This summer in the Pacific Northwest has been a little unusual. There have been a lot of cloudy days, but the humidity has been very apparent! The humidity can make people feel uncomfortable so achieving optimal indoor air comfort with your air conditioning system is important. Here is how humidity will affect your air conditioning.

Air conditioning systems are created to remove heat and moisture from the air. So, when the humidity is high, your air conditioner will need to work harder. If you have high indoor humidity, you will notice that the air feels clammy and moist and you may notice there are foggy windows and a musty odor in the home. While your AC system is meant to remove moisture from the air, if the humidity gets extra high, it is hard for your system to keep up. This is where dehumidifiers can help. This can be installed on your HVAC system and will work to pull moisture from the air before it’s sent through the duct work of your home. They can also be paired with your AC system so you can adjust the humidity level and temperature of your home all at once.

The result: cool, comfortable air all summer long. If your AC system can’t keep up because it is old or out of date, our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning can help. Systems that are working hard to keep you cool could cause your energy bill to spike and that’s never a welcome surprise. If you’re noticing a musty odor in your home or foggy windows and clammy air, contact us today to talk about your options! We are experts in indoor comfort and can offer tips that will help you enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Oregon is seeing record temperatures this summer with days on end of days that are over 90 degrees. That means that your air conditioner has a big job to do and you will need to do what you can to take good care of it so it continues to work well. Here are some tips on how to take care of your AC system.

#1: Don’t neglect your air filters.
A lot of homeowners forget about the HVAC air filters in their homes, but they play a key role in how your air conditioning functions during the peak of the season. Check the filters every one to two months to make sure they are cleaned and free of dirt, debris, and dust buildup. If you see a lot of this, change it or clean it entirely. Clogged, dirty filters make your HVAC system work harder than it must, and you will likely see an increase in your energy bill, too. Dirty filters also spread harmful air pollutants, bacteria, and other allergens by putting them back into the air you breathe.

#2: Don’t forget about the outdoor unit.
It’s tempting to sit right in front of the air conditioner vents to stay cool on these scorching days but remember to venture outside and check the outdoor unit regularly. Make sure there are no tree branches, leaves, grass clippings, or other plant debris or buildup around the outdoor unit. In addition, rinse off the top of the unit to make sure there is no additional debris there. Check to make sure the outdoor unit is level if it’s sitting on a cement pad and clear a couple of feet of space around the unit to make sure optimal air flow is achieved.

#3: Stay on top of preventative maintenance.
Be sure to have your HVAC system checked by our team of professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning at least one time per year. We will be able to look first hand at your machine to make sure there are no hidden issues that could cause an unexpected breakdown. These breakdowns can be expensive and incredibly inconvenient, so making sure your maintenance appointments are scheduled means that you will reduce the risk of having any problems creep up. We will also clean the filters, make sure the machine is working with maximum energy efficiency, and answer any other questions you may have.

Our team of HVAC professionals bring years of hands-on expertise helping residential and commercial customers alike getting their air conditioning systems working at their peak! Contact us today to help you maintain, install, or repair a variety of HVAC equipment.

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Summer is a busy time for many people in the Pacific Northwest. It is a great time to be outside, enjoying the beauty and greenery of the area. For many families and individuals, it’s also a great time to use those built up vacation days from work and head out on an extended trip. Before you head out on your next adventure, don’t forget about preparing your home and your cooling system while you’re gone.  Here are some tips on how to get your house ready to go before you leave.

Tip #1: Get your programmable thermostat ready to go.
Programmable thermostats are convenient all year long, but when you’re out of town, they can be even more helpful! A quality programmable thermostat is a great investment for your house, as it will help keep accurate temperatures both day and night, which could help save you money on your utility bill, too, even when you’re away on vacation this summer.

Simply program the thermostat to your desired temperature and then let the thermostat do what it was intended to do – provide comfort! When you’re gone, no need to use your air conditioner. So, program your cooling system to turn off completely while you’re gone, then set it to turn on for the day that you return so you can come home to a cool and comfortable home. Programmable thermostats work with your lifestyle and work in tandem with your heating system as well as your air conditioning system. Not sure which programmable thermostat is best for you? Contact us for options!

