The official first day of summer is just a week away, and we have already seen hot temperatures! People around the Pacific Northwest will be using their air conditioning systems regularly for the next couple of months. Want to save money while you do that? Here are some helpful ways to save energy this summer.

Tip #1: Keep vegetation away from your outside unit.
The outside unit of your cooling system needs to have weeds any other overgrown grass or vegetation removed and kept at least two feet away. This allows the system to pull in air efficiently and not use unnecessary amounts of energy.

Tip #2: Change your air filters.
Dirty or clogged air filters will cause your AC system to work harder that it needs to. This means you’ll likely see a steep increase in your utility bill. In addition, if your system is running harder than is necessary, it could decrease the lifespan of the unit, and could even cause an unexpected breakdown that could be expensive and frustrating. Your air filters should be cleaned or replaced every other month.

Tip #3: Keep heat away from your thermostat.
Did you know that if you have heat producing appliances or products your thermostat, it could produce heat and cause your thermostat to inaccurately read the room temperature?  Ensure your candles, lamps, or appliances like a toaster are set far enough away from the thermostat so it doesn’t interfere.

Tip #4: Get a programmable thermostat for your home.
We love programmable thermostats! They can save significant amounts of energy over the year, and that means you could save hundreds of dollars at the end of the year! These thermostats allow you to set the temperature to whatever is most comfortable, and then you can program it to turn up, down, or off, whenever you want – even if you are away from home. They are affordable to install and work with almost any existing HVAC system or air conditioning system.

Tip #5: Stay on top of preventative maintenance.
Your cooling system needs regular maintenance! During these preventative maintenance appointments, our experienced team will run an energy efficiency check, clean or change the filters, ensure the inside components and mechanisms are working properly, and will let you know if any repairs need to be made.

Summer is almost here and it’s going to get hot! Make sure your cooling system can keep you comfortable! Not sure your AC system is ready to handle another summer? Contact us today for a quote on which new system could be right for you and your budget!

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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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Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning - 2019 Presidents AwardWe are 2019 winners of the President’s Award! We are proud of our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning and our positive reputation in the community for more than 30 years. We have won this nationally recognized President’s Award for the 5th time, which means our quality of work and customer service is unparalleled!

Only Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers who sell Carrier products as their primary product are eligible to win this award and in order to meet the standards for excellence, companies eligible for the award need to have demonstrated outstanding service and customer care and have strong leadership. Year round, our team at Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning showcases their knowledge and expertise of Carrier products and systems as well as industry trends in order to provide the best of the best for each customer.

We are honored to have met and exceeded expectations for comfort, quality, and performance in our local area and are thankful to our customers that help make this award possible. Whether you’re looking for a full furnace or air conditioner replacement this spring, or you need repairs or preventative maintenance completed on your system, call us today for an appointment. Our service, experience, and attention to detail is what customers trust about us and we invite you to experience this yourself!

 

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Spring official starts in just a couple of weeks, and that means we’ll have more sunshine, green grass, and blooming flowers. For people that live with seasonal allergies and asthma, this time of year could mean some miserable symptoms like coughing, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and more. But did you know that your indoor heating and cooling system can bring in those outside pollutants to your home? Here’s how your heating and cooling system affects your allergies.

Your HVAC system has an air filter that helps catch dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, mold, and other pollutants that cause issues with asthma and allergies. Over time, these build up in the filter and they need to be replaced or cleaned. If filter cleaning or replacement is not done regularly, the buildup will be recirculated through the air in your home and that means you will likely notice some allergy symptoms. Set a remind to check your filters and clean them every other month at the minimum.

Another way to avoid poor indoor air quality is to stay on top of preventative maintenance appointments for your heating and cooling system. Just like you would take your car in for regular oil changes, so should you remember to maintain one of the most important systems in your home. Spring is the perfect time to schedule your tune-up with Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will clean and/or replace filters, run an efficiency check on your machine to ensure that it’s working at its peak, then check to make sure there are no outstanding issues with the inside components that may cause an issue later down the road. If there is anything that we notice, we will let you know what needs to be repaired or replaced and talk about what our recommendations are. With the upcoming shift in season, you will want to be ready to handle whatever mother nature throws your way!

