The summer weather is starting to heat up and if you’re not careful, your body can be negatively impacted. There are some important things to know about the risks of exposing yourself to high heat and take steps to protect your health. Here are some ways you can stay healthy during the hot summer days.
#1: Know your body temps.
Your body regulates itself to around 98.6 degrees, and even changes as little as a degree could start changing the overall biochemistry of your body that you might be able to feel right away. If you’re continually walking around with a higher than normal body temperature, you could be risking heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
#2: Stay hydrated.
Warm weather means you will likely be sweating and if you’re sweating out water but not drinking water to replace it, your body won’t be getting enough electrolytes. This can cause muscle cramping and dehydration. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, so you can replenish what you’re losing in the heat.
#3: Know the signs of heat exhaustion.
Heat exhaustion happens when you’ve lost enough body fluid that your body cannot operate properly. You’ll feel excessively thirsty, dizzy, and very tired. In some cases, nausea will set in and you may lose more fluid that way. If that is the case, you need to seek medical attention right away and move into a cooler location, while applying cool, wet towels and ice. If you ignore these signs, you could lose consciousness and heat stroke could happen. This is very serious and could be fatal if not treated immediately.
#4: Get a good air conditioning system in place.
Summer in the Pacific Northwest is a beautiful time, but it does get hot. It’s important to have a place to stay cool and comfortable. If your air conditioning system at home does not keep you reliably cool, get it looked at by our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. It may need a simple repair. Perhaps your system is old and inefficient and now is the time to get a full replacement. We have a variety of options available in your budget and can work with you on getting financing in place, so you can stay comfortable throughout the summer months. Contact us today for information!
The official start of summer is June 21 and before you know it, we’ll be heading toward the warm, hot days of summer in the Northwest. You’ll likely be adjusting your thermostat to turn your air conditioner on each day. Have you used your air conditioner already and noticed that there have been some weird sounds? Or perhaps nothing is amiss, but you’re looking to keep your air conditioning working at peak condition, so you can avoid any unnecessary break downs. Here are some ways to avoid surprise air conditioner break downs.
#1: Schedule preventative maintenance.
The end of spring is near, and summer will be here soon. This is the perfect time to get your cooling system tuned up. Our experienced HVAC technicians will come out and take a close look at both the outside and inside of your air conditioning system and make sure there are no components that are starting to wear out. If we notice any adjustments that need to be made or if there is anything that needs repair or replacement, we’ll let you know so you can get it serviced before we’re hitting hot temperatures. We’ll also clean the inside, including the blower motor and coils!
#2: Keep your filters cleaned.
Clogged filters not only affect your indoor air quality, but it means that your air conditioner must work hard to do its job. Over time this causes unnecessary wear and tear on the system and it could cause premature break downs. Set a calendar reminder to clean and/or replace your air filters every other month at the minimum. Your system (and your checking account) will thank you because you will decrease your risk for expensive, unexpected repairs.
Your air conditioner isn’t meant to last forever, but it will work well for a long time if you take good care of it. Regular cleaning and preventative maintenance appointments will give you the peace of mind you need knowing that your system will keep you cool and comfortable for many summers! Contact us today to set up a maintenance appointment or to talk to us about your options about getting a new air conditioner or ductless heat pump installed in time for the 2018 summer season!
Spring has officially arrived this week! With the change of season, it’s important to remember to prepare your HVAC system for the weather and extended use during spring. Here are some specific ways you can prepare your HVAC system for spring.
Tip #1: Remove debris around your outdoor unit.
Winter weather in the Northwest translates to a lot of rain, mud, and wind. These last months of winter weather cause build up to happen around your outdoor condenser unit and if it isn’t cleared away, it could restrict airflow and cause problems with overall functionality. If this happens, the machine has to work harder to do its job and this could mean your energy bill could be higher and the system could break down unnecessarily.
Tip #2: Clean and/or replace your filters.
In order to promote good indoor air quality, it’s important to remember to clean or change your air filter every other month. Pet dander, dust, and other debris accumulates inside the filter and this could cause your allergies to get worse and it can reduce airflow, causing your machine to work hard.
Tip #3: Replace and upgrade your home’s thermostat.
A programmable thermostat can change your life for the better. These kinds of thermostats can help you save money and will better regulate air flow at all hours of the day and night. Programmable thermostats give you the option to designate your desired temperature and set it to run at the time you want it to. Gone during the day at work? Program it to turn off or down when you’re away from home, then program it to turn on shortly before you arrive so your home is at a comfortable temperature. This kind of flexibility in programming translates a savings in your utility bill.
Tip #4: Schedule a preventative maintenance appointment.
