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 Outdated systems become inefficient over time, sucking energy and driving your energy bill up.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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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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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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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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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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