Spring official starts in just a couple of weeks, and that means we’ll have more sunshine, green grass, and blooming flowers. For people that live with seasonal allergies and asthma, this time of year could mean some miserable symptoms like coughing, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and more. But did you know that your indoor heating and cooling system can bring in those outside pollutants to your home? Here’s how your heating and cooling system affects your allergies.

Your HVAC system has an air filter that helps catch dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, mold, and other pollutants that cause issues with asthma and allergies. Over time, these build up in the filter and they need to be replaced or cleaned. If filter cleaning or replacement is not done regularly, the buildup will be recirculated through the air in your home and that means you will likely notice some allergy symptoms. Set a remind to check your filters and clean them every other month at the minimum.

Another way to avoid poor indoor air quality is to stay on top of preventative maintenance appointments for your heating and cooling system. Just like you would take your car in for regular oil changes, so should you remember to maintain one of the most important systems in your home. Spring is the perfect time to schedule your tune-up with Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will clean and/or replace filters, run an efficiency check on your machine to ensure that it’s working at its peak, then check to make sure there are no outstanding issues with the inside components that may cause an issue later down the road. If there is anything that we notice, we will let you know what needs to be repaired or replaced and talk about what our recommendations are. With the upcoming shift in season, you will want to be ready to handle whatever mother nature throws your way!

One more way to bolster indoor air quality and reduce seasonal allergy symptoms is to install an air purification system. These work alongside your heating and cooling system to clean your air and reduce pathogens, allergens, and other particles that try to make their way inside. Customers that use air purification systems notice a difference right away in their quality of life. We have a variety of different air purification systems available as options, so contact us today to see which one is right for you!

Need a system replacement, a preventative maintenance appointment, repair, or information on an air purification system? Contact us today for more information, so you can get everything ready just in time for springtime.

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Local weather experts are predicting that this month temperatures will drop more than they have all winter. That means you will be relying on your heating system even more than you might have already. Did you know that insulation in your home plays a big role in the overall comfort of your home and the overall effectiveness of your heating system? Here is how insulation affects your heating system.

Poor insulation or incomplete insulation will allow heat to escape through your roof and walls. If you notice that your rain is drying more quickly on different parts of your walls or roof, this could be a sign of poor or missing insulation in that area. When you think about how much it costs to heat your home during the winter, you don’t want that to be wasted. Insulation is a practical, easy way to reduce your energy bill and conserve energy, all while still staying comfortable. It will also help in the summertime when cool air needs to be kept inside and warm air needs to stay outside. The most important places to have quality insulation are:

  • Attic: heat rises, and it will escape through your attic and roof. If you have insulation in your attic, you can save up to 30% in energy and will allow your heating system to not work as hard
  • Wall: warm air will escape through windows and gaps around your doors and cold outdoor wind could also be pushed inside through those gaps
  • Floor: Heat radiates through flooring and underfloor insulation will help reduce heat loss by trapping the warm air into the fiber
  • Crawl space: The crawl space in your home may not be used much but if it’s not insulated well, the outdoors will try to make their way indoors. This could mean pests could get in and mold or mildew could form too. Insulation will not only keep your home warmer, but it will also help in keeping moisture at bay.
  • Basement: Basements can be cold, but with insulation you can have a more comfortable, moisture-free area that saves energy.

Insulation is an affordable way to keep your home warmer this winter and cooler in the summer. The investment will pay off when you see your utility bills start decreasing. Perhaps you’ve done the insulation and you’re still seeing high energy bills. Our experienced team of professionals at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning can help! Routine preventative maintenance can help point out any issues and if you need a repair or replacement for your furnace, we can help with that too! Contact us today. There is nothing better than year-round comfort!

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The holiday season has officially begun and for many people that means looking for ways to cut costs and save money on day to day things, so they can splurge on gifts for friends and family.  Did you know that your heating system can save you money? A system that functions at peak efficiency will not only work better for a longer amount of time, but it will also help keep your utility bills lower. Here are some helpful ways to have a more efficient heating system this winter.

Tip #1: Set your thermostat.
If you are running your heating system while you’re away all day, you’re wasting money and energy. Install a programmable thermostat and program it to turn down when you’re gone and back up right before you return. These thermostats allow you to control the temperature to be exactly what you want. The result: a comfortable, evenly-heated home and a more affordable utility bill! We can provide options on programmable thermostats, so contact us today for information!

Tip #2: Clean and replace air filters regularly.
If you plan on using your heating system throughout the winter, it’s important to stay on top of air filter cleaning and replacement. Dirty filters will greatly reduce the overall efficiency of the heater’s blower motor and it makes your system work harder. This translates to a higher energy bill and it is hard on your system. Make sure to clean or replace your filters every other month.

Tip #3: Make sure your insulation is up to par and sealing is good.
Do you know if you have quality insulation in your home? If you don’t, you could be losing heat. In addition, if your windows and doors in your home are old or not sealed correctly, you could be unknowingly leaking in cold air and warm air out. This causes your furnace system to work harder than necessary and you’ll see rising utility bills.

