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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Weather in the Pacific Northwest gives us a good mix of rain, sun, heat, and snow.  Some months it’s continual rain and other times during those warm months, it’s hot and there seems to be no end in sight. Many homeowners enjoy using their furnaces in the winter to keep them home and are okay with moving in a couple of window air conditioning units when the summer heat gets unbearable. But there is a better solution: a heat pump. A heat pump is a great solution for homeowners looking for both heating and cooling solutions in one system.

What are the differences between air conditioners and heat pumps?
Both of these systems use outdoor and indoor coils to transfer refrigerant. An air conditioning system will absorb heat that passes over the indoor coil in the system. This means that cool air is transferred into the ductwork of your home and the hot air is moved to the outside. Heat pumps on the other hand, will take outside heat for warming your home and then, they cool it by taking the heat out of your home.

If your home currently runs on electric baseboard heating or oil, you’ll see a huge difference in the utility bill if you install a heat pump. The cost of the heat pump will likely pay for itself over time because of the amount of money you’ll save in heating and cooling bills in the coming years. An air conditioner can be an inexpensive solution to cooling your home when it gets hot outside, especially if you live in a smaller space. However, a heat pump can be used to both heat and cool your home, year round! It’s resourceful in how much electricity it uses, making it an environmentally friendly option, too.

Which system is right for you?
Installing a new heating and cooling system for your home is an investment, but it’s one that will be well worth it, adding value to your home and enhancing your quality of life at the same time. If you don’t have ductwork in your home, we can help you with a selection of ductless heat pumps that will fit your home and most importantly, your budget. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, call us and let us figure out the details.

Not sure which system is right for you?
If you’ve decided you want to start enjoying the benefits a heat pump, you’ll be making a great long term investment for your home. And, there are a variety of options out there for all types of budgets. If you don’t have ductwork in your home, give us a call and let us tell you about our selection of ductless heat pumps. Once installed, you’ll reap the rewards of lower heating and cooling bills almost immediately! Not sure what your options are for your home or office space? Call us and let us figure out what might work for your specific needs.

Now is a great time to get your system installed, too! Oregon tax credits are available now and can be used on qualified heat pumps. These are available through the end of the year, but the time to act is now, so you can enjoy the benefits for the rest of the year!

 

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Summertime is almost here and that means the kids are out of school and you’ll probably be doing a lot of fun things together. This can also be an expensive few months because of vacations, day trips, and other outings that cost money. Looking to save money in as many ways as possible? The warm weather will be here to stay for a while, and that means your air conditioner will be put to the test. Here are some helpful air conditioner tips that can help save you money this summer.

#1: Energy.
If you service your air conditioner before summer officially starts, it will be ready to tackle the hottest summer days with ease. We will make sure that your cooling system is working well by checking to make sure the parts are functioning as they should and that there are no repairs or other updates needed. We’ll also clean and/or replace the filters if necessary, which can not only reduce energy use, but also prolong the life of the system.

#2: Vents.
Did you know that blocking vents in your home not only causes inefficient cooling, but it can also cause your system to work harder and increase your energy bill? Move around your furniture and make sure that all vents in your home are free and clear and are able to do their job.

#3: Temperature.
Keep your thermostat at one temperature. Adjusting it up or down all the time will cause your system to work harder but it will also mess with your utility bill. Keeping your thermostat adjusted at one temperature at all times means your home will be kept cool and comfortable all the time and your energy bill won’t come as a huge shock.

#4: Fans.
Your air conditioner is probably your best friend in the summer months, but small fans can also help keep you cool. One way to reduce energy use is to use fans at night to keep cool air circulating.

Not sure if your cooling system is efficient? Let us help you find a system that cools well while keeping your energy bill as low as possible. Call us at 503-357-5663 to set up a convenient appointment.

Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning: Quality service & installation is our only business.

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Wasting energy is no small matter. In fact, finding ways to put an end to wasting energy and saving utility bills is at the forefront of many homeowner’s minds today. There are a variety of ways to save energy and cut back on energy consumption. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.

Tip #1: Use a programmable thermostat.
These thermostats are great for homeowners that could benefit from programming their thermostat to different temperatures throughout the day. For example, if you are at work during the majority of the day, you won’t need to keep an empty house warm. So, program it to turn off or on at certain parts of the day, depending on what you need and when you need to use it. This will allow you to save significant amounts of energy over time and you’ll also see a drop in your utility bill each month.

Tip #2: Seal leaking ductwork or other areas of the home that allow air in and out.
Your attic and/or basement are two main places where air can leak in and out, especially if you don’t have proper insulation or sealing. In addition, if you have older ductwork in your home, consider getting it looked at to be sure that there aren’t any leaks. Even a small hole or crack could make a big difference in the overall efficiency of your home.

Tip #3: Say goodbye to energy-guzzling appliances and HVAC systems.
Unplug large devices or appliances if you are not using them. Even if they aren’t being powered on, leaving your items plugged in means they are using energy. In addition, if your HVAC system is old and outdated, upgrading them to new, energy efficient models means you won’t have to worry again about skyrocketing utility bills or energy waste during the warmer spring and summer months.

Cutting back consumption is not only beneficial for you as a homeowner, but it is also doing a great service to keeping the environment healthy. Our team of qualified HVAC professionals is standing by to help answer your questions on how we can help get you a new or repaired heating and system that will put your home on track to be energy efficient!

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