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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We all love to save money and lowering your summer utility bill will put more money in your pocket for fun summer adventures. The landscaping in your home can help keep your home cool in the summer, especially when you combine it with an efficient air conditioning system.

Tip #1: Shade around the outdoor air conditioning unit.
Your outside air conditioning unit is meant to withstand a variety of weather patterns in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on taking care of it for the long haul is important. One way you can do that is by shading the outside area around it. If it’s left out in the sun, the system needs to work harder to keep you cool, and that could mean higher utility bills for you. Consider planting a tree or several tall shrubs several feet away that can grow tall enough to offer shade.

Tip #2: Don’t fence around the outdoor unit.
Sure, your HVAC system, ductless heat pump, or air conditioning unit isn’t meant to be a thing of beauty, but if you try to fence around it to keep hide it, it could negatively affect how the unit performs. If you insist on putting something around it, provide three feet around the unit and five feet above it. This will allow for maximum airflow.

Tip #3: Keep debris away from the machine.
Spring is a great time to get outdoors and clean up your yard after a long, cold winter. While you are pruning, mowing, and planting, be sure to remove any debris, branches, or other shrubbery that could interfere with the outside air conditioning unit or heat pump. If it’s left for a long period of time, debris, leaves, and dirt can get inside the system and clog it, causing unnecessary system breakdowns.

In addition to keeping your filters cleaned and replaced, and keeping your system regularly maintained by our team of professionals, your system will be ready to keep your home cool throughout the heat of summer. If your system is inefficient and leaves you feeling less than comfortable every summer, it’s time to consider a replacement. Act now and save thousands on rebates and incentives that are happening! Contact us today for all of the details.

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