Tip #2: Shhh…don’t talk about your trip on the Internet.
It is very common to see people you know posting about their extravagant vacations on Facebook or Instagram, but, it could pose a safety threat to your home, as it can provide a clear signal that your home is vacant. Take plenty of pictures to share about your fun vacation but wait to post them until you get home.

Tip #3: Talk to your neighbors.
If you’re leaving for a long period of time, talk to your neighbors to let them know to keep an eye out on your home. It is important to safeguard your possessions and keep them out of sight, and be sure to keep some lights on in the house to make it look lived in.

Your adventure awaits, but don’t forget to prepare your home ahead of time. We are happy to provide information on getting a new heating or cooling system or programmable thermostat installed before your trip, so you can cross off that big to-do before you leave. Our team of heating and cooling experts is waiting to hear from you. Contact us today and we will help answer your questions!

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Summer officially started last week and that means the warm weather will be here to stay for a little while. Your air conditioner will be put to work for the next few months.  Is your air conditioner reliable enough? If not, scheduling an AC maintenance appointment is critical. Here are some important reasons why you should have your air conditioner serviced right away.

#1: Increases the lifespan.
Regular maintenance appointments will help your system last longer. If you don’t get it checked out regularly, you could be risking an unexpected breakdown when you need the air conditioner the most. Repairs can be costly, and it could translate to a shortened machine lifespan.

#2: Increases machine efficiency.
Over the years, your air conditioner is put to good use, especially during the heat of summer. Because of this, your air conditioner will undergo regular wear and tear. The blower motor will be used a lot and if it’s not maintained well, it must work harder to do its job. This could increase your energy bills and it could also be strained to the point of breaking.  Regular AC maintenance will help keep your system working at peak efficiency, which means your utility bills will stay the same and your machine won’t need to work as hard.

#3: Increases the overall reliability.
You want to be able to rely on your air conditioner during those hot days of 80-degree or 90-degree temperatures. Your cooling system will be less likely to suffer operational issues with regular maintenance, so when you turn on your system, you won’t need to stress about it not running right. AC maintenance appointments give you the peace of mind you need.

During your appointment, our team of specialists will look at the inside of the machine and make sure things are working efficiently. We will clean the air filters and look at all components to ensure there are no issues that could cause a problem down the road. If there is anything that needs to be changed or repaired, we will work to make the adjustments and talk to you about any additional steps that may be necessary.

July is almost here and it’s the perfect time to make your AC maintenance appointment.  We service a variety of brands and can help with whatever questions you may have. If you don’t have an air conditioner installed yet and you have determined that this is the year you want to make a change to stay cool and comfortable, we will work with you to find the right air conditioning system or ductless heat pump that works with your home and most importantly, your budget.

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The official start of summer is June 21 and before you know it, we’ll be heading toward the warm, hot days of summer in the Northwest. You’ll likely be adjusting your thermostat to turn your air conditioner on each day. Have you used your air conditioner already and noticed that there have been some weird sounds? Or perhaps nothing is amiss, but you’re looking to keep your air conditioning working at peak condition, so you can avoid any unnecessary break downs. Here are some ways to avoid surprise air conditioner break downs.

#1: Schedule preventative maintenance.
The end of spring is near, and summer will be here soon. This is the perfect time to get your cooling system tuned up. Our experienced HVAC technicians will come out and take a close look at both the outside and inside of your air conditioning system and make sure there are no components that are starting to wear out. If we notice any adjustments that need to be made or if there is anything that needs repair or replacement, we’ll let you know so you can get it serviced before we’re hitting hot temperatures. We’ll also clean the inside, including the blower motor and coils!

#2: Keep your filters cleaned.
Clogged filters not only affect your indoor air quality, but it means that your air conditioner must work hard to do its job. Over time this causes unnecessary wear and tear on the system and it could cause premature break downs. Set a calendar reminder to clean and/or replace your air filters every other month at the minimum. Your system (and your checking account) will thank you because you will decrease your risk for expensive, unexpected repairs.

