Kids are heading back to school and the hot summer will be over soon. Before you know it, autumn will be here. So now is the time to plan and get your system ready for the change of season. Here are some ways to do that.

#1: Clean and/or change your filter.
During the summer, your system is working hard to filter the air and capture the dust, pollen, and dust that is prevalent. Over time, this kind of debris will build up and could clog the air filter. That means your system needs to work harder to get your home to the temperature that you designate. Be sure to clean and/or change your filter every 1 to 2 months.

#2: Install a programmable thermostat.
When the temperatures start dropping this fall, it’s a great time to set your thermostat to a different temperature. The weather tends to change a lot during our Pacific Northwest autumns, so that means the range of temperatures can vary. A programmable thermostat is a great way to make sure that you stay comfortable all season long. You can program the thermostat to turn on at a certain time at a certain temperature. Then simply turn down, up, or off as necessary. You can program this at home or even when you’re away. They are incredibly convenient and affordable.

#3: Get your fall maintenance appointment set up.
If you want your system to last longer and run with peak efficiency, you will need to schedule regular maintenance on it. Fall is the perfect time to check your heating and cooling system. This will ensure you won’t have any surprise breakdowns that could be expensive. Our experienced team of technicians at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning will check your system’s internal components, run an energy efficiency check, clean the filters, and make sure we discuss any potential problem spots.

This autumn don’t fall behind in your HVAC prep work! Staying ahead of the game on this simple maintenance means your system will work well all fall long!  Call us today for your fall maintenance appointment.

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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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When your HVAC system is in jeopardy, you’re left in a lurch, rushing to get repairs made at the last minute. These repairs can often be expensive and an unexpected hit to your budget. This is why preventative maintenance is such a valuable service for any homeowner with a ductless heat pump, gas furnace, or other HVAC system that heats or cools your home throughout the year.

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The summer has been incredibly hot this year in the Pacific Northwest and that means your HVAC system has likely been put to good use.  Has it been repaired a lot this year or is it old and you know that it needs to be completely replaced? If you’re wondering when the right time to replace your furnace is, here are some simple tips that can help.

Tip #1: Is the system inefficient?
When you use your heater or air conditioner, do you notice that your energy bill gets higher and higher? When you get your utility bill every month, look at how the energy is being allotted and see if there is a spike in price when your air conditioner or heater is in use a lot. This could be an indicator that it’s inefficient. Unfortunately, if your system is older, it will likely slow down and become more inefficient over time. This could require a full replacement of your system.

Tip #2: How much have you spent on repairs?
If you’re spending significant money in repairs every year to your HVAC unit, you may need to evaluate if you’re spending more than you need to and if it would be more cost effective to just replace the system altogether. There are a lot of options out there that can fit your budget. The average monthly payment of a new system is often equal to one repair appointment. In addition, you will also save money on your energy bill with a new and efficient system.

Tip #3: How old is the system?
Unfortunately, your HVAC system is not built to last forever. Over time and years of usage, the mechanics of it will start to wear out. Find out how old the system is and how reliable it will be in the coming years and if it’s already had a lot of issues, you will need to weight the cost of repair versus replacement. If your unit is more than 15 years old, contact us today for a quote on a new system before the chilly nights and days of fall and winter are here.
Our sales team is well-versed in a variety of quality systems that will keep your home or office comfortable for years to come! We’re happy to come out and advise if a new system is needed or if simple repairs and maintenance will be adequate. We focus on one-on-one customer service and exemplary installation practices, no matter how big or small the job is.

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If you’ve been considering your options on a new furnace system installation, now is the time to act! Getting your new system set up before the severely cold days of winter is a great idea. A ductless heating and cooling system is a perfect solution too! It doesn’t just keep you warm and cozy in the winter months, but it keeps you cool and comfortable during the hot days of summer! A ductless system is affordable and will save you money over time. It’s a great option for homes that don’t have the ductwork for a traditional furnace system. They can be used in all types of spaces!

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We had a beautiful summer! Lots of sun, warm temperatures, and plenty of opportunity to get out there and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest! Summer in Oregon is unbeatable, but when autumn begins, it is perhaps one of the loveliest times of year in this part of the world. The days are getting shorter and chillier. Is your furnace ready for the cool weather?

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