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DIVE INTO AUGUST — IT’S WATER QUALITY MONTH!

7 Ways You Can Conserve H2O This Summer With the hot Rochester summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to think about your home’s water—especially since August holds the colorful title of Water Quality Month! Is your H20 in tip-top shape? Does it taste fresh and pure? If you have concerns about the quality […]

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10 Do’s and Don’ts for Your Air Conditioner!

Follow Our Quick, Easy Guide to Stay Cooler In the early ’80s, there was a song called “Are You Ready for the Summer?” from the movie, “Meatballs.” One line in the song asked: “Are you ready for the hot nights?” It’s a lyric that pops into our heads every time summer rolls around and the […]

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Quench Your Thirst This Summer With Tonna’s Water Tips

Dive into Better Tasting H2O Ready for some exciting news? Summer’s official launch date is this month. The summer solstice is approaching on June 21 and she will bring with her longer, brighter days. Of course, along with the warmer weather, summer brings a multitude of fun, too—pool time, beach days, lake dips and fishing […]

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What Is the Difference Between HVAC and AC?

Our Experts Answer This and Other FAQs! Mark Twain once wrote, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’Tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” It’s a great quote and one that often makes us think of our customers and their confusion with […]

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April Showers Bring—Big Water Issues

Don’t Worry—Tonna Helps Drain Away Your Worries! When April finally rolls around, homeowners start to experience that feverish spring excitement. Grass grows, flowers bloom and outdoor living gets more enjoyable. After a long, cold winter, the onset of spring is always welcome. And if you think about it, there’s one factor largely responsible for all […]

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Say Goodbye to Hot & Cold Spots in Your Home

Outside temperatures may change, but indoor temperatures do not have to. Think about all of the reasons why you love your home. It includes both your favorite belongings and your favorite people. But at the end of the day, there’s one aspect of your home that you cherish above all else: reliability. When you walk […]

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The 5 Biggest Plumbing Myths—Debunked!

Put More Green in Your Wallet This St. Patrick’s Day Like many homeowners, you may feel like you’re always waiting for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow—especially when you’re constantly putting more money into your home. Everywhere you turn, your hard-earned cash goes toward mortgage payments, repairs, upgrades and other home […]

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Create a Cozy, Warm Valentine’s Month at Home

Plus, Save Money With These 5 Tips! This Valentine’s Day—and all month long—combine your love for your significant other with your love for saving money! That’s right. As you make those romantic plans, don’t forget to add some extra spice to your routine. How? Surprise your Valentine with the sweet news that you’re also going […]

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New Year, New Boiler!

Start the Year Fresh (and Warm) With a Brand New Heating System Well, it was bound to happen. The New Year has arrived. With her entrance, she brings a brand new slate for 2019—which means it’s time to take control of your home’s comfort. If last year took its toll on your HVAC system, perhaps […]

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How to Steer Clear of Cabin Fever (and Protect Your Home Comfort)

Searching for Ways to Stay Active This Winter? Start With Your HVAC System! Winter has a way of sneaking up on people. Sure, you know that temperatures are going to drop and snowflakes are going to fall. But there comes a point every winter when you look out the window and wonder: When is spring […]

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December Delivers Sweet Heat

And Tonna Unwraps the Secrets of Home Warmth When it comes to being sweet, December surely falls in line as one of the sweetest months around. There are cookies to bake, fudge to whip up and even dessert drinks to sample. Mmm… And just when we thought December couldn’t get any sweeter, we’ve uncovered an […]

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Avoid Thanksgiving Mishaps This Turkey Day!

