Home is where you can relax and be yourself. It’s your oasis, so keeping temperatures as comfortable as possible is key. What about your commercial building at work? This is somewhere that you likely spend a lot of time. Our Pacific Northwest fall and winter seasons can bring a mixed bag of weather, and the last thing you need is a heating/cooling system that is not reliable. Wondering when you need to replace it and how you’ll pay for it? Here are some helpful tips on planning ahead for a full system replacement.

Tip #1: Determine what you need.
There are several different options when it comes to your heating and cooling system. Maybe a gas furnace is the best option. Or perhaps a ductless heating and cooling system would work well for your home and its unique layout. Whatever it is, do some research on what your options are and talk to us about what could work. Our experienced team of heating and cooling professionals will help you determine the type of system you need and what size is best. And most importantly, we will work to find something within your budget.

Tip #2: Know when it’s time to replace it.
Is your heating and cooling system at least 15 to 20 years old? If it’s been around for this long, chances are, it’s not running at peak efficiency. That means you are using more energy than is necessary and your utility bill will be higher. Not to mention, older systems are more prone to unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs. Continual repairs will cost money that you could be putting toward a new, reliable system.

Tip #3: Know what it costs.
Our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning recognizes that your home or commercial building’s heating and cooling system is a big investment. We happily work within your specified budget to provide different system options. We want to see you comfortable for years to come with a reliable system. We offer different financing options to help ease the cost of a new system. And right now, you can save up to $1650 on qualified Carrier systems with our current promotion!  We will work with you to get you a new system that will keep you comfortable for many years!

Getting a new heating and cooling system is exciting!  For over three decades, we have been helping local homes and businesses get the systems they need at the prices they can afford.  We have won the Carrier President’s Award multiple times and we’re standing by to help! Contact our award-winning team for more details on systems and financing options!

 

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Your home’s heating and cooling system is a critical part to your home. A good system is a big investment, so it’s natural to wonder how long it will last. There are two main factors that will affect your system’s lifespan.

#1: How well you maintain it.
Just like any machine – the better you take care of it, the longer it will last. Professional maintenance is key to ensuring the system lasts a long time. This will also help you know that unnecessary, unexpected breakdowns won’t happen. Scheduling annual maintenance is easy and as we look toward the start of autumn, this is a great time to get your appointment set! Our team of professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning will take a close look at your machine, run an energy efficiency check, clean and/or replace air filters, and make sure that the internal components are working at their peak. More questions about what our preventative maintenance work includes? Call us today and we are glad to go over the details.

#2: How well it’s installed.
Having your system installed from an experienced, professional team of heating and cooling technicians is important. While it might be tempting to try to figure it out yourself, don’t give in. Our team of technicians has been trained to ensure each part is installed correctly, including the duct work, venting, sealing, and more. Each detail matters. With the right installation, your system can work for you for a long time.

On average, furnaces, ductless heat pumps, and air conditioners will last between 10 and 20 years. However, there are parts inside each of these systems that may need to be replaced before that. That’s why preventative maintenance is such an important part to keeping the system working. Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning professionals will make sure we spot any prospective problem areas before they turn into big, expensive problems!

Call us today to get your preventative maintenance appointment scheduled! Or, if you know your system is at the end of its lifespan, we can help. Fall is the perfect time to get a new system installed so you have a reliable system to take you through the upcoming season changes. Contact us today!

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Springtime brings beautiful sunshine and blooming flowers and for many homeowners, it’s a time to get caught up on projects around the house. Many people use this season to evaluate home energy use and determine ways that they can cut back. If you’re looking for ways to cut your energy bill this spring, these simple tips can help!

#1: Turn the thermostat down.
Did you know that knocking the temperature down just one degree can make a big difference in your energy bill and your overall savings? This could mean you are saving a large chunk of money each month.

#2: Replace your thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are the wave of the future and are a simple way to reduce your energy usage in your home. Not only do they help with your bill, but they will also assist in evenly cooling and heating your home, year-round. These thermostats give you the ability to program the temperature to be exactly what you want, when you want it. So, if you plan on being gone at work all day, you can program the thermostat to turn down while you’re away, then have it come back up a bit before you arrive home. This keeps you from wasting energy and money when you’re not at home! They can be installed and used in tandem with almost any existing cooling or heating system. We have several programmable thermostat options, so contact us for information.

#3: Consider replacing your heating and cooling system.
How old is your heating and cooling system? If it is 10 to 15 years old, chances are, a full replacement is imminent. Outdated systems become inefficient over time, sucking energy and driving your energy bill up. A new system such as a ductless system will be energy efficient and will end up saving money over time. Not sure which one is right for your home? Our experienced team of heating and cooling specialists can provide you the best options within your specified price range.

