Does Your Home Need Duct Repair?

February 6th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_dreamstime_xl_31113411Most homes in the Beaverton, OR area use centralized furnaces to keep their homes warm in the winter and air conditioners to keep them cool in the summer. Those systems rely upon a series of ducts branching out from the central system itself to the various rooms in your home. Conditioned air (either hot or cold) moves through the ducts, which keeps the temperature steady and ensures that the whole house is heated evenly. Ducts are usually placed in the crawlspace of the walls, the attic, or similar hidden locations. This has the benefit of keeping them safe from harm, but leaks do spring up, and even breaches can affect you from time to time. The good news is that a trained service can usually repair the damage quickly. But before that happens, you need to be able to spot the signs that something is amiss. Continue Reading

Fight Winter Colds with UV Germicidal Lights

January 23rd, 2017

“UV germicidal lights” sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. In point of fact, however, it’s very real and can provide a huge boon to your home, especially here in the winter. It works to cleanse the air of biological contaminants such as cold bugs, germs, dust mites and mold spores, and it does so cheaply and efficiently to boot. If you’re looking for a way to combat those pesky winter colds here in Oregon City, OR, it might just be the secret weapon you need. Continue Reading

Overpowered Heating Systems are a Problem

January 16th, 2017

Now is the time of year when people in the Portland, OR area start assessing their heating systems, and determining if they should replace it with a new one in the spring. Winter has been going for months now, and older furnaces can definitely feel the strain. In some unfortunate cases, you may not be able to wait until spring if a system on its last legs finally gives up the ghost. But whatever the circumstances, there’s a common fallacy that you need to be aware of: purchasing a heating system that’s too powerful for your space. Continue Reading

What Do to When Your Heater’s Warranty Runs Out

January 9th, 2017

Every heating system comes with a warranty, which stipulates how long its various components are covered in the event of a breakdown. Specifics vary by the type of heating system, but most last for 10 years or thereabouts. That gives you some security when the system runs into trouble and keeps the costs of repairs limited. But what happens when the warranty runs out? What’s the best way to treat your heating system then? Continue Reading

3 Reasons Your Furnace Won’t Run

January 2nd, 2017

Nothing can be more disconcerting than turning on your gas furnace with no result. We’re all used to the sounds our furnace makes when turning on. When those sounds don’t come, you know that trouble is brewing, and winters in Tigard, OR are too cold to just let the problem sit. Continue Reading

The Benefits of Heat Pumps

December 26th, 2016

Beaverton, OR has its share of cold and rainy Christmas days, and yet our weather here isn’t quite so cold as it might be in the Midwest or East Coast. You need every advantage you can to trim bills and keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If a new heater or HVAC system is on the agenda in the next few months, you might want to consider a heat pump, which combines the functions of heating and air conditioning into one. The system isn’t dissimilar to an air conditioner, but a few key differences combines some considerable benefits. Continue Reading

How to Select the Best Heating Service

December 19th, 2016

Heating systems come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional forced-air furnaces to ductless systems and geothermal systems. But all of them need to function as advertised in order to keep your home warm during our Oregon City, OR winters, and all of them will eventually suffer a breakdown or require repairs. A heating system repair technician can be as important to your quality of life as a good doctor or mechanic. But how can you select the best one for your needs? Specifics vary, but there are a few pertinent traits you should look for. Continue Reading

Why Do I Need a Humidifier?

December 12th, 2016

Winters in Portland, OR are cold and snowy, and you may be surprised to find that dry air is a persistent problem in your home.  We live in a very rainy part of the world, and in the summer our problem becomes removing moisture, not retaining it. But dry air can do more than just make you uncomfortable. Luckily, there’s a long-term solution available to fix the problem for good: whole-house humidifiers. Continue Reading

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