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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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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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Love saving money? Who doesn’t!? If you’re always on the hunt for discounts, rebates, or tax credits, keep reading! We can help you save money on your new HVAC system. It’s important to act now, though. Some tax credits are ending this year and they may not be renewed at all next year.

Current offers:

  • The state of Oregon is offering state tax credits up to $1,300 on qualifying heat pumps. This offer ends December 31, 2017.
  • Energy Trust of Oregon is also offering up to $800 on select systems.
  • Daikin is offering one free indoor head and up to $450 in an instant rebate. This offer ends June 30, 2017.

Gas furnaces, air-source ducted heat pump, and ductless mini-splits are just some of the wonderfully amazing energy efficient machines that are out there today. Now that we’ve gotten a taste of the summer heat, you may be wondering how you’re going to stay cool for the rest of the summer months.

Not sure if you need a full replacement and you’re simply just 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 us today for information on which devices are eligible and get ready to stay cool during the beautiful Pacific Northwest summer!

 

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Wasting energy is no small matter. In fact, finding ways to put an end to wasting energy and saving utility bills is at the forefront of many homeowner’s minds today. There are a variety of ways to save energy and cut back on energy consumption. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.

Tip #1: Use a programmable thermostat.
These thermostats are great for homeowners that could benefit from programming their thermostat to different temperatures throughout the day. For example, if you are at work during the majority of the day, you won’t need to keep an empty house warm. So, program it to turn off or on at certain parts of the day, depending on what you need and when you need to use it. This will allow you to save significant amounts of energy over time and you’ll also see a drop in your utility bill each month.

Tip #2: Seal leaking ductwork or other areas of the home that allow air in and out.
Your attic and/or basement are two main places where air can leak in and out, especially if you don’t have proper insulation or sealing. In addition, if you have older ductwork in your home, consider getting it looked at to be sure that there aren’t any leaks. Even a small hole or crack could make a big difference in the overall efficiency of your home.

Tip #3: Say goodbye to energy-guzzling appliances and HVAC systems.
Unplug large devices or appliances if you are not using them. Even if they aren’t being powered on, leaving your items plugged in means they are using energy. In addition, if your HVAC system is old and outdated, upgrading them to new, energy efficient models means you won’t have to worry again about skyrocketing utility bills or energy waste during the warmer spring and summer months.

Cutting back consumption is not only beneficial for you as a homeowner, but it is also doing a great service to keeping the environment healthy. Our team of qualified HVAC professionals is standing by to help answer your questions on how we can help get you a new or repaired heating and system that will put your home on track to be energy efficient!

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The temperature in your office can sometimes be an ongoing battle: is it too hot, too cold, or just right? Fluctuating temperatures can not only be frustrating to employees in the office, but it can surprisingly affect their productivity.

Our brains are complex machines and it doesn’t take much to get preoccupied. When the brain is distracted with monitoring body temperature it’s easy for the person to get sidetracked by that and concentration can quickly be lost. This can mean that productivity declines. Experts say that the optimal temperature is between 69.8 and 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a 2006 study by Helsinki University of Technology. In a 2004 study from Cornell University, researchers discovered that employees that are consistently cold will make more mistakes. In contrast, if the office is too hot, employees will fill sluggish, fatigued, and irritable, which can also lead to a loss in productivity.

Is your heating and cooling system unreliable or does it have a difficult time keeping up with the demands of your office? It’s important to keep your system maintained well so it can keep every employee comfortable day in and day out. If it’s time for an upgrade or a system replacement, it’s well worth the cost and could actually save you money in the long run. If your thermostat is kept low in the winter and high in the summer, it could ultimately cost you more money down the road because of the loss of employee productivity.

Has it been a while since your office furnace has been checked out by a professional? Regular maintenance is key to keeping it running at optimum efficiency. Or, maybe your heating and cooling system is out of date and inefficient. Spring is a great time to replace it – before the hot weather sets in during the summer! In addition, there are a variety of rebates and incentives happening for 2017 on a variety of systems, so you can save money, too. Contact our team of professionals today for an appointment!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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