TMI - Total Maintenance Residential Heating and Furnace repair and replacement in Iowa, Illinois, Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas
- Household Heating
- Gas Furnaces
- How to Choose a Gas Furnace
- Gravity Furnaces
- 5 Reasons to Replace Your Gravity Furnace
- Heat Pumps
- Furnace Repair Service
- Programmable Thermostats
- Air Duct Cleaning
- Geo Thermal
Although several different types of fuels are available to heat our homes, more than half of us use natural gas.
No matter what kind of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment.TMI -Total Maintenance Inc. can help you maintain your current systems with one of our many maintenance plans, but remember, an energy-efficient furnace alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. TMI can assist you by combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling, and reduce environmental emissions, from 20% to 50% or more.
Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home. Typically, 43% of your utility bill goes for heating and cooling. What's more, heating and cooling systems in the United States together emit 150 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, adding to global climate change. They also generate about 12% of the nation's sulfur dioxide and 4% of the nitrogen oxides, the chief ingredients in acid rain.
TMI's Heating Service is your local neighborhood heating specialists. Serving thousands of happy customers every year, we have solved many problems that elude other heating companies.
Our heating specialists are experts in servicing and replacing forced air furnaces, heat pumps, geo thermal, boilers, wall & floor furnaces and gravity furnaces. We are often able to make repairs and/or adjustments on the spot without making unnecessary trips and wasting your time. If you do need a major repair or replacement, our heating technicians can usually have the process done within one or two days. Either way you have the best possible service with only minimal inconvenience.
Our customers can be assured they are receiving the best in heating advice when they speak to our staff.
- Fast 24/7 Service
- All residential heating and cooling systems serviced
- Repairs and Replacements
- Maintenance Programs
- Credit Financing Available
100% Money Back Guarantee on our services.
The average life of a furnace is 15-20 years. The average furnace older than 10 years is only operating at 50% efficiency. New furnaces on the market today reach between 80%-98% efficiency, offering immediate cost savings on your heating bill.
Many midwest homeowners unnecessarily pay higher energy costs and increase their stress levels by waiting until their old, inefficient furnaces give out on the coldest night of the year. The savvy homeowner, on the other hand, currently has every incentive to be proactive in reducing their energy costs and securing their family’s comfort and safety, by investing in a reliable, energy-efficient furnace today.
With all the applicable rebates offered through your local utility company and the various manufacturers, it is a great time to upgrade your energy efficiency, safety, and comfort right away! Call today, we have the experts to help you in the best, most economical way for your needs!
- Size - Size your system properly by insisting that contractors calculate the peak-hour heat loss for your home, or the amount of energy needed to replace the heat lost by your home at the coldest hour of the day. Do not rely on a "rule of thumb," which usually results in an oversized and more expensive system. The system should supply from 125 to 150 percent of your peak-hour heat loss; any larger will create reduced efficiency and other problems.
- Efficiency - The efficiency of a gas furnace is indicated by its annual fuel utilization efficiency or AFUE rating. An 80% AFUE (today’s minimum required efficiency) means that a furnace utilizes 80% of the BTU (or BTUH) in the gas to heat your home and the remaining 20% goes up your chimney. A 98% AFUE means that a furnace utilizes 98% of the BTU (or BTUH) in the gas to heat your home and the remaining 2% vents out your chimney. The more efficient the furnace the lower the heating bill and this means less gas WASTED!
- Venting - a TMI specialist will look at your current venting system and tell you if any changes are needed to accommodate your new furnace. This will include installing a proper "combustion air" or "fresh air intake."
- Cost - Choose the most efficient furnace you can afford based on the system's AFUE (annual fuel-utilization efficiency) rating. It may be more expensive initially, but it will more than pay for the difference in the long run. Some state and local municipalities, as well as some utilities, offer tax credits or rebates when you trade up to a more fuel efficient system.
- Contractor - Buy your gas furnace from a reputable company like TMI. Purchasing even a top-of-the-line furnace means nothing if the company makes mistakes during installation.
- Warranty - Most furnace and AC's come with a basic manufacturer warranty. The warranty is divided into two categories: PARTS & LABOR. The Length of time for the coverage of each depends on the system that you purchase and the contractor you choose. Our comfort specialist will design a warranty based on your needs and wants.
