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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Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning - 2019 Presidents AwardWe are 2019 winners of the President’s Award! We are proud of our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning and our positive reputation in the community for more than 30 years. We have won this nationally recognized President’s Award for the 5th time, which means our quality of work and customer service is unparalleled!

Only Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers who sell Carrier products as their primary product are eligible to win this award and in order to meet the standards for excellence, companies eligible for the award need to have demonstrated outstanding service and customer care and have strong leadership. Year round, our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning showcases their knowledge and expertise of Carrier products and systems as well as industry trends in order to provide the best of the best for each customer.

We are honored to have met and exceeded expectations for comfort, quality, and performance in our local area and are thankful to our customers that help make this award possible. Whether you’re looking for a full furnace or air conditioner replacement this spring, or you need repairs or preventative maintenance completed on your system, call us today for an appointment. Our service, experience, and attention to detail is what customers trust about us and we invite you to experience this yourself!

 

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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 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.

Contact us today for more information!

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Each year, we take time to recognize the amazing invention of air conditioning and give tribute to the ever-amazing Willis Carrier, the inventor and “Father” of modern air conditioning!  This year, July 17th is National Air Conditioning day and we sit back and admire his invention as one of the most life-changing things to happen to the modern world. Without his creativity and ingenuity, the world simply wouldn’t be able to operate the way that it does now.

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Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or tiny homes have become incredibly popular in recent years. The homes are very affordable and it provides new homeowners the opportunity to purchase something without a huge mortgage payment each month. It’s not just Portland the surrounding areas that are seeing an increase of accessory dwelling units, either! The trend in buying or building tiny homes is something that has become very popular nationwide.

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It is 6pm, it’s windy and rainy outside, and you just got home from work. You step in the door and it is freezing inside with stagnant air. You know that you set your thermostat to 70 degrees before you left this morning for work, so what happened? After a little bit of investigating, you discover that your HVAC system has gone haywire and something is wrong.

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Being a homeowner can be expensive. No matter where you turn, there is something that needs to be done – roof repairs, bathroom remodels, yard maintenance, and upgrades to your heating and cooling system. All of these things can be a big hit to your budget. If you know that you need a new heating and cooling system, but simply don’t have the money set aside for it, we have good news! We offer a great financing program for Carrier products that allows you to get the system you need, with payments you can afford.

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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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Do you have old, ineffective thermostats in your home? Get ready to upgrade to a new and highly efficient thermostat by Carrier! The new Côr™ thermostat by Carrier is an innovative way to regulate the temperature of your home. In addition to superior comfort, the thermostat has the ability to save an average of 20% on heating and cooling energy costs.*

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