Older homes come with a lot of charm and character. Homes that are built 50, 60, 70, or more years ago have many differences when compared to modern homes. For example, they may be laid out different, have different materials and they may not be ducted for traditional heating or cooling systems, simply because they were built before air conditioning was the standard in homes! But, don’t worry – just because you have an older home, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer through unbearable summer weather with no air conditioning. Here are some tips on the best way to cool your older home.
Ductless heating and cooling systems are generally one of the best ways to provide energy efficient cooling to your home. They can also provide heating during the winter, making them a great two-in-one option. Because these systems do not require ductwork installation, these are great for homes that do not have ducts as an option. They use an exterior heat pump that is connected to interior head units that distribute the air-conditioned air or heat to the designated areas within your home. One outside unit can support several interior air handling units and are connected through wiring and small hoes on the outside of the home. The inside units are mounted to the wall, either high or low, and are controlled via remote. You determine what temperature is the most comfortable!
We love the flexibility and energy savings that ductless heat pumps provide, and we are happy to talk to you about this option for your home! Warmer weather has already made its way to the Pacific Northwest and more summer weather will be here soon. Now is the perfect time to get your system installed so you can stay comfortable no matter what the weather decides to do outside! Contact us today for information on your system and financing options. We are standing by to help!
The holiday season has officially begun and for many people that means looking for ways to cut costs and save money on day to day things, so they can splurge on gifts for friends and family. Did you know that your heating system can save you money? A system that functions at peak efficiency will not only work better for a longer amount of time, but it will also help keep your utility bills lower. Here are some helpful ways to have a more efficient heating system this winter.
Tip #1: Set your thermostat.
If you are running your heating system while you’re away all day, you’re wasting money and energy. Install a programmable thermostat and program it to turn down when you’re gone and back up right before you return. These thermostats allow you to control the temperature to be exactly what you want. The result: a comfortable, evenly-heated home and a more affordable utility bill! We can provide options on programmable thermostats, so contact us today for information!
Tip #2: Clean and replace air filters regularly.
If you plan on using your heating system throughout the winter, it’s important to stay on top of air filter cleaning and replacement. Dirty filters will greatly reduce the overall efficiency of the heater’s blower motor and it makes your system work harder. This translates to a higher energy bill and it is hard on your system. Make sure to clean or replace your filters every other month.
Tip #3: Make sure your insulation is up to par and sealing is good.
Do you know if you have quality insulation in your home? If you don’t, you could be losing heat. In addition, if your windows and doors in your home are old or not sealed correctly, you could be unknowingly leaking in cold air and warm air out. This causes your furnace system to work harder than necessary and you’ll see rising utility bills.
Winter is a cold time of year and in order to stay warm, it’s critical to keep your heating system running at its peak efficiency. Not only will you be more comfortable, but your wallet will be more comfortable, too! If your heating system is not ready to tackle the upcoming winter weather, call our experienced team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We can help you with a preventative maintenance tune-up or can get you set up with a full system replacement as well!
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.
Summer is a busy time for many people in the Pacific Northwest. It is a great time to be outside, enjoying the beauty and greenery of the area. For many families and individuals, it’s also a great time to use those built up vacation days from work and head out on an extended trip. Before you head out on your next adventure, don’t forget about preparing your home and your cooling system while you’re gone. Here are some tips on how to get your house ready to go before you leave.
Tip #1: Get your programmable thermostat ready to go.
Programmable thermostats are convenient all year long, but when you’re out of town, they can be even more helpful! A quality programmable thermostat is a great investment for your house, as it will help keep accurate temperatures both day and night, which could help save you money on your utility bill, too, even when you’re away on vacation this summer.
Simply program the thermostat to your desired temperature and then let the thermostat do what it was intended to do – provide comfort! When you’re gone, no need to use your air conditioner. So, program your cooling system to turn off completely while you’re gone, then set it to turn on for the day that you return so you can come home to a cool and comfortable home. Programmable thermostats work with your lifestyle and work in tandem with your heating system as well as your air conditioning system. Not sure which programmable thermostat is best for you? Contact us for options!
Tip #2: Shhh…don’t talk about your trip on the Internet.
It is very common to see people you know posting about their extravagant vacations on Facebook or Instagram, but, it could pose a safety threat to your home, as it can provide a clear signal that your home is vacant. Take plenty of pictures to share about your fun vacation but wait to post them until you get home.
Tip #3: Talk to your neighbors.
If you’re leaving for a long period of time, talk to your neighbors to let them know to keep an eye out on your home. It is important to safeguard your possessions and keep them out of sight, and be sure to keep some lights on in the house to make it look lived in.
Your adventure awaits, but don’t forget to prepare your home ahead of time. We are happy to provide information on getting a new heating or cooling system or programmable thermostat installed before your trip, so you can cross off that big to-do before you leave. Our team of heating and cooling experts is waiting to hear from you. Contact us today and we will help answer your questions!
Your air conditioner is a complex machine that is made of many different parts and it takes a combination of things to make it work efficiently. Hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) are chemicals that are used as refrigerants inside of your air conditioner and R-22 is the most commonly used HCFC refrigerant used. However, these chemicals are very bad for the environment and if they are released into the environment they can contribute to climate change and destruction of the Earth’s ozone layer.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is now phasing out the use of R-22 and other chemicals that cause damage to the environment. As of 2020, no R-22 will be produced or imported. After that time, R-22 supplies will become more limited and servicing machines with this chemical could be more expensive.