Gravity furnaces have been gradually replaced by high-efficiency furnaces. Gravity furnaces or Octopus furnaces date back to the late 1800's and early 1900's. The large, round furnaces were designed to burn coal. Even though a gravity furnace can burn natural gas, it was not designed for high efficiency. TMI has replaced over 200 gravity furnaces over the years. We have the skills and experience to make your retrofit seamless, any time of year.
- To save money on monthly fuel costs! All existing gravity furnaces operate at less than 50% efficiency, sending your hard-earned dollars right up the chimney.
- All gravity furnaces contain asbestos! Most of these out-of-date units contain unsafe fire retardants. Removing these potentially hazardous materials from your home will contribute to a healthier environment for you and your family.
- Central air is not available! It is impossible to have whole-house central air conditioning installed with your old gravity furnace.
- You cannot filter or humidify air with a gravity furnace.
- Increase the value of your home! Updating to modern heating and cooling equipment increases the value and salability of your home
A heat pump is an air conditioner that contains a valve that lets it switch between cooling and heating. When the valve is switched one way the heat pump acts as an air conditioner. When it is switched the other way, it reverses the flow of refrigerant and acts like a heater. Heat Pumps can be efficient in the use of energy because it uses less to complete this task. The most common type of heat pump is the air source heat pump, which transfers heat between your house and the outside air.
A heat pump is actually an air conditioner in reverse. Imagine that you took an air conditioner and flipped it around so that the hot coils were on the interior of your home and the cold coils were on the exterior of your home. Then you would have a heater that works extremely well using electricity. Rather than burning fuel, what it is doing is moving heat.
Is a heat pump right for my home?
Every home is unique and has unique needs when it comes to HVAC systems. Balancing home comfort preferences, with installation cost, and energy efficiency can lead you down many different roads. Let TMI help you to define your needs and find a proper solution to fit you & your home located in Iowa or Illinois.
TMI -Total Maintenance, Inc. is a full-service heating and furnace contractor offering a service and repair department and residential heating services. TMI is dedicated to keeping your home or business’s heating equipment running smoothly and efficiently every day of the year.
We have expert, well-trained service technicians available on call after hours and weekends to ensure that you and your family are always comfortable and warm, despite our cold Iowa and Illinois winters.
We understand the need for prompt and fair furnace repair service when your family’s or employees’ comfort and safety are at stake. We arrive on time and complete an objective diagnosis of the problem. After making sure all your questions are answered, we complete the repair properly, justifying the confidence our customers have come to depend on..
To ensure that our standards of quality and integrity are maintained, our furnace repair technicians are continuously educated through experience and training. We know that every customer’s needs are unique to the individual home, family and heating equipment. Our technicians are trained to complete repairs on all name brands and applications. We also understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will make our service call at a time that will be convenient for you and your family.
We service just about all name-brand air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces, including: Heil, Rheem, Ruud, Bryant, Payne, ArcoAire, Janitrol, Sanyo, Amana, Goodman, Armstrong, American Standard, Lennox, Carrier, Coleman, LG, Samsung, Trane, York, Luxaire, Whirlpool, Maytag, and Intertherm.
Furnace Repair Services in Iowa and Illinois
- We promptly respond to your heating and furnace problems.
- We accommodate your busy schedule.
- We service all furnace makes and brands even if we did not install the equipment.
- We promptly provide replacement estimates for red-tagged equipment.
- We offer residential and commercial maintenance plans to make maintenance convenient and affordable.
- We have service staff available on call after hours and weekends.
- We have been serving residential and commercial customers in Iowa and Illinois for more than 38 years.
Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. If you decide to have your heating and cooling system cleaned, TMI will make sure to clean all components of the system to insure that the system is not recontaminated by lack of proper cleaning.
Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.
If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home's living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them. TMI will find and seal and air duct leaks that you may have. Sealing duct air leaks can help save energy on heating and cooling bills.
Did you know that properly using a programmable thermostat in your home is one of the easiest ways you can save energy, money, and help fight global warming? A programmable thermostat helps make it easy for you to save by offering four pre-programmed settings to regulate your home's temperature in both summer and winter - when you are asleep or away.