Your air conditioner isn’t meant to last forever, but it will work well for a long time if you take good care of it. Regular cleaning and preventative maintenance appointments will give you the peace of mind you need knowing that your system will keep you cool and comfortable for many summers! Contact us today to set up a maintenance appointment or to talk to us about your options about getting a new air conditioner or ductless heat pump installed in time for the 2018 summer season!

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The more you know about your air conditioning system, the better you can help it operate efficiently and, in the end, help prolong its life.  With a system that runs well and works reliably, you can have stay more comfortable during spring and summer season once the weather starts to warm up.

Fact #1: Your air conditioner requires regular maintenance.
Just like you should stay on top of your car’s oil changes and get your tires rotated on occasion, it’s important to have your air conditioning system regularly serviced. These tune-ups are important, because they help make sure that everything is working properly and can help check efficiency. During your maintenance appointment, our team of experienced HVAC technicians will clean or change the air filters, clean the inside coils and check to make sure all of the inside components are working at peak efficiency. If there are any concerns on a part or a repair that needs to be made, we will talk to you about it and get everything fixed so it’s ready to work well for the upcoming months. The bottom line: regular maintenance prolongs the life of your air conditioning system, so schedule an appointment soon.

Fact #2: The right thermostat can save you money.
When used in conjunction with an efficient air conditioning system, a programmable thermostat can help save you money each year. Programming your thermostat to optimize energy throughout the day will reduce temperature swings that cause increased energy bills. For example, program the thermostat to turn down when you’re gone and schedule it to turn back on when you return home.

Fact #3: Know what system is right for you.
If you have lived through the past few Pacific Northwest spring and summer seasons, you know how warm it can get. This year, if you’ve decided to get air conditioning installed, it’s important to know your options and understand which one is right for you. Central air conditioning systems aren’t always the answer. There are in fact, several different options, including ductless systems or heat pumps. These options are more efficient than central air systems. Do some research on the various options out there and talk to our team about what systems might work best with your home’s specific layout.

If you’re ready to make the investment into a new air conditioning, now is the right time to do it! Take advantage of Carrier Cool Cash and save money on a new system. Or, if your system needs a preventative maintenance appointment scheduled, contact us right away to get it scheduled so you can stay comfortable all spring and summer long!

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There are a lot of different heating and cooling companies out there, and if you’ve begun the process of researching which one is right for you, it’s likely that you’re feeling overwhelmed with the decision. Here are some important things to look for when choosing an HVAC company to help with a furnace or air conditioning repair or replacement.

#1: Experience.
As with any job out there, the more experience you have, the better. This factor is imperative when it comes to hiring an HVAC professional. First and foremost, figure out how much experience they have in the local area, especially when it comes to your specific kind of job, whether it’s commercial or residential. Talk to them about how long they have been working with local area businesses or customers and ask them to provide information on recent jobs they have completed so you can follow up if you choose.

#2: Positive reviews.
A positive review goes a long way. Research what the company’s reviews are online, including Facebook, Angie’s List, and Yelp reviews.  If there are negative reviews, look closely at them and see if there are any recurring themes. Weigh the positive and negative reviews carefully to see if there are any red flags. Online reviews can tell a lot about the company’s customer service priorities as well as their quality of workmanship on completed jobs.

#3: Comprehensive services.
Does the company you’re looking at just provide HVAC installs? If so, it’s a good idea to keep looking for a different company. You want to find a company that does everything – repair, replacement, and preventative maintenance.  A quality heating and cooling system is a large investment for a home or business and it’s better to find a trusted team of technicians at a company that can handle everything, so you can call them for whatever HVAC needs that you have that may come up in the future.

We are proud of our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning and our positive reputation in the community for more than 30 years. We recently won the nationally recognized President’s Award for the 4th time, which means our quality of work and customer service is unmatched! So, whether you’re looking for a full furnace or air conditioner replacement this spring, or you need repairs or preventative maintenance completed correctly the first time, call us today for an appointment. You can trust our experience at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning!

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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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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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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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