Gobble Up Our Six Plumbing Tips Each year prior to Thanksgiving, viewers from around the country anxiously await one of the year’s most anticipated events—the Macy’s New York City Thanksgiving Day Parade! But even New York’s most celebrated parade has had its share of meltdowns since its inception in 1924. From a stunt plane flying […]

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Cozy Up to Some Fall Fun This Season

Try These 8 Fun Activities in Rochester this October The chill of October has landed and it finally feels like fall in Rochester. It’s the time of year when temperatures start to dip, homeowners prep for the season and we at Tonna Mechanical get our first calls for heating repair in Kasson, MN! It’s also […]

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Fall Into Comfort This Season

Routine Heating Maintenance: It Works Like Magic There’s a reason why people love fairytales so much: they’re a break from reality, a chance to step into a new world that’s much different from their own. As exciting as they seem, fairytales are actually quite formulaic. Each one has the same basic elements, with a few […]

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Get Your Home Ready for the 2018 NFL Season!

Prep Your Plumbing and Heating for Fall Parties OK, football fans. The 2018 NFL regular season kicked off with the Minnesota Vikings beating the San Francisco 49ers in their first regular home game Sept. 9. With three more regular season games scheduled throughout the month, we are now in prime football season. Naturally, this can […]

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Back-to-School Shopping Time Is Here!

What to Look for in a New HVAC System It’s already August, which means the new school year is approaching quickly. And a new school year brings with it many things—from earlier bedtimes and yellow school buses to every kid’s favorite pastime—back-to-school shopping! If you’re like most folks, you enjoy a good sale while shopping. […]

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Is Your Water Giving You a Hard Time?

Then It’s Time to Soften Up! In today’s modern world, there are many kinds of water—bottled water, tap water, spring water, filtered water, sparkling water, flavored water, soft water— and even hard water. Who knew the options would be so plentiful? Although, truth be told, not all these “options” are favorable. Especially when it comes […]

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Summer Is the Season of Waterworks

Just Be Sure It’s Clean and Pure Everybody loves summer—especially residents of northern states like Minnesota who often feel like their winters are neverending! In fact, just the mention of summer brings a smile to the lips of most Rochester residents and often conjures up images of fun, outdoor activities. There are beach vacations, days […]

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Don’t Be a Drip!

Fix Those Plumbing Issues Now May has finally arrived. It was a brutal winter and you’ve waited a long time to taste the sunshine of another spring. With warmer weather knocking on the door, it’s finally time to head outside for barbecues, picnics and backyard sports tournaments—not the time to be stuck inside the house […]

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Help Tonna Save the Planet

Do Your Part for the Environment This Earth Day Whether you were ready or not, April has arrived. And along with her showers and egg hunts, she brings a huge global event to our doorsteps on April 22—Earth Day. From now through the end of the month, 1 billion people will be discussing ways to […]

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Spring Cleaning: It’s Not Just for Closets!

It Bears Repeating: Cleaner Systems Work Better Typically, March is a reminder that spring is on the way. The month brings happy hints of warmer weather. From those sporadic warm days to the patchy flowers that peek from beneath the ground, March is a tease for sure. We are constantly waiting for temperatures to turn […]

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Saying Goodbye Is Tough on the Heart

Six Reasons to Break Up With Your Heating System Ahh, February—the month of love. For the lucky few, February can be all hearts and roses. Bear in mind, though, that for those in failing relationships the choice to say goodbye can be tough. The same can be said for the bond with your heating unit. […]

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Commit to Keeping Those New Year’s Resolutions!

It Bears Repeating: Resolutions Are Tough The holiday break is over. Kids are back to school, your decorations have been put away and that January promise to renew your exercise and health program is knocking around in your head. Commitments can be tough to stick to—especially in the bitter and dreary month of January. Do […]

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Noises Your Furnace Can Make and Why

Bangs, Rattles and Squeals. Oh, My! It’s normal for your furnace to make a bit of noise. In fact, if your furnace is making no noise at all, then it probably isn’t working! Your system’s ductwork can make small popping noises and the blower will also make noise as it hums along. But if your […]

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DIY Air Quality Tips for the Holidays

A Gift Your Guests Will Love The holidays bring out the neat freak in all of us. Before guests arrive, you’ll vacuum, decorate your home and make sure everything looks “Just Right.” But there’s one thing you might be overlooking. It’s something your guests can’t see…but can certainly feel. We’re talking about indoor air quality! […]

