We are well into summer and that means warmer weather brings increased pollen counts. For people living with asthma and allergy symptoms, this can bring discomfort. But breathing cleaner air inside can help reduce those symptoms, no matter what’s going on outside. Here are some tips on how to improve your indoor air quality this summer.

#1: Keep your filters furnace filters cleaned.
If you’re running your air conditioning a lot this summer, ensure that the filters are cleaned and replaced regularly. If you neglect this task, you are bringing dirty air into your home that has significant dust, debris and pollen in it. Make sure you clean or replace your filters at least every 1 to 2 months. This not only helps with better indoor air quality, but it helps keep your system operating at peak efficiency, which increases your system’s life span.

#2: Use an air purification system.
Air purifiers will help clean the air that is distributed through your system. These machines remove allergens, bacteria, and other molecules that contribute to poor air quality in your home. Contact us to talk about which air purification systems

could work alongside your existing heating and cooling system. They work year-round!

#3: Stay on top of maintenance of your professional machine.
Just like your car needs regular tune-ups, so does your heating and cooling system! Preventative maintenance by our professional service team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning will ensure that any problem areas are pointed out and addressed. No one wants an unexpected breakdown when you need your system this summer!

The air you breathe matters and is key to your health. Let us help with getting your air as clean as possible! Contact us for a preventative maintenance appointment or to ask us about what new energy efficient system could be right for you. We look forward to serving you!

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Spring official starts in just a couple of weeks, and that means we’ll have more sunshine, green grass, and blooming flowers. For people that live with seasonal allergies and asthma, this time of year could mean some miserable symptoms like coughing, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and more. But did you know that your indoor heating and cooling system can bring in those outside pollutants to your home? Here’s how your heating and cooling system affects your allergies.

Your HVAC system has an air filter that helps catch dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, mold, and other pollutants that cause issues with asthma and allergies. Over time, these build up in the filter and they need to be replaced or cleaned. If filter cleaning or replacement is not done regularly, the buildup will be recirculated through the air in your home and that means you will likely notice some allergy symptoms. Set a remind to check your filters and clean them every other month at the minimum.

Another way to avoid poor indoor air quality is to stay on top of preventative maintenance appointments for your heating and cooling system. Just like you would take your car in for regular oil changes, so should you remember to maintain one of the most important systems in your home. Spring is the perfect time to schedule your tune-up with Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will clean and/or replace filters, run an efficiency check on your machine to ensure that it’s working at its peak, then check to make sure there are no outstanding issues with the inside components that may cause an issue later down the road. If there is anything that we notice, we will let you know what needs to be repaired or replaced and talk about what our recommendations are. With the upcoming shift in season, you will want to be ready to handle whatever mother nature throws your way!

One more way to bolster indoor air quality and reduce seasonal allergy symptoms is to install an air purification system. These work alongside your heating and cooling system to clean your air and reduce pathogens, allergens, and other particles that try to make their way inside. Customers that use air purification systems notice a difference right away in their quality of life. We have a variety of different air purification systems available as options, so contact us today to see which one is right for you!

Need a system replacement, a preventative maintenance appointment, repair, or information on an air purification system? Contact us today for more information, so you can get everything ready just in time for springtime.

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Being a homeowner means you need money to help maintain things around your house. Are you looking for ways to save money? Look first at your home and how you can cut costs. Here are some ways to save money around your home.

#1: Upgrade your thermostat.
Your thermostat plays a significant role in the overall comfort of your home, but a lot of times it’s easy to forget about this little gadget. However, programmable thermostats have the potential to save homeowners hundreds of dollars every year. Why heat or cool an empty home? These thermostats give people the ability to customize the temperature inside the house and save energy while they’re away at work or on vacation. For example, on a warm summer day, simply program the temperature to turn up a few degrees while you’re gone and then set it to back on at a lower temperature, so you can come home to a cool and comfortable home.

#2: Buy the right air filters.
Staying on top of filter cleaning and replacement in your home is key to extending the life of your system and allowing for clean air to be circulated into your home. If you need to replace the filters in your HVAC system, be sure you buy the right one. Sometimes homeowners purchase the wrong size of air filter and that could increase your energy bill and cause problems for your furnace. Over time, you’ll save money on your utility costs and you will give your HVAC system the chance to do its job!