Winter is a cold time of year and in order to stay warm, it’s critical to keep your heating system running at its peak efficiency. Not only will you be more comfortable, but your wallet will be more comfortable, too! If your heating system is not ready to tackle the upcoming winter weather, call our experienced team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We can help you with a preventative maintenance tune-up or can get you set up with a full system replacement as well!

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We love living in the Pacific Northwest. Its rugged beauty, mountains, access to the coastal waters, and generally moderate climate makes it the perfect place for many people to put down roots. The seasons that we have in the Northwest are unique in that we get a little bit of everything. There are several weather and environmental factors that can impact your heating and cooling system once autumn begins. Here’s how to take care of it, no matter what type of weather we get.

Rain, rain, and more rain:
Oregon and Washington are no stranger to inches upon inches of rain each year. Rain becomes a part of our day to day life once the fall and winter season hits, so it’s important to know how to keep your heating and cooling system protected during those months of incessant rain. Sometimes we get flooding in our areas, so if there is over 15 inches of rain, it’s important that you turn off your entire HVAC system right away. This amount of water can damage the outdoor unit as well as electrical parts inside. Once the rain has receded, call our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning and we can offer advice on when you should turn it back on and if you have an issue with it because of water damage, our emergency service can help with that as well.

Windy days:
The Pacific Northwest oftentimes has storms roll in and with that brings plenty of wind. Heavier debris from tree branches can fall and damage the outside of your unit, but so can leaves, dirt and other debris. This smaller debris can build up around the inside components and cause a breakdown to occur. To help combat this issue, be sure to trim surrounding trees or branches and remove leaf piles or grass clippings right away.

Be sure to stay on top of preventative maintenance appointments for your HVAC system and clean or replace your air filters every other month. This will help keep your system running at its peak, all fall long!

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Springtime weather in the Northwest is gorgeous. More sunshine, blooming flowers, and warmth will be coming soon, but for people living with asthma and allergies, it also brings misery with sneezing, coughing, watering eyes, and much more. But did you know that indoor air pollutants can cause allergies as much as outside pollutants and allergens?  Your HVAC system plays a big role in the allergy season. Here’s how.

There are a variety of common indoor air pollutants, which usually include pollen, dust mites, mold, and pet dander. When these particles circulate through the air in your home, you’ll breathe them in and likely see an increase in your allergies.  Your HVAC system has an air filter inside of it that catches dust, dirt, and pet dander fragments. Over time, those build up and they need to be washed, cleaned, and/or replaced. If this isn’t completed on a regular basis, the buildup will be recirculated back through the air. When you’re using your HVAC system regularly, set a reminder to clean your filters every other month.

Your next step to reducing allergy symptoms is to keep up on regular maintenance appointments for your HVAC system. Just like you take your vehicle in for tune-ups, your HVAC system needs regular tune-ups too! Spring is the perfect time to set up a maintenance appointment with our experienced team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will clean your filters, complete an efficiency check to make sure the system is working at peak efficiency, and we’ll inspect it closely. If there are any noticeable issues or parts that need to be repaired or replaced, we’ll discuss with you about what our recommendations are, so you can get everything up and running in time to handle the shift in weather for spring and summer.

And last but not least, consider installing an air purification system to your home. These work with your HVAC system to clean your air and reduce your intake of indoor air pathogens, allergens and other harmful particles. You will notice a difference right away! We offer a variety of air purification systems, so contact us today for options on which one is right for your home.

At this time of year, there are lots of changes to the air – there is a lot of extra pollen floating around in the air and that causes allergy sufferers to start feeling the effects right away. Thankfully, there are ways to help reduce your symptoms and breathe easier! Contact us today for more information on getting new air filters, a new HVAC system, or air purification system installed in your home before allergy season gets even more intense!

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Brrrr! Winter is here and that means the weather is very cold! Your furnace is being put to the test for the next couple of months and keeping it running efficiently throughout the cold days is important. If you’ve noticed that your heater is not keeping your home warm enough, it may be a sign that it needs some attention. You should have your furnace tuned up once yearly, but what if you need a tune-up now? A professional look may be required. Here are some signs that your heater needs repair.

Sign #1: Your heater is unreliable.
This seems obvious, but if you turn on your heater and it simply won’t turn on sometimes or it stops in the middle of the runtime, you should get it looked at right away. Ignoring this could cause the system to totally break down and that could mean a costly replacement or an even more expensive repair. Winter weather means you need a heater that is reliable. Call us today to schedule a tune-up or repair. We’ll determine what the cause is and get things up and running as soon as possible.

Sign #2: Your utility bills are rising quickly.
It is normal to see an increase in the price of your utility bills during the winter, simply because your furnace is usually running for longer and you’re using more electricity and gas. However, if you see a huge spike that seems uncharacteristic of increases in years past and there is no utility rate increase, you should get your furnace looked at immediately. This could indicate that something is not functioning properly, and the furnace is not operating as efficiently as it’s supposed to.

Sign #3: Noises.
A furnace that works well should be quiet. If it’s making loud clanging or banging sounds, clicks, or other sounds that sound unnatural when it’s turned on and running, call us to come out and look. There could be a broken blower or another part that needs some adjustment or replacement.

