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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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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Weather in the Pacific Northwest gives us a good mix of rain, sun, heat, and snow.  Some months it’s continual rain and other times during those warm months, it’s hot and there seems to be no end in sight. Many homeowners enjoy using their furnaces in the winter to keep them home and are okay with moving in a couple of window air conditioning units when the summer heat gets unbearable. But there is a better solution: a heat pump. A heat pump is a great solution for homeowners looking for both heating and cooling solutions in one system.

What are the differences between air conditioners and heat pumps?
Both of these systems use outdoor and indoor coils to transfer refrigerant. An air conditioning system will absorb heat that passes over the indoor coil in the system. This means that cool air is transferred into the ductwork of your home and the hot air is moved to the outside. Heat pumps on the other hand, will take outside heat for warming your home and then, they cool it by taking the heat out of your home.

If your home currently runs on electric baseboard heating or oil, you’ll see a huge difference in the utility bill if you install a heat pump. The cost of the heat pump will likely pay for itself over time because of the amount of money you’ll save in heating and cooling bills in the coming years. An air conditioner can be an inexpensive solution to cooling your home when it gets hot outside, especially if you live in a smaller space. However, a heat pump can be used to both heat and cool your home, year round! It’s resourceful in how much electricity it uses, making it an environmentally friendly option, too.

Which system is right for you?
Installing a new heating and cooling system for your home is an investment, but it’s one that will be well worth it, adding value to your home and enhancing your quality of life at the same time. If you don’t have ductwork in your home, we can help you with a selection of ductless heat pumps that will fit your home and most importantly, your budget. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, call us and let us figure out the details.

Not sure which system is right for you?
If you’ve decided you want to start enjoying the benefits a heat pump, you’ll be making a great long term investment for your home. And, there are a variety of options out there for all types of budgets. If you don’t have ductwork in your home, give us a call and let us tell you about our selection of ductless heat pumps. Once installed, you’ll reap the rewards of lower heating and cooling bills almost immediately! Not sure what your options are for your home or office space? Call us and let us figure out what might work for your specific needs.

Now is a great time to get your system installed, too! Oregon tax credits are available now and can be used on qualified heat pumps. These are available through the end of the year, but the time to act is now, so you can enjoy the benefits for the rest of the year!

 

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Springtime has officially arrived and that means the days are longer and the sun is starting to reappear. This is the perfect time of year to consider installing a heat pump for your home! Heat pumps are wonderful options for homeowners because they can effectively cool and heat your home throughout the year.

No matter what size your home, a heat pump is an affordable choice that can keep your home warm during the cold winter months and cool during the hot days of summertime. With a heat pump, comfort is within reach, with just a touch of a button. Here are some of the top reasons why installing a heat pump in your home is a great idea.

Reason #1: Comfort is available year round.
Pacific Northwest weather can be a bit unpredictable and no matter how cold or hot it is you’ll be able to be comfortable inside all year long. Heat pumps are also effective in circulating clean air throughout the inside of your home and the temperatures will be set consistently, so you aren’t left with hot or cold spots in various parts of the home. It’s truly easy to control the temperature of your home with just a few clicks of a button.

Reason #2: You’ll hardly notice when your heat pump is on.
Heat pumps are so incredibly quiet, you probably won’t even notice that it’s running. If you’re tired of dragging in a clanging, loud air conditioning window unit every summer, you won’t have to if you upgrade to a heat pump. Heat pumps are quiet and energy efficient because they run at lower capacities.

Reason #3: You’ll see a reduction in energy bills.
Because heat pumps are so energy efficient, you will probably see a drop in your energy bills on a monthly basis. In addition, this year there are a variety of rebates and incentives that are happening through the companies that manufacture the heat pumps. Oftentimes these can be combined with tax credits that can help you save even more money. Our team can help walk you through which system might be right for you, then help you with determining if there are discounts or credits currently available.

Now is the time to upgrade your system and get it ready to tackle the upcoming warmer weather of spring and summer! Our experienced professional team will help get you the info you need so you can make the right decision for your home and your budget. 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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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.

The answer?

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.

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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.

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Tiny homes: more and more people are becoming interested in this type of home because they are affordable and allows them to purchase something without a hefty mortgage payment every month. The trend in buying tiny homes is something that has become very popular nationwide. Tiny homes, otherwise known as accessory dwelling units (ADUs), can range from 200 square feet to 800 square feet and are relatively inexpensive to build or purchase. In addition, for those that want to purchase a large plot of land but live simply, tiny homes can work very well. In Portland, home prices are becoming more and more expensive, so much so, that many families and individuals simply can’t afford to buy a home. Especially for these people, tiny homes can have a lot of appeal. According to the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, approximately one-fourth of single-dwelling development permit applications are for tiny homes and so far, there are 800 of them in the area. (1)

Small homes are in fact very little and space is limited. However, they have one huge benefit: gigantic energy savings. These homes are very energy efficient and can be a fantastic way to save money on utility bills each month. And what’s the perfect way to heat and cool the home? A Ductless mini-split system!

What is a ductless heating and cooling system?
These systems are very efficient and quiet. They can both heat and cool your home, year round, with just a touch of a button! Tiny homes likely don’t have the space or budget for costly ductwork, so a ductless system is a perfect solution for customers looking for a system that will take care of the whole space at once. All it takes is a remote-controlled thermostat and you’ll have immediate reliable comfort, no matter how cold or hot it is outside. Installation is fast and easy – it only takes a couple of hours for us to install it and there is little to no maintenance after that. You can rely on the system to heat and cool your home for years to come – it is dependable and will save you a lot of money as the years go by. We’re proud to install high quality ductless mini-splits from reliable brands such as Carrier, Daiken, and Mitsubishi.

If you think a ductless mini-split is a good option for your home, give us a call today and we’ll gladly help you figure out which system is right for you. Our experienced team will help you find a system that will fit your home and budget perfectly, with no pressure.

  1. Ellison, Annie. “Tiny Homes On The Rise in Portland.” Koin.com. April 9, 2014.
    Accessed May 19, 2015. http://koin.com/2014/04/09/tiny-homes-rise-portland/
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Being a homeowner can be expensive. No matter where you turn, there is something that needs to be done – roof repairs, bathroom remodels, yard maintenance, and upgrades to your heating and cooling system. All of these things can be a big hit to your budget. If you know that you need a new heating and cooling system, but simply don’t have the money set aside for it, we have good news! We offer a great financing program for Carrier products that allows you to get the system you need, with payments you can afford.

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A ductless heat pump is a wonderful investment and a perfect addition to any home or office space. These heating systems are very advanced and you know that you’re getting a reliable system for the money. With proper care and maintenance, a ductless heat pump will provide years of heating and cooling for your space. Now that the cold winter months are here, you might be wondering how you can get the most out of your system. We’ve outlined some simple tips below. If you haven’t yet purchased a ductless system, read on to see what benefits there are to investing in one of these great products.

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