Sunny days and frigid nights are in the forecast this week in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Your furnace system is working hard to generate warm air to keep you comfortable, but what happens when the cold weather hits? Here are some ways to keep your heating system protected from cold weather.
#1: Keep your system serviced.
It is important to have a furnace system that is reliable and ready to keep you warm no matter what the weather is doing outside. No one wants to risk having the system break down right when you need it most. The best way to prevent breakdowns like this is to keep your system tuned up. Our experienced team of technicians will clean or replace the air filters, run an energy efficiency check, and ensure there are no parts that may need repair now or soon. It’s always best to spot potential issues early on so there are no surprises down the road. Just like your car needs tune-ups regularly, so does your heating system!
#2: Clean your air filters.
This is a simple job but a very important one! Cleaning or changing your air filters on a regular basis will help prolong the life of your system and will help prevent breakdowns. One of the most common causes of a furnace breakdown is from accumulated dirt and dust within the filter. Check the filters every other month, especially when you are using the system a lot.
#3: Check your insulation.
The more insulation you have in your home, the more efficient it will be. Insulation and your furnace system work hand in hand with each other. The insulation helps keep the warm air inside that your furnace system is pumping in. While you’re checking your insulation, make sure you have windows and doors properly sealed so you can minimize leaks that way too.
For more than three decades, Hybrid Heating and Air Conditioning has been serving customers around Oregon. Whether it’s a repair on your furnace or a full replacement, we will get the job on-time and within your budget. If you need a new furnace this year, now is the time to act. You can save thousands on a new Carrier system now through November 15th!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Brrrr! Winter is here and that means the weather is very cold! Your furnace is being put to the test for the next couple of months and keeping it running efficiently throughout the cold days is important. If you’ve noticed that your heater is not keeping your home warm enough, it may be a sign that it needs some attention. You should have your furnace tuned up once yearly, but what if you need a tune-up now? A professional look may be required. Here are some signs that your heater needs repair.
Sign #1: Your heater is unreliable.
This seems obvious, but if you turn on your heater and it simply won’t turn on sometimes or it stops in the middle of the runtime, you should get it looked at right away. Ignoring this could cause the system to totally break down and that could mean a costly replacement or an even more expensive repair. Winter weather means you need a heater that is reliable. Call us today to schedule a tune-up or repair. We’ll determine what the cause is and get things up and running as soon as possible.
Sign #2: Your utility bills are rising quickly.
It is normal to see an increase in the price of your utility bills during the winter, simply because your furnace is usually running for longer and you’re using more electricity and gas. However, if you see a huge spike that seems uncharacteristic of increases in years past and there is no utility rate increase, you should get your furnace looked at immediately. This could indicate that something is not functioning properly, and the furnace is not operating as efficiently as it’s supposed to.
Sign #3: Noises.
A furnace that works well should be quiet. If it’s making loud clanging or banging sounds, clicks, or other sounds that sound unnatural when it’s turned on and running, call us to come out and look. There could be a broken blower or another part that needs some adjustment or replacement.
When you’re making your goals and to-do lists for 2018, don’t forget to add regular furnace tune-ups to it! A well-maintained furnace will serve your home for many years to come and keep you and your family comfortable throughout the cold winter.
The first official day of winter is this week! The cold, icy mornings will become more of a norm and they’ll be here to stay for a while. With this season change, a lot of illness goes around you may be thinking about ways that you can keep a healthy climate in your home this winter and even year-round. Here are some helpful ideas on how to do this.
Tip #1: Keep the air clear and clean.
Allergens, molds, bacteria, and viruses float throughout the air wherever you go. One way you can steer clear of these things is by having a quality air purification system in your home. Clean air translates to healthier air that you’ll breathe and that means you’ll have less of a chance of spreading illness and other germs around. We are proud to sell a variety of air purification systems that work alongside your current HVAC system and eliminate airborne pathogens. Contact us for information on which systems might work for you.
