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As we all know, “green” is used quite frequently to describe environmentally-friendly products and services. In many ways, it’s sometimes far-fetched to call an HVAC system “green” – especially if that system is old and inefficient – because of its tremendous use of energy.  For these inefficient systems, “gray” or “brown” is probably more apt… Read more »

How A Programmable Thermostat Lowers Your Utility Bills

Heating and cooling are your biggest energy expense, making up nearly half of your utility bill. Your thermostat controls the temperature of your home and your comfort. It’s the control panel everyone runs to when they’re too hot or too cold. The type of thermostat you have in your home makes a big difference in… Read more »

How Often Should You Have Your Chimney Inspected And Cleaned?

Maryland Fireplace Safety

UPDATE 2/28/2018 The crackling wood and warm embers of a fire make for a perfect winter evening. While you’re probably not thinking about the safety of the fireplace while you’re relaxing and staying warm, chimney fires are a real concern. That’s why it’s important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a… Read more »

How Minnick’s VIP Club Rewards Customers

UPDATED 10/24/2017 Minnick’s stopped offering maintenance agreements in 2012, turning the HVAC industry on its head. As a family-owned company, we believe maintenance agreements don’t protect the homeowner. They’re full of little asterisks at the bottom of the page, right next to the barely-legible fine print, which usually specifies certain parts are not covered by the agreement. That’s why Minnick’s… Read more »


It should not be surprising that an HVAC system is the perfect environment for mold growth. By nature, HVAC systems create a lot of moisture and, if left unmanaged in a humid atmosphere, this creates a natural ecosystem for mold to thrive. Mold can be extremely dangerous, especially to people who are particularly sensitive, and… Read more »

How To Keep Your Family Safe From An Invisible Killer

carbon monoxide safety

UPDATED 11/1/2017 Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible danger that lurks in every home! You can’t see, smell, or hear it. You can stop it, though. Every year, more than 400 people die from CO poisoning. The 12 steps you can take to keep your family safe from this invisible killer! What causes carbon monoxide… Read more »

3 Reasons A Whole-House Humidifier Is The Best Choice

Whole-House humidifier vs portable

UPDATED 4/4/2018 It sure looks pretty when snow coats the ground during the winter. We need that beautiful scenery because there are many unpleasant effects of that cold, dry air outside. It increases allergy symptoms such as dry noses, itchy skin, and sore throats. It also contributes to respiratory problems like asthma. A whole-house humidifier… Read more »


One of the scariest factors of mold growth is that many homeowners do not realize that their house may already be infected. Mold thrives in humid temperatures on materials such as wood, paper, carpet, leather, and foods, and may be extremely hard to spot. HOW CAN YOU DETECT MOLD? Mold emits a musty, rank odor,… Read more »

Repair Or Replace Your HVAC System – Which Is Better?

maryland hvac repair and replacemenet

UPDATED 4/4/2018 It’s never an easy decision when contemplating whether you should have your HVAC system repaired or replaced. For most homeowners, repairing the system seems like the cheaper option. However, that may not be the right choice. These are the questions you should ask yourself before you decide if you should repair or replace… Read more »

How Traditional HVAC Maintenance Agreements Cost You Money

Traditional HVAC Maintenance

[UPDATED 10/5/2017] It’s a familiar scenario. You call a heating and cooling company to repair or service your air conditioner or furnace, and they sell you on a maintenance agreement. He uses terms like energy efficiency, annual tune-up, and improved air quality. Everything sounds good, but is it the best solution for you, your home,… Read more »