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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.

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Your air conditioner is a complex machine that is made of many different parts and it takes a combination of things to make it work efficiently. Hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) are chemicals that are used as refrigerants inside of your air conditioner and R-22 is the most commonly used HCFC refrigerant used. However, these chemicals are very bad for the environment and if they are released into the environment they can contribute to climate change and destruction of the Earth’s ozone layer.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is now phasing out the use of R-22 and other chemicals that cause damage to the environment. As of 2020, no R-22 will be produced or imported. After that time, R-22 supplies will become more limited and servicing machines with this chemical could be more expensive.

What should you do?
First, make sure to stay on top of maintenance for your air conditioning unit. Preventative maintenance will ensure that there are no broken parts, but it will also ensure that there are no leaks that could be causing damage to the Earth.

Second, know that it’s not mandatory to stop using the system that uses R-22, but knowing that it is being phased out by 2020 will allow homeowners to replace this existing equipment and install new systems that are energy efficient and do not cause harm to the environment.

Third, if your system is decades old and it’s not reliable, chances are, it needs to be replaced at some point soon. Replacing it with a new energy efficient air conditioner will save money on energy costs and you’ll know you will be doing your part by utilizing a machine that doesn’t use harsh, harmful chemicals. New systems with the Energy Star® label can be approximately 14% more efficient than systems that do not have this marker.  When you’re doing your research on new systems that are available, be sure to read what kind of refrigerant they use. There are a variety of alternative refrigerants such as R-410A that do not contribute to ozone depletion.

If you have questions about your current system and if it uses R-22 or not, we can help. We’ll take a look and advise you on how you should proceed. If a new system is needed, we’ll talk to you about which system is right for you and your home’s unique layout. Contact us today for a free appointment.

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Winter in the Pacific Northwest has been mild compared to other winters in the years past, but it’s still never fun to have cold air coming in from the outside and messing with the warm temperature inside. If you’re wondering how to keep the cold out and the warm in, here are some helpful tips.

Tip #1: Add more insulation.
Check for obviothat are lacking quality insulation. Your first place to check should be your attic. Make sure to seal your attic well creating pouches of fiberglass insulation to keep any caps or cavities sealed. Next, check your crawlspace or basement and make sure that the insulation there is thick and protective enough.us gaps and cracks in your insulation and make sure you don’t have big areas in your attic or basement

Tip #2: Look for air leaks.
Basement walls and ceilings are common places where air leaks occur. In addition, the ductwork in your home can also have cracks or spots where air leaks out and that can cause a significant amount of energy to be lost each day and will translate to hundreds, even thousands of dollars of wasted money.

Tip #3: Upgrade your windows and doors.
Old windows and doors are notorious for their inefficiency. In fact, if they’re very old, you can usually stand by them and feel the cold air coming through. If this is the case in your home, it may be time to consider upgrading your home’s windows and doors to new, energy efficient ones. This is not only a great investment because of the money you’ll save in not wasting energy, but it will also provide a nice sound barrier and will add value to your home when it comes time to resell it.

Tip #4: Check your furnace system.
Maybe your issue isn’t as much leaking windows, doors, or poor insulation, but it’s a furnace system that is old and inefficient. Furnace systems that are out of date are working hard to keep you comfortable during the colder winter months. In fact, these systems may be costing you more money on your utility bill and it may not be reliable, meaning it could break down at any moment.

Avoid having unnecessary breakdowns by scheduling routine maintenance appointments with our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will check to make sure your system is working well and if there are repairs that need to be made to keep it running well, we will do that. If your system is old and needs to be replaced, we will recommend a system that fits your budget and your home’s specific layout and space needs.  Contact us today for more details!

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The new year has officially started and that means that many people, especially homeowners, are making their to-do lists on what things need to be completed or changed. If your home has an HVAC system that is decades old and it’s starting to have problems, upgrading your system can help alleviate some of the stress you might feel, and you’ll be able to stay comfortable throughout the year. Here’s why 2018 is a great year to upgrade your HVAC system.

Reason #1: Your new HVAC system will be reliable.
Chances are, if you have a system that is many years old, it’s had some repairs or will start needing regular repairs soon. Old systems simply are not as reliable as a new system and that means you could have some expensive repairs or an unexpected system breakdown right when you need it most. Winter time can get especially cold and nobody wants to have their heater break when it’s cold outside! A new system is reliable and will stay that way for many years to come. That means, you can count on it to keep you comfortable when you need it the most.

