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 Outdated systems become inefficient over time, sucking energy and driving your energy bill up.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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A ductless heat pump is a wonderful investment for your home or office. This is one of the most advanced and reliable heating and cooling systems available today and it will work well for years to come. Here are some important ways to get the most out of your system.

#1: Protect the outside unit.
The Pacific Northwest doesn’t get a lot of snow every winter, but it does get plenty of freezing temperatures, including ice and freezing rain. You should protect the outside unit from extreme weather conditions by making sure that the covered/protected from snow or ice. The condenser/compressor is required to keep the system working well and if it is damaged or restricted, it could malfunction or break completely.

#2: Keep it maintained well.
Your ductless heat pump is a costly investment and it should be taken care of well through regular, professional maintenance. The filters should be cleaned and replaced often, especially during the cold winter months when it’s being put to use every day. Annual maintenance appointments are important, too. During these appointments, our team will do a thorough review of the system to be sure it’s working exactly how it should. We’ll also clean the filters, run energy efficiency checks, and be sure that all of the parts and critical components are functioning at their peak.

#3: Make sure the system is supported with quality doors, windows, and insulation.
Make sure that your home has quality insulation and energy efficient doors and windows. This will help retain heat and keep the warm air inside your home or office rather than having it leak out. Leaked air is not only a waste of energy and money in utility bills, but it also means that your heat pump has to work harder. If the system is working harder than it has to, it could break down quicker.

If you’ve upgraded to a ductless heat pump in your home this year, congratulations! You’ll be happy with the system’s quality and you’ll stay comfortable all year long. If you’ve determined that the new year means a new furnace system in your home, a ductless heat pump is a great option. Contact us today for information on which systems could fit your home and your budget.

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Every year, there are thousands of emergency calls related to carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that cannot be detected by humans. The beginning of autumn is here and it’s a great time to make sure you’re up to speed on how to keep you and your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. Here are some helpful tips.

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If your building is operating with an outdated HVAC system, you may have noticed that your system is not operating as efficiently as it could be. Here are the top reasons why you should consider upgrading your existing commercial HVAC system.

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Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or tiny homes have become incredibly popular in recent years. The homes are very affordable and it provides new homeowners the opportunity to purchase something without a huge mortgage payment each month. It’s not just Portland the surrounding areas that are seeing an increase of accessory dwelling units, either! The trend in buying or building tiny homes is something that has become very popular nationwide.

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