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Prepare Your Plumbing for the Holiday Rush

The Flush You Need for Every Full House The holidays are a gift in more ways than one. Besides the packages and other goodies, you get to spend time with friends and family, many of whom you might not have seen in a while. Of course, you want everything to go just right. To ensure […]

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Time to Put Heating Maintenance on the Map

Find Your Way to a Warm, Comfy Home Fall is a great time of year to take a road trip. And few places capture fall more beautifully than our Minnesota state parks. But did you know there’s more to fall than the enchanting scenery and pumpkin spice lattes? In reality, fall is the perfect time […]

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Keep Your Home Cool Before the Technician Arrives

Here’s How You Can Bear It It’s the middle of summer, which means you’re depending on your air conditioner now more than ever. So when your AC decides to check out and take a summer vacation, panic immediately sets in. But there’s no need to sweat it out. Here for you on those hot summer […]

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Playing It Cool: What to Look for in an Air Conditioner

Things to Know Before Diving In You wouldn’t buy a car on a whim, would you? OK, maybe you would if you’re feeling spontaneous. But for the most part, people do their research before making big purchases. What about your air conditioner? It might not cost as much as a car—but it’s certainly a major […]

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“Water” You Waiting For? Schedule That Water Test!

Get All the Answers for Free! Remember all the time you used to spend studying for exams? The logic was simple: In order to get the grade, you had to put in the hours. But things are different when you’re a homeowner. You have more responsibilities and less time on your hands. That’s why Tonna […]

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Learn the Lingo to Become an HVAC Pro

Tired of Feeling out of the Loop? Sharpen Your Knowledge with Tonna It’s happened once again. You’ve had service done in your home, and felt like an outsider from beginning to end. Sadly, many HVAC contractors take confusion as a free pass to recommend unnecessary upsells. Too often, folks shell out more cash than they […]

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Replacing Your AC—It’s a Spring Thing

The Most Refreshing Change You’ll Find This Season Winter is finally over and summer is on the horizon. With all the changes happening outside, it’s easy to catch spring fever and put your obligations on hold. But before those flowers and sunny days get the best of you, take a moment to think about your […]

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Carrier Cool Cash Is Back!

The Most Refreshing Offer of the Season We’re putting “cool” back in the equation! This season, our Carrier Cool Cash program is returning in full force. After all is said and done, you can save up to $2,675 with your HVAC purchase. So put the calculators away—cause it’s easy to do the math this spring! […]

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Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Treat Your Water

Spring Into Action Before Summer Arrives St. Patrick’s Day conjures up thoughts of cute little leprechauns and finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But despite contrary belief, there’s no such thing as the rainbow’s end. When we stand on the ground and look at a rainbow, all we see is […]

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Show Your System Love (And Avoid Repairs!)

Warm Up to Your Heater Using These Tips February is a month for showing love and appreciating the most important people in your life. The question is: Are you showing the same regard for your heater? There are, in fact, many things you can do to prevent repair work and increase your system’s chances of […]

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Heating Villains to Outsmart This Winter

Save Your Home (and Your Wallet) from Seasonal Pitfalls Every home has a story. And as we all know, every story has a villain. So, in this story, the plot twist is: How can you defeat the villains that threaten your comfort this winter? Protecting heating systems in Pine Island, MN, Rochester, MN, and beyond, […]

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The Need for Speed: Which Type of Furnace Is Right for You?