Spring in the Northwest is beautiful and we have sunnier weather and longer days! The change to springtime weather is the ideal time to schedule your preventative maintenance appointment with our specialists at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. Our experienced HVAC technicians will clean your filters, check to make sure all the components inside your HVAC system are working as they’re supposed to, and we’ll talk to you about any potential issues we find that need to be fixed. Having an unexpected system breakdown can be a real headache. Preventative maintenance appointments can help eliminate that problem and keep you comfortable all season long.
Don’t neglect your HVAC system well this spring. Contact us today for information on getting a preventative maintenance appointment set up. Or, if your system is outdated and unreliable, spring is a great time to get it replaced. We can help find a system that works perfectly for your home’s specific layout and most importantly, we will work with your budget. We look forward to hearing from you!
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.
The new year has officially started and that means that many people, especially homeowners, are making their to-do lists on what things need to be completed or changed. If your home has an HVAC system that is decades old and it’s starting to have problems, upgrading your system can help alleviate some of the stress you might feel, and you’ll be able to stay comfortable throughout the year. Here’s why 2018 is a great year to upgrade your HVAC system.
Reason #1: Your new HVAC system will be reliable.
Chances are, if you have a system that is many years old, it’s had some repairs or will start needing regular repairs soon. Old systems simply are not as reliable as a new system and that means you could have some expensive repairs or an unexpected system breakdown right when you need it most. Winter time can get especially cold and nobody wants to have their heater break when it’s cold outside! A new system is reliable and will stay that way for many years to come. That means, you can count on it to keep you comfortable when you need it the most.
Reason #2: Your new HVAC system will be energy efficient.
Our team of HVAC pros understand that saving money and conserving energy is an important part of being a responsible homeowner. Let us help you find the right energy efficient system that works with your home and its specific layout! The technology in today’s HVAC system systems are unlike the HVAC models of the past and that translates to energy savings and more money in your pocket. You’ll also be conserving energy and doing your part to help the environment.
So, where do you start when it comes to researching new HVAC systems? When you’re reading about different types of systems that might work for your home, be sure to research the various efficiency ratings. Good efficiency ratings mean that you’ll save energy and money over the long haul, which is an important thing for most homeowners today. process. Furthermore, knowing the efficiency ratings can help you estimate what the overall costs are of the system while you have it, including what it could potentially cost to repair or maintain it. The higher the rating number for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), the better it is for overall energy and efficiency savings.
Our team at Hybrid can help provide options on what system size and style would work best. We will also work to stay within your budget and we will go over various financing options if you need it. Now is the time to contact us and learn more so you can stay comfortable every month out of the year.
The first official day of winter is this week! The cold, icy mornings will become more of a norm and they’ll be here to stay for a while. With this season change, a lot of illness goes around you may be thinking about ways that you can keep a healthy climate in your home this winter and even year-round. Here are some helpful ideas on how to do this.
Tip #1: Keep the air clear and clean.
Allergens, molds, bacteria, and viruses float throughout the air wherever you go. One way you can steer clear of these things is by having a quality air purification system in your home. Clean air translates to healthier air that you’ll breathe and that means you’ll have less of a chance of spreading illness and other germs around. We are proud to sell a variety of air purification systems that work alongside your current HVAC system and eliminate airborne pathogens. Contact us for information on which systems might work for you.
Tip #2: Don’t fluctuate your temperature.
What’s the ideal temperature for your home? Find what that is and stick to it. Using a programmable thermostat is a great way to do this. It allows you to control the temperature of your home accurately at any time of the day or night. Wireless programmable thermostats will work with most HVAC systems and you can program it to work with your smartphone. You can program it to turn the heat up a bit before you get home from work and have it turn down on its own when you’re away from home for an extended period or at night.
Tip #3: Save money.
Saving money makes everyone feel great, right? Having a quality programmable thermostat in your home will give you the power to not only control the temperature no matter where you are, and it can also help with your utility bills because the temperature will be even, and no energy will be wasted. This translates to lower energy bills and more money in your pocket!
The climate in your home can be comfortable and healthy all year long! Clean air and the perfect temperature are important parts of maintaining a healthy climate, so contact us today if you have questions on getting a new heating system installed or replaced, or if you are curious about how a programmable thermostat or air purification system could work for you. Our qualified team of installers can help you get what you need so you’re comfortable all winter long.
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!
Home improvement tasks can oftentimes seem never ending and many times you can do them yourself by simply looking online for some simple “how-to” articles. But, even the handiest of people shouldn’t attempt HVAC repairs. Trying to tackle it yourself could not only be a waste of your time, but it could also lead to costly damage if things aren’t repaired properly. Here are some important reasons why you should leave HVAC repair to the professionals at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning.
Reason #1: We’ll diagnose the problem accurately.
