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Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing exceptional HVAC service in Portland, OR, Beaverton, OR and the surrounding areas of Washington and Oregon for more than 29 years, originally under the name McClenny RHC. We specialize in the design, installation, service and repair of Carrier high efficiency products and focus on energy efficiency and green living to benefit the planet and lower your energy costs.
We are a well-established company with knowledge and experience in all aspects of residential and commercial heating and air conditioning repair, installation and service. Our technicians have extensive training and experience in heating, air conditioning, commercial refrigeration and indoor air quality. That’s why Hybrid Heating and Cooling is a 3 time winner of Carrier’s Presidential Award.
Springtime has officially arrived and that means the days are longer and the sun is starting to reappear. This is the perfect time of year to consider installing a heat pump for your home! Heat pumps are wonderful options for homeowners because they can effectively cool and heat your home throughout the year.
No matter what size your home, a heat pump is an affordable choice that can keep your home warm during the cold winter months and cool during the hot days of summertime. With a heat pump, comfort is within reach, with just a touch of a button. Here are some of the top reasons why installing a heat pump in your home is a great idea.
Reason #1: Comfort is available year round.
Pacific Northwest weather can be a bit unpredictable and no matter how cold or hot it is you’ll be able to be comfortable inside all year long. Heat pumps are also effective in circulating clean air throughout the inside of your home and the temperatures will be set consistently, so you aren’t left with hot or cold spots in various parts of the home. It’s truly easy to control the temperature of your home with just a few clicks of a button.
Reason #2: You’ll hardly notice when your heat pump is on.
Heat pumps are so incredibly quiet, you probably won’t even notice that it’s running. If you’re tired of dragging in a clanging, loud air conditioning window unit every summer, you won’t have to if you upgrade to a heat pump. Heat pumps are quiet and energy efficient because they run at lower capacities.
Reason #3: You’ll see a reduction in energy bills.
Because heat pumps are so energy efficient, you will probably see a drop in your energy bills on a monthly basis. In addition, this year there are a variety of rebates and incentives that are happening through the companies that manufacture the heat pumps. Oftentimes these can be combined with tax credits that can help you save even more money. Our team can help walk you through which system might be right for you, then help you with determining if there are discounts or credits currently available.
Now is the time to upgrade your system and get it ready to tackle the upcoming warmer weather of spring and summer! Our experienced professional team will help get you the info you need so you can make the right decision for your home and your budget. Contact us today!
Your HVAC system is a connection between indoor and outdoor air and this can sometimes lead to openings for pests from the outdoors to get inside your home. A well-maintained HVAC system has devices in place to help them from getting in, but sometimes only the smallest gap can allow bugs or other rodents to sneak in, which can sometimes lead to asthma, allergies, or poor indoor air quality. Here is how you can keep pests from getting into your HVAC system and your home.
Tip #1: Make sure points of entry are sealed properly.
If you have noticed an uptake of rodents, fleas, or other bugs entering your home, you should consider consulting with a pest control professional that can take a close look around your home and determine where the creatures are getting in. If they’re using your HVAC system to get inside, the technician can fit it with protective screens or vents. In addition, our team at Hybrid can come out and pinpoint drafty areas in the home that could be leaving open spaces that allow for insects or other rodents to enter the home.
Tip #2: Keep moisture under control.
Make sure that there is no standing water or any puddles of water around your HVAC unit, especially near your condenser. Pests need water to survive, so this could be a point of draw for them.
Tip #3: Get your ductwork looked at.
If you have leaky ductwork or areas of gaps, there may be areas where creepy-crawlies can get in. In addition, you’ll be wasting energy and your utility bills will be steadily increasing.
Tip #4: Make sure you schedule annual HVAC maintenance appointments.
Annual inspections allow us to come out and make sure there are no obvious problems with your HVAC system. In addition, we’ll determine if there are any repairs or replacements needed and point out any problem areas where we see pests trying to get in.
If you suspect that pests are trying to get into your home through your HVAC system or you need a tune-up scheduled before the new spring season starts, contact our experienced team of HVAC specialists at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning today.