If you don’t need a new system quite yet and want to make sure you get the most out of your existing system, be sure to schedule regular preventative maintenance appointments for it. This will help extend the life of the system and ensure that it is working at peak efficiency, no matter what the weather does outside! Contact us today to get your system tune-up scheduled or to talk to us about the installation of a programmable thermostat or system replacement!

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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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Life gets busy with the hustle and bustle of work and other life activities, and sometimes staying on top of cleaning it is simply hard to do. But did you know that if you neglect regular cleaning in your home, your heating and cooling system can be affected? The motor and the various electrical components are critical to the seamless functioning of the system, but your air filters are a very important part of how the furnace or heat pump works, too. Air filters catch debris, dust and dirt and they need to be cleaned or replaced every few months. Doing this on a regular basis will help prolong the life of your system and it will also help you breathe cleaner air, too.

Dust and pet hair:
Dust and pet hair builds up quick! If you don’t stay on top of regular dusting, or if you have pets that are known to shed a lot, there’s a good chance that your air filter is going to fill up quickly with pet dander, hair, and dust. Make dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming a top priority so you can reduce the amount of debris that flows into the machine and air filter.

Preventative maintenance:
Your air filter should be cleaned or replaced every other month. If you have noticed that your filter is getting full every couple of weeks rather than every few months, there are some ways to help this. The first step is to stay on top of regular preventative maintenance for the machine. Appointments with heating and cooling specialists will allow you to have the peace of mind that all is well with your system. Our team of technicians will take a close look at the system and make sure there are no repairs or adjustments that need to be made. We will also check for energy efficiency and we’re glad to answer any questions you have.

If your system is over a decade old, there’s a good chance that it is on its way out and that a new replacement is something you should be planning ahead of time for. We’re happy to offer some options for you based off of your budget as well as your home or commercial building’s unique layout.

It’s a new year and it’s the perfect time to talk to us about getting your preventative maintenance appointment scheduled. Or, if a new system is something you need to start thinking about, let us provide options for you. We look forward to serving you!

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It’s not wintertime yet, but the weather is cooling down significantly and more homeowners around the Northwest are reaching to turn the heater on and keep them comfortable. Now is the time that your heater is being put to the test. But what if your heating system is already showing signs of weakening? It may need some attention. Here are some signs that your heater needs repair.

#1: It’s not reliable.
Is your heater not turning on when you want it to? Maybe you have designated it to a certain temperature, but it isn’t adjusting as it should. Or, if it’s stopping in the middle of runtime, there could be a problem internally.  Ignoring signs like this could cause the system to completely break down and that could mean you’re in for some costly repairs or even a full furnace replacement at some point down the road. Your home deserves a reliable heating system, so be sure to call us to schedule a repair or tune up right away. We can determine what issues are happening and recommend what the next steps are.

#2: You’re paying a lot in utility bills.
Once the cold weather hits and you’re running your furnace more often, it’s normal to see an increase in the price of your energy bill because you’re using more gas and electricity. However, if you notice a huge spike that seems out of the ordinary when compared to other winter months, get your furnace checked to make sure something isn’t going wrong. Utility bill spikes can indicate an issue with the machine itself.

#3: You’re hearing unusual sounds.
Clanging, banging, clicks, or other sounds that don’t sound like the regular mechanics of your heating system should be checked out right away. Loud and unusual noises can be a sign that there are internal components or parts that need to be readjusted or should be looked at, such as a broken blower.

Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here in a matter of weeks and that means you will need to have a reliable heating system to keep you and your family or guests comfortable. We can help with getting your furnace tuned up and maintained well so it can keep you warm for the rest of the season, and beyond!

 

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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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There are a lot of different heating and cooling companies out there, and if you’ve begun the process of researching which one is right for you, it’s likely that you’re feeling overwhelmed with the decision. Here are some important things to look for when choosing an HVAC company to help with a furnace or air conditioning repair or replacement.

#1: Experience.
As with any job out there, the more experience you have, the better. This factor is imperative when it comes to hiring an HVAC professional. First and foremost, figure out how much experience they have in the local area, especially when it comes to your specific kind of job, whether it’s commercial or residential. Talk to them about how long they have been working with local area businesses or customers and ask them to provide information on recent jobs they have completed so you can follow up if you choose.

