Louis Genz and John Ryan first founded Genz-Ryan in 1950, with help from Louis's wife, Greta, and John's mother, Rose. As the business expanded, so did Louis's family: four sons—Dan, Mike, Bob, and Jon—were born, and in 1997, they took hold of the reins to continue the journey their father started.
To this day, they strive to retain their small-business values while pursuing industry innovations, such as geothermal technologies, tankless water heaters, and waterless water. Their 7,000-square-foot design center features an interactive showroom with a fully functioning kitchen, bathroom, and HVAC system. When they aren't providing supplies for upgrades, renovations, and new homes, technicians tweak appliances 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Since erasing the grime from their first carpet in 1990, business partners John and Thomas have continued to work together to keep area homes sparkling, safe, and free of allergens. In the decades since founding Sunshine Carpet and Air-Duct Cleaning, the duo—along with their team of technicians—has developed a base of loyal customers thanks to their dedication to customer service and meticulous workmanship. Staffers pilot truck-mounted equipment during carpet cleaning services or clean air ducts to expunge vents of irritating agents such as pollen and dust bunnies that text message their friends during dinner. To further ensure home safety and cleanliness, they conduct dryer vent cleanings that helps prevent fires and upholstery cleaning that uses safe, nontoxic chemicals to de-grime all manner of fabrics.
The experienced technicians at Super Seal Sealcoating have been seal-coating driveways and parking lots for 16 years. They begin the seal-coating process by cleaning the asphalt with brushes, brooms, and blowers, before mixing an asphalt emulsion with slate, sealer, and other additives to strengthen and bind the product without using coal tar or duct tape. Lastly, they power-edge the border of the driveway and apply the emulsion with a 4-foot microbristle brush for a uniform finish. Once the techs are finished, driveways must be blocked off for 24–36 hours to prevent marks from car tires or buffalo stampedes. In addition to sealing surfaces, techs also use hot rubberized fillers to fix cracks.
When the technicians at AirTech Heating & Cooling perform tune-ups on furnaces and air conditioners, they're not simply keeping them from breaking; rather, they're looking for ways to make them run better. That's why they keep a comprehensive checklist handy during routine maintenance services. They have developed this checklist according to their mission to help their clients whittle down their energy bill without sacrificing indoor comfort.
Minneapolis St. Paul Plumbing Heating Air began dispatching technicians to homes and offices throughout the Twin Cities in 1913. Though the ensuing century has seen a number of advancements in plumbing and air-conditioning technology, not much has changed in terms of the technicians’ care and expertise. Plumbers, for example, still arrive promptly to repair leaky faucets and prevent pipes from freezing, and heating repairmen continue to coax gusts of warm or cool air from heaters and air conditioners. They can inspect units of nearly every make and model and repair contrarian thermostats that insist on only measuring temperature in degrees Celsius.
As anyone who’s tried to blow the dust out of their computer keyboard or bellybutton knows, cleaning with air is difficult. That’s why, instead of cleaning air ducts with negative air pressure like many companies, Simply Ducts swabs out homes’ airways with rotobrushes. These tools spin their bristles down ducts’ farthest reaches, sweeping out all particulate matter, mold, and dust mites. This thorough, direct-contact service gives ducts a comprehensive cleaning that leaves internal air cleaner and safer to breathe.