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 Furnace systems that are out of date are working hard to keep you comfortable during the colder winter months.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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