#2: Positive reviews.
A positive review goes a long way. Research what the company’s reviews are online, including Facebook, Angie’s List, and Yelp reviews.  If there are negative reviews, look closely at them and see if there are any recurring themes. Weigh the positive and negative reviews carefully to see if there are any red flags. Online reviews can tell a lot about the company’s customer service priorities as well as their quality of workmanship on completed jobs.

#3: Comprehensive services.
Does the company you’re looking at just provide HVAC installs? If so, it’s a good idea to keep looking for a different company. You want to find a company that does everything – repair, replacement, and preventative maintenance.  A quality heating and cooling system is a large investment for a home or business and it’s better to find a trusted team of technicians at a company that can handle everything, so you can call them for whatever HVAC needs that you have that may come up in the future.

We are proud of our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning and our positive reputation in the community for more than 30 years. We recently won the nationally recognized President’s Award for the 4th time, which means our quality of work and customer service is unmatched! So, whether you’re looking for a full furnace or air conditioner replacement this spring, or you need repairs or preventative maintenance completed correctly the first time, call us today for an appointment. You can trust our experience at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning!

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Springtime weather in the Northwest is gorgeous. More sunshine, blooming flowers, and warmth will be coming soon, but for people living with asthma and allergies, it also brings misery with sneezing, coughing, watering eyes, and much more. But did you know that indoor air pollutants can cause allergies as much as outside pollutants and allergens?  Your HVAC system plays a big role in the allergy season. Here’s how.

There are a variety of common indoor air pollutants, which usually include pollen, dust mites, mold, and pet dander. When these particles circulate through the air in your home, you’ll breathe them in and likely see an increase in your allergies.  Your HVAC system has an air filter inside of it that catches dust, dirt, and pet dander fragments. Over time, those build up and they need to be washed, cleaned, and/or replaced. If this isn’t completed on a regular basis, the buildup will be recirculated back through the air. When you’re using your HVAC system regularly, set a reminder to clean your filters every other month.

Your next step to reducing allergy symptoms is to keep up on regular maintenance appointments for your HVAC system. Just like you take your vehicle in for tune-ups, your HVAC system needs regular tune-ups too! Spring is the perfect time to set up a maintenance appointment with our experienced team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will clean your filters, complete an efficiency check to make sure the system is working at peak efficiency, and we’ll inspect it closely. If there are any noticeable issues or parts that need to be repaired or replaced, we’ll discuss with you about what our recommendations are, so you can get everything up and running in time to handle the shift in weather for spring and summer.

And last but not least, consider installing an air purification system to your home. These work with your HVAC system to clean your air and reduce your intake of indoor air pathogens, allergens and other harmful particles. You will notice a difference right away! We offer a variety of air purification systems, so contact us today for options on which one is right for your home.

At this time of year, there are lots of changes to the air – there is a lot of extra pollen floating around in the air and that causes allergy sufferers to start feeling the effects right away. Thankfully, there are ways to help reduce your symptoms and breathe easier! Contact us today for more information on getting new air filters, a new HVAC system, or air purification system installed in your home before allergy season gets even more intense!

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Keeping your HVAC system working all the time is important, so implementing some good habits when it comes to HVAC maintenance can help you stay comfortable and save money, all year long. Here are some HVAC habits you should have.

Habit #1: Cleaning and/or changing air filters.
This is one of the most important (and easiest) things you can do to maintain the life of your system. Dirt, dander, and dust will accumulate in the filter over time, especially if you have pets.  Once this accumulates, it is hard for the air to pass through and the air quality will not be as good. Dirty filters also make your system work harder, which can translate to a higher energy bill and increased risk of a system break down. Make it a habit to clean and/or change your filter once a month, or once every other month.

Habit #2:  Don’t change your thermostat all the time.
Find a temperature that is comfortable and keep it there and use natural light to help with the temperature in the home. Adjusting your thermostat all the time can cause your system to work harder than necessary, and it will also cause your utility bill to fluctuate greatly. Take advantage of the warm sun to help heat rooms and during the summer to keep it cool, close curtains or blinds to block incoming heat from the sun.

Habit #3: Keep your system maintained yearly.
Annual HVAC maintenance tune-ups are very important. Just like you have your car tuned-up regularly, your HVAC system should also be kept maintained regularly. Preventative maintenance will help make sure that all the unseen components inside your machine are working efficiently and at their peak. Our technicians will be sure that there are no issues happening, so you don’t face an unexpected breakdown. We’ll clean your filters, run an energy efficiency check, and talk to you about anything else that you have questions with.

Spring is only two weeks away and our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning is ready to help you stay comfortable all season long! Contact us today for information on getting a new system installed for spring or for more information on preventative maintenance services.

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