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! Rob MinnickRob Minnick is the CEO & President of Minnick’s. His family-owned… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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). Rob MinnickRob Minnick is the CEO & President of Minnick’s. His family-owned company specializes in… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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. Rob MinnickRob Minnick is the CEO & President of Minnick’s. His family-owned company specializes in heating, cooling, plumbing,… Read more »

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. Rob MinnickRob Minnick is the CEO & President of Minnick’s. His family-owned… Read more »

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!… Read more »

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… Read more »