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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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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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Autumn is here and school is back in session. Viruses are back around circulating, so it is important to keep you and your family healthy. In addition to getting enough sleep, reducing the amount of stress you’re under, and eating well, you can also use an indoor air purifier to help bolster the air quality that you’re breathing. Clean air translates to a healthier home environment that can stop the spreading of illness and germs. We are proud to carry some top-quality air purifiers that work wonderfully. Here’s how air purifiers can help your health.

Performance™ Air Purifier:
This product is one of a kind and it will work great for your entire home, not just one room. This machine replaces those old, inefficient electronic air cleaners that were previously on the market. It can kill three common pathogens and will eliminate up to 75% of airborne organisms that can cause illness. It easily works with any HVAC system can be installed quickly.  It has a unique cabinet design that allows it to fit into narrow or tight spaces. So no matter where you need it, we should be able to configure it to fit your home’s specific design.

Infinity® Air Purifier:
This is a top-of-the-line machine that can clean the air in your whole home with high efficiency. It features a Capture and Kills ™ technology that catches up to 99% airborne viruses, germs, mold, and bacteria, then uses an electrical charge to kill them. It has been proven to kill 13 common pathogens can cause flu, streptococcus, measles, and the common cold. It also captures pollen, animal dander, smoke, and other air pollutants to keep the air you’re breathing as clean as possible.

This purifying system can work with any HVAC system that you already have installed in your home. It will re-purify the air up to 8 times per hour, which means you’ll notice a difference right away after it’s installed.

The air you breathe matters. It helps keep you and your family healthy, so contact us today for information on getting a new purifier installed in your home before the cold and flu season ramps up.

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Businesses have a variety of costs associated with keeping their business running successfully and saving money is likely at the forefront of any good business person’s business model. Did you know that saving energy is not only great for the environment but it will also save you money? Here are some tips on how to save energy in your commercial building.

Tip #1: Monitor usage.
How much energy does your commercial space use? Monitor your commercial building’s energy use closely by checking and updating its energy consumption on a regular basis. This will not only let you know how much you’re using but it will ensure that you’re not using excessive amounts of energy.

Tip #2: Monitor heating and cooling temperatures.
This can make a big difference on your energy bills. If it isn’t necessary to heat or cool your building all day and night to keep employees comfortable, consider setting the thermostat to the “save” or “auto” function during the non-business hours.

Tip #3: Keep your HVAC system maintained.
An HVAC system that is not regularly tuned up could be using excess energy and causing your utility bill to increase. Make sure you contact our experienced team of HVAC technicians for routine annual service appointments. During these appointments, we will clean filters, look closely at all of the components of your HVAC system and be sure that all electrical connections are secure and that there are no parts that need to be replaced. With a properly working machine, you’ll reduce your energy consumption and reduce your risk for unnecessary breakdowns when you need the system the most.

Tip #4: Replace your HVAC system.
If your HVAC system is out of date and it has been repaired more times than you can count, it may be time for you to replace it. A new system will be energy efficient, save energy, and will serve as a reliable heating and cooling source for many years to come. Our team of professionals can help you determine which system is right for your commercial building’s layout, and we will also work with your budget guidelines. Contact us today for a free quote!

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This summer in the Pacific Northwest has been one for the records! Hot weather for days on end has left many people thinking about how they can keep cool. A single air conditioner used in a window can only do so much. And when it comes to the cooler months of fall and winter, you’ll be looking for a heating source that will keep you comfortable without breaking the bank.  Here are some ways that your home can benefit from a ductless system.

#1: Convenience.
No ducts? No problem. Did you know that a ductless system will both heat and cool your home, year-round? This means that you won’t have to haul an air conditioning unit in and out of your home every summer and you’ll be in control of your temperature always! No matter how hot it gets in the summer, you’ll stay cool. And no matter how cold it gets during the winter, you’ll be warm and comfortable even on the most frigid days.

#2: Energy efficiency.
Ductless systems are incredibly efficient and don’t use excess electricity like other sources like baseboard heaters, furnaces, or wall heaters. Energy savings mean you’ll see a decrease in your utility bill and you’ll be doing something good for the environment.

#3: Easily maintained.
Ductless systems are easy to maintain! All you need to do is clean your filter on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and schedule a routine tune-up appointment once a year. During this appointment, we will make sure all the vents and humidifiers are clean, we’ll also tighten the electrical connections, and check all of the working parts to make sure everything is good to go for the upcoming season. No one wants a surprise break down, so an annual maintenance appointment is very important.

#4: Flexibility.
Ductless systems are flexible, meaning they can be installed in a variety of home styles and designs, no matter what your specific space demands. They’re a great solution for any home because they can be configured to match your home, whereas traditional HVAC systems cannot be.

If you have decided that a ductless system is the right choice for your home, we can provide you with some specific options that will fit your home and your budget. Contact us today and our professional and experienced team can help you decide which one is the right choice. You’ll have your system up and running just in time for autumn and you’ll be set to stay comfortable all year long!

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Home improvement tasks can oftentimes seem never ending and many times you can do them yourself by simply looking online for some simple “how-to” articles. But, even the handiest of people shouldn’t attempt HVAC repairs. Trying to tackle it yourself could not only be a waste of your time, but it could also lead to costly damage if things aren’t repaired properly. Here are some important reasons why you should leave HVAC repair to the professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning.

