Get Ready for Spring with AC Maintenance

March 12th, 2018

service-reminder-badgeThe start of spring is only two weeks away. The weather may not follow the calendar exactly—we’re all used to rain coming at any time here in Oregon—but it’s definitely going to be on a warming trend from here on out. And that means it’s time to get your air conditioning system ready to keep you cool through all the hot days of summer.

Why do this in spring?

Because you want to beat out the first hot day, which can certainly arrive before the first official day of summer. The mild weather of spring is an ideal time to arrange for services for both your heater and your air conditioning. Maintaining an AC in spring gives you extra time to arrange for any repairs you may need before the heat arrives. And because HVAC technicians have less busy schedules in spring, it’s easier to find a convenient time for your air conditioning maintenance appointment. Continue Reading

Should I Replace My Old Thermostat?

February 26th, 2018

climate-controlThe thermostat is easy to overlook in your home’s HVAC system. But it requires special attention, because without an effective thermostat, you’ll struggle to keep your home the right temperature. A poor thermostat can lead to many troubles with heating and air conditioning—including systems that won’t turn on at all.

The problem may be an outdated thermostat. Older slider-and-dial manual thermostats may be simple to operate, but they’re imprecise and don’t have extra features that can help save energy and improve energy efficiency. Should you have your old thermostat replaced? Continue Reading

Furnace Corrosion: Yes, It Does Happen

February 12th, 2018

furnace-repair-technicianWhen you think of parts of your home that might suffer from corrosion, is your gas furnace one of them? Probably not. Corrosion is something people connect with water meeting metal. Parts of the kitchen sink may corrode, a water heater might corrode, but you don’t expect a furnace to have this problem. A furnace doesn’t use water, after all.

But, as this blog post title can tell you, corrosion can occur with a gas furnace. In fact, it’s common in older furnaces and often a sign that a system needs to be replaced. Should you see rust or other kinds of corrosion affecting any part of your furnace, we urge you to call for professional HVAC technicians to find out what’s happening and what can be done to ensure you have a working furnace for the rest of the winter. Continue Reading

Get to Know Your Electric Furnace: The Sequencer

January 29th, 2018

stripping-electrical-wiresWe’d like to introduce you to your home’s electric furnace. Yes, you use it every winter for comfort, but how often do you think about it? Do you know how it works beyond “an electric thingy inside gets hot, air passes through it”?

You don’t have to know the details of the workings of an electric furnace—that’s the job of HVAC specialists. But knowing a bit more about such an important appliance can help you understand when it needs to be fixed and why. Plus, electric furnaces are more interesting devices than you might think.

Today we’re going to do an Electric Furnace 101 lesson on an important component, the sequencer. Continue Reading

Tips for Getting Your Furnace Through the Rest of Winter

January 15th, 2018

couple-in-pajamas-winterWe all need a little help sometimes to get through the rough patches in life. You may not think of your home’s furnace as person, but when you consider how important it is for your family’s comfort, you’ll see why you want to give it a bit of help through the winter. After all, winter is the furnace’s “rough patch.”

But what can I do to help the furnace?

More than you think! Proper furnace care involves taking some extra steps both before and during the season. Since we’re already well into the middle of winter, we won’t worry about the “before” steps. (Unless you forgot to schedule routine maintenance in the fall, in which case, have it done right away. Better late than never when it comes to maintenance!) Continue Reading

Are There Big Differences Between Ductless and Standard Heat Pumps?

January 1st, 2018

cooling_house_heating_houseThe heat pump is a popular kind of comfort system in Oregon because it’s an ideal match to our climate. A heat pump is, at heart, an air conditioning system that can also switch the direction it operates so that instead of removing heat from a house and cooling the indoors, it can transport heat from outside and warm the indoors. Because our winters are nowhere near as bone-cold as other parts of the country, a heat pump won’t struggle with extracting sufficient heat from outside during the winter. A heat pump provides winter time comfort that costs much less than using an electric furnace.

You may have also heard about ductless mini split heat pumps, which are common for both new homes and old ones where there’s no room for ducts. But is there a significant difference in how these two types of heat pumps work? Continue Reading

Yes, You Can Still Schedule Heating Maintenance in December

December 18th, 2017

cold-sweater-manThe weather has already turned cold in the Willamette Valley and you’ve certainly got your heating system running on most days and into the evenings. If you didn’t arrange for your regular heating maintenance during the fall, you might be thinking, “Well, I guess it’s too late to have maintenance done now. The heater is already at work, so I’ll wait until next fall.”

Please don’t do this! We understand people get busy and sometimes regular appointments may be forgotten. If this happened with your heating maintenance this year, it’s not too late to schedule the work. It’s much better to have it done a little late than not to have it at all.

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Improve Your Heating with Duct Repair

December 4th, 2017

interior-of-air-duct‘Tis already the season to have your home’s heating system up and running, at least some part of the day or night. We hope you arranged for heating maintenance to ensure the heater, no matter its type, is in the best shape to give you the comfort you need without costing too much to run.

But what if you’ve had the heater maintained, and something still seems off with the heater? For example: Continue Reading

Does a Furnace Dry Out My Home’s Air?

November 20th, 2017

blue-furnace-burnersDry air is often a problem during stretches of the winter. When the temperatures drop low enough and it stops raining, the moisture levels in the air will decline. When relative humidity is below 30%, it creates discomfort in cold weather, since it allows heat to escape from the human body faster, making cold temperatures seem even colder. Low humidity also creates health problems (the fast spread of illnesses) and causes wood to crack and paint to peel.

But does a natural gas furnace contribute to lowering humidity during the winter? You’ve probably heard it stated as a fact that a furnace “dries out the air.” There is some truth to this, but not quite in the way you think. And you can have a type of furnace installed that will not lead to a drop in humidity. Continue Reading

Ways to Help Avoid Heat Pump Repairs This Winter

November 6th, 2017

heat-pump-outdoorHeat pumps are popular here in the Willamette Valley and getting more popular all the time. They work excellently for our climate, since they supply more than enough cooling power during our summers and can maintain their energy efficiency through the wet, mild winters without needing a back-up system the way heat pumps in extreme cold climates may.

You want to have a problem-free winter with your heat pump. Although there’s no way to guarantee protection against all heat pump malfunctions, if you take a number of steps and precautions, you can lower the chance of needing heat pump repairs this winter. Continue Reading