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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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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Paying for a new heating system can be expensive for the average homeowner, and no matter how great of an investment it is, coming up with a way to pay for it can be stressful. But with our convenient financing options, you won’t need to worry about how you will pay for this new system for your home. Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning understands the importance of having a reliable heating system for your home, so we are committed to making it as easy as possible for homeowners to get one installed and running as soon as possible.

We provide several financing options to help our valued customers pay for their new system. These include Red Brick, Wells Fargo, and the Savings Within Reach for PGE customers. Our variety of plans range in rates and terms of use, in addition to how long the loans are. Based on approved credit, our range of financing options can help get you on the path toward system replacement in no time at all. Not sure which financing option will work with your specific situation? Our team will sit down with you and explain the options, so you know all the details you need to make a decision.

What are the advantages of a new heating and cooling system?
A new system offers significant benefits for homeowners, including bigger energy efficiency, a reduction in utility bills, and greater reliability, no matter what season it is. New systems that are Energy Star certified are made to save the Earth’s energy, which means you’re not only doing your part to help the environment, but you will also notice that your utility bill will be shrinking. And did we mention that a new system will be reliable, so you can turn it on knowing it will do its job correctly for years to come. No need to worry about unexpected breakdowns or costly repairs! That peace of mind is beneficial!

Whether it’s a high efficiency gas furnace, a new ductless heat pump, or an air conditioning system that you’re planning ahead for this summer, your system is a great purchase that will provide comfort for the next 10 to 15 years. Our experienced heating and cooling technicians at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning have the hands-on expertise that you can trust, so your system can be installed with efficiency and attention to detail.

Contact us today for details on financing, in addition to what system will work best for your home’s specific layout. We are glad to help find you an option that works best for you!

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The holiday season has officially begun and for many people that means looking for ways to cut costs and save money on day to day things, so they can splurge on gifts for friends and family.  Did you know that your heating system can save you money? A system that functions at peak efficiency will not only work better for a longer amount of time, but it will also help keep your utility bills lower. Here are some helpful ways to have a more efficient heating system this winter.

Tip #1: Set your thermostat.
If you are running your heating system while you’re away all day, you’re wasting money and energy. Install a programmable thermostat and program it to turn down when you’re gone and back up right before you return. These thermostats allow you to control the temperature to be exactly what you want. The result: a comfortable, evenly-heated home and a more affordable utility bill! We can provide options on programmable thermostats, so contact us today for information!

Tip #2: Clean and replace air filters regularly.
If you plan on using your heating system throughout the winter, it’s important to stay on top of air filter cleaning and replacement. Dirty filters will greatly reduce the overall efficiency of the heater’s blower motor and it makes your system work harder. This translates to a higher energy bill and it is hard on your system. Make sure to clean or replace your filters every other month.

Tip #3: Make sure your insulation is up to par and sealing is good.
Do you know if you have quality insulation in your home? If you don’t, you could be losing heat. In addition, if your windows and doors in your home are old or not sealed correctly, you could be unknowingly leaking in cold air and warm air out. This causes your furnace system to work harder than necessary and you’ll see rising utility bills.

Winter is a cold time of year and in order to stay warm, it’s critical to keep your heating system running at its peak efficiency. Not only will you be more comfortable, but your wallet will be more comfortable, too! If your heating system is not ready to tackle the upcoming winter weather, call our experienced team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We can help you with a preventative maintenance tune-up or can get you set up with a full system replacement as well!

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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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Being a homeowner means you need money to help maintain things around your house. Are you looking for ways to save money? Look first at your home and how you can cut costs. Here are some ways to save money around your home.

#1: Upgrade your thermostat.
Your thermostat plays a significant role in the overall comfort of your home, but a lot of times it’s easy to forget about this little gadget. However, programmable thermostats have the potential to save homeowners hundreds of dollars every year. Why heat or cool an empty home? These thermostats give people the ability to customize the temperature inside the house and save energy while they’re away at work or on vacation. For example, on a warm summer day, simply program the temperature to turn up a few degrees while you’re gone and then set it to back on at a lower temperature, so you can come home to a cool and comfortable home.

#2: Buy the right air filters.
Staying on top of filter cleaning and replacement in your home is key to extending the life of your system and allowing for clean air to be circulated into your home. If you need to replace the filters in your HVAC system, be sure you buy the right one. Sometimes homeowners purchase the wrong size of air filter and that could increase your energy bill and cause problems for your furnace. Over time, you’ll save money on your utility costs and you will give your HVAC system the chance to do its job!

#3: Don’t forget about your vents.
Are you noticing that the air in your home feels unevenly heated or cooled? Sometimes vents in specific rooms will be closed and you may forget to open them. This could cause uneven airflow to occur and contribute to increased utility bills. Be sure all of your vents are opened, and that air flow is directed for even distribution. This helps with energy bills and can save you money over time!

Need a new system replacement in time for fall? We can help with that! Perhaps your system just needs some preventative maintenance performed. Our experienced team can help with that too! Contact us today for appointment options!

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Businesses have a variety of costs associated with keeping their business running successfully and saving money is likely at the forefront of any good business person’s business model. Did you know that saving energy is not only great for the environment but it will also save you money? Here are some tips on how to save energy in your commercial building.

Tip #1: Monitor usage.
How much energy does your commercial space use? Monitor your commercial building’s energy use closely by checking and updating its energy consumption on a regular basis. This will not only let you know how much you’re using but it will ensure that you’re not using excessive amounts of energy.

Tip #2: Monitor heating and cooling temperatures.
This can make a big difference on your energy bills. If it isn’t necessary to heat or cool your building all day and night to keep employees comfortable, consider setting the thermostat to the “save” or “auto” function during the non-business hours.

