Fall weather is here and brrr….it sure is chilly out there right now! Parts of Oregon have already seen snow and weather reports indicated that it was colder than usual. Many homeowners may have turned on their heaters! Chilly days and nights are going to be more frequent and now it’s time to schedule your heating maintenance appointment. Here’s why you should get your appointment on the books right away.

#1: Convenience.
When the weather gets cold, icy, and rainy, people are relying on their heaters all day and all night. The winter weather brings many heater emergencies for heating and cooling specialists in our area, simply because things break down! Fall is one of our least congested times, so we can get your maintenance appointment scheduled quickly.

#2: Reliability.
When you go to turn on your heater, you want it to work reliably and efficiently – every time. Having your furnace system maintained before cold weather hits means that you will have a more reliable machine that is less prone to breakdowns. Our maintenance technicians will run an energy efficiency check, make sure no repairs or adjustments are needed, and make sure the filters are changed or cleaned.  No one wants to be left out in the cold with no heat when you need it most! So, let us give you the confidence you need to keep your system reliable all season long.

#3: Energy savings.
Did you know a system that is not properly maintained may be using more energy than is necessary? A well-maintained furnace will run efficiently and use less energy, which will save you money in the long run. Not to mention, it’s great for the environment!

If you aren’t sure the last time you had your system professionally tuned-up, contact our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning now. We will get you an appointment as soon as possible so you know your heater is ready to keep you warm all fall and winter long!

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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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Spring has officially arrived in the Pacific Northwest! With the change of season, many homeowners are starting to tackle their home maintenance to-do list that piled up over winter. Don’t forget to put your heating and cooling system is on your list of things to check, so you can avoid potentially costly expenses that could happen if it breaks down. Here are some simple ways to avoid expensive HVAC repairs this spring.

#1: Don’t ignore noises or smells.
Stay vigilant about noticing smells or noises that seem out of the ordinary. These can often indicate an issue and if it’s left unattended, this could mean that you’re in for a costly repair or even worse, a total breakdown of the machine. Burning smells should never be ignored, which could indicate an electrical problem, and if you hear any banging, rattling, or squeaking or squealing, this could mean that something has come loose or one of the parts is worn and needs replacement.

#2: Don’t forget to schedule an annual maintenance appointment.
Spring is the best time to schedule a routine maintenance appointment for your heating and cooling system. This will ensure that any minor repairs are taken care of before they turn into something bigger. In addition, we will run an energy efficiency check to ensure everything is working at optimal efficiency, and we will clean the filters and inside parts to make sure airflow is ideal.

#3: Always change air filters.
Did you know that dirty air filters will reduce the flow of air into your home and cause your heating and cooling system to work harder than it must? That means you’re putting more wear and tear on the internal components and this could cause an expensive repair. A clogged filter will also mean that the air being circulated back into your home will not be as clean as it could be. Dust, pet dander, dirt, and other particles that your filter catches will build up and blow right back into the air you breathe if it isn’t cleaned or replaced every other month.

If you end up needing a repair, our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning offers 24-hour emergency service. If your system is over 10 to 15 years old, there is a good chance that you have already invested enough in repairs and you may need to have it replaced completely. Call us today to get your preventative maintenance appointment set up or to talk to us about options for a full replacement!

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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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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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If your air feels stuffy, it’s likely making you feel uncomfortable and sluggish. Is the air quality in your home or office poor? Here are some helpful tips on improving air flow.

Tip #1: Ensure the outdoor HVAC unit is clean.
Spring in the Northwest is a mixed bag of weather. It can be very hot, or it can be rainy and wet. The mix of weather, in tandem with the winter months of wind and rain can leave your outdoor HVAC system with plenty of dirt and debris. To help ensure that the unit is flowing air properly, clear buildup that may have gathered on the outside area of your HVAC system. Twigs, dirt, leaves, and other debris should be away from the unit always.

Tip #2: Avoid blockages.
Are all the vents inside your space clear and able to allow for air to flow through them? Keeping air registers or vents blocked or closed can change the way your air flows through your system and over time, this could cause problems. Be sure to open air registers throughout your home or office space and move any furniture that may be blocking them.

