Energy Performance Audit is a process called air sealing, which will retrofit your home to become more airtight, effectively cutting off the chances for mold growth.

Can a Comprehensive Home Performance Energy Audit help me lower my utility bills?

Yes. By improving the performance of your home, and consequently the energy efficiency, your utility bills can be reduced by as much as 20 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy (Click here).

What is Home Performance contracting?

Home Performance contracting is a holistic approach to home improvement. At Minnick’s we follow the Comprehensive Home Performance Energy Audit. This audit includes using a blower door test to determine your home’s air leakage, along with a thermographic camera that assesses your home’s insulation. Finally, combustion and safety testing help detect the level of carbon monoxide and locate any natural gas leaks. This audit is much more involved, and accurate, than a “clipboard audit”, which entails an inspector walking around your house with a simple checklist that only targets the most obvious areas of energy waste. The goal of home performance is to create a home that is safer, more comfortable, more energy efficient, and more durable.

Should I use a store-bought filter for my HVAC system?

When selecting a filter for your HVAC system, picking one off the shelf because it is promoted as “longer lasting” and “more efficient” is not always the best solution, especially if you are not experienced with the type of filter you might need. In order to fit your system with the most appropriate filter, you usually need more information than what is provided for you on the box. For more information on HVAC filters and maintenance, please contact us today: 888-483-5740!

Should I cover my outdoor unit in the winter?

No. Outdoor units, such as heat pumps or outdoor air conditioning units, actually operate all year round. They have been built to endure the outside environment, so you should never cover or try to “protect” these units.

If I replace an indoor unit, should I also replace an outdoor unit?

Yes. Both indoor and outdoor units were designed to operate together, which means that the total efficiency of one usually depends on the total efficiency of the other. Replacing the entire system, although more expensive, is the best path to an efficient system.

How do I know which size HVAC system to pick?

Unfortunately, there is no rule of thumb for picking out the perfect sized HVAC system for your home. However, our experienced technicians use a proper load calculation to accurately measure the size of your home, which allows them to suggest the right size system. For more information about HVAC systems, please contact us today: 888-483-5740!

Should I repair or replace my HVAC system?

While repairing or replacing your HVAC system is never an easy decision there are some factors that should be taken into consideration, including:

  • How old is the HVAC system? Typically, the average lifetime of heat pumps and air conditioning units is 15 years, while the average lifetime of furnaces and boilers is 20 years.
  • How often do you have to repair the HVAC system? If this number is increasing exponentially, you might want to think about a replacement.
  • How long do you plan on staying in your current property? Replacing an entire system might not seem plausible if you intend on moving in a few years.
  • What is the cost of a replacement system? Replacing an HVAC System, although expensive, might be worth it in the long run.

The professionals at Minnick’s can help you think through all these factors and make a better decision. For more information check out our Blog or contact us today: 888-483-5740!

When should I schedule my HVAC system for maintenance?

Generally, cooling systems should be serviced at least once a year before the cooling season begins (spring), while heating systems should be serviced at least once a year before the heating season begins (fall). Forgot to schedule a visit? Don’t worry, service can also be conducted during the season. For more information about HVAC maintenance, please contact us today: 888-483-5740!

What can I do to keep my home more energy efficient?

A Home Energy Audit is the first step on the path to lowering your utility bills. A comprehensive audit will identify all the inefficient areas and systems in your home, and recommend cost-effective solutions. Once we implement the changes, you’ll have a more comfortable, healthier, and more environmentally friendly home.

For more information, please contact us today for a Home Energy Audit: 888-483-5740!

What are Energy Star products?

Founded as a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star was created as a way to save money and protect the environment through practices and products that have been deemed energy efficient.

Does Minnick’s offer maintenance agreements?

No, Minnick’s does not offer traditional maintenance agreements. For most HVAC businesses, maintenance agreements are a great way to secure money upfront for a service that may, or may not, take place. (Click here to read more about Maintenance agreements)

At Minnick’s, we don’t like to work that way. That’s why we have introduced our new FREE VIP Club, which has great incentives, discounts, and priority service, all of which are above board, straightforward, and easy to understand without the fine print of maintenance agreements!  To learn more about the Minnick’s VIP Club, click here.

Are Minnick’s technicians certified?

Yes, all of Minnick’s lead technicians are Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified,North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Certified, EPA Refrigerant Section 608 Certification and EPA Lead-Safe Certified. Our technicians are required to have a minimum of 1,000 hours of education each year in the Home Performance HVAC industry.

What areas does Minnick’s typically service?

We service primarily Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel and Northern Prince Georges Counties. Please call us to see if we service your area.

How long has Minnick’s been in business?

William Minnick founded Minnick’s in 1954. It was passed onto his son Larry in the mid 80s. Today, Larry’s sons Rob, Rusty, and Randy Minnick run the company. As a proud family-owned and -operated company, our core commitment has always been about providing exceptional service to our clients.