Thinking about upgrading your heating and cooling system before the changeover to spring weather? Spring is the perfect time to get a new system installed and ductless heating and cooling systems are an awesome option for your home comfort needs.
The best part: ductless heating and cooling systems will keep you warm during the winter and cool in the summer, with just one system! Here are some reasons why we love these systems and why you should consider upgrading to one.
Reason #1: They’ll keep you comfortable.
Year round, ductless systems will provide consistent temperatures and clean air to your home. Simply press the button and you’re in control of what temperature keeps you most comfortable during the various seasons in the year.
Reason #2: They’re easily installed.
A ductless system is easy to install for our team of experienced HVAC team. We will do all of the hard work for you, all you have to do is sit back and wait to see how it works. Generally speaking, we can install a new system in your home in one or two days, depending on the job’s scope. If you have questions about what it takes to install a new system in your home and how it will look, we’re happy to answer questions and explain how it’s done.
Reason #3: They’re energy efficient.
If you’re tired of wasting money on high-priced electricity bills every month, a ductless system is a great way to save money. They don’t use extra electricity like baseboard heaters or wall heaters. This energy savings translates to a reduction in your monthly utility bill. Over time, this can save you a lot!
Reason #4: They’re easy to take care of.
If you don’t want a system that requires a lot of maintenance and attention to detail, ductless systems are a good option. All you need to do is change the filters regularly and call us to schedule annual tune-ups for it. During your tune-up, we’ll clean air vents and humidifiers, make sure all the electrical connections are secured and tightened, and we’ll be sure that all of the parts are working great so you don’t have anything unexpectedly break down.
Call us today and we can talk to you about the variety of ductless systems that we have to offer! We’ll go over which one will work well with the layout of your home and most importantly, we’ll find something that fits within your budget. Stay comfortable this spring with a new ductless system!
If you don’t take care of your HVAC system over the long haul, they won’t last as long as it normally could or they could break down and need to be repaired multiple times. To ensure that your system operates at its peak all year long, it’s crucial to perform routine preventative maintenance on it. In addition to checking it yourself, having qualified technicians at Hybrid Heating & Cooling check it as well will help prevent future problems.
Benefit #1: Energy savings.
Over time, your heating and cooling system can become inefficient, especially if you do not have preventative maintenance appointments scheduled regularly. When one of our technicians inspects your unit, they’ll be sure that it’s all running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. If it isn’t, we’ll provide recommendations on how this can be fixed. Once it’s back up and running efficiently, you’ll reduce the amount of energy that’s being used and you’ll likely see a decrease in your utility bill.
Benefit #2: Avoid unnecessary repairs.
If you have your unit serviced on a regular basis, you’ll reduce your chances of having a system malfunction or total breakdown. Preventative maintenance helps stop problems before they start, so that means you won’t have to worry about paying for an expensive repair out of the blue, or frantically call us at the last minute when your unit is broken.
Benefit #3: Extension of the life of the unit.
Your heating system is a big investment for your home and you want to make sure that it lasts as long as possible. Preventative maintenance is key to making it last longer. Just like you need to have regular oil changes and tune-ups for your vehicle to keep it running well, preventative maintenance will do the same in extending the overall lifespan of the system so you can stay comfortable for years to come.
Whether you live in a newly built home or an old home, our service technicians are experienced in servicing a variety of brands and styles of HVAC systems, ductless heat pumps, and more. Contact us today to get a preventative maintenance appointment scheduled!
We have already had quite a wild winter and it’s not over yet! If you haven’t thought about protecting your outdoor HVAC unit during the winter months, it’s not too late to do so.
Central air conditioning systems are built to withstand tough weather, but the components can be easily damaged by debris, so it’s important to always keep debris and dirt away from the unit as much as possible. In addition, if you’re not using your air conditioning system during the winter, turn off the power source. This will save you on electricity and will also keep you from accidentally turning it on during a cold or frozen day, which could cause a problem if the cycling water inside is frozen.
