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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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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Summer is a busy time for many people in the Pacific Northwest. It is a great time to be outside, enjoying the beauty and greenery of the area. For many families and individuals, it’s also a great time to use those built up vacation days from work and head out on an extended trip. Before you head out on your next adventure, don’t forget about preparing your home and your cooling system while you’re gone.  Here are some tips on how to get your house ready to go before you leave.

Tip #1: Get your programmable thermostat ready to go.
Programmable thermostats are convenient all year long, but when you’re out of town, they can be even more helpful! A quality programmable thermostat is a great investment for your house, as it will help keep accurate temperatures both day and night, which could help save you money on your utility bill, too, even when you’re away on vacation this summer.

Simply program the thermostat to your desired temperature and then let the thermostat do what it was intended to do – provide comfort! When you’re gone, no need to use your air conditioner. So, program your cooling system to turn off completely while you’re gone, then set it to turn on for the day that you return so you can come home to a cool and comfortable home. Programmable thermostats work with your lifestyle and work in tandem with your heating system as well as your air conditioning system. Not sure which programmable thermostat is best for you? Contact us for options!

Tip #2: Shhh…don’t talk about your trip on the Internet.
It is very common to see people you know posting about their extravagant vacations on Facebook or Instagram, but, it could pose a safety threat to your home, as it can provide a clear signal that your home is vacant. Take plenty of pictures to share about your fun vacation but wait to post them until you get home.

Tip #3: Talk to your neighbors.
If you’re leaving for a long period of time, talk to your neighbors to let them know to keep an eye out on your home. It is important to safeguard your possessions and keep them out of sight, and be sure to keep some lights on in the house to make it look lived in.

Your adventure awaits, but don’t forget to prepare your home ahead of time. We are happy to provide information on getting a new heating or cooling system or programmable thermostat installed before your trip, so you can cross off that big to-do before you leave. Our team of heating and cooling experts is waiting to hear from you. Contact us today and we will help answer your questions!

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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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Rainy weather and cold nights are here and it’s likely that you’re relying on your heating system to keep you warm. Your thermostat plays a big role in home comfort, so here are some thermostat programming tips that can help you get the most out of it.

Using your thermostat properly can help optimize your heating system’s efficiency, help reduce your utility bill, and bolster your indoor air quality. A quality programmable thermostat can be a great investment and they’re helpful in maintaining accurate temperatures day and night. All you need to do is take a bit of time to program it initially, then let the thermostat do its job. When you’re at home, set the temperature to something comfortable and leave it at that – resist the urge to readjust it continually. Experts recommend that setting the thermostat to 68 degrees is the most energy efficient temperature. If the temps inch up into the 70s, it’s likely that you won’t be saving as much energy.

If you are gone during the day at work or school, you can program the thermostat to stay cooler while you’re gone. Reducing the temperature just 10 degrees can help you save significant energy on your energy bills each month. Programmable thermostats will allow 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 anticipate arriving home. This will allow for some time for the home to warm up before you get home so you don’t have to walk into a cold space.

In addition, reducing the heat while you sleep is also helpful. If you turn down the heat at night and find yourself feeling chilly, use extra blankets or warmer clothing to keep warm. Cooler rooms can help you sleep better and you’ll likely see a reduction in your heating bill.

If you have an old and inefficient thermostat, consider upgrading to a new programmable thermostat right away! Winter is a great time to take advantage of the benefits of a new thermostat. They’re affordably priced and in the long run, they can save you money because of the energy savings associated with them. Not to mention, you’re doing your part in being environmentally conscious by doing your part to reduce your energy consumption.

Call us today to talk to our professional HVAC team! We will work with you to see which programmable thermostat is right for your home and we’ll work within your budget! Get your appointment scheduled today.

 

 

 

 

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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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Summer time is full of sun, relaxation, and vacations. When you set out for your vacation, it’s true that you can save a little bit of money by adjusting your thermostat during a short time away. But what if you’re taking a longer trip or have a vacation property that sits vacant for much of the time? Here, we’ll provide some tips on what your thermostat should be set to if you expect your home or rental property to sit empty for an extended time period.

Tip #1: Invest in a smart thermostat.
Smart thermostats can be a great way to save big bucks on a vacant home. These thermostats are controlled by smart phones, iPads, or tablets and can be changed from anywhere. It’s kind of like taking your thermostat with you on vacation. With smart thermostats, you’re given the control you need, when you need it. You check weather reports from remote locations and see how the weather is in the area of your home and set the thermostat accordingly. This type of thermostat makes great sense for people that have vacation properties that may be uninhabited for significant weeks at a time, but it can also be great for a home that you live in all the time, simply because it gives you real time control of your home, no matter where you’re at.

Contact us today for programmable thermostat options that might work for you.

Tip #2: Close windows & blinds.
Before you leave, be sure to keep your blinds, windows, and curtains closed. Sunlight that creeps into the windows can raise the temperature of your home, keeping it warmer than it needs to be in an unoccupied space.

Tip #3: Keep your system maintained.
Your HVAC system should be serviced every year in order to make sure that everything is functioning well and that nothing needs to be replaced. When you return from vacation or you head up to your rental property, no one wants to be welcomed with a system that doesn’t work. Contact our team of pros to make sure everything is in great working order so you can stay comfortable all year long. Or, maybe you need a complete upgrade in your system. We’re happy to come out and provide a quote.

 

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Living in the Pacific Northwest, you know how important it is to have a good heater that can keep you and your family warm during the winter season and an air conditioner that keep your home cool during the hot summer days. It’s also important to control those systems accurately and to do so, you need a quality thermostat. In fact, your thermostat will have a big impact on how your heating and cooling system works.

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When your heating or cooling system breaks down, it’s easy to panic and assume the worst. You might think that your compressor blew or even worse, that your whole system is wrecked. But, that’s not always the case. In fact, issues with your thermostat might be the problem. This part of your system is very sensitive and they can break down over time.

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We had a beautiful summer! Lots of sun, warm temperatures, and plenty of opportunity to get out there and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest! Summer in Oregon is unbeatable, but when autumn begins, it is perhaps one of the loveliest times of year in this part of the world. The days are getting shorter and chillier. Is your furnace ready for the cool weather?

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