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

3 Things to Think About with a New Air Conditioner

July 11th, 2016

If you’re thinking about getting a new air conditioner, now is the time to act. A new air conditioner can be in place very quickly, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of improved efficiency and similar features in the face of our hot Portland, OR summer. But before you can have a new unit installed, you need to make sure that it meets the needs of your home and family, that it  will function as it should and that it will last as long as possible (hopefully decades) before you need to install a new one. In order to do that, you need to keep certain things in mind when making your selection. Here are 3 of them for you to think about: Continue Reading

Signs of Fan Motor Problems with Your AC

July 4th, 2016

With summer in full gear here in Wilsonville, OR, you need to be extra vigilant to detect any potential problems with your air conditioner. A sudden breakdown could leave you in the lurch just when the temperatures are really soaring, and in many cases, that could prove a health risk as well as any other concerns. The more you know about potential problems with your AC, the more quickly you can respond. Continue Reading

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