Buckle Up and Take the Fast Lane to Comfort With Tonna Mechanical You’re searching the web for a new furnace. As you browse the different makes and models, you feel overwhelmed by all of the options. After all, every furnace is more or less the same, right? Wrong. Truth be told, furnaces are about as […]

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The Bear in Every Heating Repair

Tame Your System and Restore Your Comfort With Tonna Mechanical If you came face-to-face with a bear, you would probably focus first on its teeth and claws. But in reality, bears are much more than frightening, honey-craving creatures. Likewise, there’s a lot more to your heater than what meets the eye. In fact, you could […]

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Stay On the Move This Season with Tonna Mechanical

Pipe Up and Repair Your Plumbing Now (So You Can Thank Yourself Later) The kids are back in school, and the summer weather is starting to wind down. Just as you’re about to catch your breath, it’s already time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays. Needless to say, it’s a busy time of year. […]

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In Hot Water: A Fairytale Backfires

Discover How a Town Used Their Water Heaters to Change the Story Fairytale endings have a way of sounding very final. After all, how much more culminating can you get than, “The End,” written in big, bold letters? Take, for instance, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” The story ends with Goldilocks running into the woods, […]

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Testing the Waters: Try Something New for Your Supply

Diagnose & Treat Your Water with Tonna Mechanical Summertime means more water. From watering the plants to filling the pool, the warm weather can make you a bit gung-ho over H20. However, here in Southeastern Minnesota, water contamination is a constant concern. Loaded with different minerals, it’s not always easy to pinpoint the problem with […]

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Hard Water Woes: Exploring the Wonders of Water Softeners

Put an End to Your Heavy Burden with Tonna Mechanical The worst kind of dangers are those that you cannot see. For example, hypertension is often referred to as “the silent killer,” because many people don’t know that they have it; that is, until something serious happens. On another note, hard water is the silent […]

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Rochester Realities: Maintain Your Plumbing This Summer For a Hassle-Free Winter

Raise Your System’s Resistance (Before Temperatures Drop) A stitch in time saves nine—it’s a phrase we all know, and one that extends beyond embroidery. Here in Rochester, MN, we’re currently living in the heart of summer. With temperatures reaching 90 degrees and above, the last thing on your mind is the upcoming winter. Even further […]

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Think Smart With Your Plumbing This Summer

Take Advantage of the Warmer Weather & Prepare Your System with Tonna Mechanical If there’s one thing that summer brings, it’s activity. School is out, the grill is fired up and the pool is crystal-clear. Yet, with all of the festivities and commotion, your plumbing takes quite a beating. That’s why, at Tonna Mechanical, our […]

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Choose Your Happy Ending With Tonna Mechanical

Discover Value In a Tale That Has Yet To Be Told If there’s one thing that life offers plenty of, it’s choices. When all of the possibilities seem endless (and perhaps, overwhelming), there is a way to make your decisions easier. To help prove our point, we want to share with you an untold story […]

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Not Sold on Hot & Cold? Tonna’s Zoning Solutions Can Help

You’ve just returned home after a long day at work. After dinner, you kick back on the couch in your living room to watch some TV. There’s a chill in the air, so you turn on the heat. After a while, it’s time for bed. You settle in for the night—or so you think. At […]

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HVAC Maintenance Plan: A Smart Investment

You have a problem with your HVAC system, but you’re hesitant to pick up the phone. So, you start to talk yourself out of it. Maybe that clicking/rattling sound will go away in a few days. Maybe it’s in my head that the heating or cooling seems “off.” We can be great at finding excuses […]

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Are Electric Boilers a Cost Effective Option?

How Electric Boilers Are Different From Other Boilers Electric boilers are one of the two kinds of boilers. That is to say, there are two varieties of boilers—gas boilers, which are sometimes also referred to as oil boilers, and electric boilers. Although both gas boilers and electric boilers perform the same job, the methods by […]

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Why is Your Furnace Leaking Water?