Reason #1: We’ll diagnose the problem accurately.
Not sure what the problem is with your HVAC system? Don’t try to search Google for information. There could be many difference reasons why your HVAC system is acting up the way it is. Maybe it’s a leak, a broken part, or something else. We’ll come out and take a close look at the system and diagnose the issue quickly and accurately. Our team of professionals have years of experience working on all sorts of varieties of HVAC systems. Once the problem is diagnosed, we can provide the best solution to getting things back in great working order.

Reason #2: We have professional-grade tools to get the job done.
Most HVAC repairs require professional-grade tools that require training and experience to use. Trying to attempt a repair without one of these tools could cause damage to your machine.

Reason #3: Your warranty will stay active.
If you attempt to repair your own HVAC system, it could cause it to breakdown or need more repairs later down the road. In addition, self-made repairs can make the warranty on your system void, which could mean you’ll be left to pay for costly repairs or replacement on your own, with no warranty coverage.
Save yourself the time, money, and hassle by hiring our team of professionals at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning! You’ll have peace of mind knowing that the job will be done quickly and with quality. Once your system is repaired, you’ll be able to stay comfortable throughout the year! For service, contact us today.

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This week, the Portland metro area will see record heat. Temperatures are expected to soar into the 100s, with some places reaching upwards of 110 degrees! With these kinds of temperatures, it’s important to take care of yourself and be sure to listen to any heat-related warnings. The United States Weather Service has issued an extreme heat advisory for our area, so it’s important to take note and find places to stay cool. Here are some extra tips on how to stay cool.

Tip #1: Know what your equipment expectations are.
When it comes to your air conditioning system, there are certain equipment expectations that we have to keep in mind. We have to design our systems per code for outdoor temperatures of 95 degrees. Systems are designed to maintain a 20-degree difference from indoors to the outdoors. So, at 95 degrees, it needs to maintain a comfortable 75 degrees indoors. At 107, it should be 87 indoors. If we designed systems to maintain 75 degrees inside and it was 107 outside, the systems would be oversized all of the other days of the year. Oversized equipment will stop and start constantly and will use a lot more electricity because of all of the starting and stopping.

Note: if you own a heat pump system, they are sized for heating capacity, which is most often oversized on the cooling side. This means that the heat pump can produce more cooling when needed on hot days like we’re having this week. That said, they can struggle to maintain 75 on a 107-degree day.

Tip #2: Stay hydrated.
It’s very important to drink plenty of water when the weather is hot. Even if you drink a lot of water on a regular basis, on hot days, increase your intake even more. Keeping plenty of fluids going means that your body can help keep itself cool and you’ll reduce your risk for developing heat stroke or another heat related illness/sickness. In addition, dress lightly – the lighter the clothing, the less sweat and loss of fluid there will be.

Tip #3: Keep your system serviced.
Your HVAC system is one of those things that you might forget about servicing regularly, but it’s in fact one of the most important things to keep maintained. The beginning of the spring or summer is a good time to get your system maintenance appointment set. That way, you’ll be sure that all of the inside components of the machine are working well and problem spots will be pointed out in plenty of time.

Is your air conditioning not reliable? Or maybe it’s time to install a brand new air conditioning system so you can avoid breakdowns when you need your system the most! Contact us today for options on the right equipment for your home or office and we’ll also let you know what rebates or other incentives are currently happening!

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Owning a pet is a big job but it has many rewards. The unconditional love of a pet is unique and special! Taking care of your dog or cat means feeding them, cleaning them, and sometimes cleaning up messes. Pet ownership also requires some effort when it comes to your HVAC system and its maintenance. Here are some important must-knows for pet owners regarding HVAC maintenance.

Tip #1: Keep track of exposed wires.
Your cat or dog – especially kittens and puppies – might think exposed wires from your HVAC system are toys and play with it or start chewing.  To be sure that your pets are kept safe and your HVAC system wires are kept intact, keep all wires away from your pet’s reaches by enclosing them in conduits.

Tip #2: Keep your air filter clean.
The air filter in your system plays a huge role in the overall efficiency of the HVAC unit and also the quality of air that is circulated throughout your home. The hair that your dogs and cats shed can get inside the air filters and clog it, which could decrease the efficiency of your system. This means you’ll likely see an increase in utility bills and over time, it could shorten the lifespan of your heating and cooling system. Clean your air filters regularly, every one or two months.

Tip #3: Keep the outside condenser units safe.
If your dog or cat has free range of the yard where your outside unit is located, be careful to watch the outside condenser units closely. It’s common for dogs to dig and claw at harder surfaces and they could start wreaking havoc on the condenser coils. This could not only damage the machine, but it could also cause significant damage to your pet and their sensitive feet. In addition, if your dog has access to urinate on the machine’s coils, this could cause them to erode over time. To prevent access to the machine, you can put a small barrier around it to help limit your pet’s access to it.

If it’s time to get your heating and cooling system tuned up, repaired, or replaced, contact our professional and experienced team! We’re ready to help you get the answers you need in the price range you can afford.

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