Install UV Germicidal Lights in Your Home

September 19th, 2016

With the coming of fall this week, now makes an excellent time to assess the quality of your indoor air and look for ways to improve it. Changing the filters on your HVAC system and placing weather stripping under cracks around doors and windows are good do-it-yourself steps, but if you’re looking for something more comprehensive, you might want to install UV germicidal lights in your duct system. They’re placed at the apex of your ducts and “scrub” the air clean of germs as they pass through your HVAC system. How does that work and what are the specific benefits? Read on for the answers. Continue Reading

Consider a Humidifier This Fall

September 12th, 2016

With Labor Day come and gone here in Tigard, OR, it’s time to slowly turn away from your air conditioning system and look to the needs of the fall and winter. Now is an excellent time to plan for repairs or upgrades to your home, before the snows fall when you still have an opportunity to plan any changes at leisure. If dry air is a problem in your home, you might want to think about adding a whole-house humidifier. It’s simple and easy to operate, and with professional installation, it can provide you with many years of reliable service. Continue Reading

Labor Day Is a Great Time for Heating Maintenance!

September 5th, 2016

We usually mark Labor Day on our calendars as the last unofficial day of summer. After that, kids tend to head back to school and the fall season slowly settles in, though hot weather may persist for a few more weeks here in Wilsonville, OR. We like to use this holiday to remind our customers that cooler weather is right around the corner, and that they may wish to schedule a heating maintenance session sometime in the next few weeks. It makes sense in a lot of ways and could end up saving you a lot of money. Continue Reading

How Does Dust Hurt Your AC?

August 29th, 2016

Dust is a part of life here in Portland, OR, brought in whenever you open a door or window and circulating throughout your home thanks to your HVAC system. We often advocate diligently replacing the filters in your system, or buying a formal filtration system to help cut down on the dust. Nothing is more important than your family’s health, and if you have someone in your home particularly vulnerable to dust (infants, the elderly, or anyone with sensitive lungs), then it behooves you to look into the best air filter you can afford. Continue Reading

Now is the Time to Decide if You Need a New Air Conditioner

August 22nd, 2016

August is the ideal time to perform a long, hard assessment of your older air conditioner and make a decision about its future. Summer has been running at a high clip for the last few months here in Oregon City, OR and while Labor Day is right around the corner, there’re still a few more weeks of hot weather to endure before things start to cool down. Your air conditioner has likely had to handle the heat on a daily basis, and if its warranty has expired, it may be showing signs of strain. An assessment now lets you determine if your system can go another few summer as-is, or whether it should be replaced before next summer rolls around. That gives you the entirety of the fall and winter to find the best replacement system for you home and schedule an installation according to your timetable, instead of rushing around when the system finally gives up the ghost unexpectedly.  Continue Reading

Heat Pumps Perform Two Jobs in One

August 15th, 2016

Late summer is a good time to perform an assessment of your older air conditioner and determine if a replacement is in order once the summer turns to fall. It’s also a good time to evaluate your heating situation before the temperatures drop here in Oregon City, OR. In both cases, you would do well to consider a heat pump as a possible option. Though not right for every home, they offer a number of advantages, including combining the effects of a heater and an air conditioner into one single system, Here’s a quick breakdown about how they work. Continue Reading

Stay Cool When Your AC Breaks Down

August 8th, 2016

Hot summers are par for the course in Wilsonville, OR, and a reliable air conditioner can be your best friend when it comes to keeping your home cool and comfortable. No one likes to think about unexpected breakdowns and with regular servicing you can keep such risks to a minimum, but sooner or later, most systems suffer an unexpected shutdown. Once you’ve determined that the problem can’t be fixed by troubleshooting (say by checking the breaker box to see if the circuit break has been triggered), you need to shut off the system and call in a qualified air conditioning repair service. While you wait for them to arrive, it’s very important to stay as cool as you can. High heat is nothing to toy with, and these steps will help ensure you can wait it out as painlessly as possible. Continue Reading

Geothermal Air Conditioning is Good for the Environment

August 1st, 2016

You may have hear about geothermal systems in passing, and admittedly, it’s not a system for everyone. But if you have a large piece of property and can pay the installation costs, there are a huge number of benefits to be gained from the geothermal heating and cooling system. It draws upon the ambient power of the earth itself — which never changes temperature once you dig down past 10-12 feet or so. The system merely takes advantage of that fact to provide you with cheap, plentiful and environmentally friendly heating and cooling. Here’s how: Continue Reading

What Kinds of Households Benefit from Ductless Air Conditioners?

July 25th, 2016

Ductless air conditioners stand as a viable alternative to traditional centralized models, and offer some unique advantages that more traditional forms of air conditioning don’t. They eschew the single unit model in favor of installing multiple smaller units throughout the building. Each unit is tasked with cooling a single section of the house, usually just one room, but sometimes more depending on your layout. It costs more to install, but can often be less expensive to run, and provides additional benefits that offset the cost. But is your Oregon City, OR home the best fit for such a system, or would traditional central air be best? Here’s a quick breakdown of the kinds of households that benefit from ductless air conditioners. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Prevent an Air Conditioning Failure

July 18th, 2016

An air conditioning breakdown in the middle of the summer can be disastrous. Tigard, OR can be extremely hot and humid, and losing your ability to control the temperature in your home can pose a health risk as well as eliminating your ability to be comfortable. We’re proud of the speed and efficiency with which we operate when there’s a problem and we conduct first-rate AC repair services, but preventing an AC failure is less expensive and troublesome than reacting to a breakdown after it has occurred. Here are 3 good ways to prevent and air conditioning failure and keep your system running throughout the summer. Continue Reading