Tip #3: Keep your HVAC system maintained.
An HVAC system that is not regularly tuned up could be using excess energy and causing your utility bill to increase. Make sure you contact our experienced team of HVAC technicians for routine annual service appointments. During these appointments, we will clean filters, look closely at all of the components of your HVAC system and be sure that all electrical connections are secure and that there are no parts that need to be replaced. With a properly working machine, you’ll reduce your energy consumption and reduce your risk for unnecessary breakdowns when you need the system the most.

Tip #4: Replace your HVAC system.
If your HVAC system is out of date and it has been repaired more times than you can count, it may be time for you to replace it. A new system will be energy efficient, save energy, and will serve as a reliable heating and cooling source for many years to come. Our team of professionals can help you determine which system is right for your commercial building’s layout, and we will also work with your budget guidelines. Contact us today for a free quote!

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Summertime is almost here and that means the kids are out of school and you’ll probably be doing a lot of fun things together. This can also be an expensive few months because of vacations, day trips, and other outings that cost money. Looking to save money in as many ways as possible? The warm weather will be here to stay for a while, and that means your air conditioner will be put to the test. Here are some helpful air conditioner tips that can help save you money this summer.

#1: Energy.
If you service your air conditioner before summer officially starts, it will be ready to tackle the hottest summer days with ease. We will make sure that your cooling system is working well by checking to make sure the parts are functioning as they should and that there are no repairs or other updates needed. We’ll also clean and/or replace the filters if necessary, which can not only reduce energy use, but also prolong the life of the system.

#2: Vents.
Did you know that blocking vents in your home not only causes inefficient cooling, but it can also cause your system to work harder and increase your energy bill? Move around your furniture and make sure that all vents in your home are free and clear and are able to do their job.

#3: Temperature.
Keep your thermostat at one temperature. Adjusting it up or down all the time will cause your system to work harder but it will also mess with your utility bill. Keeping your thermostat adjusted at one temperature at all times means your home will be kept cool and comfortable all the time and your energy bill won’t come as a huge shock.

#4: Fans.
Your air conditioner is probably your best friend in the summer months, but small fans can also help keep you cool. One way to reduce energy use is to use fans at night to keep cool air circulating.

Not sure if your cooling system is efficient? Let us help you find a system that cools well while keeping your energy bill as low as possible. Call us at 503-357-5663 to set up a convenient appointment.

Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning: Quality service & installation is our only business.

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We all love to save money and lowering your summer utility bill will put more money in your pocket for fun summer adventures. The landscaping in your home can help keep your home cool in the summer, especially when you combine it with an efficient air conditioning system.

Tip #1: Shade around the outdoor air conditioning unit.
Your outside air conditioning unit is meant to withstand a variety of weather patterns in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on taking care of it for the long haul is important. One way you can do that is by shading the outside area around it. If it’s left out in the sun, the system needs to work harder to keep you cool, and that could mean higher utility bills for you. Consider planting a tree or several tall shrubs several feet away that can grow tall enough to offer shade.

Tip #2: Don’t fence around the outdoor unit.
Sure, your HVAC system, ductless heat pump, or air conditioning unit isn’t meant to be a thing of beauty, but if you try to fence around it to keep hide it, it could negatively affect how the unit performs. If you insist on putting something around it, provide three feet around the unit and five feet above it. This will allow for maximum airflow.

Tip #3: Keep debris away from the machine.
Spring is a great time to get outdoors and clean up your yard after a long, cold winter. While you are pruning, mowing, and planting, be sure to remove any debris, branches, or other shrubbery that could interfere with the outside air conditioning unit or heat pump. If it’s left for a long period of time, debris, leaves, and dirt can get inside the system and clog it, causing unnecessary system breakdowns.

In addition to keeping your filters cleaned and replaced, and keeping your system regularly maintained by our team of professionals, your system will be ready to keep your home cool throughout the heat of summer. If your system is inefficient and leaves you feeling less than comfortable every summer, it’s time to consider a replacement. Act now and save thousands on rebates and incentives that are happening! Contact us today for all of the details.

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Wasting energy is no small matter. In fact, finding ways to put an end to wasting energy and saving utility bills is at the forefront of many homeowner’s minds today. There are a variety of ways to save energy and cut back on energy consumption. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.

Tip #1: Use a programmable thermostat.
These thermostats are great for homeowners that could benefit from programming their thermostat to different temperatures throughout the day. For example, if you are at work during the majority of the day, you won’t need to keep an empty house warm. So, program it to turn off or on at certain parts of the day, depending on what you need and when you need to use it. This will allow you to save significant amounts of energy over time and you’ll also see a drop in your utility bill each month.

Tip #2: Seal leaking ductwork or other areas of the home that allow air in and out.
Your attic and/or basement are two main places where air can leak in and out, especially if you don’t have proper insulation or sealing. In addition, if you have older ductwork in your home, consider getting it looked at to be sure that there aren’t any leaks. Even a small hole or crack could make a big difference in the overall efficiency of your home.

Tip #3: Say goodbye to energy-guzzling appliances and HVAC systems.
Unplug large devices or appliances if you are not using them. Even if they aren’t being powered on, leaving your items plugged in means they are using energy. In addition, if your HVAC system is old and outdated, upgrading them to new, energy efficient models means you won’t have to worry again about skyrocketing utility bills or energy waste during the warmer spring and summer months.

Cutting back consumption is not only beneficial for you as a homeowner, but it is also doing a great service to keeping the environment healthy. Our team of qualified HVAC professionals is standing by to help answer your questions on how we can help get you a new or repaired heating and system that will put your home on track to be energy efficient!

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