Kids are heading back to school and the hot summer will be over soon. Before you know it, autumn will be here. So now is the time to plan and get your system ready for the change of season. Here are some ways to do that.
#1: Clean and/or change your filter.
During the summer, your system is working hard to filter the air and capture the dust, pollen, and dust that is prevalent. Over time, this kind of debris will build up and could clog the air filter. That means your system needs to work harder to get your home to the temperature that you designate. Be sure to clean and/or change your filter every 1 to 2 months.
#2: Install a programmable thermostat. When the temperatures start dropping this fall, it’s a great time to set your thermostat to a different temperature. The weather tends to change a lot during our Pacific Northwest autumns, so that means the range of temperatures can vary. A programmable thermostat is a great way to make sure that you stay comfortable all season long. You can program the thermostat to turn on at a certain time at a certain temperature. Then simply turn down, up, or off as necessary. You can program this at home or even when you’re away. They are incredibly convenient and affordable.
#3: Get your fall maintenance appointment set up.
If you want your system to last longer and run with peak efficiency, you will need to schedule regular maintenance on it. Fall is the perfect time to check your heating and cooling system. This will ensure you won’t have any surprise breakdowns that could be expensive. Our experienced team of technicians at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning will check your system’s internal components, run an energy efficiency check, clean the filters, and make sure we discuss any potential problem spots.
This autumn don’t fall behind in your HVAC prep work! Staying ahead of the game on this simple maintenance means your system will work well all fall long! Call us today for your fall maintenance appointment.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Autumn is here and school is back in session. Viruses are back around circulating, so it is important to keep you and your family healthy. In addition to getting enough sleep, reducing the amount of stress you’re under, and eating well, you can also use an indoor air purifier to help bolster the air quality that you’re breathing. Clean air translates to a healthier home environment that can stop the spreading of illness and germs. We are proud to carry some top-quality air purifiers that work wonderfully. Here’s how air purifiers can help your health.
Performance™ Air Purifier: This product is one of a kind and it will work great for your entire home, not just one room. This machine replaces those old, inefficient electronic air cleaners that were previously on the market. It can kill three common pathogens and will eliminate up to 75% of airborne organisms that can cause illness. It easily works with any HVAC system can be installed quickly. It has a unique cabinet design that allows it to fit into narrow or tight spaces. So no matter where you need it, we should be able to configure it to fit your home’s specific design.
Infinity® Air Purifier:
This is a top-of-the-line machine that can clean the air in your whole home with high efficiency. It features a Capture and Kills ™ technology that catches up to 99% airborne viruses, germs, mold, and bacteria, then uses an electrical charge to kill them. It has been proven to kill 13 common pathogens can cause flu, streptococcus, measles, and the common cold. It also captures pollen, animal dander, smoke, and other air pollutants to keep the air you’re breathing as clean as possible.
This purifying system can work with any HVAC system that you already have installed in your home. It will re-purify the air up to 8 times per hour, which means you’ll notice a difference right away after it’s installed.
The air you breathe matters. It helps keep you and your family healthy, so contact us today for information on getting a new purifier installed in your home before the cold and flu season ramps up.
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!