#3: Don’t forget about your vents.
Are you noticing that the air in your home feels unevenly heated or cooled? Sometimes vents in specific rooms will be closed and you may forget to open them. This could cause uneven airflow to occur and contribute to increased utility bills. Be sure all of your vents are opened, and that air flow is directed for even distribution. This helps with energy bills and can save you money over time!

Need a new system replacement in time for fall? We can help with that! Perhaps your system just needs some preventative maintenance performed. Our experienced team can help with that too! Contact us today for appointment options!

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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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There are a lot of important things to remember when it comes to home improvement and home maintenance, and furnace filters are one of those things that are important but easily neglected. Finding the right furnace filter will not only save you money, but it will improve air quality! Originally, filters were built to protect the inside portion of the furnace, but now filters can do more than that – they will even prevent harmful particles from circulating back into the air that you breathe. Here are the most common options for furnace filters:

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The air that we breathe is vital and thankfully, the beautiful Pacific Northwest has better air quality ranking than other cities in the U.S. cities. If you’re looking for ways to boost your indoor air quality – either in your home or office during the spring when pollen and other allergens are at an all-time high, we’ve listed some helpful tips below.

Tip #1: Maintain your HVAC system.
Did you know that your furnace and air conditioner will pick up debris and dust, even after just normal use? After a while, this can greatly affect the air quality that is being circulated throughout your home. It can also influence how efficient your system operates. Your HVAC system should undergo regular maintenance checks, with routine checks scheduled once a year. Spring is a great time to get your system checked out, before the hot weather of summer arrives and your air conditioner is put to the test to cool your home and office space.

Tip #2: Make sure air filters are replaced.
Part of maintaining your heating and cooling system requires changing air filters on a regular basis. Clean air filters will help reduce the flow of dust, debris, mold, and other allergens. This can make an incredible difference for people that live with asthma allergies during the spring and summer months. In addition, think about installing an air cleaner as well in your space that will limit contaminants in the air.

Tip #3: Make sure your home is ventilated properly.
If you see condensation on your windows on a regular basis, your home probably needs a better ventilation system in place. Our team is happy to come out and assess your ventilation system and give advice on what your options are for creating a home or office space that is ventilated well.

For more information on how you can improve your indoor air quality during the warmer spring and summer months, contact us. Hybrid Heating & Cooling is here to help answer your questions with no-obligations or pressure. Our experienced team of service professionals is happy to take a look at your HVAC and other ventilation systems to ensure that they’re ready to reliably tackle the upcoming weather. Call us today and request service here.

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Do you seem to catch every virus that comes your way? Are you tired of coughing, fevers, and runny noses day after day, week after week? Cold and flu season is in full swing right now, and some of the flu strains have been very strong this year. Even if you are faithful about getting a flu shot every year, you may not be protected against every strain of the virus, so that means you have to protect yourself even more. Part of that equation means breathing in good air and air purifiers do just that. Air purifiers create a healthier air and they can help stop germs from spreading.

Performance™ Air Purifier:
This air purifier is great for the whole home! It’s one of the highest quality machines out there right now and it was designed to be the perfect replacement for old or outdated air cleaners. This product can eliminate three common pathogens and can help kill up to 75% of airborne organisms that can cause sickness. It works great with any HVAC system and can be installed quickly and easily. It is also a great size and can fit into narrow/tight spaces because of its unique cabinet design.

Infinity® Air Purifier:
This product is highly efficient and is one of the best machines available for consumers. You can rely on this purifier to clean the air of your home with no problem. The unique Capture and Kills ™ technology catches up to 99% airborne viruses, germs, mold, and bacteria. It then uses an electrical charge to eradicate them. It has been proven to eliminate 13 common pathogens that are known for causing sickness, including flu, streptococcus, measles, and the common cold. It also captures pollen, animal dander, smoke, and other air pollutants. This translates to clean, uncontaminated air that is re-purified up to eight times per hour. You will notice a big difference in your air with this machine.

Clean air is vital to staying healthy. Give us a call today to find out which purifier will fit your home needs and your budget! We’re excited to help you live virus-free this season!

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