Next, remember that heat pumps should not get covered. Air conditioning units can be covered, but we do not recommend it because it’s easy to forget to remove the cover before turning it back on and this in turn would burn up the compressors. If you need to cover it, one option is to cover the unit with a piece of plywood to keep icicles, branches, leaves, or other debris from falling on the top. Do not use a regular tarp, as this could accumulate mold or moisture underneath and that could be a breeding ground for nasty bacteria. In addition, outdoor animals could find the tarp to be a nice shelter and could make their home inside.
Once you’ve secured the unit for the rest of the winter, check on it every once in a while to make sure that there hasn’t been any debris buildup or leaves that have blown underneath. If there has been, clear it right away so it doesn’t get clogged. Once springtime rolls around, you’ll be ready to have it back in action and you’ll be set for your annual spring tune-up with Hybrid Heating and Cooling. Call us today if you need other assistance on keeping your system running well throughout the winter so you’re not left in the cold!
If you love discounts, rebates, and tax credits, listen up! Everyone loves to save money and we can help. There are a variety of tax credits and energy rebates available for customers in 2017.
Electrically efficient AHRI e-rated
Furnaces that are rated at a 95 to 96.9% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency are eligible to receive a $352 tax credit. Those rated at 97% or greater are eligible for $492 in tax credits.
Air-source ducted heat pump
These are wonderful, energy efficient machines that can save you money in utility costs, all while helping reduce your negative impact on the environment.
Heat pumps that have Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) scores of 9.5 are eligible to receive $800 in tax credits while those with 10.0 can receive $850. Those with 11.0 ratings can receive $925, 12.0 can receive $1,000 and those that are 13.0 and up can receive $1,125.
Ductless heat pump
Ductless mini-splits are also very energy efficient and provide effective heating solutions in the winter and cooling in the summer. Those with HSPF ratings of 10.0 to 11.9 can receive $1,200 in tax credits and those with 12.0 or higher are eligible for $1,300.
Note: The maximum tax credit claimed per year, per device may not exceed $1,500, except for alternative fuel devices. To be eligible for a tax credit, the device must meet all the requirements outlined by RETC Administrative Rules. Not sure where to start? Our experienced team of HVAC professionals can help you determine which system is right for your home and most importantly, your budget. We’ll help you figure out which credits are available and help you figure out the paperwork, too. We are also PTCS and CheckMe certified. This means we’re certified to perform the test for credits on heat pumps. Contact our team for information on which devices are eligible and get ready to stay warm throughout the rest of this unusual Pacific Northwest winter!
A ductless heat pump is a wonderful investment for your home or office. This is one of the most advanced and reliable heating and cooling systems available today and it will work well for years to come. Here are some important ways to get the most out of your system.
#1: Protect the outside unit.
The Pacific Northwest doesn’t get a lot of snow every winter, but it does get plenty of freezing temperatures, including ice and freezing rain. You should protect the outside unit from extreme weather conditions by making sure that the covered/protected from snow or ice. The condenser/compressor is required to keep the system working well and if it is damaged or restricted, it could malfunction or break completely.
#2: Keep it maintained well.
Your ductless heat pump is a costly investment and it should be taken care of well through regular, professional maintenance. The filters should be cleaned and replaced often, especially during the cold winter months when it’s being put to use every day. Annual maintenance appointments are important, too. During these appointments, our team will do a thorough review of the system to be sure it’s working exactly how it should. We’ll also clean the filters, run energy efficiency checks, and be sure that all of the parts and critical components are functioning at their peak.
#3: Make sure the system is supported with quality doors, windows, and insulation.
Make sure that your home has quality insulation and energy efficient doors and windows. This will help retain heat and keep the warm air inside your home or office rather than having it leak out. Leaked air is not only a waste of energy and money in utility bills, but it also means that your heat pump has to work harder. If the system is working harder than it has to, it could break down quicker.
If you’ve upgraded to a ductless heat pump in your home this year, congratulations! You’ll be happy with the system’s quality and you’ll stay comfortable all year long. If you’ve determined that the new year means a new furnace system in your home, a ductless heat pump is a great option. Contact us today for information on which systems could fit your home and your budget.