Tip #3: Stay on top of furnace filter cleaning and replacing.
Did you know that you should clean and/or replace your furnace filters once every 1 to 2 months? Keeping on top of regular filter cleaning or replacing is key to making your HVAC system last longer. In addition, it ensures that your air stays clean as it is being circulated into your home. Dirty air filters yield dirty, stuffy air.
If you’re looking to improve air flow, these tips can be very helpful. If you want more information on how to solve specific air flow issues, or if it’s time to replace or repair your old and inefficient HVAC system, contact us today! Our experienced team of HVAC professionals can answer your questions and can help you get the system you need to stay comfortable year round.

 

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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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Clogged air filters are a big deal. In fact, they are one of the main causes of heating and cooling system issues. Air filters gather debris and dust and if they are not cleaned regularly, it can slow the air flow down and cause your system to work harder to do its job.

The details about a clogged air filter:
When your air filter is clogged up with dirt, dust, and other debris, your system has to play catch up to compensate for the blocked air flow. One negative affect of this is an increased utility bill. Also, because the air flow is being restricted, the heat exchanger can overheat or turn off too fast, which means your home won’t warm up how you want.

Here are some signs that your filter needs to be changed:

Your system needs steady, constant recirculation of air. If it doesn’t, the blower fan needs to work harder and you’ll see a steady increase of your utility bill. The Department of Energy reports that clogged filters can use up to 15% more energy. Save money and clean your filters every one to two months.

Sign #2: Dirty, unhealthy air.
The job of the air filter is to do exactly that: filter the air so it’s clean to breathe. A clogged filter will circulate in all the dust and debris that should be being filtered out and put it right back into your home. People with chronic allergies, respiratory health problems, or asthma will notice a big difference in this. Not to mention, viruses and other harmful bacteria can be circulated into the air, which means both you and your family’s health will be put in harm’s way.

Sign #3: Hot or cold spots in your home.
Blower fans push the air through the filter and into your home, but if the filter is clogged, the blower fan has a harder time doing the work, so this means you will likely experience some hot or cold spots in your home. This can be frustrating because you simply cannot reach the indoor temperature level that makes you the most comfortable.

A system that works reliably all year long is important for most homeowners. Routine cleaning and/or replacing of your air filters is critical to taking good care of your home’s heating and cooling system. In addition, having an annual maintenance appointment done by our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning means that you can head into the fall and winter months with confidence that everything has been checked out and is in good working order. If we spot anything that looks out of the ordinary or if a repair needs to be made, we can help with that.

The air you breathe makes a difference in your quality of life and health. Contact us today for details on getting a new system installed or to get a routine maintenance appointment scheduled.

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Why is there water inside of your air conditioner in the first place?
Your air conditioner unit contains an evaporator coil that will cool any warm air that is blown over it. This will cause condensation (moisture) to develop on the coil, just like water droplets on a cold water glass on a hot day. The moisture on the coil drips into a drain pan and down a white PVC line (condensate drain line) that leads it away from your home. If the water is leaking inside your home rather than away from it, there may be a problem.

Cause #1: Clogged condensate drain line.
A drain line that’s clogged is a very common problem that causes water leakage. It can get clogged easily with dirt, mold, sludge, dust, or other debris, and this means water could enter your home. If you suspect this is the problem, contact us right away so we can help get it unclogged and back to great working order.

Cause #2: Damaged or rusted drain pan.
If your air conditioner is over 10 years old, the drain pan may be worn out. If it’s damaged or rusted, water will fall through it and it will become ineffective. Contact us for a replacement drain pan.

Cause #3: Damaged/broken condensate pump.
A condensate pump will lead the water drainage outside. But if the pump isn’t working, it won’t be pumped outside and water could begin leaking indoors instead. If the pump is broken, you’ll need to get it replaced right away. Call us to help diagnose the problem and get it replaced.

Cause #4: Blocked/dirty air filter.
If you don’t replace your air filter on a regular basis it won’t only be dirty, but it could cause the machine to work harder and in the end, break down faster. In addition, dirty air filters will block airflow to the evaporator coil and if that happens, the coil could get cold and freeze over. It will then melt and drip to the pan, which may be too much for the pan to handle. Be sure to clean or replace your filters on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

Need a professional?
Contact Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning today to repair your air conditioner and get it working to its peak capacity.

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