Alarmed to have found a puddle of water at the base of your furnace? You are not the only one. This is a common problem that many homeowners have faced before. There are multiple causes for furnace leaks. In this article, we will discuss the most common reasons that a furnace may be leaking water. […]

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Looking Ahead to 2016

Resolve to stop making these costly mistakes As you think ahead to all that you’d like to accomplish in the New Year, consider your HVAC system—and how much of a difference routine maintenance and professional service can have on your comfort and your wallet. In 2016, resolve to take care of the system that takes […]

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Tonna Mechanical Implements Succession Plan & Continues Family Legacy

Patrick S. Murphy to take over majority stock ownership & assume position of Company President August 17, 2015 – ROCHESTER, MN – Twenty-eight years after purchasing Tonna Mechanical, Steven J. Murphy is passing the torch to his son, Patrick. Formally enacting the company’s succession plan last week, Patrick purchased the majority stock ownership position from […]

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Prepare for the Impending Winter Weather

Avoid the Worst Home Energy Efficiency Mistakes Is your home prepared for the impending cold weather? Winter is just around the corner, and it isn’t too early to start thinking about preparing your home for the months ahead. Unfortunately, many homeowners make the mistake of being unprepared for the frigid temperatures, blistering winds and icy […]

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The Hard Truth

Hard water is hard on your plumbing system Most Americans have hard water in their home’s water supply, which not only leaves those telltale spots on your dishes and glasses, but can also take a toll on your home’s plumbing. In Southeastern Minnesota, in particular, both our well and city water sources can contain extremely […]

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Soaring Temperatures & Soaring Energy Bills

7 Ways to Save This Season Summer is in full swing, which means that many of us are enjoying longer days, plenty of barbeques, a lot of sunshine—and higher energy bills. During summer’s sizzling heat waves, you rely on your air conditioning system to keep your home cool and comfortable. At the same time, you […]

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What’s in Your Water?

Ensure that your home has safe, pure water. Clean water is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. In Southeastern Minnesota, there are a variety of factors that affect how your water tastes, smells, and feels in your home. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common water quality complaints among Minnesota homeowners, and their […]

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Make “Smart” Choices this Earth Day

Let’s face it—your heating and cooling system is responsible for the majority of your utility expenses. Each spring, it seems that as temperatures begin to rise, your monthly energy bills do the same. Fortunately though, you no longer have to sacrifice comfort for savings. By installing a “smart” thermostat, like the Carrier Côr™ thermostat, you […]

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Spring Cleaning Begins with HVAC

Follow these 5 DIY Tune-Up Tips Spring has (finally) sprung, and with it, comes spring cleaning. But before you bring out the dust mops and switch your thermostat to “cool,” make sure to add these tasks to the top of your springtime to-do list. The right HVAC maintenance plan will ensure that your system is […]

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Super Service For 3 Years in a Row

Angie’s List helps to facilitate positive transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed […]

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Reduce Heat Loss In Your Home This Winter

During the cold months of the year, heating bills are high and the temperatures are at extreme lows. Although you’re paying your heating bills each month to keep your house warm, you may find that your house is still drafty and uncomfortable. This is something that many homeowners experience, especially during the winter season, because […]

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Home Heating 101: Get The Most Out Of Your Unit

Proper maintenance will help you extend the life of your heating unit. Learn everything you need to do in order to get the most out of your heating unit. Don’t endure a harsh, cold winter season without a heating unit that’s in tip-top shape. When it comes to home heating, maintenance throughout the year can […]

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A Year’s Worth of Homeowner Help

Educating our customers is a big part of being committed to the community. We want you to get the very best value out of your home comfort system. That’s why each month we make a point to post tips, tricks, hacks and helpful insights to make your house a home. Throughout the year we’ve made […]

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Stay Warm This Winter with Comprehensive Heating Services

There’s nothing like being out in the bitter cold to make you appreciate a well heated indoors. But there’s also nothing like a well-conditioned, energy efficient indoors to make you appreciate just how important proper home heating can be. As the temperatures continue to fall, the great debate will surely arise. “Should we turn on […]

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What Does It Mean to Be NATE-Certified?

