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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Winter is here & that means winter storms, rain, and freezing weather will be common. Is your home ready to handle the next few months of below freezing temperatures? Here are some helpful tips on how to get your home winterized and ready.

Get your furnace maintenance appointment on the books.
Winter is the perfect time to get your annual preventative maintenance appointment set up. Winter temperatures mean that you will be relying on your heating system to do a lot of work for you to keep you warm, so it’s critical to make sure it’s tuned up every year. Just like you would take care of your car’s oil change, so should you make sure your system is checked out on a regular basis. We will clean or change the air filters, run an efficiency check on the system, and make sure there are no parts that need to be adjusted, repaired or replaced.

Install a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are one of the most convenient ways to help keep you and your family comfortable this winter. They allow you to program the thermostat to be exactly what you want, when you want it, and that also means you get to save money throughout the year! Program the system to turn down when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping at night, then set it to turn up when you return home so it’s warm enough. Programmable thermostats work with most heating and cooling systems and are affordable. Call us today for information on which thermostat would be a good option for you.

Seal leaky windows and doors.
If your windows and doors are old or are leaking cold air in and warm air outside, your heating system will have to work extra hard. Not to mention, it will waste precious energy and cause your utility bills to rise. Be sure to seal your windows and doors around the edges and perimeters, and if the doors and windows are so old that even sealing won’t help, it may be time to replace them altogether for new energy efficient materials. New Energy Star rated doors and windows can work in tandem with your heating system to keep you comfortable and they can be a great home investment.

You don’t need to be cold this winter! In fact, you can stay warm all season long by following these tips. Call us to schedule your preventative maintenance appointment or talk to us about getting a new system installed this winter. And if you experience an unexpected breakdown and need a repair, our service team is there ready to help get things up and running again quickly. Our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning is standing by, so call us today.

 

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Winter in the Pacific Northwest has been mild compared to other winters in the years past, but it’s still never fun to have cold air coming in from the outside and messing with the warm temperature inside. If you’re wondering how to keep the cold out and the warm in, here are some helpful tips.

Tip #1: Add more insulation.
Check for obviothat are lacking quality insulation. Your first place to check should be your attic. Make sure to seal your attic well creating pouches of fiberglass insulation to keep any caps or cavities sealed. Next, check your crawlspace or basement and make sure that the insulation there is thick and protective enough.us gaps and cracks in your insulation and make sure you don’t have big areas in your attic or basement

Tip #2: Look for air leaks.
Basement walls and ceilings are common places where air leaks occur. In addition, the ductwork in your home can also have cracks or spots where air leaks out and that can cause a significant amount of energy to be lost each day and will translate to hundreds, even thousands of dollars of wasted money.

Tip #3: Upgrade your windows and doors.
Old windows and doors are notorious for their inefficiency. In fact, if they’re very old, you can usually stand by them and feel the cold air coming through. If this is the case in your home, it may be time to consider upgrading your home’s windows and doors to new, energy efficient ones. This is not only a great investment because of the money you’ll save in not wasting energy, but it will also provide a nice sound barrier and will add value to your home when it comes time to resell it.

Tip #4: Check your furnace system.
Maybe your issue isn’t as much leaking windows, doors, or poor insulation, but it’s a furnace system that is old and inefficient. Furnace systems that are out of date are working hard to keep you comfortable during the colder winter months. In fact, these systems may be costing you more money on your utility bill and it may not be reliable, meaning it could break down at any moment.

Avoid having unnecessary breakdowns by scheduling routine maintenance appointments with our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will check to make sure your system is working well and if there are repairs that need to be made to keep it running well, we will do that. If your system is old and needs to be replaced, we will recommend a system that fits your budget and your home’s specific layout and space needs.  Contact us today for more details!

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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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heat pump replacement

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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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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Springtime has officially arrived and that means the days are longer and the sun is starting to reappear. This is the perfect time of year to consider installing a heat pump for your home! Heat pumps are wonderful options for homeowners because they can effectively cool and heat your home throughout the year.

No matter what size your home, a heat pump is an affordable choice that can keep your home warm during the cold winter months and cool during the hot days of summertime. With a heat pump, comfort is within reach, with just a touch of a button. Here are some of the top reasons why installing a heat pump in your home is a great idea.

Reason #1: Comfort is available year round.
Pacific Northwest weather can be a bit unpredictable and no matter how cold or hot it is you’ll be able to be comfortable inside all year long. Heat pumps are also effective in circulating clean air throughout the inside of your home and the temperatures will be set consistently, so you aren’t left with hot or cold spots in various parts of the home. It’s truly easy to control the temperature of your home with just a few clicks of a button.

Reason #2: You’ll hardly notice when your heat pump is on.
Heat pumps are so incredibly quiet, you probably won’t even notice that it’s running. If you’re tired of dragging in a clanging, loud air conditioning window unit every summer, you won’t have to if you upgrade to a heat pump. Heat pumps are quiet and energy efficient because they run at lower capacities.

Reason #3: You’ll see a reduction in energy bills.
Because heat pumps are so energy efficient, you will probably see a drop in your energy bills on a monthly basis. In addition, this year there are a variety of rebates and incentives that are happening through the companies that manufacture the heat pumps. Oftentimes these can be combined with tax credits that can help you save even more money. Our team can help walk you through which system might be right for you, then help you with determining if there are discounts or credits currently available.

Now is the time to upgrade your system and get it ready to tackle the upcoming warmer weather of spring and summer! Our experienced professional team will help get you the info you need so you can make the right decision for your home and your budget. Contact us today!

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Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or tiny homes have become incredibly popular in recent years. The homes are very affordable and it provides new homeowners the opportunity to purchase something without a huge mortgage payment each month. It’s not just Portland the surrounding areas that are seeing an increase of accessory dwelling units, either! The trend in buying or building tiny homes is something that has become very popular nationwide.

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Heating Equipment

Have you had your furnace repaired several times? Are you tired of throwing money into repairs every year? When the cold weather hits, you need to have an HVAC system that is reliable and ready to keep you comfortable during every cold day. So, if you have repaired the unit over and over again, it may be time to think about replacing it this year. Buying a new furnace is a big investment for your home and you should weigh the decision carefully. Here are some helpful tips that will help you know if your system needs replacing.

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