Reason #2: Your new HVAC system will be energy efficient.
Our team of HVAC pros understand that saving money and conserving energy is an important part of being a responsible homeowner. Let us help you find the right energy efficient system that works with your home and its specific layout! The technology in today’s HVAC system systems are unlike the HVAC models of the past and that translates to energy savings and more money in your pocket. You’ll also be conserving energy and doing your part to help the environment.

So, where do you start when it comes to researching new HVAC systems? When you’re reading about different types of systems that might work for your home, be sure to research the various efficiency ratings. Good efficiency ratings mean that you’ll save energy and money over the long haul, which is an important thing for most homeowners today. process. Furthermore, knowing the efficiency ratings can help you estimate what the overall costs are of the system while you have it, including what it could potentially cost to repair or maintain it. The higher the rating number for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), the better it is for overall energy and efficiency savings.

Our team at Hybrid can help provide options on what system size and style would work best. We will also work to stay within your budget and we will go over various financing options if you need it. Now is the time to contact us and learn more so you can stay comfortable every month out of the year.

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Brrrr! Winter is here and that means the weather is very cold! Your furnace is being put to the test for the next couple of months and keeping it running efficiently throughout the cold days is important. If you’ve noticed that your heater is not keeping your home warm enough, it may be a sign that it needs some attention. You should have your furnace tuned up once yearly, but what if you need a tune-up now? A professional look may be required. Here are some signs that your heater needs repair.

Sign #1: Your heater is unreliable.
This seems obvious, but if you turn on your heater and it simply won’t turn on sometimes or it stops in the middle of the runtime, you should get it looked at right away. Ignoring this could cause the system to totally break down and that could mean a costly replacement or an even more expensive repair. Winter weather means you need a heater that is reliable. Call us today to schedule a tune-up or repair. We’ll determine what the cause is and get things up and running as soon as possible.

Sign #2: Your utility bills are rising quickly.
It is normal to see an increase in the price of your utility bills during the winter, simply because your furnace is usually running for longer and you’re using more electricity and gas. However, if you see a huge spike that seems uncharacteristic of increases in years past and there is no utility rate increase, you should get your furnace looked at immediately. This could indicate that something is not functioning properly, and the furnace is not operating as efficiently as it’s supposed to.

Sign #3: Noises.
A furnace that works well should be quiet. If it’s making loud clanging or banging sounds, clicks, or other sounds that sound unnatural when it’s turned on and running, call us to come out and look. There could be a broken blower or another part that needs some adjustment or replacement.

When you’re making your goals and to-do lists for 2018, don’t forget to add regular furnace tune-ups to it! A well-maintained furnace will serve your home for many years to come and keep you and your family comfortable throughout the cold winter.

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The first official day of winter is this week! The cold, icy mornings will become more of a norm and they’ll be here to stay for a while. With this season change, a lot of illness goes around you may be thinking about ways that you can keep a healthy climate in your home this winter and even year-round. Here are some helpful ideas on how to do this.

Tip #1: Keep the air clear and clean.
Allergens, molds, bacteria, and viruses float throughout the air wherever you go. One way you can steer clear of these things is by having a quality air purification system in your home.  Clean air translates to healthier air that you’ll breathe and that means you’ll have less of a chance of spreading illness and other germs around. We are proud to sell a variety of air purification systems that work alongside your current HVAC system and eliminate airborne pathogens. Contact us for information on which systems might work for you.

Tip #2: Don’t fluctuate your temperature.
What’s the ideal temperature for your home? Find what that is and stick to it. Using a programmable thermostat is a great way to do this. It allows you to control the temperature of your home accurately at any time of the day or night. Wireless programmable thermostats will work with most HVAC systems and you can program it to work with your smartphone. You can program it to turn the heat up a bit before you get home from work and have it turn down on its own when you’re away from home for an extended period or at night.

Tip #3: Save money.
Saving money makes everyone feel great, right? Having a quality programmable thermostat in your home will give you the power to not only control the temperature no matter where you are, and it can also help with your utility bills because the temperature will be even, and no energy will be wasted. This translates to lower energy bills and more money in your pocket!

The climate in your home can be comfortable and healthy all year long! Clean air and the perfect temperature are important parts of maintaining a healthy climate, so contact us today if you have questions on getting a new heating system installed or replaced, or if you are curious about how a programmable thermostat or air purification system could work for you. Our qualified team of installers can help you get what you need so you’re comfortable all winter long.

