We Are Owens


Owens is the largest Commercial and Residential Energy Services Company in the Twin Cities. We were industry pioneers in preventive maintenance, energy retrofit, design/build, and energy management more than 40 years ago; and were recognized as the national HVAC Contractor of the Year in 1996. Today, we build upon our proud heritage by providing outstanding customer service; integrating innovative technologies; and delivering reliable, single-source solutions.


We provide homeowners, building owners, and building management professionals with:

— Reliable Systems
— Comfortable Indoor Environments
— Cost-Effective Operation

Owens’ professionals perform preventive maintenance, equipment repair and replacement, engineering and design, retrofit and modernization, and commercial building services and facility operation.


Single-Source Responsibility = Absolute Accountability. True single-source responsibility allows Owens to deliver an unmatched level of customer service. Our broad range of capabilities, skills, and integrated disciplines enable Owens to deliver results, not excuses. So, if you are looking for a contractor who does what it promises, look no further: Owens has been standing behind our work since 1957.


Since 1957, Owens has been providing answers to commercial and residential customers about how to run a better building and home. Whether through preventive maintenance, retrofit or energy management, the three main measures of performance have remained unchanged.

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From the Blog

Residential Solar Energy — What’s the Deal?

Gaining more and more headlines is solar energy and its applications for residential use. Not meant to be overly comprehensive or technical, this post vies you a brief glimpse into the world of residential solar and its future.

The concept behind a residential solar system is this: photovoltaic solar panels are installed on the roof of a residence and connected to an inverter. The panels collect electricity (DC) from sunrise to sunset. The inverter converts the energy to alternating current (AC), which is required for household use. The power is delivered to the home’s main electrical panel or sol back to ‘the grid,’ resulting in a significant reduction in energy costs.

Further benefits are clear and becoming more and more attractive as the technology advances and becomes more affordable. Of course, this is clean and natural energy that is not dependent on fossil fuels. Systems are also durable. Right now most systems are built to last between 25-50 years and generally require little maintenance along the way. The cost of electricity continues to rise; meaning the ROI is expected to continually improve year over year. Additionally, a solar power system does not increase your property tax, yet generally will increase your property value when it’s time to resell.

The drawbacks are largely linked to initial cost and aesthetics. The upfront costs of install are highly variable based on size, location, and tax rebates– but in the ballpark of $40,000+ before tax credits and incentives.

The amount of energy generated is dependent on available sunlight. This makes cloudier (and snowier) climates less conducive and thus has a wide range of differing opinions around the technology’s future viability. Improvements to the technology and rising energy costs are contributing to more and more regions reaching the ‘tipping point,’ which generally carries the meaning that the break-even point of ownership is 10-years or less. Right now roughly 1/3 of the United States is said to have reached the tipping point, but that number is growing steadily. It’s impossible to predict just how fast residential solar will develop and progress, but it appears that the technology has indeed taken root and is here to stay.


Considering Central Air? Know What’s Involved.

A central AC system as become the norm in today’s homes. It offers quiet and efficient cooling of your entire house and is easily controlled by using a thermostat. If you don’t have it, you’ve undoubtedly considered adding it. Perhaps you’ve been scared away or overwhelmed by the cost, or the problems that could arise during installation. Not so fast. With Owens, installing central air might be easier and more affordable than you think.

Any home without ductwork can have it installed. During the consultation process, our experienced professionals will clearly communicate the course of action ahead. We’ll show you just how we can hide ductwork behind walls, in closets, through the attic, etc. We do a heat-gain calculation to determine where vents are needed and what size and type of unit you’ll need to maximize efficiency.

The job is even easier if you already have a forced-air heating system. We’ll inspect the existing ductwork to ensure they will accommodate a higher volume of air-flow required for AC. More times than not– no changes will be required. From there, we’ll explain how the AC unit connects to the existing heating system.

Our customers who’ve added central air often tell us the process was less expensive and less intrusive than they ever imagined. On a typical home, a team of two techs can often complete the project in 2-5 days and with minimal disruption and mess with your household. Perhaps you’ve considered central air for years. The process truly is simpler than you likely imagined. Contact us today and let’s begin the conversation about how to get the ease and comfort of central air delivered to your home.

