The Benefits of Ductless Heating

December 5th, 2016

Most of us are used to traditional centralized heating and air conditioning systems in our Tigard, OR homes. They generate heated or cooled air in a single spot, then use a system of ducts to blow the air through the rooms of your home. It’s an effective system, but it’s not the only option out there.

More specifically, you could use ductless heating and air conditioning systems, which adopt a more decentralized approach. Instead of one single unit, it uses multiple units placed throughout your home. Each one functions for a single room or section, distributing the load for the entire home. Ductless systems cost more to install, and they’re not for every household. But if you find that centralized models just aren’t doing the job, you might want to think about the benefits that a ductless system can provide. Continue Reading

How to Watch for Duct Breaches

November 28th, 2016

Most homes in the Portland, OR area use a system of ducts to transfer air from the HVAC system to the four corners of the home. The ducts are typically hidden behind the walls, in the attic or similar out-of-the-way locales. That helps keep them protected from damage, but when damage does occur, it can be very hard to spot. Damage to your ducts can take place when animals crawl into your space, when work on other parts of the house goes awry, or sometimes when the bolts or connections between duct pieces wear out.  Continue Reading

How to Adjust Your HVAC System for Holiday Gatherings

November 21st, 2016

Thanksgiving is upon us, and you may be hosting friends and family for a holiday gathering this week (or perhaps later in the holidays). That can have a subtle yet undeniable impact on your HVAC system — rarely an emergency, but certainly something that you can mitigate to lower costs and help your home be as comfortable as possible for your guests. Here in Beaverton, OR, temperatures are falling by the day, and it’s likely to be fairly cold once Turkey Day arrives. Here are a few tips to help make your home the perfect environment for your get-together. Continue Reading

Beware of Dry Air This Winter

November 14th, 2016

As temperatures fall here in Oregon City, OR, the air becomes drier, which most of us are accustomed to. What’s less apparent is how that dry air creates issues in your home, and what can be down to help stop those issues. Luckily, you can respond to low humidity levels by installing a whole-house humidifier in your home. But why does that work and what kinds of issues does it fix? We’ve got the breakdown right here. Continue Reading

IAQ Products Make it Easier for Your Heater

November 7th, 2016

Indoor air quality products can provide a number of benefits to your Tigard, OR home: from lowering humidity levels to reducing the spread of germs and illnesses. But they have an added benefit as well. When working in conjunction with your heating system, they can help your HVAC system do its job more effectively. How can your IAQ systems benefit your heater? That depends on the IAQ product you purchase, but the specifics can include: Continue Reading

Do You Need a New Air Handler?

October 31st, 2016

An air handler is an important part of your HVAC system, especially here in Portland, OR where both heating and air conditioning are priorities for most of the year. It’s what moves the air from the HVAC unit through the ducts in your home, providing filtration as well as fan power to ensure maximum efficiency. Most are designed to work without a problem for many years, but like any other component in your home, it will wear out eventually. When it does, you need a professional service to install a new one. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you need to know. Continue Reading

Infrared Space Heaters Address a Number of Problems

October 24th, 2016

Winters are cold enough in Beaverton, OR to devote some serious thought to your home’s heating system. You need a system that can meet your specific needs, not just one that does a generic “okay” job. The more efficient your heater is and the more tailored to the specifics of your household, the less it tends to cost you in wasted energy. Continue Reading

How Does Indoor Air Quality Help Your Heater?

October 17th, 2016

We concern ourselves with keeping warm every winter in Oregon City, OR. Falling temperature and copious snow means we need to rely on a good heating system to maintain comfortable temperatures at home. But indoor air quality factors in as well, not only ensuring a cleaner household environment, but easing some of the burden on your heating system in the bargain. Now is the time to install an IAQ product in your home, when fall temperatures are still comparatively warm and you can begin to enjoy the benefits before winter begins. What kind of benefits are we talking about? Let’s take a look. Continue Reading

Conduct Heating Repairs Now

October 10th, 2016

With fall colors appearing in Tigard, OR, we only have a few weeks left to go before the snow start to fall. That gives you a window to conduct any heating repairs that may be needed. We all hope for the best when it comes to heating, but with the weather still warm enough to allow for some flexibility, it’s easy enough to take some sensible precautions. Doing so can pay big dividends in the future. Continue Reading

Need a New Heater? Consider a Heat Pump

October 3rd, 2016

Fall has officially arrived in the Portland, OR area, and that means you’ll soon have need of a heating system to keep your home warm during the cold winter nights. If you have an older heater, replacing it may be a good idea, lest it break down on you in the middle of a cold front, and if your air conditioner’s warranty has expired, you may need to consider a new AC as well. Either way, it pays to make a heat pump a possible replacement from both. They provide a number of benefits over other kinds of heating and cooling, and they make a particularly good fit for homes in our part of the country. Continue Reading