Winter is here & chilly mornings mean that you’re likely turning on your heater more and more and you’re becoming accustomed to keeping the heat on for the day. If you’re tired of using separate systems to keep your home comfortable throughout the year, it’s time to consider using one system that can both heat and cool your home all year long.
A heat pump.
Heat pumps are a wonderful option for homes of all sizes and layouts, as they can keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, all with a touch of a button. Here are some of the primary benefits of using a heat pump in your home.
Benefit #1: Superb comfort.
No matter how crazy the weather is outside, you’ll be comfortable inside as the heat pump provides clean air and consistent temperatures. You get to pick what temperature feels right to you and all you have to do is, click the button. They can run as long as you need them to on a low speed so you have an even temperature throughout the house.
Benefit #2: Quiet.
Heat pumps are extremely quiet and you can usually barely even notice that they’re on! You can kiss the loud, clanging air conditioning unit goodbye in the summer and you won’t ever need to use an inefficient baseboard or wall heater again with a heat pump. Heat pumps run at lower capacities which means they have very little sound associated with them.
Benefit #3: Save money.
Heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient, which means that you’ll likely see a big drop in your utility bill each month. In addition, there are wide varieties of rebates, federal and state tax credits, and other cash incentives out there through the end of the year that can help save you more money when it comes time to get the system installed in your home.
Not sure what your options are on a heat pump? Contact our experienced team of professionals today to discuss what heat pumps are out there in your price range. We’re happy to come take a look at your home’s layout and existing system to see how we can best fit your specific home comfort needs.
Keeping your furnace up and running well on the coldest days of winter is very important! Do you know if your furnace is running at its maximum efficiency? Do you know the signs of it not running well? You should have your furnace tuned up once a year, but what if you need a tune-up right now? Here’s how to tell if your furnace needs a tune-up.
Sign #1: Heat is spotty.
This might seem obvious, but if the heat from your furnace isn’t working or if it only works some of the time, you’ll need to get it looked at right away. If you let it go for too long, the system could break down completely, which could mean it could cost a lot to repair or possibly replace. If your furnace is not serving you reliably, call us today to service it for you.
Sign #2: Steep increase in utility bills.
During the winter, it’s common to see a bit of an increase in your utility costs because your furnace is running more often. However, if you see a really unusual spike in the costs, especially when compared to other winters in the home and when the utility rates have not risen significantly, you should get your furnace looked at professionally. It may need to be repaired.
Sign #3: You hear strange noises coming from the unit.
Your furnace should be quiet for the most part when it’s running, but if you’re noticing loud banging sounds, clicks, or other unusual noises coming from it when it’s running or when you turn it on, you should call our team of professionals to come make sure that there isn’t a broken blower or other part that needs to be adjusted or repaired.
With a properly maintained furnace, your home will be kept comfortable all winter long! Contact us today for a tune-up appointment and we’ll be out there in no time to make sure you’re good to go when the next stretch of frozen weather hits.
Gas furnaces are one of the most common types of heating systems found in homes around the Pacific Northwest. These furnaces keep individuals and families warm throughout the winter and are very energy efficient. As with any large appliance or heating unit, there are some important safety precautions you should take while using your gas furnace.
Tip #1: Make sure the vent pipes are free and clear with nothing touching them. We have seen bags, gloves, boxes, and many other things stacked on and near the vent pipes. This is a fire hazard! These pipes get hot and could potentially cause a fire when items are touching them.
Tip #2: Double check your carbon monoxide detector. Make sure the unit is still working and has not expired. These have a shelf life anywhere from two to seven years. If it has expired and is still working, replace immediately. Read the instructions carefully on the new one as many detectors have specific areas and heights they can be installed.
Tip #3: Always check your air filter and make sure it is clean. This not only keeps your unit up and running efficiently, but it will also allow for cleaner air to enter into your home.
Tip #4: Make sure that the front of the furnace has a 30-inch clearance in front of it, for service access and safety.
Tip #5: Be sure that all supply and return air vents are free and clear and that the vents are open and not obstructed.
If you’re having difficulty getting your gas furnace to work with maximum efficiency, contact Hybrid today! Our team of professionals will have your furnace working well and your home will be warm in no time.