Springtime brings beautiful sunshine and blooming flowers and for many homeowners, it’s a time to get caught up on projects around the house. Many people use this season to evaluate home energy use and determine ways that they can cut back. If you’re looking for ways to cut your energy bill this spring, these simple tips can help!

#1: Turn the thermostat down.
Did you know that knocking the temperature down just one degree can make a big difference in your energy bill and your overall savings? This could mean you are saving a large chunk of money each month.

#2: Replace your thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are the wave of the future and are a simple way to reduce your energy usage in your home. Not only do they help with your bill, but they will also assist in evenly cooling and heating your home, year-round. These thermostats give you the ability to program the temperature to be exactly what you want, when you want it. So, if you plan on being gone at work all day, you can program the thermostat to turn down while you’re away, then have it come back up a bit before you arrive home. This keeps you from wasting energy and money when you’re not at home! They can be installed and used in tandem with almost any existing cooling or heating system. We have several programmable thermostat options, so contact us for information.

#3: Consider replacing your heating and cooling system.
How old is your heating and cooling system? If it is 10 to 15 years old, chances are, a full replacement is imminent. Outdated systems become inefficient over time, sucking energy and driving your energy bill up. A new system such as a ductless system will be energy efficient and will end up saving money over time. Not sure which one is right for your home? Our experienced team of heating and cooling specialists can provide you the best options within your specified price range.

If you don’t need a new system quite yet and want to make sure you get the most out of your existing system, be sure to schedule regular preventative maintenance appointments for it. This will help extend the life of the system and ensure that it is working at peak efficiency, no matter what the weather does outside! Contact us today to get your system tune-up scheduled or to talk to us about the installation of a programmable thermostat or system replacement!

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Spring has officially arrived in the Pacific Northwest! With the change of season, many homeowners are starting to tackle their home maintenance to-do list that piled up over winter. Don’t forget to put your heating and cooling system is on your list of things to check, so you can avoid potentially costly expenses that could happen if it breaks down. Here are some simple ways to avoid expensive HVAC repairs this spring.

#1: Don’t ignore noises or smells.
Stay vigilant about noticing smells or noises that seem out of the ordinary. These can often indicate an issue and if it’s left unattended, this could mean that you’re in for a costly repair or even worse, a total breakdown of the machine. Burning smells should never be ignored, which could indicate an electrical problem, and if you hear any banging, rattling, or squeaking or squealing, this could mean that something has come loose or one of the parts is worn and needs replacement.

#2: Don’t forget to schedule an annual maintenance appointment.
Spring is the best time to schedule a routine maintenance appointment for your heating and cooling system. This will ensure that any minor repairs are taken care of before they turn into something bigger. In addition, we will run an energy efficiency check to ensure everything is working at optimal efficiency, and we will clean the filters and inside parts to make sure airflow is ideal.

#3: Always change air filters.
Did you know that dirty air filters will reduce the flow of air into your home and cause your heating and cooling system to work harder than it must? That means you’re putting more wear and tear on the internal components and this could cause an expensive repair. A clogged filter will also mean that the air being circulated back into your home will not be as clean as it could be. Dust, pet dander, dirt, and other particles that your filter catches will build up and blow right back into the air you breathe if it isn’t cleaned or replaced every other month.

If you end up needing a repair, our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning offers 24-hour emergency service. If your system is over 10 to 15 years old, there is a good chance that you have already invested enough in repairs and you may need to have it replaced completely. Call us today to get your preventative maintenance appointment set up or to talk to us about options for a full replacement!

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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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Now that fall is here, the weather starts to get cooler and you may find yourself turning up the thermostat a bit to stay warm. Your HVAC system is meant to keep you comfortable all season long, but sometimes things happen and there may be an issue that needs to be fixed. How do you know if you have a problem with your HVAC system? Here are some indicators.

Does the system make weird sounds or put off weird odors?
Out of the ordinary smells or sounds are usually a sign that something is going wrong with your HVAC unit. Sometimes, these could also be dangerous, so it is important to not ignore the sound or smell for long. If you hear something banging in the system, it could mean that there is something loose or broken inside the machine. If you hear a loud screeching noise, it could indicate that a belt is loose or worn. If you smell something like rotten eggs, that could indicate a gas leak and you should get out of the house immediately and call the professionals for help. Even if the sound or smell only happens occasionally, it’s a good idea to get it looked at in case there is something wrong with it. If you put it off for a long time, it could end up damaging the system even worse.

Is your energy efficiency dropping?
If you notice your utility bill spiking, there is a good chance that your energy efficiency is dropping and there could be a problem with your HVAC system. Without regular maintenance, your HVAC system will not be as energy efficient as it could be. In addition, if there is something happening on the inside of the unit and a repair needs to be made, it could be causing a drop in efficiency. If you notice a big change in your utility bill from month to month or even when compared to last fall to this fall, it’s time to call our experienced team of licensed HVAC technicians to help determine what the issue is.

The sooner you catch HVAC problems, the better it is for you and your family’s comfort, as well as the system as a whole. Contact us for a preventative maintenance appointment today or to have your system looked at for a potential repair. We’re standing by to help.

 

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Fall weather in the Pacific Northwest is the perfect mix of rain, sun, warm days, and chilly mornings. The rainy season will really start picking up in the autumn too. But, will the rain impact your heating and cooling system?  Here’s how to make sure your HVAC system stays working at optimal efficiency, even during the rainy season.

Oregon and Washington get record amounts of rain each year and autumn is when it starts kicking in. How do you keep your HVAC system protected during the rainy season?

#1 Understand your system.
Outdoor HVAC units are designed to be durable so running your system during the rain should not be a problem. If the inside electrical components like wires and connections are properly shielded, your system is safe to run. However, if there are issues with extreme weather like lightening, high winds, or hail, there could be problems with how it is performing.

