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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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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If you’re looking for a heating and cooling system that gets the job done well and is incredibly efficient, a geothermal heat pump is a one of the best options out there right now. Geothermal heating can be 50-70% more efficient and cooling can be 20 to 40% more resourceful than traditional air conditioning systems. This translates to huge savings for you on your energy bills. And, it’s better for the environment.

How does a geothermal heat pump work?

The main difference is that the system uses the constant temperature of the earth as the medium rather than the outside air temperature. Underneath the ground’s surface, there is a relatively continual temperature, so no matter what area you live in, whether it’s the rainy Pacific Northwest or the warm desert of Eastern Oregon, this heating and cooling option is reliable. The temperature underground is warmer than the air above it during the winter and cooler than the air in the summer. A geothermal heat pump will replace heat through a ground heat exchanger. This is an innovative and truly revolutionary system that first started in the 1940s and since then has developed to be more and more efficient.

What are the benefits of geothermal systems?

Geothermal systems are extremely quiet and usually don’t require a lot of maintenance but they can be expensive, as the installation is usually more involved. However, the upfront costs that you will pay for the system and installation will be returned to you later down the road, simply by the years of savings you’ll have on your energy and utility bills. The systems also last considerably longer than traditional heat pumps – it is estimated that the inside mechanisms can last 25 years and the ground loop can work efficiently for over 50 years.

Geothermal systems can help protect and conserve the environment’s natural resources by controlling indoor temperatures very efficiently, which means there will be lower toxic emissions. Geothermal units also help eradicate carbon dioxide use and because it doesn’t pull in outside air, the air inside has less allergens, pollutants, chemicals, or other harmful particles in the air.

These heating and cooling systems will likely work with existing ductwork in the home, but our professional team of installation specialists will look closely to see if everything is in place for that, or if any additional adjustments will need to be made. A geothermal unit is an investment that will reap huge financial rewards after time. If you want to keep your home comfortable throughout the year, contact us today to see how geothermal units can benefit you and your home today!

 

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Wildfires have been all over the state of Oregon and Washington! This means that even Portland and the surrounding areas are seeing the side effects, with smoke all over! This type of air can be harmful to breathe and it can severely affect people living with asthma and allergies. With all of the recent talks on the news and Internet about air quality, you’re probably wondering if there is a way that you can breathe better air inside your home or office. Surprisingly, there are some great and easy ways to improve indoor air quality. Here are some beneficial tips.

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Summer weather is here to stay for a while and temperatures are heating up into the triple digits this weekend! Your air conditioner will be working hard all summer to keep you comfortable and cool. And no matter how hard you try to keep everything clean, air conditioning systems and the connecting ductwork will accumulate dust and dirt over time. Did you know that you should have your ductwork cleaned every few years? If you don’t, debris will build up and this could negatively impact your cooling system’s efficiency.

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