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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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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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Weather in the Pacific Northwest gives us a good mix of rain, sun, heat, and snow.  Some months it’s continual rain and other times during those warm months, it’s hot and there seems to be no end in sight. Many homeowners enjoy using their furnaces in the winter to keep them home and are okay with moving in a couple of window air conditioning units when the summer heat gets unbearable. But there is a better solution: a heat pump. A heat pump is a great solution for homeowners looking for both heating and cooling solutions in one system.

What are the differences between air conditioners and heat pumps?
Both of these systems use outdoor and indoor coils to transfer refrigerant. An air conditioning system will absorb heat that passes over the indoor coil in the system. This means that cool air is transferred into the ductwork of your home and the hot air is moved to the outside. Heat pumps on the other hand, will take outside heat for warming your home and then, they cool it by taking the heat out of your home.

If your home currently runs on electric baseboard heating or oil, you’ll see a huge difference in the utility bill if you install a heat pump. The cost of the heat pump will likely pay for itself over time because of the amount of money you’ll save in heating and cooling bills in the coming years. An air conditioner can be an inexpensive solution to cooling your home when it gets hot outside, especially if you live in a smaller space. However, a heat pump can be used to both heat and cool your home, year round! It’s resourceful in how much electricity it uses, making it an environmentally friendly option, too.

Which system is right for you?
Installing a new heating and cooling system for your home is an investment, but it’s one that will be well worth it, adding value to your home and enhancing your quality of life at the same time. If you don’t have ductwork in your home, we can help you with a selection of ductless heat pumps that will fit your home and most importantly, your budget. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, call us and let us figure out the details.

Not sure which system is right for you?
If you’ve decided you want to start enjoying the benefits a heat pump, you’ll be making a great long term investment for your home. And, there are a variety of options out there for all types of budgets. If you don’t have ductwork in your home, give us a call and let us tell you about our selection of ductless heat pumps. Once installed, you’ll reap the rewards of lower heating and cooling bills almost immediately! Not sure what your options are for your home or office space? Call us and let us figure out what might work for your specific needs.

Now is a great time to get your system installed, too! Oregon tax credits are available now and can be used on qualified heat pumps. These are available through the end of the year, but the time to act is now, so you can enjoy the benefits for the rest of the year!

 

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Summer is here and it is time for you to crank up the air conditioning when the weather starts to warm up! You should always be aware of how to protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning, but especially once you start using your cooling system more and more. Carbon monoxide is a gas that is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. It can be deadly to pets and humans.

Where does it leak from?
Carbon monoxide can come from a variety of sources including water heaters, boilers, gas appliances, and household furnaces. These leaks are hard to detect unless you have a working carbon monoxide detector and many times, you won’t know you have a leak until you start experiencing negative side effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Here’s how you can help protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Tip #1: Stop leaks before they start.
One of the best ways you can stop carbon monoxide leaks is by having your HVAC system inspected and tuned-up on a regular basis, at least once a year. These appointments will allow our experienced service technicians the opportunity to make sure everything is working at peak efficiency and we’ll also be able to diagnose any potential problems that might happen including any cracks or broken parts that could cause a leak. We will find it and repair it before anything leaks or breakdowns occur. This will not only save you money, but it will keep you and your family safe throughout each season of the year.

Tip #2: Install a quality carbon monoxide detector.
Having a quality carbon monoxide detector with sensor technology will help detect and record carbon monoxide levels. Talk to us about which detectors we recommend. Many of them come with warranties for several years so you know you’re covered. Once you have a detector installed, test the alarms monthly and make sure the batteries are working well. If you ever hear an alert coming from the machine and you have already replaced batteries recently, get outside quickly and call for help. Don’t go back inside unless you’ve been cleared to do so, in case there is a leak.

Tip #3: Know the symptoms.
The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are dizziness, nausea, headaches, weakness, confusion, and chest pain. Prolonged exposure could cause a loss of consciousness. If you think you’re experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, get outside into fresh air right away and call 911 for medical attention.

Schedule an appointment for a tune-up and annual maintenance right away and if your home does not have a carbon monoxide alarm/detector, set up an installation appointment soon!

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Summertime is almost here and that means the kids are out of school and you’ll probably be doing a lot of fun things together. This can also be an expensive few months because of vacations, day trips, and other outings that cost money. Looking to save money in as many ways as possible? The warm weather will be here to stay for a while, and that means your air conditioner will be put to the test. Here are some helpful air conditioner tips that can help save you money this summer.

#1: Energy.
If you service your air conditioner before summer officially starts, it will be ready to tackle the hottest summer days with ease. We will make sure that your cooling system is working well by checking to make sure the parts are functioning as they should and that there are no repairs or other updates needed. We’ll also clean and/or replace the filters if necessary, which can not only reduce energy use, but also prolong the life of the system.

