Older homes come with a lot of charm and character. Homes that are built 50, 60, 70, or more years ago have many differences when compared to modern homes. For example, they may be laid out different, have different materials and they may not be ducted for traditional heating or cooling systems, simply because they were built before air conditioning was the standard in homes! But, don’t worry – just because you have an older home, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer through unbearable summer weather with no air conditioning. Here are some tips on the best way to cool your older home.
Ductless heating and cooling systems are generally one of the best ways to provide energy efficient cooling to your home. They can also provide heating during the winter, making them a great two-in-one option. Because these systems do not require ductwork installation, these are great for homes that do not have ducts as an option. They use an exterior heat pump that is connected to interior head units that distribute the air-conditioned air or heat to the designated areas within your home. One outside unit can support several interior air handling units and are connected through wiring and small hoes on the outside of the home. The inside units are mounted to the wall, either high or low, and are controlled via remote. You determine what temperature is the most comfortable!
We love the flexibility and energy savings that ductless heat pumps provide, and we are happy to talk to you about this option for your home! Warmer weather has already made its way to the Pacific Northwest and more summer weather will be here soon. Now is the perfect time to get your system installed so you can stay comfortable no matter what the weather decides to do outside! Contact us today for information on your system and financing options. We are standing by to help!
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!
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.
Renovating a home can be an exciting and exhausting process. A home renovation can give homeowners the home they want without having to move and for most people, it allows them to make the changes they want within the budget they determine. If you are considering renovating your home, don’t forget about your HVAC system. If it’s old and out of date, replacing it as part of your home remodeling project is a great idea. Be realistic about your renovation expectations, calculate your budget, and determine what things you want to complete first. Here are some other tips on including HVAC replacement in your home remodel.
Tip #1: Do you research on HVAC companies.
There are a lot of different companies out there, so it’s important to look closely at your options and do your research. Look first for what experience the company has and how long they’ve been in business. Ask them about what kind of jobs they do the most and ask them to provide information on recent jobs they’ve completed. Next, look online for positive reviews on Angie’s List, Yelp, Google, Facebook, and most importantly Better Business Bureau. If there are a lot of negative reviews, this should be a red flag, but read thru them to see what the negative reviews are. In addition, look to see what services the company offers. They should be able to provide a comprehensive list of services that includes not just installation of a new heating/cooling system, but one that does replacements, repairs, and regular preventative maintenance service appointments.
Tip #2: Determine which system is right for you.
Your new HVAC system is a key component of your home and it will be something you will rely on for many years to come, which means you can count on it to stay comfortable when you need it the most. New systems are also energy efficient and can help you save money over time. Not sure which system or system size is right for your home? Our HVAC professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning will take a look at your home and its specific layout and suggest which system is right for you. Whether it’s a heat pump, ductless system, or gas furnace, we will make sure that you have options that work well with your home and most importantly, your budget.
Remodeling your home is a big job, so let us help with part of it! We will explain your choices and help you find a system that will give you the reliability you need. We know that home renovations can get expensive, so we also offer various financing options if you need it. Contact us to learn more and to get an appointment scheduled!
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!
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.
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.
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!