#2: Turn it off in the event of a flood.
If flooding were to occur and there is over 15 inches of rain, it’s important that you turn off your entire heating and cooling system immediately. This amount of water could damage the outdoor unit and the inside electrical components. Once the water starts to recede, contact our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning for advice on when you can safely turn it back on.

If there are issues with its performance after the water hits it, don’t panic. We offer 24-7 emergency service because we know that you and your family don’t want to be left in a lurch with no warm air this fall. Our team will help get the system’s issue properly diagnosed and repaired with efficiency.

In addition, make sure you schedule a preventative maintenance appointment every year and keep your air filters cleaned or replaced every 1-2 months. By following these steps, you can ensure that your system will work well, no matter how much rain we end up getting. Not sure if your heating and cooling system can make it through another fall? Contact us today for a quote on a new system!

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May in Oregon this year has had many days of record heat and we are well under the average amount of rainfall for this time of year. This means that most homeowners have had to turn on their air conditioner at least once or twice already this year. What if your air conditioner has already shown signs of being unreliable? Is it not cooling your home the way it should or are there weird sounds coming from it? You may be wondering if a simple repair will do the trick or if a full replacement is needed.

Do you know about the efficiency and performance of your AC system? 
Is the system functioning efficiently or do you notice a spike in your utility bill once your air conditioning turns on? If this happens, chances are, the system is not working at its peak. Do you know what the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) rating is on your AC system? The higher your system’s SEER rating is, the better it is. Most of the time a rating of 13 or higher is good.

How many times has it been repaired?
If you’re trying to keep your old air conditioning system alive by repairing it constantly, and your energy bill keeps rising, it’s more than likely that you’ll need to consider replacing your system soon. Throwing money into repairs all the time can end up being a waste of dollars if your system is decades old. Over time, a new air conditioning system will pay for itself because you won’t need to repair it all the time and your energy bill will stay consistent.

A new air conditioning system will clean and filter the air, which will improve indoor air quality and make it cleaner for you and your family. Old central air conditioning systems may not be working efficiently enough to clean the air well, which means pollutants enter the air you breathe, rather than have the system remove them. Clean air can help with reducing allergy symptoms and will allow for a healthier home environment. Not to mention, you’ll stay cool and comfortable all spring and summer long!

A new AC system will give you the peace of mind knowing you’ll be able to stay cool, no matter what the temperature outside ends up doing. Our experienced team of HVAC professionals can help figure out which system is right for your home and your budget, so contact us today!

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If your air feels stuffy, it’s likely making you feel uncomfortable and sluggish. Is the air quality in your home or office poor? Here are some helpful tips on improving air flow.

Tip #1: Ensure the outdoor HVAC unit is clean.
Spring in the Northwest is a mixed bag of weather. It can be very hot, or it can be rainy and wet. The mix of weather, in tandem with the winter months of wind and rain can leave your outdoor HVAC system with plenty of dirt and debris. To help ensure that the unit is flowing air properly, clear buildup that may have gathered on the outside area of your HVAC system. Twigs, dirt, leaves, and other debris should be away from the unit always.

Tip #2: Avoid blockages.
Are all the vents inside your space clear and able to allow for air to flow through them? Keeping air registers or vents blocked or closed can change the way your air flows through your system and over time, this could cause problems. Be sure to open air registers throughout your home or office space and move any furniture that may be blocking them.

Tip #3: Stay on top of furnace filter cleaning and replacing.
Did you know that you should clean and/or replace your furnace filters once every 1 to 2 months? Keeping on top of regular filter cleaning or replacing is key to making your HVAC system last longer. In addition, it ensures that your air stays clean as it is being circulated into your home. Dirty air filters yield dirty, stuffy air.
If you’re looking to improve air flow, these tips can be very helpful. If you want more information on how to solve specific air flow issues, or if it’s time to replace or repair your old and inefficient HVAC system, contact us today! Our experienced team of HVAC professionals can answer your questions and can help you get the system you need to stay comfortable year round.

 

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There are a lot of different heating and cooling companies out there, and if you’ve begun the process of researching which one is right for you, it’s likely that you’re feeling overwhelmed with the decision. Here are some important things to look for when choosing an HVAC company to help with a furnace or air conditioning repair or replacement.

#1: Experience.
As with any job out there, the more experience you have, the better. This factor is imperative when it comes to hiring an HVAC professional. First and foremost, figure out how much experience they have in the local area, especially when it comes to your specific kind of job, whether it’s commercial or residential. Talk to them about how long they have been working with local area businesses or customers and ask them to provide information on recent jobs they have completed so you can follow up if you choose.

#2: Positive reviews.
A positive review goes a long way. Research what the company’s reviews are online, including Facebook, Angie’s List, and Yelp reviews.  If there are negative reviews, look closely at them and see if there are any recurring themes. Weigh the positive and negative reviews carefully to see if there are any red flags. Online reviews can tell a lot about the company’s customer service priorities as well as their quality of workmanship on completed jobs.

#3: Comprehensive services.
Does the company you’re looking at just provide HVAC installs? If so, it’s a good idea to keep looking for a different company. You want to find a company that does everything – repair, replacement, and preventative maintenance.  A quality heating and cooling system is a large investment for a home or business and it’s better to find a trusted team of technicians at a company that can handle everything, so you can call them for whatever HVAC needs that you have that may come up in the future.

We are proud of our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning and our positive reputation in the community for more than 30 years. We recently won the nationally recognized President’s Award for the 4th time, which means our quality of work and customer service is unmatched! So, whether you’re looking for a full furnace or air conditioner replacement this spring, or you need repairs or preventative maintenance completed correctly the first time, call us today for an appointment. You can trust our experience at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning!

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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!

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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.

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