Winter is here & that means winter storms, rain, and freezing weather will be common. Is your home ready to handle the next few months of below freezing temperatures? Here are some helpful tips on how to get your home winterized and ready.

Get your furnace maintenance appointment on the books.
Winter is the perfect time to get your annual preventative maintenance appointment set up. Winter temperatures mean that you will be relying on your heating system to do a lot of work for you to keep you warm, so it’s critical to make sure it’s tuned up every year. Just like you would take care of your car’s oil change, so should you make sure your system is checked out on a regular basis. We will clean or change the air filters, run an efficiency check on the system, and make sure there are no parts that need to be adjusted, repaired or replaced.

Install a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are one of the most convenient ways to help keep you and your family comfortable this winter. They allow you to program the thermostat to be exactly what you want, when you want it, and that also means you get to save money throughout the year! Program the system to turn down when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping at night, then set it to turn up when you return home so it’s warm enough. Programmable thermostats work with most heating and cooling systems and are affordable. Call us today for information on which thermostat would be a good option for you.

Seal leaky windows and doors.
If your windows and doors are old or are leaking cold air in and warm air outside, your heating system will have to work extra hard. Not to mention, it will waste precious energy and cause your utility bills to rise. Be sure to seal your windows and doors around the edges and perimeters, and if the doors and windows are so old that even sealing won’t help, it may be time to replace them altogether for new energy efficient materials. New Energy Star rated doors and windows can work in tandem with your heating system to keep you comfortable and they can be a great home investment.

You don’t need to be cold this winter! In fact, you can stay warm all season long by following these tips. Call us to schedule your preventative maintenance appointment or talk to us about getting a new system installed this winter. And if you experience an unexpected breakdown and need a repair, our service team is there ready to help get things up and running again quickly. Our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning is standing by, so call us today.

 

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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!

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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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Gas furnaces are one of the most common types of heating systems found in homes around the Pacific Northwest. These furnaces keep individuals and families warm throughout the winter and are very energy efficient. As with any large appliance or heating unit, there are some important safety precautions you should take while using your gas furnace.

Tip #1: Make sure the vent pipes are free and clear with nothing touching them. We have seen bags, gloves, boxes, and many other things stacked on and near the vent pipes. This is a fire hazard! These pipes get hot and could potentially cause a fire when items are touching them.

Tip #2: Double check your carbon monoxide detector. Make sure the unit is still working and has not expired. These have a shelf life anywhere from two to seven years. If it has expired and is still working, replace immediately. Read the instructions carefully on the new one as many detectors have specific areas and heights they can be installed.

Tip #3: Always check your air filter and make sure it is clean. This not only keeps your unit up and running efficiently, but it will also allow for cleaner air to enter into your home.

Tip #4: Make sure that the front of the furnace has a 30-inch clearance in front of it, for service access and safety.

Tip #5:  Be sure that all supply and return air vents are free and clear and that the vents are open and not obstructed.

If you’re having difficulty getting your gas furnace to work with maximum efficiency, contact Hybrid today! Our team of professionals will have your furnace working well and your home will be warm in no time.

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The nights are getting chilly and you may have brought your space heater out of storage to help keep you warm. While they are great at bringing you direct warmth, these types of heaters require following some safety procedures.

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