The official start of summer is June 21 and before you know it, we’ll be heading toward the warm, hot days of summer in the Northwest. You’ll likely be adjusting your thermostat to turn your air conditioner on each day. Have you used your air conditioner already and noticed that there have been some weird sounds? Or perhaps nothing is amiss, but you’re looking to keep your air conditioning working at peak condition, so you can avoid any unnecessary break downs. Here are some ways to avoid surprise air conditioner break downs.

#1: Schedule preventative maintenance.
The end of spring is near, and summer will be here soon. This is the perfect time to get your cooling system tuned up. Our experienced HVAC technicians will come out and take a close look at both the outside and inside of your air conditioning system and make sure there are no components that are starting to wear out. If we notice any adjustments that need to be made or if there is anything that needs repair or replacement, we’ll let you know so you can get it serviced before we’re hitting hot temperatures. We’ll also clean the inside, including the blower motor and coils!

#2: Keep your filters cleaned.
Clogged filters not only affect your indoor air quality, but it means that your air conditioner must work hard to do its job. Over time this causes unnecessary wear and tear on the system and it could cause premature break downs. Set a calendar reminder to clean and/or replace your air filters every other month at the minimum. Your system (and your checking account) will thank you because you will decrease your risk for expensive, unexpected repairs.

Your air conditioner isn’t meant to last forever, but it will work well for a long time if you take good care of it. Regular cleaning and preventative maintenance appointments will give you the peace of mind you need knowing that your system will keep you cool and comfortable for many summers! Contact us today to set up a maintenance appointment or to talk to us about your options about getting a new air conditioner or ductless heat pump installed in time for the 2018 summer season!

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May in Oregon this year has had many days of record heat and we are well under the average amount of rainfall for this time of year. This means that most homeowners have had to turn on their air conditioner at least once or twice already this year. What if your air conditioner has already shown signs of being unreliable? Is it not cooling your home the way it should or are there weird sounds coming from it? You may be wondering if a simple repair will do the trick or if a full replacement is needed.

Do you know about the efficiency and performance of your AC system? 
Is the system functioning efficiently or do you notice a spike in your utility bill once your air conditioning turns on? If this happens, chances are, the system is not working at its peak. Do you know what the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) rating is on your AC system? The higher your system’s SEER rating is, the better it is. Most of the time a rating of 13 or higher is good.

How many times has it been repaired?
If you’re trying to keep your old air conditioning system alive by repairing it constantly, and your energy bill keeps rising, it’s more than likely that you’ll need to consider replacing your system soon. Throwing money into repairs all the time can end up being a waste of dollars if your system is decades old. Over time, a new air conditioning system will pay for itself because you won’t need to repair it all the time and your energy bill will stay consistent.

A new air conditioning system will clean and filter the air, which will improve indoor air quality and make it cleaner for you and your family. Old central air conditioning systems may not be working efficiently enough to clean the air well, which means pollutants enter the air you breathe, rather than have the system remove them. Clean air can help with reducing allergy symptoms and will allow for a healthier home environment. Not to mention, you’ll stay cool and comfortable all spring and summer long!

A new AC system will give you the peace of mind knowing you’ll be able to stay cool, no matter what the temperature outside ends up doing. Our experienced team of HVAC professionals can help figure out which system is right for your home and your budget, so contact us today!

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A ductless heat pump is a wonderful investment for your home or office. This is one of the most advanced and reliable heating and cooling systems available today and it will work well for years to come. Here are some important ways to get the most out of your system.

#1: Protect the outside unit.
The Pacific Northwest doesn’t get a lot of snow every winter, but it does get plenty of freezing temperatures, including ice and freezing rain. You should protect the outside unit from extreme weather conditions by making sure that the covered/protected from snow or ice. The condenser/compressor is required to keep the system working well and if it is damaged or restricted, it could malfunction or break completely.

#2: Keep it maintained well.
Your ductless heat pump is a costly investment and it should be taken care of well through regular, professional maintenance. The filters should be cleaned and replaced often, especially during the cold winter months when it’s being put to use every day. Annual maintenance appointments are important, too. During these appointments, our team will do a thorough review of the system to be sure it’s working exactly how it should. We’ll also clean the filters, run energy efficiency checks, and be sure that all of the parts and critical components are functioning at their peak.

#3: Make sure the system is supported with quality doors, windows, and insulation.
Make sure that your home has quality insulation and energy efficient doors and windows. This will help retain heat and keep the warm air inside your home or office rather than having it leak out. Leaked air is not only a waste of energy and money in utility bills, but it also means that your heat pump has to work harder. If the system is working harder than it has to, it could break down quicker.

If you’ve upgraded to a ductless heat pump in your home this year, congratulations! You’ll be happy with the system’s quality and you’ll stay comfortable all year long. If you’ve determined that the new year means a new furnace system in your home, a ductless heat pump is a great option. Contact us today for information on which systems could fit your home and your budget.

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Autumn has arrived! The rain and leaves are falling, and it’s getting windier and chillier outside. The arrival of fall weather means that there are some important maintenance items to complete on your to-do list, especially when it comes to maintaining your HVAC system. Here are some important things you should complete in the autumn.

Item #1: Make sure the outside of your HVAC system is clear of debris.
It is important to keep debris, dirt, leaves, and other vegetation away from the outside of your heat pump or HVAC unit. This will ensure that airflow is not obstructed and that no damage will occur to the unit because of debris accumulation.

Item #2: Keep your indoor registers unobstructed.
Make sure that your indoor vents and registers are not covered. Move any heavy furniture, tables, or drapes away from registers, as this could prevent heat from reaching the areas of your home that need it. Blocked registers could also cause unnecessary strain on the unit.

Item #3:  Change air filters.
Inspect the filters of your HVAC unit and replace them on a regular basis. We recommend changing them every other month. Clean filters will help reduce the flow of indoor contaminants coming into your home, which means you and your family will be breathing cleaner, healthier air.

Item #4: Call the professionals.
There are some HVAC tune-up items that should be left to the professionals and that’s where we can help! Scheduling regular tune-ups with our experienced team means we will come out and provide cleaning of the inside of the unit, as well as check to make sure all the parts are working at their peak. If we spot anything amiss, we will let you know and get it fixed so you will not have to experience a heating malfunction on a cold autumn day.

Call us today and get a maintenance appointment scheduled. Slots fill up quickly!

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