What should you do?
First, make sure to stay on top of maintenance for your air conditioning unit. Preventative maintenance will ensure that there are no broken parts, but it will also ensure that there are no leaks that could be causing damage to the Earth.
Second, know that it’s not mandatory to stop using the system that uses R-22, but knowing that it is being phased out by 2020 will allow homeowners to replace this existing equipment and install new systems that are energy efficient and do not cause harm to the environment.
Third, if your system is decades old and it’s not reliable, chances are, it needs to be replaced at some point soon. Replacing it with a new energy efficient air conditioner will save money on energy costs and you’ll know you will be doing your part by utilizing a machine that doesn’t use harsh, harmful chemicals. New systems with the Energy Star® label can be approximately 14% more efficient than systems that do not have this marker. When you’re doing your research on new systems that are available, be sure to read what kind of refrigerant they use. There are a variety of alternative refrigerants such as R-410A that do not contribute to ozone depletion.
If you have questions about your current system and if it uses R-22 or not, we can help. We’ll take a look and advise you on how you should proceed. If a new system is needed, we’ll talk to you about which system is right for you and your home’s unique layout. Contact us today for a free appointment.
Winter in the Pacific Northwest has been mild compared to other winters in the years past, but it’s still never fun to have cold air coming in from the outside and messing with the warm temperature inside. If you’re wondering how to keep the cold out and the warm in, here are some helpful tips.
Tip #1: Add more insulation.
Check for obviothat are lacking quality insulation. Your first place to check should be your attic. Make sure to seal your attic well creating pouches of fiberglass insulation to keep any caps or cavities sealed. Next, check your crawlspace or basement and make sure that the insulation there is thick and protective enough.us gaps and cracks in your insulation and make sure you don’t have big areas in your attic or basement
Tip #2: Look for air leaks.
Basement walls and ceilings are common places where air leaks occur. In addition, the ductwork in your home can also have cracks or spots where air leaks out and that can cause a significant amount of energy to be lost each day and will translate to hundreds, even thousands of dollars of wasted money.
Tip #3: Upgrade your windows and doors.
Old windows and doors are notorious for their inefficiency. In fact, if they’re very old, you can usually stand by them and feel the cold air coming through. If this is the case in your home, it may be time to consider upgrading your home’s windows and doors to new, energy efficient ones. This is not only a great investment because of the money you’ll save in not wasting energy, but it will also provide a nice sound barrier and will add value to your home when it comes time to resell it.
Tip #4: Check your furnace system.
Maybe your issue isn’t as much leaking windows, doors, or poor insulation, but it’s a furnace system that is old and inefficient. Furnace systems that are out of date are working hard to keep you comfortable during the colder winter months. In fact, these systems may be costing you more money on your utility bill and it may not be reliable, meaning it could break down at any moment.
Avoid having unnecessary breakdowns by scheduling routine maintenance appointments with our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will check to make sure your system is working well and if there are repairs that need to be made to keep it running well, we will do that. If your system is old and needs to be replaced, we will recommend a system that fits your budget and your home’s specific layout and space needs. Contact us today for more details!
Winter is here & chilly mornings mean that you’re likely turning on your heater more and more and you’re becoming accustomed to keeping the heat on for the day. If you’re tired of using separate systems to keep your home comfortable throughout the year, it’s time to consider using one system that can both heat and cool your home all year long.
A heat pump.
Heat pumps are a wonderful option for homes of all sizes and layouts, as they can keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, all with a touch of a button. Here are some of the primary benefits of using a heat pump in your home.
Benefit #1: Superb comfort.
No matter how crazy the weather is outside, you’ll be comfortable inside as the heat pump provides clean air and consistent temperatures. You get to pick what temperature feels right to you and all you have to do is, click the button. They can run as long as you need them to on a low speed so you have an even temperature throughout the house.
Benefit #2: Quiet.
Heat pumps are extremely quiet and you can usually barely even notice that they’re on! You can kiss the loud, clanging air conditioning unit goodbye in the summer and you won’t ever need to use an inefficient baseboard or wall heater again with a heat pump. Heat pumps run at lower capacities which means they have very little sound associated with them.
Benefit #3: Save money.
Heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient, which means that you’ll likely see a big drop in your utility bill each month. In addition, there are wide varieties of rebates, federal and state tax credits, and other cash incentives out there through the end of the year that can help save you more money when it comes time to get the system installed in your home.
Not sure what your options are on a heat pump? Contact our experienced team of professionals today to discuss what heat pumps are out there in your price range. We’re happy to come take a look at your home’s layout and existing system to see how we can best fit your specific home comfort needs.
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.
Spring is here and we’ve already had some hot weather. Summer will be here quickly, so if your commercial building is operating with an old, outdated, or inefficient heating and cooling system, start planning for a hefty utility bill during the summer months. If your business does not have ductwork, you may have considered getting a ductless heat pump. Whether you have a small family-owned business or a larger store front, there are some amazing benefits of having a ductless system in your commercial building. Here are some of the top benefits of replacing your system with ductless.