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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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!

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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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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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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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Fall weather in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect mix of rain, sun, warm days, and chilly mornings. The rainy season will really start picking up in the autumn too. But, will the rain impact your heating and cooling system?  Here’s how to make sure your HVAC system stays working at optimal efficiency, even during the rainy season.

Oregon and Washington get record amounts of rain each year and autumn is when it starts kicking in. How do you keep your HVAC system protected during the rainy season?

#1 Understand your system.
Outdoor HVAC units are designed to be durable so running your system during the rain should not be a problem. If the inside electrical components like wires and connections are properly shielded, your system is safe to run. However, if there are issues with extreme weather like lightening, high winds, or hail, there could be problems with how it is performing.

#2: Turn it off in the event of a flood.
If flooding were to occur and there is over 15 inches of rain, it’s important that you turn off your entire heating and cooling system immediately. This amount of water could damage the outdoor unit and the inside electrical components. Once the water starts to recede, contact our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning for advice on when you can safely turn it back on.

If there are issues with its performance after the water hits it, don’t panic. We offer 24-7 emergency service because we know that you and your family don’t want to be left in a lurch with no warm air this fall. Our team will help get the system’s issue properly diagnosed and repaired with efficiency.

In addition, make sure you schedule a preventative maintenance appointment every year and keep your air filters cleaned or replaced every 1-2 months. By following these steps, you can ensure that your system will work well, no matter how much rain we end up getting. Not sure if your heating and cooling system can make it through another fall? Contact us today for a quote on a new system!

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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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The summer weather is starting to heat up and if you’re not careful, your body can be negatively impacted. There are some important things to know about the risks of exposing yourself to high heat and take steps to protect your health. Here are some ways you can stay healthy during the hot summer days.

#1: Know your body temps.
Your body regulates itself to around 98.6 degrees, and even changes as little as a degree could start changing the overall biochemistry of your body that you might be able to feel right away. If you’re continually walking around with a higher than normal body temperature, you could be risking heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

#2: Stay hydrated.
Warm weather means you will likely be sweating and if you’re sweating out water but not drinking water to replace it, your body won’t be getting enough electrolytes. This can cause muscle cramping and dehydration. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, so you can replenish what you’re losing in the heat.

#3: Know the signs of heat exhaustion.
Heat exhaustion happens when you’ve lost enough body fluid that your body cannot operate properly. You’ll feel excessively thirsty, dizzy, and very tired. In some cases, nausea will set in and you may lose more fluid that way. If that is the case, you need to seek medical attention right away and move into a cooler location, while applying cool, wet towels and ice. If you ignore these signs, you could lose consciousness and heat stroke could happen. This is very serious and could be fatal if not treated immediately.

#4: Get a good air conditioning system in place.
Summer in the Pacific Northwest is a beautiful time, but it does get hot. It’s important to have a place to stay cool and comfortable. If your air conditioning system at home does not keep you reliably cool, get it looked at by our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. It may need a simple repair. Perhaps your system is old and inefficient and now is the time to get a full replacement. We have a variety of options available in your budget and can work with you on getting financing in place, so you can stay comfortable throughout the summer months. Contact us today for information!

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The more you know about your air conditioning system, the better you can help it operate efficiently and, in the end, help prolong its life.  With a system that runs well and works reliably, you can have stay more comfortable during spring and summer season once the weather starts to warm up.

Fact #1: Your air conditioner requires regular maintenance.
Just like you should stay on top of your car’s oil changes and get your tires rotated on occasion, it’s important to have your air conditioning system regularly serviced. These tune-ups are important, because they help make sure that everything is working properly and can help check efficiency. During your maintenance appointment, our team of experienced HVAC technicians will clean or change the air filters, clean the inside coils and check to make sure all of the inside components are working at peak efficiency. If there are any concerns on a part or a repair that needs to be made, we will talk to you about it and get everything fixed so it’s ready to work well for the upcoming months. The bottom line: regular maintenance prolongs the life of your air conditioning system, so schedule an appointment soon.

Fact #2: The right thermostat can save you money.
When used in conjunction with an efficient air conditioning system, a programmable thermostat can help save you money each year. Programming your thermostat to optimize energy throughout the day will reduce temperature swings that cause increased energy bills. For example, program the thermostat to turn down when you’re gone and schedule it to turn back on when you return home.

Fact #3: Know what system is right for you.
If you have lived through the past few Pacific Northwest spring and summer seasons, you know how warm it can get. This year, if you’ve decided to get air conditioning installed, it’s important to know your options and understand which one is right for you. Central air conditioning systems aren’t always the answer. There are in fact, several different options, including ductless systems or heat pumps. These options are more efficient than central air systems. Do some research on the various options out there and talk to our team about what systems might work best with your home’s specific layout.

If you’re ready to make the investment into a new air conditioning, now is the right time to do it! Take advantage of Carrier Cool Cash and save money on a new system. Or, if your system needs a preventative maintenance appointment scheduled, contact us right away to get it scheduled so you can stay comfortable all spring and summer long!

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