Sure Signs You Need Duct Repair

June 27th, 2016

The ducts are a key part of your air conditioning system, moving cool air from the unit itself to the various rooms and corners of your home. They’re usually out of sight and out of mind: tucked away in the crawlspace of your home and left to do their job quietly. They’re often protected from damage since they’re out of the way, but worn bolts, troublesome pests and other factors can sometimes result in rifts or breaches. Continue Reading

Use Your Air Conditioner Wisely

June 20th, 2016

Your air conditioner is one of the most important appliances in your household, especially with summer on the way here in Beaverton, OR. And just like any appliance, you need to use it wisely in order to keep it efficient and functional. You wouldn’t put laundry detergent in your dishwasher, for example, or leave your TV on all day when there’s no one home. So it is with your air conditioner. The more wisely you can use it, the more money you’ll save, and the less chance of a breakdown or similar problem afflicting it. Here’s a few easy tips to help you use your air conditioner wisely. Continue Reading

How to Tell If Your Air Conditioner Needs Repair

June 13th, 2016

With summer on the way in Portland, OR, your air conditioner needs to be ready to go each and every day. If a breakdown occurs, it could leave you stranded right when you need your home to be cool and comfortable. The longer you wait to call in a repair service on a particular problem, the greater the chance it will result in a serious breakdown. Continue Reading

What Are the Advantages of a Maintenance Plan?

June 6th, 2016

Spring is rapidly turning into summer here in Tualatin, OR, and this is the time of the year that we strongly recommend an air conditioning maintenance session delivered by one of our trained technicians. They’re not quite the same as a repair session, which is designed to fix a specific problem. Instead, they check for any potential problems that may be brewing, as well as taking care of little servicing duties like changing the filters and tightening loose bolts and screws. That may not sound like much and the notion of an added expense might not sit well with homeowners already braced for the higher bills of summer. But there are considerable benefits to doing so, with both short-term and long-term implications for your system.  Continue Reading

Signs that Your Refrigerant is Running Low

May 30th, 2016

The refrigerant levels in your air conditioning system shouldn’t go down. They’re supposed to exist in a closed loop, and your air conditioner needs a specific type and amount — determined by make and model — in order to cool your air effectively. But we live in an imperfect world, and leaks tend to spring up from time to time. When your refrigerant runs low, your air conditioner loses a lot of its cooling power, running for longer periods of time to do the job and raising your bills accordingly. Continue Reading

Protect Your Home Against Allergens

May 16th, 2016

Allergens are as common a problem in Beaverton, OR as high temperatures, and if you or a member of your family suffers from allergies, you know how miserable it can be. Your home should be a haven against pollen, pet dander and other types of allergens, but the simple act of opening the door can let more in and there’s only so many hours in the day you can devote to cleaning. What’s to be done? Continue Reading

Don’t Fall for These Air Conditioning Misconceptions

May 9th, 2016

Portland, OR gets hot in the summer, and that means you’ll be running your air conditioner pretty much every day to keep cool. That process can be hindered by numerous misconceptions about how air conditioning works, which can end up costing you a great deal in wasted energy if you’re not careful. Clearing up those misconceptions is an ideal way to save money  on your air conditioning bills this summer, as well as reducing the overall wear and tear on the system. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the more common fallacies out there and what you can do to combat them. Continue Reading

How and When to Get Your Heat Pump Ready for Summer

May 2nd, 2016

We’re quickly careening into summer here in Oregon City, and with the influx of sunshine and water vapor in the air, things will start to get a bit sticky. If you own a heat pump, is it ready to take on the summer heat? Should you wait to tune it up for summer, or is now the ideal time? We often field such questions from homeowners in our service area, and we can do the same for you. Here is some info to get you started, but give us a call here at The Clean Air Act when you’re ready for your heat pump maintenance Continue Reading

Consider the Advantages of a Ductless Air Conditioner

April 25th, 2016

High temperatures hit Tigard, OR quite hard, and as such you need a quality air conditioner ready to cool your entire house. Unfortunately, not every home can support the centralized format that most people think of when they think about air conditioning, and even those that do may encounter problems with theirs. The solution is a ductless air conditioning system, which gets rid of the centralized model in favor of a series of individual units, each charged with cooling one room or section of your house. They can cost more to install then centralized systems, but provide a number of benefits that you would do well to consider. Continue Reading

Look into a Dehumidifier This Spring

April 18th, 2016

Beaverton, OR can get plenty hot in the summer, which is why you need your air conditioner to run at top condition before the temperatures get too high. But Oregon is also a very humid part of the world, and excessive moisture can be just as much of a factor in your household comfort level as high temperatures can. If you don’t already own one, look into a whole-house dehumidifier this spring. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference it will make. Continue Reading