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The holiday season is in full swing and people are busy shopping for gifts and getting ready for holiday parties. Even though the wintertime can be full of activities, it’s important to stop and remember to think about your heating system and if it’s ready to handle the chilly months that are coming. Upgrading your heating system can alleviate some of the stress you might feel and can help ensure that you’ll be comfortable all winter long! Here are some great benefits of upgrading your heating system this year.

Reason #1: A new system is energy efficient.
Our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning stays updated on all the latest home performance technology and we are proud to carry a variety of heating systems that will not only keep you and your family comfortable year round, but will also offer energy efficiency for your home. The technology today rivals any heating system of the past. New heating systems are so energy efficient, you’ll notice a savings in your utility bill right away. This puts more money in your pocket over the long haul and you’ll be doing your part to conserve energy and do something good for the environment.

Reason #2: A new system is reliable.
If your heating system is decades old, chances are, it’s had some repairs or will need some soon. Old systems aren’t always reliable and that means you could be risking your comfort as you go into the winter months. No one wants to have their heater break down during one of the coldest times of the year. A new system will be reliable for many years to come and you’ll be able to count on it to keep running when you need it most.

Reason #3: Cost savings.
State tax credits are ending soon! Now is the time to get your system installed so you can take advantage of saving hundreds and even thousands of dollars on a new furnace or HVAC system. If you pay in full by the end of 2017 and install by April 2018, you can still claim these tax credits.

We carry a variety of gas furnaces, ductless heat pumps, and more! Not sure which system is right for you and the specific layout of your home? Our team of experienced HVAC professionals will come out and look at the space and provide suggestions on which machines would be most effective. Contact us today to get your appointment scheduled!

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Rainy weather and cold nights are here and it’s likely that you’re relying on your heating system to keep you warm. Your thermostat plays a big role in home comfort, so here are some thermostat programming tips that can help you get the most out of it.

Using your thermostat properly can help optimize your heating system’s efficiency, help reduce your utility bill, and bolster your indoor air quality. A quality programmable thermostat can be a great investment and they’re helpful in maintaining accurate temperatures day and night. All you need to do is take a bit of time to program it initially, then let the thermostat do its job. When you’re at home, set the temperature to something comfortable and leave it at that – resist the urge to readjust it continually. Experts recommend that setting the thermostat to 68 degrees is the most energy efficient temperature. If the temps inch up into the 70s, it’s likely that you won’t be saving as much energy.

If you are gone during the day at work or school, you can program the thermostat to stay cooler while you’re gone. Reducing the temperature just 10 degrees can help you save significant energy on your energy bills each month. Programmable thermostats will allow you to set a time to have the heat turn back on. For example, turn down the thermostat during the hours you’re away, then program it to turn up 20 minutes before you anticipate arriving home. This will allow for some time for the home to warm up before you get home so you don’t have to walk into a cold space.

In addition, reducing the heat while you sleep is also helpful. If you turn down the heat at night and find yourself feeling chilly, use extra blankets or warmer clothing to keep warm. Cooler rooms can help you sleep better and you’ll likely see a reduction in your heating bill.

If you have an old and inefficient thermostat, consider upgrading to a new programmable thermostat right away! Winter is a great time to take advantage of the benefits of a new thermostat. They’re affordably priced and in the long run, they can save you money because of the energy savings associated with them. Not to mention, you’re doing your part in being environmentally conscious by doing your part to reduce your energy consumption.

Call us today to talk to our professional HVAC team! We will work with you to see which programmable thermostat is right for your home and we’ll work within your budget! Get your appointment scheduled today.

 

 

 

 

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When was the last time your HVAC system or furnace was replaced? If you need a new HVAC system added or replaced in your home, we know that it may be a little overwhelming when it comes time to decide on which system is right for your space. We understand that there are a lot of options out there and part of our job is to help make sure you choose the right system. We’ll explain how much it will cost, which features are important, what size system your home needs in order to operate at peak efficiency. Our experienced team of heating and cooling professionals can help you with any questions you might have.

The basics:
If you’re new to the HVAC world, we’ll help break down some of the most common systems.   Most commonly, HVAC systems are forced-air systems, and these require ductwork to bring conditioned air inside the home. Return air is then cooled or heated by the system. Standard systems include:

Heat pumps: Heat pump systems are common for many varieties of home styles. They’re not only energy efficient and cost effective, but they can both cool and heat the home with one system, making them a very convenient option for people.

Furnaces: Most furnace systems use natural gas to bring heat inside. Sometimes there are furnaces that use propane or oil as an energy source.

