Springtime brings beautiful sunshine and blooming flowers and for many homeowners, it’s a time to get caught up on projects around the house. Many people use this season to evaluate home energy use and determine ways that they can cut back. If you’re looking for ways to cut your energy bill this spring, these simple tips can help!
#1: Turn the thermostat down.
Did you know that knocking the temperature down just one degree can make a big difference in your energy bill and your overall savings? This could mean you are saving a large chunk of money each month.
#2: Replace your thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are the wave of the future and are a simple way to reduce your energy usage in your home. Not only do they help with your bill, but they will also assist in evenly cooling and heating your home, year-round. These thermostats give you the ability to program the temperature to be exactly what you want, when you want it. So, if you plan on being gone at work all day, you can program the thermostat to turn down while you’re away, then have it come back up a bit before you arrive home. This keeps you from wasting energy and money when you’re not at home! They can be installed and used in tandem with almost any existing cooling or heating system. We have several programmable thermostat options, so contact us for information.
#3: Consider replacing your heating and cooling system.
How old is your heating and cooling system? If it is 10 to 15 years old, chances are, a full replacement is imminent. Outdated systems become inefficient over time, sucking energy and driving your energy bill up. A new system such as a ductless system will be energy efficient and will end up saving money over time. Not sure which one is right for your home? Our experienced team of heating and cooling specialists can provide you the best options within your specified price range.
If you don’t need a new system quite yet and want to make sure you get the most out of your existing system, be sure to schedule regular preventative maintenance appointments for it. This will help extend the life of the system and ensure that it is working at peak efficiency, no matter what the weather does outside! Contact us today to get your system tune-up scheduled or to talk to us about the installation of a programmable thermostat or system replacement!
We love living in the Pacific Northwest. Its rugged beauty, mountains, access to the coastal waters, and generally moderate climate makes it the perfect place for many people to put down roots. The seasons that we have in the Northwest are unique in that we get a little bit of everything. There are several weather and environmental factors that can impact your heating and cooling system once autumn begins. Here’s how to take care of it, no matter what type of weather we get.
Rain, rain, and more rain:
Oregon and Washington are no stranger to inches upon inches of rain each year. Rain becomes a part of our day to day life once the fall and winter season hits, so it’s important to know how to keep your heating and cooling system protected during those months of incessant rain. Sometimes we get flooding in our areas, so if there is over 15 inches of rain, it’s important that you turn off your entire HVAC system right away. This amount of water can damage the outdoor unit as well as electrical parts inside. Once the rain has receded, call our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning and we can offer advice on when you should turn it back on and if you have an issue with it because of water damage, our emergency service can help with that as well.
The Pacific Northwest oftentimes has storms roll in and with that brings plenty of wind. Heavier debris from tree branches can fall and damage the outside of your unit, but so can leaves, dirt and other debris. This smaller debris can build up around the inside components and cause a breakdown to occur. To help combat this issue, be sure to trim surrounding trees or branches and remove leaf piles or grass clippings right away.
Be sure to stay on top of preventative maintenance appointments for your HVAC system and clean or replace your air filters every other month. This will help keep your system running at its peak, all fall long!
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.
May in Oregon this year has had many days of record heat and we are well under the average amount of rainfall for this time of year. This means that most homeowners have had to turn on their air conditioner at least once or twice already this year. What if your air conditioner has already shown signs of being unreliable? Is it not cooling your home the way it should or are there weird sounds coming from it? You may be wondering if a simple repair will do the trick or if a full replacement is needed.
Do you know about the efficiency and performance of your AC system?
Is the system functioning efficiently or do you notice a spike in your utility bill once your air conditioning turns on? If this happens, chances are, the system is not working at its peak. Do you know what the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) rating is on your AC system? The higher your system’s SEER rating is, the better it is. Most of the time a rating of 13 or higher is good.
How many times has it been repaired?
If you’re trying to keep your old air conditioning system alive by repairing it constantly, and your energy bill keeps rising, it’s more than likely that you’ll need to consider replacing your system soon. Throwing money into repairs all the time can end up being a waste of dollars if your system is decades old. Over time, a new air conditioning system will pay for itself because you won’t need to repair it all the time and your energy bill will stay consistent.
A new air conditioning system will clean and filter the air, which will improve indoor air quality and make it cleaner for you and your family. Old central air conditioning systems may not be working efficiently enough to clean the air well, which means pollutants enter the air you breathe, rather than have the system remove them. Clean air can help with reducing allergy symptoms and will allow for a healthier home environment. Not to mention, you’ll stay cool and comfortable all spring and summer long!
A new AC system will give you the peace of mind knowing you’ll be able to stay cool, no matter what the temperature outside ends up doing. Our experienced team of HVAC professionals can help figure out which system is right for your home and your budget, so contact us today!
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!