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!
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!
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.