Tough Decision: Repair or Replace Your AC Unit?

The hot summer months are when you need your AC unit the most. They’re also when your AC unit is working the hardest and is the most susceptible to wear and wear, or worse– breaking down. As a homeowner you may be faced with the tough decision to repair your existing system or to replace it entirely. Each situation is unique and therefore you will not find a one-size-fits-all answer. Instead, this post will help you ask the right questions and properly consider the short-term and long-term factors that will help you make the best decision for your situation.

Do not ignore it if you hear or notice something with your AC unit that does not seem right. The first thing to do is assess the situation. Take note of the sounds and physical appearance of where the trouble seems to be; most likely the outdoor fan unit. Remove any tree branches or debris that have fallen into the outdoor unit but only if they are easily accessible. See our previous post for some of the most common AC problems that you may be able to fix yourself. Taking apart the outer casing is dangerous and could result in electric shock or other serious injuries. Do not attempt this on your own. Contact a professional instead. Be ready to share with the technician what you noticed when it began. It’s best not to wait, either, as catching issues early can save you from more serious and expensive repairs if you try to continue to run a system in need of service.


Naturally, the instinctive reaction when an AC system starts having issues is to try to repair them. After all, a one-time service call is cheaper tan a whole new system. There are two general rules of thumb that exist:

The 50% rule applies to systems to less than 10 years old. If repairs will cost less than half the amount needed to replace your unit you can strongly consider repair. This is known as the 50% rule and is often applied to major appliances like air conditioners or furnaces.

The $5,000 rule is another similar and simple calculation. Take the age of your unit and multiply it by the cost of the repair. If the total is less than $5,000 then it’s okay to consider repairing the existing unit. For example, if the repair will cost $400 and your unit is 8 years old… repair might be the best option (8 x $400 = $3,200 < $5,000).

Although both of these rules are generally a good litmus test, the truth is that any time you’re on the fence about a repair or replacement situation, you should consult a professional. A certified technician will take into account factors such as what parts are being replaced, if the issue is likely to surface again, as well as the make and model of your unit and if there is a particular trend with your model. Certified technicians from Owens will give you an honest opinion on your particular situation. Should you decide to repair, techs may also be able to give you tips for ongoing maintenance after servicing the unit. This can help keep your system running smoothly and potentially avoid the need for repair in the near future. If you are still unsure, consider some of the unseen or overlooked benefits of replacement.


It’s important to take in all the factors when considering a replacement of your central air system, not just the initial price quote. There are several benefits that can help offset what might have originally felt like more tan you hoped to spend. All things considered, you just might come to realize that a new AC unit is exactly the right decision.

Efficiency is hugely important. Air conditioners become more and more inefficient as they age. In a previous post, we share how you can use the SEER rating of your unit to calculate energy savings. Upgrading could save you 20-40% on energy costs during the summer months.

Tax incentives and rebates from your energy company can help offset a substantial portion of a new system. Xcel Energy, Minnesota’s leading energy provider, is currently offering rebates up to $450! Additionally, check current and local tax laws for any credits or deductions available for installing an energy efficient system. Some cities and municipalities offer 0% financing and even loan forgiveness if you stay in your home for a period of time.

New systems also carry a warranty, insuring protection against future problems. Not to mention, systems of today do a better job controlling temperature and humidity. They improve air quality better than old units and are better for the environment.

Resale value is another important factor. If you are planning to move, talk to a realtor about how replacement over repair will impact your home’s valuation. If you are selling soon, it’s possible a simple repair to have a working unit is better than a replacement. Often times, however, buyers will pay a premium for new furnaces and air conditioners. Therefore, the age of your furnace may also factor into your decision about your air conditioner.

It is never fun to be forced into a tough decision because of a breakdown to your current central AC system. Avoid feeling trapped by your short-term situation by considering all the factors. A certified technician from Owens will help you weigh all the costs and the benefits of repair vs. replace. If repair is the best option then you can be sure you’ll receive high-quality service and advice going forward. If replacing is indeed your best option, then we’ll help you see all the angles and show you exactly why a new, energy-efficient system is the smart long-term solution.

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