We Are Owens

WHO WE ARE.

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.

WHAT WE DO.

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.

WHY OWENS.

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.

ABOUT US

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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Lightning and HVAC Units

April showers and thunderstorms are a pleasant reminder that winter is behind us. It is not so pleasant, however, when lightning strikes and a power surge ruins your HVAC system. This post helps you understand what action to take when lightning strikes, and how to minimize the chance of power damage to your system altogether.

The best defense is simply to shut your system off at the thermostat during a storm. This generally makes it very difficult for a power surge to affect your system. As an extreme, you can shut off the electrical circuit to the entire HVAC system. No measures are a complete guarantee, however.

If you suspect your system has been hit by a power surge then it’s time to carefully and safely take action. If you smell gas or burning after a lightning strike then leave the premises immediately and contact 9-1-1. Only after you’ve insured your safety should you begin to investigate what’s happened.

Insurance companies will want to see specifics. If you were home, take note of what you experienced. Check other appliances and electronics. Showing that other items were simultaneously damaged is often the easiest way to prove on a claim that the cause was a power surge. Take photos or a video of anything that was affected as soon as you are able.

If you have power, try starting the system from the thermostat. Determine if both the indoor fan and outdoor condenser start up. Document all your findings.

If power failures are common in your neighborhood, you may also want to consider a back-up power generator. Owens’ licensed technicians can install a generator to meet your back-up power demands.

Power surges are an unfortunate reality during this time of year. Knowing how to act and responding quickly are your best protection. Remember to not accept final payment from your insurance company until you are sure of all the damage that has been done and have contacted Owens for an inspection and a repair quote.

Gearing Up for the Battle Against Spring Allergens

Hint: Your HVAC filter matters

Springtime. The weather has turned, the grass is green, and… allergen riddled pollen fills the air, making 58 million Americans seasonally miserable! You can’t control the great outdoors, but you can take charge of what happens inside your home. Specifically, the furnace filter you choose determines which allergens stay trapped and then get passed onto you. This post will educate you on what kind of filter is right for you and your family, especially if you have allergy sufferers in the home.

Not all HVAC filters are made equal. The MERV scale (minimum efficiency recording value) rates each one from 1 to 20, with 20 being the highest level of particle filtration. It’s important to understand the implications of what you’re buying.

Filters by Category

Flat-Panel Filters: MERV Rating: 1-4, Purpose: More to protect your furnace than to actually improve air quality

Medium Efficiency: MERV Rating: 5-13, Purpose: Generally sufficient for most residences. Virtually all pollen and plant spores will be caught by an 8+ MERV rated filter

High Efficiency: MERV Rating: 14-16, Purpose: Typically not necessary except for severe allergies or to fight tobacco smoke

HEPA Filters: MERV Rating: 17-20, Purpose: Generally not recommended for residential use, as it can stress and damage the average home HVAC

What you buy matters. That cheapo filter you are used to buying might get you through winter, but it will not catch the pollen in your home this spring! If you are a victim of spring allergies, we generally recommend a medium-efficiency filter with a MERV rating of 8-10. Custom solutions are possible for severe circumstances and those looking to replace or upgrade their HVAC system. A licensed professional at Owens can advise and walk through every step.

(Editor’s Note: This article focuses on filters and allergens. See post on indoor air-quality for tips on improving the overall quality of air in your home.)

Keeping your Home Comfortable in the Dead of Winter

Maintaining a comfortable living space is part of what makes a house a home. Yet simply cranking up the dial in the dead of winter isn’t the answer. Keep these 5 simple tips in mind and your home can stay energy efficient while still remaining a cozy retreat from the harsh winter weather.

(1) Adjust you before adjusting the thermostat. Put on a sweater or get under a blanket rather than dialing up the thermostat. Every degree translates into cost savings on your heating bill.

(2) Get in tune with your homes humidity. A relative humidity of 35-45% is the sweet spot to raise the perceived or ‘feels like’ temperature in your home while avoiding condensation on windows. Some newer systems have a built in humidifier. If not, a stand-alone system is a worthwhile investment and should last for years.

(3) Keep up with your filters. Having clean filters improves air-quality and heating efficiency. It’s not dislike getting an oil-change on your car. You don’t like paying the $25 but it will cost you more in the long run if you don’t!

(4) Plastic wrapping windows is cheaper than replacing them. As an interim solution for old single-pane windows, plastic wrapping your current ones can reduce heat loss by up to 50%.

(5) Use sunlight to your advantage. Winter days without cloud-cover can be the most numbingly cold. Put less of the responsibility on your furnace by opening the shades and letting in the natural heat!

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