One of the many service standards that Tonna’s team of expert technicians maintains is a NATE certification. And while it’s widely understood amongst the HVAC-R industry, the average customer may still be unaware of what a NATE certification specifically entails.   A Bit of Background: NATE officially stands for North American Technician Excellence, which was […]

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The Future of Home Heating: Geothermal Heat Pumps 101

Under your feet, below the surface a geothermal heat pump can be working wonders for your household or office space. And not just during the winter. Every season. That’s because a geothermal heat pump—a green option for homeowners and business owners alike—can provide a richer, more efficient level of comfort for a fraction of the […]

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Everything You Need to Know about Choosing a Water Filtration System

We live in a true water world, with over 70% of the life-giving liquid covering the planet. Yet with all that H20, only about 2.5% of the world’s water is freshwater (drinkable) – and two-thirds of it is frozen in the world’s glaciers. There is a premium on clean, healthy drinking water and there are […]

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Air Conditioners 101: How to Get the Most Life Out of Your Unit

Want to get 15 years out of your central air conditioner? Learn how to provide the proper maintenance. If the thought of enduring a summer heat wave is making you sweat, it might be time to get your air conditioner into shape. When it comes to home air conditioner maintenance, an ounce of prevention each […]

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Clean Water for Healthy Living

Just like a healthy, balanced diet, adequate water intake is important to our body’s performance. Your body loses fluid continually due to evaporation, exercise, climate changes, and aging. Since your body is composed of around 60 percent water, replenishing that fluid is vital to body system health. Healthy hydration is good for your skin, muscles, […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Replace Your Aging Cooling System

It’s tempting to avoid replacing your trusty cooling system until it breaks down for good. However, if your HVAC equipment is aging and comfort is suffering, now may be the best time to install a new, high-efficiency HVAC unit. Partnering with Carrier to provide Carrier Cool Cash rebates throughout June, Tonna indoor comfort specialists help […]

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5 Fun & Simple Tips for Summer Energy Savings

With summer waiting in the wings, Southeast Minnesota water and AC bills are poised to rise. Make plans now to tighten up the utility budget. When you get aggressive about energy savings, you’ll also reduce your home’s carbon footprint. It’s good for your wallet—and great for the environment! Remember these easy, proven tips to enjoy […]

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Spring Cleaning: Don’t Forget the Plumbing!

Spring is beginning to surface, so it’s time to throw open the windows, dust off the fixtures, and refresh your space. As you prepare to sweep, scrub and reorganize, it’s wise to add a “plumbing checkup” to your to-do list for Spring cleaning. Winter takes a toll on pipes and plumbing parts, and hidden issues […]

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Control Your Comfort with Smart Thermostat Technology

Control Your Comfort with Smart Thermostat Technology           It’s no surprise that heating and cooling costs are responsible for the bulk of your monthly energy bills, and the frigid winter hasn’t helped. Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for energy savings. By installing and properly using a “smart” programmable thermostat, you could save as much […]

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Breathe Better: Improve Your Facility’s Indoor Air Quality

According to reports by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is among the top five environmental workplace risks. In some cases, this pollution exposure contributes to headaches, dizziness, fatigue and respiratory conditions: leading to unhealthy employees and costly downtime. This is especially concerning during Minnesota’s cold season, when employees and occupants work in […]

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Winter Is Coming–Is Your Furnace Ready?

It may seem premature to start thinking about winter and your furnace, but fall is practically upon us. And fall is the best time to get your furnace tuned-up and ready for the long Minnesota winter. Here’s why. Why you need a furnace tune-up now Think about it this way: if you were going to […]

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What Every Homeowner Ought to Know About Hard Water in Southeast Minnesota Homes

I know what you’re thinking: “Hard water? Isn’t that called ice?” Joking aside, hard water is a big problem in Southeast Minnesota. It increases your hot water bill, damages your water-using appliances (like dishwashers and washing machines), and doesn’t play nice with soap, leaving nasty soap scum rings in your bathtub. We’ll explain what it […]

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Should You Get an Air-Source Heat Pump If You Live in Minnesota?

If you’ve read any research online about air-source heat pumps (ASHP), it’s clear that they work better in climates with milder winters. According to Energy.gov: “When outdoor temperatures fall below 40°F, a less-efficient panel of electric resistance coils, similar to those in your toaster, kicks in to provide indoor heating. This is why air-source heat […]

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