#2: Vents.
Did you know that blocking vents in your home not only causes inefficient cooling, but it can also cause your system to work harder and increase your energy bill? Move around your furniture and make sure that all vents in your home are free and clear and are able to do their job.

#3: Temperature.
Keep your thermostat at one temperature. Adjusting it up or down all the time will cause your system to work harder but it will also mess with your utility bill. Keeping your thermostat adjusted at one temperature at all times means your home will be kept cool and comfortable all the time and your energy bill won’t come as a huge shock.

#4: Fans.
Your air conditioner is probably your best friend in the summer months, but small fans can also help keep you cool. One way to reduce energy use is to use fans at night to keep cool air circulating.

Not sure if your cooling system is efficient? Let us help you find a system that cools well while keeping your energy bill as low as possible. Call us at 503-357-5663 to set up a convenient appointment.

Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning: Quality service & installation is our only business.

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We all love to save money and lowering your summer utility bill will put more money in your pocket for fun summer adventures. The landscaping in your home can help keep your home cool in the summer, especially when you combine it with an efficient air conditioning system.

Tip #1: Shade around the outdoor air conditioning unit.
Your outside air conditioning unit is meant to withstand a variety of weather patterns in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on taking care of it for the long haul is important. One way you can do that is by shading the outside area around it. If it’s left out in the sun, the system needs to work harder to keep you cool, and that could mean higher utility bills for you. Consider planting a tree or several tall shrubs several feet away that can grow tall enough to offer shade.

Tip #2: Don’t fence around the outdoor unit.
Sure, your HVAC system, ductless heat pump, or air conditioning unit isn’t meant to be a thing of beauty, but if you try to fence around it to keep hide it, it could negatively affect how the unit performs. If you insist on putting something around it, provide three feet around the unit and five feet above it. This will allow for maximum airflow.

Tip #3: Keep debris away from the machine.
Spring is a great time to get outdoors and clean up your yard after a long, cold winter. While you are pruning, mowing, and planting, be sure to remove any debris, branches, or other shrubbery that could interfere with the outside air conditioning unit or heat pump. If it’s left for a long period of time, debris, leaves, and dirt can get inside the system and clog it, causing unnecessary system breakdowns.

In addition to keeping your filters cleaned and replaced, and keeping your system regularly maintained by our team of professionals, your system will be ready to keep your home cool throughout the heat of summer. If your system is inefficient and leaves you feeling less than comfortable every summer, it’s time to consider a replacement. Act now and save thousands on rebates and incentives that are happening! Contact us today for all of the details.

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Springtime is here and the days are getting longer and warmer. Before you know it, summer will be here and you’ll be outside enjoying the heat of the day. Summer in the Pacific Northwest is amazing, but hot weather also brings its own health-related troubles if you don’t take care of yourself. On hot spring and summer days, the National Weather Service will oftentimes issue a variety of heat-related warnings. If you hear any of these issued, take note and make a point to stay cool. Here’s how to stay cool in the spring and summer heat.

Tip #1: Get your air conditioning serviced.
When the hot weather returns and you go to turn on your air conditioning and it doesn’t work, imagine how frustrated you will be! To avoid breakdowns when you need your air conditioning the most, get your cooling system serviced now, before you need it. That way, you’ll ensure that it is ready to go when you do go to turn it on to stay cool. We’ll come out and make sure all of the inside components are working well, we’ll check the filter and change it if needed, and we’ll also point out any problem spots that may cause you an issue later down the road and offer a solution to get it fixed quickly.

Tip #2: Drink a lot of water.
Even if you drink a lot of water on a regular basis, on hot days, increase your water intake even more. Staying hydrated allows your body the ability to cool off and keep all of your internal organs working the way they should. In addition, be sure that your pets are taken care of too, and leave them plenty of cool water out at all times with a cool place to rest.

Tip #3: Open your windows early in the morning.
Each morning before the weather gets hot, open the windows and doors in your home to allow for the cool morning breeze to sweep through your home. Keep it open for as long as possible to get the cool air in, then button up your home and windows and keep the shades closed for the remainder of the day. This can help keep the home cooler throughout the day.

Hot weather can lead to dangerous heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and more. Make sure you call us today to get your air conditioning serviced so you can avoid any inconvenient breakdowns when the weather is at the hottest! If you do not have a cooling system in place and you’ve decided that this is the year that you want to stay comfortable inside, contact us today for information on what cooling systems are out there and what rebates and incentives are available. Our experienced team of HVAC professionals are ready to help you beat the heat this year!

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