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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The official first day of summer is just a week away, and we have already seen hot temperatures! People around the Pacific Northwest will be using their air conditioning systems regularly for the next couple of months. Want to save money while you do that? Here are some helpful ways to save energy this summer.

Tip #1: Keep vegetation away from your outside unit.
The outside unit of your cooling system needs to have weeds any other overgrown grass or vegetation removed and kept at least two feet away. This allows the system to pull in air efficiently and not use unnecessary amounts of energy.

Tip #2: Change your air filters.
Dirty or clogged air filters will cause your AC system to work harder that it needs to. This means you’ll likely see a steep increase in your utility bill. In addition, if your system is running harder than is necessary, it could decrease the lifespan of the unit, and could even cause an unexpected breakdown that could be expensive and frustrating. Your air filters should be cleaned or replaced every other month.

Tip #3: Keep heat away from your thermostat.
Did you know that if you have heat producing appliances or products your thermostat, it could produce heat and cause your thermostat to inaccurately read the room temperature?  Ensure your candles, lamps, or appliances like a toaster are set far enough away from the thermostat so it doesn’t interfere.

Tip #4: Get a programmable thermostat for your home.
We love programmable thermostats! They can save significant amounts of energy over the year, and that means you could save hundreds of dollars at the end of the year! These thermostats allow you to set the temperature to whatever is most comfortable, and then you can program it to turn up, down, or off, whenever you want – even if you are away from home. They are affordable to install and work with almost any existing HVAC system or air conditioning system.

Tip #5: Stay on top of preventative maintenance.
Your cooling system needs regular maintenance! During these preventative maintenance appointments, our experienced team will run an energy efficiency check, clean or change the filters, ensure the inside components and mechanisms are working properly, and will let you know if any repairs need to be made.

Summer is almost here and it’s going to get hot! Make sure your cooling system can keep you comfortable! Not sure your AC system is ready to handle another summer? Contact us today for a quote on which new system could be right for you and your budget!

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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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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.

Windy days:
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!

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The first official day of winter is this week! The cold, icy mornings will become more of a norm and they’ll be here to stay for a while. With this season change, a lot of illness goes around you may be thinking about ways that you can keep a healthy climate in your home this winter and even year-round. Here are some helpful ideas on how to do this.

Tip #1: Keep the air clear and clean.
Allergens, molds, bacteria, and viruses float throughout the air wherever you go. One way you can steer clear of these things is by having a quality air purification system in your home.  Clean air translates to healthier air that you’ll breathe and that means you’ll have less of a chance of spreading illness and other germs around. We are proud to sell a variety of air purification systems that work alongside your current HVAC system and eliminate airborne pathogens. Contact us for information on which systems might work for you.

Tip #2: Don’t fluctuate your temperature.
What’s the ideal temperature for your home? Find what that is and stick to it. Using a programmable thermostat is a great way to do this. It allows you to control the temperature of your home accurately at any time of the day or night. Wireless programmable thermostats will work with most HVAC systems and you can program it to work with your smartphone. You can program it to turn the heat up a bit before you get home from work and have it turn down on its own when you’re away from home for an extended period or at night.

Tip #3: Save money.
Saving money makes everyone feel great, right? Having a quality programmable thermostat in your home will give you the power to not only control the temperature no matter where you are, and it can also help with your utility bills because the temperature will be even, and no energy will be wasted. This translates to lower energy bills and more money in your pocket!

The climate in your home can be comfortable and healthy all year long! Clean air and the perfect temperature are important parts of maintaining a healthy climate, so contact us today if you have questions on getting a new heating system installed or replaced, or if you are curious about how a programmable thermostat or air purification system could work for you. Our qualified team of installers can help you get what you need so you’re comfortable all winter long.

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Replacing your furnace filter is incredibly important. It not only helps maintain the life of your system, but it also helps prolong the life of your furnace or HVAC unit. Regular cleaning helps prevent buildup of dust, debris and dirt and if you’ve ever wondered why the filter gets dirty so quickly, we can help answer that question! Here are some reasons why a filter can get clogged up quickly.

Reason #1: Pet hair.
Pets shed a lot and if you have a dog or a cat that sheds often, it can cause your furnace filter to clog prematurely. Vacuuming or sweeping regularly can help tremendously in reducing the amount of hair that your filter picks up.

Reason #2: Dust.
Do you dust in your home regularly? If not, dust can build up and accumulate not only on the surfaces of your home, but on the filter of your system. Anything that isn’t vacuumed or swept up could end up in the filter, so be sure to stay on top of regular dusting and vacuuming.

Reason #3: Temperature fluctuations.
Even if you set your furnace fan to “auto”, extreme temperature fluctuations can cause your system to run almost continuously to keep up.

Filter replacement and cleaning is very important. If you’re noticing that your filter seems to be filling up in just a couple of weeks rather than 1 to 2 months, remove the filter and vacuum it off directly. Keep your home as clean as possible and be sure to keep your system tuned up on an annual basis to make sure there is nothing bigger going on with the unit. Contact us today to get an annual maintenance appointment scheduled or to talk to us about current offers on some great systems. Before you know it, the cold weather will be here and you’ll be relying on your system to keep you comfortable!

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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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Wildfires have been all over the state of Oregon and Washington! This means that even Portland and the surrounding areas are seeing the side effects, with smoke all over! This type of air can be harmful to breathe and it can severely affect people living with asthma and allergies. With all of the recent talks on the news and Internet about air quality, you’re probably wondering if there is a way that you can breathe better air inside your home or office. Surprisingly, there are some great and easy ways to improve indoor air quality. Here are some beneficial tips.

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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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