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!
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!
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!
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!