Tip #2: Don’t fluctuate your temperature.
What’s the ideal temperature for your home? Find what that is and stick to it. Using a programmable thermostat is a great way to do this. It allows you to control the temperature of your home accurately at any time of the day or night. Wireless programmable thermostats will work with most HVAC systems and you can program it to work with your smartphone. You can program it to turn the heat up a bit before you get home from work and have it turn down on its own when you’re away from home for an extended period or at night.
Tip #3: Save money.
Saving money makes everyone feel great, right? Having a quality programmable thermostat in your home will give you the power to not only control the temperature no matter where you are, and it can also help with your utility bills because the temperature will be even, and no energy will be wasted. This translates to lower energy bills and more money in your pocket!
The climate in your home can be comfortable and healthy all year long! Clean air and the perfect temperature are important parts of maintaining a healthy climate, so contact us today if you have questions on getting a new heating system installed or replaced, or if you are curious about how a programmable thermostat or air purification system could work for you. Our qualified team of installers can help you get what you need so you’re comfortable all winter long.
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.
We have already had quite a wild winter and it’s not over yet! If you haven’t thought about protecting your outdoor HVAC unit during the winter months, it’s not too late to do so.
Central air conditioning systems are built to withstand tough weather, but the components can be easily damaged by debris, so it’s important to always keep debris and dirt away from the unit as much as possible. In addition, if you’re not using your air conditioning system during the winter, turn off the power source. This will save you on electricity and will also keep you from accidentally turning it on during a cold or frozen day, which could cause a problem if the cycling water inside is frozen.
Next, remember that heat pumps should not get covered. Air conditioning units can be covered, but we do not recommend it because it’s easy to forget to remove the cover before turning it back on and this in turn would burn up the compressors. If you need to cover it, one option is to cover the unit with a piece of plywood to keep icicles, branches, leaves, or other debris from falling on the top. Do not use a regular tarp, as this could accumulate mold or moisture underneath and that could be a breeding ground for nasty bacteria. In addition, outdoor animals could find the tarp to be a nice shelter and could make their home inside.
Once you’ve secured the unit for the rest of the winter, check on it every once in a while to make sure that there hasn’t been any debris buildup or leaves that have blown underneath. If there has been, clear it right away so it doesn’t get clogged. Once springtime rolls around, you’ll be ready to have it back in action and you’ll be set for your annual spring tune-up with Hybrid Heating and Cooling. Call us today if you need other assistance on keeping your system running well throughout the winter so you’re not left in the cold!
Keeping your furnace up and running well on the coldest days of winter is very important! Do you know if your furnace is running at its maximum efficiency? Do you know the signs of it not running well? You should have your furnace tuned up once a year, but what if you need a tune-up right now? Here’s how to tell if your furnace needs a tune-up.
Sign #1: Heat is spotty.
This might seem obvious, but if the heat from your furnace isn’t working or if it only works some of the time, you’ll need to get it looked at right away. If you let it go for too long, the system could break down completely, which could mean it could cost a lot to repair or possibly replace. If your furnace is not serving you reliably, call us today to service it for you.
Sign #2: Steep increase in utility bills.
During the winter, it’s common to see a bit of an increase in your utility costs because your furnace is running more often. However, if you see a really unusual spike in the costs, especially when compared to other winters in the home and when the utility rates have not risen significantly, you should get your furnace looked at professionally. It may need to be repaired.
Sign #3: You hear strange noises coming from the unit.
Your furnace should be quiet for the most part when it’s running, but if you’re noticing loud banging sounds, clicks, or other unusual noises coming from it when it’s running or when you turn it on, you should call our team of professionals to come make sure that there isn’t a broken blower or other part that needs to be adjusted or repaired.
With a properly maintained furnace, your home will be kept comfortable all winter long! Contact us today for a tune-up appointment and we’ll be out there in no time to make sure you’re good to go when the next stretch of frozen weather hits.