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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It’s not wintertime yet, but the weather is cooling down significantly and more homeowners around the Northwest are reaching to turn the heater on and keep them comfortable. Now is the time that your heater is being put to the test. But what if your heating system is already showing signs of weakening? It may need some attention. Here are some signs that your heater needs repair.

#1: It’s not reliable.
Is your heater not turning on when you want it to? Maybe you have designated it to a certain temperature, but it isn’t adjusting as it should. Or, if it’s stopping in the middle of runtime, there could be a problem internally.  Ignoring signs like this could cause the system to completely break down and that could mean you’re in for some costly repairs or even a full furnace replacement at some point down the road. Your home deserves a reliable heating system, so be sure to call us to schedule a repair or tune up right away. We can determine what issues are happening and recommend what the next steps are.

#2: You’re paying a lot in utility bills.
Once the cold weather hits and you’re running your furnace more often, it’s normal to see an increase in the price of your energy bill because you’re using more gas and electricity. However, if you notice a huge spike that seems out of the ordinary when compared to other winter months, get your furnace checked to make sure something isn’t going wrong. Utility bill spikes can indicate an issue with the machine itself.

#3: You’re hearing unusual sounds.
Clanging, banging, clicks, or other sounds that don’t sound like the regular mechanics of your heating system should be checked out right away. Loud and unusual noises can be a sign that there are internal components or parts that need to be readjusted or should be looked at, such as a broken blower.

Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here in a matter of weeks and that means you will need to have a reliable heating system to keep you and your family or guests comfortable. We can help with getting your furnace tuned up and maintained well so it can keep you warm for the rest of the season, and beyond!

 

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Now that fall is here, the weather starts to get cooler and you may find yourself turning up the thermostat a bit to stay warm. Your HVAC system is meant to keep you comfortable all season long, but sometimes things happen and there may be an issue that needs to be fixed. How do you know if you have a problem with your HVAC system? Here are some indicators.

Does the system make weird sounds or put off weird odors?
Out of the ordinary smells or sounds are usually a sign that something is going wrong with your HVAC unit. Sometimes, these could also be dangerous, so it is important to not ignore the sound or smell for long. If you hear something banging in the system, it could mean that there is something loose or broken inside the machine. If you hear a loud screeching noise, it could indicate that a belt is loose or worn. If you smell something like rotten eggs, that could indicate a gas leak and you should get out of the house immediately and call the professionals for help. Even if the sound or smell only happens occasionally, it’s a good idea to get it looked at in case there is something wrong with it. If you put it off for a long time, it could end up damaging the system even worse.

Is your energy efficiency dropping?
If you notice your utility bill spiking, there is a good chance that your energy efficiency is dropping and there could be a problem with your HVAC system. Without regular maintenance, your HVAC system will not be as energy efficient as it could be. In addition, if there is something happening on the inside of the unit and a repair needs to be made, it could be causing a drop in efficiency. If you notice a big change in your utility bill from month to month or even when compared to last fall to this fall, it’s time to call our experienced team of licensed HVAC technicians to help determine what the issue is.

The sooner you catch HVAC problems, the better it is for you and your family’s comfort, as well as the system as a whole. Contact us for a preventative maintenance appointment today or to have your system looked at for a potential repair. We’re standing by to help.

 

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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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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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Gas furnaces are one of the most common types of heating systems found in homes around the Pacific Northwest. These furnaces keep individuals and families warm throughout the winter and are very energy efficient. As with any large appliance or heating unit, there are some important safety precautions you should take while using your gas furnace.

Tip #1: Make sure the vent pipes are free and clear with nothing touching them. We have seen bags, gloves, boxes, and many other things stacked on and near the vent pipes. This is a fire hazard! These pipes get hot and could potentially cause a fire when items are touching them.

Tip #2: Double check your carbon monoxide detector. Make sure the unit is still working and has not expired. These have a shelf life anywhere from two to seven years. If it has expired and is still working, replace immediately. Read the instructions carefully on the new one as many detectors have specific areas and heights they can be installed.

Tip #3: Always check your air filter and make sure it is clean. This not only keeps your unit up and running efficiently, but it will also allow for cleaner air to enter into your home.

Tip #4: Make sure that the front of the furnace has a 30-inch clearance in front of it, for service access and safety.

Tip #5:  Be sure that all supply and return air vents are free and clear and that the vents are open and not obstructed.

If you’re having difficulty getting your gas furnace to work with maximum efficiency, contact Hybrid today! Our team of professionals will have your furnace working well and your home will be warm in no time.

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The temperatures are getting colder as winter weather nears, so when you turn on your heating system, you want it to do its job the right way: blow hot air. If it’s blowing cold air, this could be a little shocking. Here are some reasons why your heater may not be blowing hot air.

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