One more way to bolster indoor air quality and reduce seasonal allergy symptoms is to install an air purification system. These work alongside your heating and cooling system to clean your air and reduce pathogens, allergens, and other particles that try to make their way inside. Customers that use air purification systems notice a difference right away in their quality of life. We have a variety of different air purification systems available as options, so contact us today to see which one is right for you!

Need a system replacement, a preventative maintenance appointment, repair, or information on an air purification system? Contact us today for more information, so you can get everything ready just in time for springtime.

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Local weather experts are predicting that this month temperatures will drop more than they have all winter. That means you will be relying on your heating system even more than you might have already. Did you know that insulation in your home plays a big role in the overall comfort of your home and the overall effectiveness of your heating system? Here is how insulation affects your heating system.

Poor insulation or incomplete insulation will allow heat to escape through your roof and walls. If you notice that your rain is drying more quickly on different parts of your walls or roof, this could be a sign of poor or missing insulation in that area. When you think about how much it costs to heat your home during the winter, you don’t want that to be wasted. Insulation is a practical, easy way to reduce your energy bill and conserve energy, all while still staying comfortable. It will also help in the summertime when cool air needs to be kept inside and warm air needs to stay outside. The most important places to have quality insulation are:

  • Attic: heat rises, and it will escape through your attic and roof. If you have insulation in your attic, you can save up to 30% in energy and will allow your heating system to not work as hard
  • Wall: warm air will escape through windows and gaps around your doors and cold outdoor wind could also be pushed inside through those gaps
  • Floor: Heat radiates through flooring and underfloor insulation will help reduce heat loss by trapping the warm air into the fiber
  • Crawl space: The crawl space in your home may not be used much but if it’s not insulated well, the outdoors will try to make their way indoors. This could mean pests could get in and mold or mildew could form too. Insulation will not only keep your home warmer, but it will also help in keeping moisture at bay.
  • Basement: Basements can be cold, but with insulation you can have a more comfortable, moisture-free area that saves energy.

Insulation is an affordable way to keep your home warmer this winter and cooler in the summer. The investment will pay off when you see your utility bills start decreasing. Perhaps you’ve done the insulation and you’re still seeing high energy bills. Our experienced team of professionals at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning can help! Routine preventative maintenance can help point out any issues and if you need a repair or replacement for your furnace, we can help with that too! Contact us today. There is nothing better than year-round comfort!

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Life gets busy with the hustle and bustle of work and other life activities, and sometimes staying on top of cleaning it is simply hard to do. But did you know that if you neglect regular cleaning in your home, your heating and cooling system can be affected? The motor and the various electrical components are critical to the seamless functioning of the system, but your air filters are a very important part of how the furnace or heat pump works, too. Air filters catch debris, dust and dirt and they need to be cleaned or replaced every few months. Doing this on a regular basis will help prolong the life of your system and it will also help you breathe cleaner air, too.

Dust and pet hair:
Dust and pet hair builds up quick! If you don’t stay on top of regular dusting, or if you have pets that are known to shed a lot, there’s a good chance that your air filter is going to fill up quickly with pet dander, hair, and dust. Make dusting, sweeping, and vacuuming a top priority so you can reduce the amount of debris that flows into the machine and air filter.

Preventative maintenance:
Your air filter should be cleaned or replaced every other month. If you have noticed that your filter is getting full every couple of weeks rather than every few months, there are some ways to help this. The first step is to stay on top of regular preventative maintenance for the machine. Appointments with heating and cooling specialists will allow you to have the peace of mind that all is well with your system. Our team of technicians will take a close look at the system and make sure there are no repairs or adjustments that need to be made. We will also check for energy efficiency and we’re glad to answer any questions you have.

If your system is over a decade old, there’s a good chance that it is on its way out and that a new replacement is something you should be planning ahead of time for. We’re happy to offer some options for you based off of your budget as well as your home or commercial building’s unique layout.

