We are well into summer and that means warmer weather brings increased pollen counts. For people living with asthma and allergy symptoms, this can bring discomfort. But breathing cleaner air inside can help reduce those symptoms, no matter what’s going on outside. Here are some tips on how to improve your indoor air quality this summer.

#1: Keep your filters furnace filters cleaned.
If you’re running your air conditioning a lot this summer, ensure that the filters are cleaned and replaced regularly. If you neglect this task, you are bringing dirty air into your home that has significant dust, debris and pollen in it. Make sure you clean or replace your filters at least every 1 to 2 months. This not only helps with better indoor air quality, but it helps keep your system operating at peak efficiency, which increases your system’s life span.

#2: Use an air purification system.
Air purifiers will help clean the air that is distributed through your system. These machines remove allergens, bacteria, and other molecules that contribute to poor air quality in your home. Contact us to talk about which air purification systems

could work alongside your existing heating and cooling system. They work year-round!

#3: Stay on top of maintenance of your professional machine.
Just like your car needs regular tune-ups, so does your heating and cooling system! Preventative maintenance by our professional service team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning will ensure that any problem areas are pointed out and addressed. No one wants an unexpected breakdown when you need your system this summer!

The air you breathe matters and is key to your health. Let us help with getting your air as clean as possible! Contact us for a preventative maintenance appointment or to ask us about what new energy efficient system could be right for you. We look forward to serving you!

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Springtime in the Northwest is a mix of warm days and rain, and it’s time to start planning for the summer heat. If you’re considering getting out your window air conditioning unit this summer for relief from the heat, take note that there is a better and more efficient option available to you! Here are some reasons why you should say goodbye to your window AC unit and invest in a ductless heat pump or central air conditioner this year.

#1: Window units take up unnecessary space.
AC window units are big, bulky, and block natural sunlight from coming through your windows. They can decrease curb appeal because they’re sticking out from the side of the house, too.

#2: Window units don’t provide ample cooling.
Depending on how big the space is in your home that you need cooled, window AC units are usually only effective in small bedrooms or small apartments. If you have an area like a living room, family room, or entertainment space, window units simply won’t provide the level of cooling that you need to stay comfortable on a hot day.

#3: Window units are not energy efficient.
A new central air conditioner or ductless heat pump come with superior energy efficiency ratings. Window AC units simply do not, and you may see an increase in your utility bill during the summer if you are running the unit a lot. A new cooling system will save energy, which is great for the environment, but it will also save you money over time! Not to mention, you will stay more comfortable!

#4: Window units are loud.
What’s that? You can’t hear what’s going on in the other room when your window air conditioning unit is running at peak capacity? Window units are noisy, but a new central air conditioning system or ductless heat pump are so quiet that you will barely notice that they’re on. You will be surprised at how quiet they operate, even when they are running continuously during the warm weather.

It’s a fact: window air conditioning units simply can’t compete with the energy efficiency of a new central air conditioning system or ductless heat pump. These systems are worth every dollar invested and over time, they will help reduce your utility bill and save energy. Not to mention, they will add value to your home and keep you comfortable for years to come! Not sure which system is right for you and your budget? Our experienced team of professionals at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning will help you make the right decision. So, if you’re thinking about hauling your heavy air conditioning unit into your house soon, stop and reconsider what other options you have. Contact us today for information!

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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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Winter in the Pacific Northwest has been mild compared to other winters in the years past, but it’s still never fun to have cold air coming in from the outside and messing with the warm temperature inside. If you’re wondering how to keep the cold out and the warm in, here are some helpful tips.

Tip #1: Add more insulation.
Check for obviothat are lacking quality insulation. Your first place to check should be your attic. Make sure to seal your attic well creating pouches of fiberglass insulation to keep any caps or cavities sealed. Next, check your crawlspace or basement and make sure that the insulation there is thick and protective enough.us gaps and cracks in your insulation and make sure you don’t have big areas in your attic or basement

Tip #2: Look for air leaks.
Basement walls and ceilings are common places where air leaks occur. In addition, the ductwork in your home can also have cracks or spots where air leaks out and that can cause a significant amount of energy to be lost each day and will translate to hundreds, even thousands of dollars of wasted money.

Tip #3: Upgrade your windows and doors.
Old windows and doors are notorious for their inefficiency. In fact, if they’re very old, you can usually stand by them and feel the cold air coming through. If this is the case in your home, it may be time to consider upgrading your home’s windows and doors to new, energy efficient ones. This is not only a great investment because of the money you’ll save in not wasting energy, but it will also provide a nice sound barrier and will add value to your home when it comes time to resell it.

Tip #4: Check your furnace system.
Maybe your issue isn’t as much leaking windows, doors, or poor insulation, but it’s a furnace system that is old and inefficient. Furnace systems that are out of date are working hard to keep you comfortable during the colder winter months. In fact, these systems may be costing you more money on your utility bill and it may not be reliable, meaning it could break down at any moment.