Air conditioners: These systems are used in conjunction with furnaces to cool the home during the summer months. They need a blower and evaporator coil to work.

When you’re reading about different types of systems that might work for your home, be sure to research what the efficiency ratings are of the different machines. Good efficiency ratings mean that you’ll save energy and money in the long run, which is important to most homeowners. process. Knowing the efficiency ratings can help you estimate what the overall costs are of the system as you have it, including repairs and maintenance in addition to the overall install and purchase price. The higher the rating number for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), the better it is for overall energy and efficiency savings.

If you don’t know which system you should pick for your home, our team at Hybrid can help provide options on what system size and style would work best. We will also work to stay within your budget and we will go over various offers that are happening that can help save you additional money. Right now, there are a variety of rebates and incentives happening now.

Current offers:

  • Oregon state tax credits, up to $1,300.00 on qualifying heat pumps — Ends December 31, 2017.
  • Energy trust of Oregon, up to $800.00 — May continue beyond 2017

Now is the time to contact us and learn more so you can stay warm and comfortable all winter long!

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Replacing your furnace filter is incredibly important. It not only helps maintain the life of your system, but it also helps prolong the life of your furnace or HVAC unit. Regular cleaning helps prevent buildup of dust, debris and dirt and if you’ve ever wondered why the filter gets dirty so quickly, we can help answer that question! Here are some reasons why a filter can get clogged up quickly.

Reason #1: Pet hair.
Pets shed a lot and if you have a dog or a cat that sheds often, it can cause your furnace filter to clog prematurely. Vacuuming or sweeping regularly can help tremendously in reducing the amount of hair that your filter picks up.

Reason #2: Dust.
Do you dust in your home regularly? If not, dust can build up and accumulate not only on the surfaces of your home, but on the filter of your system. Anything that isn’t vacuumed or swept up could end up in the filter, so be sure to stay on top of regular dusting and vacuuming.

Reason #3: Temperature fluctuations.
Even if you set your furnace fan to “auto”, extreme temperature fluctuations can cause your system to run almost continuously to keep up.

Filter replacement and cleaning is very important. If you’re noticing that your filter seems to be filling up in just a couple of weeks rather than 1 to 2 months, remove the filter and vacuum it off directly. Keep your home as clean as possible and be sure to keep your system tuned up on an annual basis to make sure there is nothing bigger going on with the unit. Contact us today to get an annual maintenance appointment scheduled or to talk to us about current offers on some great systems. Before you know it, the cold weather will be here and you’ll be relying on your system to keep you comfortable!

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Clogged air filters are a big deal. In fact, they are one of the main causes of heating and cooling system issues. Air filters gather debris and dust and if they are not cleaned regularly, it can slow the air flow down and cause your system to work harder to do its job.

The details about a clogged air filter:
When your air filter is clogged up with dirt, dust, and other debris, your system has to play catch up to compensate for the blocked air flow. One negative affect of this is an increased utility bill. Also, because the air flow is being restricted, the heat exchanger can overheat or turn off too fast, which means your home won’t warm up how you want.

Here are some signs that your filter needs to be changed:

Your system needs steady, constant recirculation of air. If it doesn’t, the blower fan needs to work harder and you’ll see a steady increase of your utility bill. The Department of Energy reports that clogged filters can use up to 15% more energy. Save money and clean your filters every one to two months.

Sign #2: Dirty, unhealthy air.
The job of the air filter is to do exactly that: filter the air so it’s clean to breathe. A clogged filter will circulate in all the dust and debris that should be being filtered out and put it right back into your home. People with chronic allergies, respiratory health problems, or asthma will notice a big difference in this. Not to mention, viruses and other harmful bacteria can be circulated into the air, which means both you and your family’s health will be put in harm’s way.

Sign #3: Hot or cold spots in your home.
Blower fans push the air through the filter and into your home, but if the filter is clogged, the blower fan has a harder time doing the work, so this means you will likely experience some hot or cold spots in your home. This can be frustrating because you simply cannot reach the indoor temperature level that makes you the most comfortable.

A system that works reliably all year long is important for most homeowners. Routine cleaning and/or replacing of your air filters is critical to taking good care of your home’s heating and cooling system. In addition, having an annual maintenance appointment done by our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning means that you can head into the fall and winter months with confidence that everything has been checked out and is in good working order. If we spot anything that looks out of the ordinary or if a repair needs to be made, we can help with that.

The air you breathe makes a difference in your quality of life and health. Contact us today for details on getting a new system installed or to get a routine maintenance appointment scheduled.

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