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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Keeping your HVAC system working all the time is important, so implementing some good habits when it comes to HVAC maintenance can help you stay comfortable and save money, all year long. Here are some HVAC habits you should have.

Habit #1: Cleaning and/or changing air filters.
This is one of the most important (and easiest) things you can do to maintain the life of your system. Dirt, dander, and dust will accumulate in the filter over time, especially if you have pets.  Once this accumulates, it is hard for the air to pass through and the air quality will not be as good. Dirty filters also make your system work harder, which can translate to a higher energy bill and increased risk of a system break down. Make it a habit to clean and/or change your filter once a month, or once every other month.

Habit #2:  Don’t change your thermostat all the time.
Find a temperature that is comfortable and keep it there and use natural light to help with the temperature in the home. Adjusting your thermostat all the time can cause your system to work harder than necessary, and it will also cause your utility bill to fluctuate greatly. Take advantage of the warm sun to help heat rooms and during the summer to keep it cool, close curtains or blinds to block incoming heat from the sun.

Habit #3: Keep your system maintained yearly.
Annual HVAC maintenance tune-ups are very important. Just like you have your car tuned-up regularly, your HVAC system should also be kept maintained regularly. Preventative maintenance will help make sure that all the unseen components inside your machine are working efficiently and at their peak. Our technicians will be sure that there are no issues happening, so you don’t face an unexpected breakdown. We’ll clean your filters, run an energy efficiency check, and talk to you about anything else that you have questions with.

Spring is only two weeks away and our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning is ready to help you stay comfortable all season long! Contact us today for information on getting a new system installed for spring or for more information on preventative maintenance services.

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This summer in the Pacific Northwest has been one for the records! Hot weather for days on end has left many people thinking about how they can keep cool. A single air conditioner used in a window can only do so much. And when it comes to the cooler months of fall and winter, you’ll be looking for a heating source that will keep you comfortable without breaking the bank.  Here are some ways that your home can benefit from a ductless system.

#1: Convenience.
No ducts? No problem. Did you know that a ductless system will both heat and cool your home, year-round? This means that you won’t have to haul an air conditioning unit in and out of your home every summer and you’ll be in control of your temperature always! No matter how hot it gets in the summer, you’ll stay cool. And no matter how cold it gets during the winter, you’ll be warm and comfortable even on the most frigid days.

#2: Energy efficiency.
Ductless systems are incredibly efficient and don’t use excess electricity like other sources like baseboard heaters, furnaces, or wall heaters. Energy savings mean you’ll see a decrease in your utility bill and you’ll be doing something good for the environment.

#3: Easily maintained.
Ductless systems are easy to maintain! All you need to do is clean your filter on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and schedule a routine tune-up appointment once a year. During this appointment, we will make sure all the vents and humidifiers are clean, we’ll also tighten the electrical connections, and check all of the working parts to make sure everything is good to go for the upcoming season. No one wants a surprise break down, so an annual maintenance appointment is very important.

#4: Flexibility.
Ductless systems are flexible, meaning they can be installed in a variety of home styles and designs, no matter what your specific space demands. They’re a great solution for any home because they can be configured to match your home, whereas traditional HVAC systems cannot be.

If you have decided that a ductless system is the right choice for your home, we can provide you with some specific options that will fit your home and your budget. Contact us today and our professional and experienced team can help you decide which one is the right choice. You’ll have your system up and running just in time for autumn and you’ll be set to stay comfortable all year long!

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