Do you ever wonder why some areas of your house are hotter/colder than others? Have you ever closed on a home only to find out the HVAC system isn’t up to par? Most likely it wasn’t installed correctly or a builder used cost-cutting measures to save money.
A professional contractor specializing in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) knows how to design, install, and maintain the major mechanical systems in your home that provide climate control for every season. While temperature control and comfort are of primary importance to most homeowners, heating and cooling costs account for about half of an average homeowner’s utility bills every year. So, the energy efficiency of these systems can have a long-term effect on your finances.
Many homeowners aren’t aware of the differences among heating and air conditioning companies, but there can be significant differences. For example, the technicians’ level of experience can vary widely. Rates can also vary, depending on experience but also on whether or not a company is willing to cut corners. To save money, you may be able to take advantage of off-season specials, so try to plan maintenance on your furnace in the summer – before it breaks down in January and becomes a costly emergency repair.
Having a furnace and air conditioner sized correctly for your home and having the duct work laid out properly is essential. Why? It costs you more money to have your heating and air conditioning reconfigured to work like it should, than to do it right the first time!
Insist that your HVAC contractor conducts a heat load calculation, or a “Manual J,” before installing a new system in your home. This is the industry standard methodology for sizing a system, which takes into account the volume of your house, level of insulation, number and type of windows and doors, and local climate. It’s an important step to avoid ending up with more heating and cooling capacity than you need—an oversized system will saddle you with a needlessly inflated utility bill for the life of the system.
At Tinwood, we never cut corners. There are HVAC companies that will cut corners to save money upfront, but this policy doesn’t save money if it leads to issues that need fixing in the future. Don’t worry, you don’t have to know “all the things” about heating and air conditioning installation in a new home – it’s quite detailed and technical, and not as fun as the actual design work! But at Tinwood we love these details, so you can leave them to us. We promise to get it right the first time.
If you’ve ever been suddenly without heat during a Minnesota winter, you know how important emergency repair services are. While the temperature is dropping in your home, your furnace needs immediate attention. If you happen to be out of town in the middle of January, you worry about pipes freezing if the home is without heat for too long.
Tinwood offers emergency repair, and also replacement, of your furnace. We understand those severe weather emergencies and can get you scheduled for a replacement right away. We’ll provide you with a complete in-home assessment to help you understand your options and what is the best fit for your home.
For systems more than 15 years old, it may be time to start thinking about replacement. Often, homeowners are unsure about the condition of their systems – or may ascribe to the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” mentality. But routine maintenance can help detect potential problems before they occur as well as assess safety risks. If you’re unsure how much longer your systems will function without breakdown, just call Tinwood and we’ll have a technician provide a thorough evaluation. There may be short term fixes that will allow you to avoid full replacement for a bit longer, so you can plan and budget for that time – so much better than an unexpected new furnace expenditure. We’ll help you determine next steps and what must be done for your family’s safety and security, and what can wait.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
We offer a few heating and air conditioning systems to best fit your home’s needs. In order to determine the best system, we conduct an assessment and meet with you in your home to make sure we have all the bases covered. Many factors come into play when choosing a heating or cooling system, including the home’s size and age. We want to make sure you have the most efficient systems for your home, so you save money over time – both for unexpected repairs, and on monthly utility costs.
At Tinwood we specialize in residential/commercial HVAC systems and installation services, as well as replacement options on these, and other, services:
- Gas Furnaces
- Zone Systems, new and retrofit
- Hydronic Heating
- Air Conditioners
- Air Exchangers
- Garage Heaters
- Gas Piping
- Venting of kitchen hoods, dryers and bathroom fans
What to Expect with an In-Home Consultation
Our specialist will assess your current system and ask a few questions to see what would be the best option for your family’s needs. As we are gathering information we will help guide and direct you, so you can make the best decision based upon all the information. There are important factors that need to be considered. Our goal is to help you find the solution that is best for your family.