When you’re making your goals and to-do lists for 2018, don’t forget to add regular furnace tune-ups to it! A well-maintained furnace will serve your home for many years to come and keep you and your family comfortable throughout the cold winter.

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The holiday season is in full swing and people are busy shopping for gifts and getting ready for holiday parties. Even though the wintertime can be full of activities, it’s important to stop and remember to think about your heating system and if it’s ready to handle the chilly months that are coming. Upgrading your heating system can alleviate some of the stress you might feel and can help ensure that you’ll be comfortable all winter long! Here are some great benefits of upgrading your heating system this year.

Reason #1: A new system is energy efficient.
Our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning stays updated on all the latest home performance technology and we are proud to carry a variety of heating systems that will not only keep you and your family comfortable year round, but will also offer energy efficiency for your home. The technology today rivals any heating system of the past. New heating systems are so energy efficient, you’ll notice a savings in your utility bill right away. This puts more money in your pocket over the long haul and you’ll be doing your part to conserve energy and do something good for the environment.

Reason #2: A new system is reliable.
If your heating system is decades old, chances are, it’s had some repairs or will need some soon. Old systems aren’t always reliable and that means you could be risking your comfort as you go into the winter months. No one wants to have their heater break down during one of the coldest times of the year. A new system will be reliable for many years to come and you’ll be able to count on it to keep running when you need it most.

Reason #3: Cost savings.
State tax credits are ending soon! Now is the time to get your system installed so you can take advantage of saving hundreds and even thousands of dollars on a new furnace or HVAC system. If you pay in full by the end of 2017 and install by April 2018, you can still claim these tax credits.

We carry a variety of gas furnaces, ductless heat pumps, and more! Not sure which system is right for you and the specific layout of your home? Our team of experienced HVAC professionals will come out and look at the space and provide suggestions on which machines would be most effective. Contact us today to get your appointment scheduled!

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Thinking about upgrading your heating and cooling system before the changeover to spring weather? Spring is the perfect time to get a new system installed and ductless heating and cooling systems are an awesome option for your home comfort needs.
The best part: ductless heating and cooling systems will keep you warm during the winter and cool in the summer, with just one system! Here are some reasons why we love these systems and why you should consider upgrading to one.

Reason #1: They’ll keep you comfortable.
Year round, ductless systems will provide consistent temperatures and clean air to your home. Simply press the button and you’re in control of what temperature keeps you most comfortable during the various seasons in the year.

Reason #2: They’re easily installed.
A ductless system is easy to install for our team of experienced HVAC team. We will do all of the hard work for you, all you have to do is sit back and wait to see how it works. Generally speaking, we can install a new system in your home in one or two days, depending on the job’s scope. If you have questions about what it takes to install a new system in your home and how it will look, we’re happy to answer questions and explain how it’s done.

Reason #3: They’re energy efficient.
If you’re tired of wasting money on high-priced electricity bills every month, a ductless system is a great way to save money. They don’t use extra electricity like baseboard heaters or wall heaters. This energy savings translates to a reduction in your monthly utility bill. Over time, this can save you a lot!

Reason #4: They’re easy to take care of.
If you don’t want a system that requires a lot of maintenance and attention to detail, ductless systems are a good option. All you need to do is change the filters regularly and call us to schedule annual tune-ups for it. During your tune-up, we’ll clean air vents and humidifiers, make sure all the electrical connections are secured and tightened, and we’ll be sure that all of the parts are working great so you don’t have anything unexpectedly break down.

Call us today and we can talk to you about the variety of ductless systems that we have to offer! We’ll go over which one will work well with the layout of your home and most importantly, we’ll find something that fits within your budget. Stay comfortable this spring with a new ductless system!

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Keeping your furnace up and running well on the coldest days of winter is very important! Do you know if your furnace is running at its maximum efficiency? Do you know the signs of it not running well? You should have your furnace tuned up once a year, but what if you need a tune-up right now? Here’s how to tell if your furnace needs a tune-up.

Sign #1: Heat is spotty.
This might seem obvious, but if the heat from your furnace isn’t working or if it only works some of the time, you’ll need to get it looked at right away. If you let it go for too long, the system could break down completely, which could mean it could cost a lot to repair or possibly replace. If your furnace is not serving you reliably, call us today to service it for you.

Sign #2: Steep increase in utility bills.
During the winter, it’s common to see a bit of an increase in your utility costs because your furnace is running more often. However, if you see a really unusual spike in the costs, especially when compared to other winters in the home and when the utility rates have not risen significantly, you should get your furnace looked at professionally. It may need to be repaired.

Sign #3: You hear strange noises coming from the unit.
Your furnace should be quiet for the most part when it’s running, but if you’re noticing loud banging sounds, clicks, or other unusual noises coming from it when it’s running or when you turn it on, you should call our team of professionals to come make sure that there isn’t a broken blower or other part that needs to be adjusted or repaired.

With a properly maintained furnace, your home will be kept comfortable all winter long! Contact us today for a tune-up appointment and we’ll be out there in no time to make sure you’re good to go when the next stretch of frozen weather hits.

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