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 Outdated systems become inefficient over time, sucking energy and driving your energy bill up.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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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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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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If your air feels stuffy, it’s likely making you feel uncomfortable and sluggish. Is the air quality in your home or office poor? Here are some helpful tips on improving air flow.

Tip #1: Ensure the outdoor HVAC unit is clean.
Spring in the Northwest is a mixed bag of weather. It can be very hot, or it can be rainy and wet. The mix of weather, in tandem with the winter months of wind and rain can leave your outdoor HVAC system with plenty of dirt and debris. To help ensure that the unit is flowing air properly, clear buildup that may have gathered on the outside area of your HVAC system. Twigs, dirt, leaves, and other debris should be away from the unit always.

Tip #2: Avoid blockages.
Are all the vents inside your space clear and able to allow for air to flow through them? Keeping air registers or vents blocked or closed can change the way your air flows through your system and over time, this could cause problems. Be sure to open air registers throughout your home or office space and move any furniture that may be blocking them.

Tip #3: Stay on top of furnace filter cleaning and replacing.
Did you know that you should clean and/or replace your furnace filters once every 1 to 2 months? Keeping on top of regular filter cleaning or replacing is key to making your HVAC system last longer. In addition, it ensures that your air stays clean as it is being circulated into your home. Dirty air filters yield dirty, stuffy air.
If you’re looking to improve air flow, these tips can be very helpful. If you want more information on how to solve specific air flow issues, or if it’s time to replace or repair your old and inefficient HVAC system, contact us today! Our experienced team of HVAC professionals can answer your questions and can help you get the system you need to stay comfortable year round.

 

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Springtime weather in the Northwest is gorgeous. More sunshine, blooming flowers, and warmth will be coming soon, but for people living with asthma and allergies, it also brings misery with sneezing, coughing, watering eyes, and much more. But did you know that indoor air pollutants can cause allergies as much as outside pollutants and allergens?  Your HVAC system plays a big role in the allergy season. Here’s how.

There are a variety of common indoor air pollutants, which usually include pollen, dust mites, mold, and pet dander. When these particles circulate through the air in your home, you’ll breathe them in and likely see an increase in your allergies.  Your HVAC system has an air filter inside of it that catches dust, dirt, and pet dander fragments. Over time, those build up and they need to be washed, cleaned, and/or replaced. If this isn’t completed on a regular basis, the buildup will be recirculated back through the air. When you’re using your HVAC system regularly, set a reminder to clean your filters every other month.

Your next step to reducing allergy symptoms is to keep up on regular maintenance appointments for your HVAC system. Just like you take your vehicle in for tune-ups, your HVAC system needs regular tune-ups too! Spring is the perfect time to set up a maintenance appointment with our experienced team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will clean your filters, complete an efficiency check to make sure the system is working at peak efficiency, and we’ll inspect it closely. If there are any noticeable issues or parts that need to be repaired or replaced, we’ll discuss with you about what our recommendations are, so you can get everything up and running in time to handle the shift in weather for spring and summer.

And last but not least, consider installing an air purification system to your home. These work with your HVAC system to clean your air and reduce your intake of indoor air pathogens, allergens and other harmful particles. You will notice a difference right away! We offer a variety of air purification systems, so contact us today for options on which one is right for your home.

At this time of year, there are lots of changes to the air – there is a lot of extra pollen floating around in the air and that causes allergy sufferers to start feeling the effects right away. Thankfully, there are ways to help reduce your symptoms and breathe easier! Contact us today for more information on getting new air filters, a new HVAC system, or air purification system installed in your home before allergy season gets even more intense!

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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!

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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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Your air conditioner is a complex machine that is made of many different parts and it takes a combination of things to make it work efficiently. Hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) are chemicals that are used as refrigerants inside of your air conditioner and R-22 is the most commonly used HCFC refrigerant used. However, these chemicals are very bad for the environment and if they are released into the environment they can contribute to climate change and destruction of the Earth’s ozone layer.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is now phasing out the use of R-22 and other chemicals that cause damage to the environment. As of 2020, no R-22 will be produced or imported. After that time, R-22 supplies will become more limited and servicing machines with this chemical could be more expensive.

What should you do?
First, make sure to stay on top of maintenance for your air conditioning unit. Preventative maintenance will ensure that there are no broken parts, but it will also ensure that there are no leaks that could be causing damage to the Earth.

Second, know that it’s not mandatory to stop using the system that uses R-22, but knowing that it is being phased out by 2020 will allow homeowners to replace this existing equipment and install new systems that are energy efficient and do not cause harm to the environment.

Third, if your system is decades old and it’s not reliable, chances are, it needs to be replaced at some point soon. Replacing it with a new energy efficient air conditioner will save money on energy costs and you’ll know you will be doing your part by utilizing a machine that doesn’t use harsh, harmful chemicals. New systems with the Energy Star® label can be approximately 14% more efficient than systems that do not have this marker.  When you’re doing your research on new systems that are available, be sure to read what kind of refrigerant they use. There are a variety of alternative refrigerants such as R-410A that do not contribute to ozone depletion.

If you have questions about your current system and if it uses R-22 or not, we can help. We’ll take a look and advise you on how you should proceed. If a new system is needed, we’ll talk to you about which system is right for you and your home’s unique layout. Contact us today for a free appointment.

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