Not sure what the problem is with your HVAC system? Don’t try to search Google for information. There could be many difference reasons why your HVAC system is acting up the way it is. Maybe it’s a leak, a broken part, or something else. We’ll come out and take a close look at the system and diagnose the issue quickly and accurately. Our team of professionals have years of experience working on all sorts of varieties of HVAC systems. Once the problem is diagnosed, we can provide the best solution to getting things back in great working order.
Reason #2: We have professional-grade tools to get the job done.
Most HVAC repairs require professional-grade tools that require training and experience to use. Trying to attempt a repair without one of these tools could cause damage to your machine.
Reason #3: Your warranty will stay active.
If you attempt to repair your own HVAC system, it could cause it to breakdown or need more repairs later down the road. In addition, self-made repairs can make the warranty on your system void, which could mean you’ll be left to pay for costly repairs or replacement on your own, with no warranty coverage.
Save yourself the time, money, and hassle by hiring our team of professionals at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning! You’ll have peace of mind knowing that the job will be done quickly and with quality. Once your system is repaired, you’ll be able to stay comfortable throughout the year! For service, contact us today.
This week, the Portland metro area will see record heat. Temperatures are expected to soar into the 100s, with some places reaching upwards of 110 degrees! With these kinds of temperatures, it’s important to take care of yourself and be sure to listen to any heat-related warnings. The United States Weather Service has issued an extreme heat advisory for our area, so it’s important to take note and find places to stay cool. Here are some extra tips on how to stay cool.
Tip #1: Know what your equipment expectations are.
When it comes to your air conditioning system, there are certain equipment expectations that we have to keep in mind. We have to design our systems per code for outdoor temperatures of 95 degrees. Systems are designed to maintain a 20-degree difference from indoors to the outdoors. So, at 95 degrees, it needs to maintain a comfortable 75 degrees indoors. At 107, it should be 87 indoors. If we designed systems to maintain 75 degrees inside and it was 107 outside, the systems would be oversized all of the other days of the year. Oversized equipment will stop and start constantly and will use a lot more electricity because of all of the starting and stopping.
Note: if you own a heat pump system, they are sized for heating capacity, which is most often oversized on the cooling side. This means that the heat pump can produce more cooling when needed on hot days like we’re having this week. That said, they can struggle to maintain 75 on a 107-degree day.
Tip #2: Stay hydrated.
It’s very important to drink plenty of water when the weather is hot. Even if you drink a lot of water on a regular basis, on hot days, increase your intake even more. Keeping plenty of fluids going means that your body can help keep itself cool and you’ll reduce your risk for developing heat stroke or another heat related illness/sickness. In addition, dress lightly – the lighter the clothing, the less sweat and loss of fluid there will be.
Tip #3: Keep your system serviced.
Your HVAC system is one of those things that you might forget about servicing regularly, but it’s in fact one of the most important things to keep maintained. The beginning of the spring or summer is a good time to get your system maintenance appointment set. That way, you’ll be sure that all of the inside components of the machine are working well and problem spots will be pointed out in plenty of time.
Is your air conditioning not reliable? Or maybe it’s time to install a brand new air conditioning system so you can avoid breakdowns when you need your system the most! Contact us today for options on the right equipment for your home or office and we’ll also let you know what rebates or other incentives are currently happening!
Owning a pet is a big job but it has many rewards. The unconditional love of a pet is unique and special! Taking care of your dog or cat means feeding them, cleaning them, and sometimes cleaning up messes. Pet ownership also requires some effort when it comes to your HVAC system and its maintenance. Here are some important must-knows for pet owners regarding HVAC maintenance.
Tip #1: Keep track of exposed wires.
Your cat or dog – especially kittens and puppies – might think exposed wires from your HVAC system are toys and play with it or start chewing. To be sure that your pets are kept safe and your HVAC system wires are kept intact, keep all wires away from your pet’s reaches by enclosing them in conduits.
Tip #2: Keep your air filter clean.
The air filter in your system plays a huge role in the overall efficiency of the HVAC unit and also the quality of air that is circulated throughout your home. The hair that your dogs and cats shed can get inside the air filters and clog it, which could decrease the efficiency of your system. This means you’ll likely see an increase in utility bills and over time, it could shorten the lifespan of your heating and cooling system. Clean your air filters regularly, every one or two months.
Tip #3: Keep the outside condenser units safe.
If your dog or cat has free range of the yard where your outside unit is located, be careful to watch the outside condenser units closely. It’s common for dogs to dig and claw at harder surfaces and they could start wreaking havoc on the condenser coils. This could not only damage the machine, but it could also cause significant damage to your pet and their sensitive feet. In addition, if your dog has access to urinate on the machine’s coils, this could cause them to erode over time. To prevent access to the machine, you can put a small barrier around it to help limit your pet’s access to it.
If it’s time to get your heating and cooling system tuned up, repaired, or replaced, contact our professional and experienced team! We’re ready to help you get the answers you need in the price range you can afford.