It’s a new year and it’s the perfect time to talk to us about getting your preventative maintenance appointment scheduled. Or, if a new system is something you need to start thinking about, let us provide options for you. We look forward to serving you!

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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.

 

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It’s not wintertime yet, but the weather is cooling down significantly and more homeowners around the Northwest are reaching to turn the heater on and keep them comfortable. Now is the time that your heater is being put to the test. But what if your heating system is already showing signs of weakening? It may need some attention. Here are some signs that your heater needs repair.

#1: It’s not reliable.
Is your heater not turning on when you want it to? Maybe you have designated it to a certain temperature, but it isn’t adjusting as it should. Or, if it’s stopping in the middle of runtime, there could be a problem internally.  Ignoring signs like this could cause the system to completely break down and that could mean you’re in for some costly repairs or even a full furnace replacement at some point down the road. Your home deserves a reliable heating system, so be sure to call us to schedule a repair or tune up right away. We can determine what issues are happening and recommend what the next steps are.

#2: You’re paying a lot in utility bills.
Once the cold weather hits and you’re running your furnace more often, it’s normal to see an increase in the price of your energy bill because you’re using more gas and electricity. However, if you notice a huge spike that seems out of the ordinary when compared to other winter months, get your furnace checked to make sure something isn’t going wrong. Utility bill spikes can indicate an issue with the machine itself.

#3: You’re hearing unusual sounds.
Clanging, banging, clicks, or other sounds that don’t sound like the regular mechanics of your heating system should be checked out right away. Loud and unusual noises can be a sign that there are internal components or parts that need to be readjusted or should be looked at, such as a broken blower.

Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here in a matter of weeks and that means you will need to have a reliable heating system to keep you and your family or guests comfortable. We can help with getting your furnace tuned up and maintained well so it can keep you warm for the rest of the season, and beyond!

 

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Thermostats don’t generally have a lifespan, but will usually last about 10 years, on average. If your thermostat is at least a decade old, it can start to malfunction because of the wiring or because of dust accumulation. Here are some other signs that your thermostat might not be working properly.

#1: Your thermostat isn’t showing any signs of life.
This one is obvious, but if your thermostat doesn’t have any power or is totally unresponsive when you try to turn it on or off, there is probably something wrong with it. If there is no change in the temperature of your home when you adjust the temperature on the thermostat, or if the display unit is not lighting up, check to see if batteries need to be replaced. If that isn’t the issue, it may be broken entirely and may need to be replaced.

#2: Your heater doesn’t turn on or it won’t turn off.
If your heater isn’t turning on, there could be a defect in the thermostat’s wiring that is causing an interruption in the electrical signals that are being sent to your heating system. In the same way, if your heater is running continually and won’t turn off when you want it to, this could mean there is an issue with the wiring. This should be checked out by one of our heating and cooling specialists at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. If it’s not your thermostat causing the problem, it could be a problem with the heating unit itself and that requires a professional look as well.

#3: Temperature of the room and thermostat temperature do not match.
When you designate your thermostat to be 70 degrees, the temperature of the room should be 70 degrees as well. If the temps do not match, it could be a sign that your thermostat isn’t doing its job. Fluctuating temperatures throughout the house can cause your heating system to work harder than it should and could increase your energy bill. If you’re noticing that the room temperatures are colder or hotter than what your thermostat says it is, be sure to get it checked out to make sure that it isn’t faulty.

If your thermostat is old and defective, replacing it with a new programmable thermostat can be a great option. Programmable thermostats are well made and allow you to control the temperature to be exactly how you want it, even allowing you to set a time to have the heat turn back on. For example, turn down the thermostat during the hours you’re away, then program it to turn up 20 minutes before you plan on getting home. This will allow for some time for the house to warm up before you get home, so you don’t have to walk into a cold space. These thermostats are affordably priced and in the long run, they can save you money because of the energy savings associated with them.

Call us today to talk to our professional HVAC team! We will work with you to see which thermostat is right for your home!

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