If you currently do not have a programmable thermostat call TMI today or Schedule An Appointment with us to ensure proper installation and begin your savings today. We offer the only "talking" programmable thermostat with a Life-time warranty!!
- The pre-programmed settings that come with programmable thermostats are intended to deliver savings without sacrificing comfort. Depending on your family's schedule, you can see significant savings by sticking with those settings or adjust them as appropriate for your family.
- The key is to establish a program that automatically reduces heating and cooling in your home when you don't need as much. TMI can assist you with setting up your programmable thermostat and help you start saving today.
A boiler is the heating plant used to create hot water or steam for hydronic baseboard, radiant heat or steam radiator heating systems. Boilers can use a variety of fuels including natural gas, propane, oil or electricity.
Steam boilers are more complex than hot water boilers and have special gauge glass, pressure gauges, blow off valves and automatic feeds.
Hot water boilers can be small, compact, energy efficient and low maintenance.
Gas Boiler - Gas boilers tend to be very reliable and very rarely experience problems.
Electric Boiler - Electric home heating boilers are amongst the most efficient around and are generally slimmer in design.
Oil Boiler - Oil home heating boilers are extremely efficient. They do not rely on conventional power and so are not affected by power outages and that makes them extremely reliable.
High Efficiency Condensing Boiler - This home heating boiler has a life expectancy of fifteen years, which is slightly longer than some of the other options available to you. It uses a larger heating exchanger and so recycles as much lost heat as it can. As a result, it may significantly reduce your heating bills and emits less CO2 into the atmosphere.
How Geothermal Works
Basically, geothermal heating/cooling systems operate via sub-surface conductive heat transfer, using the naturally renewable temperature of the earth's crust as a heat source in the winter, and as a heat sink in the summer.
Cooling Mode Operation
In the cooling mode, the hot refrigerant compressor is sent directly into the approximate 50 to 60 degree F range deep earth, which now absorbs and takes the heat away. The cooled refrigerant fluid is then circulated through the air handler where it absorbs and removes unwanted heat from the interior air. The heated refrigerant travels to the system's compressor unit where the process is repeated. Thus, in the cooling mode, the ground removes your heat for free.
Heating Mode Operation
In the heating mode, approximate 50 to 60 degree F range naturally occurring heat from deep within the earth travels to, and is absorbed by, a much colder refrigerant fluid that is circulated within the copper tubing inside a deep well/borehole. Such naturally occurring heat is transported by the refrigerant fluid to the system's compressor where the fluid is compressed, thereby raising its pressure and temperature, transforming the 55 degree F temperature into a temperature well over 100 degrees F. The hot refrigerant is then circulated through the finned tubing within an air handler, where the cold return interior air absorbs the heat. The heated air is supplied, via a fan, to the interior air space. With the heat now removed from the refrigerant fluid, it becomes very cold and is re-circulated into the ground to absorb more naturally occurring and renewable heat. Thus, the ground supplies your heat for free.
TMI - Residential Heating Service Areas in Iowa, Illinois, Quad Cities and Surrounding Areas
TMI - Total Maintenance, Inc. serves Iowa and Illinois residential customers for plumbing, heating and air conditioning in the following cities.
*Note: Not all communities we serve may be found below. If your community is not found on the list but is near one of the cities listed please contact us to see if service is available.
TMI Residential Service Area in Illinois includes the following cities: Albany, Aledo, Alpha, Andalusia, Andover, Barstow, Carbon Cliff, Cambridge, Coal Valley, Colona, Cordova, East Moline, Erie, Fenton, Geneseo, Hampton, Illinois City, Joy, Lynn Center, Matherville, Milan, Moline, New Windsor, Ophiem, Orion, Ophiem, Osco, Rapids City, Reynolds, Rock Island, Sherrard, Silvis, Port Byron, Preemption, Taylor Ridge, Hillsdale, Viola, and the quad cities.
TMI Residential Service Area in Iowa includes the following cities: Bettendorf, Blue Grass, Buffalo, Camanche, Calamus, Clinton, Davenport, De Witt, Dixon, Donahue, Durant, Eldridge, Grand Mound, Pleasant Valley, Princeton, Le Claire, Long Grove, Low Moor, Mc Causland, Montpelier, New Liberty, Stockton, Teeds Grove, Walcott, Welton, Wilton, and the quad cities.