How Can Cleaning Your Air Ducts Lower Your Energy Costs?

May 19, 2023

It is easy for homeowners to forget about the importance of having their ductwork serviced because they are out of sight. However, forced air systems are essential to the proper operation of your HVAC system. They deliver the conditioned air from your heating and cooling systems that keep you and your family comfortable throughout the year. They also play a vital role in how efficient your HVAC system is. Learn how having your ductwork professionally cleaned can lower your energy costs and some other benefits of this service. Why Dirty Air Ducts Affect Your HVAC System

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Tips to Get Your AC Ready for Spring and Summer

April 3, 2023

With spring here and summer right behind that, it’s not too early to start thinking about getting your air conditioning system ready to go. Here are some tips on how to do that. Clear around the outside unit. Pacific Northwest winters are full of wet, windy weather. It’s common for dirt, debris, leaves, grass clippings, twigs, and other outside elements to accumulate around the outside of your air conditioning unit. Now that the weather is clearing up, clear away any debris around or on the unit. You don’t want anything to get inside the system’s

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Understanding the Inflation Reduction Act for Heat Pumps

March 15, 2023

Many homeowners in Portland, Oregon, have decided to switch from a traditional forced air HVAC system to heat pumps. The Inflation Reduction Act provides some incentives that make that decision more enticing for many. What Is The Inflation Reduction Act? On August 16, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. This act aims to lower prescription drug prices, halt global warming, minimize the deficit, and take steps to alleviate the financial burden caused by inflation. With more than $369 billion invested in clean energy

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How to Get Your HVAC System Prepared for Spring

March 9, 2023

Before you know it, we’ll be saying goodbye to winter and welcoming spring weather. Spring is the best time to pay attention to your heating and cooling system. Here are some important details to remember. #1: Don’t forget to clean your air filters Air filters help capture dust, dirt, and other harmful particles that enter the air inside your home or commercial space. If your air filters are neglected, debris will build up. These dirty filters will allow dusty, dirty air inside, negatively impacting your indoor air quality. To avoid this, clean or replace your

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How to Fix a Frozen Condensate Drain by Yourself

February 23, 2023

Many Oregonians experienced an incredible amount of snowfall in the last 24 to 48 hours. That puts some real pressure on your heating system to keep you warm and comfortable inside. If your furnace quits working unexpectedly, it can be a real headache. However, sometimes this might not indicate a full furnace breakdown and instead, it might just be a frozen condensate drain that needs to be cleared. #1: Locate the condensate drain. The condensate line from your HVAC system drains condensation created by the system. It usually looks like a white PVC pipe

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Choosing Between Water Heater Repair or Replacement

February 15, 2023

Having to replace your water heater can be quite expensive, but repairing the unit can also be costly. There are many situations where replacing your water heater is the smarter decision even if the issue can be repaired. Unfortunately, deciding between repair and replacement isn’t always easy, so here are a few of the factors you’ll want to consider when making this decision. The Age of Your Water Heater The age of your water heater is obviously one of the most important things to take into account when choosing between having the unit repaired or

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Why You Should Consider an HVAC Career

February 6, 2023

If you have recently graduated from high school or you are looking to make a career change, considering a job in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) is a great idea. A career in the HVAC industry provides great job security, a fantastic wage, and the opportunity to do hands-on work. Whether it’s a large commercial building, hospital, an accessory dwelling unit or a historic home, most places have a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that will need to be installed, repaired, or replaced. Here’s why this trade job is something to be considered.

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Essential 2023 HVAC Maintenance Checklist

January 10, 2023

Freezing temperatures have already made their way into the Pacific Northwest, and as we continue into the winter of 2023, it’s important to have your furnace operating at peak efficiency. Keep this checklist in mind. Ensure vents are clear: Make sure the vents around your home are not covered by furniture, rugs, or other items. This obstructs airflow and keeps warm air from circulating through the home. It also puts additional strain on your system, causing it to work harder than necessary. Check air filters: When was the last time you cleaned or

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A Guide to the New Electric Heat Pump Tax Credits

October 19, 2022

Electric heat pumps have long been a fantastic option for both cooling and heating your home. However, they are about to become an even better choice thanks to new tax credits and rebates. Here is everything you need to know about the new heat pump tax credits and also why heat pumps are such a great choice. Heat Pump Tax Credits and Rebates The recent Inflation Reduction Act was partly designed to invest in technology that can help fight against climate change. As part of this legislation, the U.S. federal government has announced a variety of

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Tips on Preparing Your System for Cold Weather

October 13, 2022

Autumn is here, and slowly but surely, temperatures will start dropping. Here are some tips on preparing your HVAC system for the cooler weather. Tip #1: Ensure your thermostat is working optimally. How old is your thermostat? Maybe you’ve never thought about the importance it plays in your home’s overall comfort. Now is a great time to replace your current thermostat with a programmable thermostat. These regulate the temperature in your home day and night – even if you’re not there. All you need to do is set your desired temperature based on your

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