Avoid having unnecessary breakdowns by scheduling routine maintenance appointments with our team at Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning. We will check to make sure your system is working well and if there are repairs that need to be made to keep it running well, we will do that. If your system is old and needs to be replaced, we will recommend a system that fits your budget and your home’s specific layout and space needs.  Contact us today for more details!

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The new year has officially started and that means that many people, especially homeowners, are making their to-do lists on what things need to be completed or changed. If your home has an HVAC system that is decades old and it’s starting to have problems, upgrading your system can help alleviate some of the stress you might feel, and you’ll be able to stay comfortable throughout the year. Here’s why 2018 is a great year to upgrade your HVAC system.

Reason #1: Your new HVAC system will be reliable.
Chances are, if you have a system that is many years old, it’s had some repairs or will start needing regular repairs soon. Old systems simply are not as reliable as a new system and that means you could have some expensive repairs or an unexpected system breakdown right when you need it most. Winter time can get especially cold and nobody wants to have their heater break when it’s cold outside! A new system is reliable and will stay that way for many years to come. That means, you can count on it to keep you comfortable when you need it the most.

Reason #2: Your new HVAC system will be energy efficient.
Our team of HVAC pros understand that saving money and conserving energy is an important part of being a responsible homeowner. Let us help you find the right energy efficient system that works with your home and its specific layout! The technology in today’s HVAC system systems are unlike the HVAC models of the past and that translates to energy savings and more money in your pocket. You’ll also be conserving energy and doing your part to help the environment.

So, where do you start when it comes to researching new HVAC systems? When you’re reading about different types of systems that might work for your home, be sure to research the various efficiency ratings. Good efficiency ratings mean that you’ll save energy and money over the long haul, which is an important thing for most homeowners today. process. Furthermore, knowing the efficiency ratings can help you estimate what the overall costs are of the system while you have it, including what it could potentially cost to repair or maintain it. The higher the rating number for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), the better it is for overall energy and efficiency savings.

Our team at Hybrid can help provide options on what system size and style would work best. We will also work to stay within your budget and we will go over various financing options if you need it. Now is the time to contact us and learn more so you can stay comfortable every month out of the year.

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Weather in the Pacific Northwest gives us a good mix of rain, sun, heat, and snow.  Some months it’s continual rain and other times during those warm months, it’s hot and there seems to be no end in sight. Many homeowners enjoy using their furnaces in the winter to keep them home and are okay with moving in a couple of window air conditioning units when the summer heat gets unbearable. But there is a better solution: a heat pump. A heat pump is a great solution for homeowners looking for both heating and cooling solutions in one system.

What are the differences between air conditioners and heat pumps?
Both of these systems use outdoor and indoor coils to transfer refrigerant. An air conditioning system will absorb heat that passes over the indoor coil in the system. This means that cool air is transferred into the ductwork of your home and the hot air is moved to the outside. Heat pumps on the other hand, will take outside heat for warming your home and then, they cool it by taking the heat out of your home.

If your home currently runs on electric baseboard heating or oil, you’ll see a huge difference in the utility bill if you install a heat pump. The cost of the heat pump will likely pay for itself over time because of the amount of money you’ll save in heating and cooling bills in the coming years. An air conditioner can be an inexpensive solution to cooling your home when it gets hot outside, especially if you live in a smaller space. However, a heat pump can be used to both heat and cool your home, year round! It’s resourceful in how much electricity it uses, making it an environmentally friendly option, too.

Which system is right for you?
Installing a new heating and cooling system for your home is an investment, but it’s one that will be well worth it, adding value to your home and enhancing your quality of life at the same time. If you don’t have ductwork in your home, we can help you with a selection of ductless heat pumps that will fit your home and most importantly, your budget. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, call us and let us figure out the details.

Not sure which system is right for you?
If you’ve decided you want to start enjoying the benefits a heat pump, you’ll be making a great long term investment for your home. And, there are a variety of options out there for all types of budgets. If you don’t have ductwork in your home, give us a call and let us tell you about our selection of ductless heat pumps. Once installed, you’ll reap the rewards of lower heating and cooling bills almost immediately! Not sure what your options are for your home or office space? Call us and let us figure out what might work for your specific needs.

Now is a great time to get your system installed, too! Oregon tax credits are available now and can be used on qualified heat pumps. These are available through the end of the year, but the time to act is now, so you can enjoy the benefits for the rest of the year!

 

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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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Icy & cold mornings are here and with the holidays approaching, many people are finding ways to stay warm and cozy this winter, all while keeping the utility bills manageable. Here are 3 tips to help you manage your heating bill this winter.

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heat pump replacement

If you have a heat pump in your home, you know how wonderful they are throughout the year! They will keep your home cool during the summer and warm in the cold months of winter. But, unfortunately they don’t come with a lifetime warranty! Over time and regular use, the machine will eventually wear out and you’ll need to think about getting it replaced. If you don’t want the heat pump to stop working in the middle of a cold autumn or winter day, pay attention to some of the signs that your machine may be failing. That way, you’ll be able to get it fixed and replaced quickly and efficiently. Here are some common signs that you need a heat pump replacement.

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