Earth Day is next week! This day helps people remember the importance of our Earth and provides ways to help take care of it. We think that taking care of the Earth we live in is important and that being a good steward of the environment means many things – including thinking about your heating and cooling system! Make Earth Day every day in your home with some of these helpful tips.

#1: Replace your thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are an easy way to reduce your energy usage and save money! Not to mention, they will help you with evenly heating and cooling your home all year long. These thermostats allow you to program the temperature to be what you want, when you want it. For example, if you know you will be gone at work all day, don’t keep the thermostat cranked up. Program it to turn down a bit while you’re away, then have it turn back up shortly before you get home. Programmable thermostats can be used in tandem with almost any existing heating and cooling system. Contact us today for options.

#2: Stay ahead of the game with preventative maintenance.
Heating and cooling preventative maintenance appointments may not be on the top of your priority list, but they should be. These will help you extend the life of your system and they will help prevent unexpected breakdowns. Spring is one of the best times to get your system tuned up. We will make sure to run an energy efficiency check to ensure the system is working at peak condition. We will also clean the filters or replace them, then talk to you about any repairs or other issues we see that could cause a problem. Preventative maintenance gives you the peace of mind you need as you head into the spring and summer seasons.

Heating and cooling systems account for the highest energy use in most households nationwide. That means when it comes to helping the Earth, that you should look no further than your HVAC system! We can help get your preventative maintenance appointment on the books! Or, if you are ready to get a new heating and cooling system installed for the spring and summer weather, we can help find a replacement system that is the highest quality for the best price. Contact us today for information!

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Your air conditioner is a complex machine that is made of many different parts and it takes a combination of things to make it work efficiently. Hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) are chemicals that are used as refrigerants inside of your air conditioner and R-22 is the most commonly used HCFC refrigerant used. However, these chemicals are very bad for the environment and if they are released into the environment they can contribute to climate change and destruction of the Earth’s ozone layer.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is now phasing out the use of R-22 and other chemicals that cause damage to the environment. As of 2020, no R-22 will be produced or imported. After that time, R-22 supplies will become more limited and servicing machines with this chemical could be more expensive.

What should you do?
First, make sure to stay on top of maintenance for your air conditioning unit. Preventative maintenance will ensure that there are no broken parts, but it will also ensure that there are no leaks that could be causing damage to the Earth.

Second, know that it’s not mandatory to stop using the system that uses R-22, but knowing that it is being phased out by 2020 will allow homeowners to replace this existing equipment and install new systems that are energy efficient and do not cause harm to the environment.

Third, if your system is decades old and it’s not reliable, chances are, it needs to be replaced at some point soon. Replacing it with a new energy efficient air conditioner will save money on energy costs and you’ll know you will be doing your part by utilizing a machine that doesn’t use harsh, harmful chemicals. New systems with the Energy Star® label can be approximately 14% more efficient than systems that do not have this marker.  When you’re doing your research on new systems that are available, be sure to read what kind of refrigerant they use. There are a variety of alternative refrigerants such as R-410A that do not contribute to ozone depletion.

If you have questions about your current system and if it uses R-22 or not, we can help. We’ll take a look and advise you on how you should proceed. If a new system is needed, we’ll talk to you about which system is right for you and your home’s unique layout. Contact us today for a free appointment.

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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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Do you seem to catch every virus that comes your way? Are you tired of coughing, fevers, and runny noses day after day, week after week? Cold and flu season is in full swing right now, and some of the flu strains have been very strong this year. Even if you are faithful about getting a flu shot every year, you may not be protected against every strain of the virus, so that means you have to protect yourself even more. Part of that equation means breathing in good air and air purifiers do just that. Air purifiers create a healthier air and they can help stop germs from spreading.

Performance™ Air Purifier:
This air purifier is great for the whole home! It’s one of the highest quality machines out there right now and it was designed to be the perfect replacement for old or outdated air cleaners. This product can eliminate three common pathogens and can help kill up to 75% of airborne organisms that can cause sickness. It works great with any HVAC system and can be installed quickly and easily. It is also a great size and can fit into narrow/tight spaces because of its unique cabinet design.

Infinity® Air Purifier:
This product is highly efficient and is one of the best machines available for consumers. You can rely on this purifier to clean the air of your home with no problem. The unique Capture and Kills ™ technology catches up to 99% airborne viruses, germs, mold, and bacteria. It then uses an electrical charge to eradicate them. It has been proven to eliminate 13 common pathogens that are known for causing sickness, including flu, streptococcus, measles, and the common cold. It also captures pollen, animal dander, smoke, and other air pollutants. This translates to clean, uncontaminated air that is re-purified up to eight times per hour. You will notice a big difference in your air with this machine.

Clean air is vital to staying healthy. Give us a call today to find out which purifier will fit your home needs and your budget! We’re excited to help you live virus-free this season!

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Fall is fast approaching and that means that chilly weather is on the horizon. You want your home comfortable and at the right temperature when those cold fall nights start happening and your furnace plays a key role in that! When it comes to efficiently heating your home, a quality furnace is key to giving you the best air circulation possible.

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For many individuals as well as families in the area, money is tight and they are on the lookout for ways to save money. Budgets are limited but grocery costs, heating bills, and car maintenance costs are continually on the rise. And when it comes to the energy bill, it fluctuates depending on the seasons. If you’re looking for a way to not only save energy but keep some extra dollars in your bank account, we’ve compiled some helpful tips that can help you save cash on your energy bill every month.

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