6 Ways to Improve Your Energy Efficiency

March 30th, 2020

With everyone spending a lot more time at home as of late, it means that more of us are going to be depending on our homes to be the optimal, energy efficient havens we need them to be. This can be a little easier said than done though, with the use of home systems going up throughout the day.

We know that those of us living in Portland are always looking to find ways to boost our home energy efficiency and, while our day to day patterns might be shifting, that goal doesn’t have to change. In en effort to help you with your goal of being energy efficient, we’ve compiled a small list of ways to boost your household energy efficiency without having to reduce your home comfort.

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Choosing the Right Heater for You

March 16th, 2020

dog-under-blanket-cold-homeMaybe you’ve been struggling to keep warm this winter because you’ve been trying to keep warm with a space heater instead of using your regular heater, since using the central heater would cost far more. Those portable space heaters can be handy in specific circumstances, but they  aren’t a lasting or effective solution to heating your whole home. If you have had to subsidize the heat in your home lately with a small plug-in system, it may mean that you need to replace your overly expensive heating system.

The next question, of course, is which heating system to install in its place? We can help you decide on what system will meet your needs best.

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Handling Radon in Your Home

March 2nd, 2020

radon-testing-graphicYou know your ducts are clean and your HVAC system is working nicely. The house is comfortable and you have been enjoying relaxing as winter slowly gives way to spring. We don’t want to ruin the mood, but we do want you to keep safe, so we want to ask you a question: with everything you’ve done for your home’s indoor air quality, did you check for the presence of radon?

If this sounds like a somewhat scary question, it’s because the idea of radon in your house isn’t good. This is a gas that can sneak in through your foundation or your water supply and become trapped within your home, creating pretty bad results over time.

If you are concerned about the potential presence of radon in your home, we can help by providing radon testing in Portland and, if needed, mitigation services as well. Read on to learn more about this issue.

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3 Ways to Improve Your IAQ

February 17th, 2020

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The modern home in Portland is nicely sealed up, allowing it to keep the conditioned air the HVAC system produces flowing inside the house rather than escaping outdoors. This, as you can imagine, has multiple benefits such as better heating power and energy savings. However, a sealed home does have downsides.

As you have probably guessed, with a well sealed home, there is little to no air flow in and out of the house. This is great for your comfort–mostly. The only reason it isn’t perfect is because people enjoy fresh air and, let’s be honest, after a while filtered air can feel too filtered.

Your comfort and your indoor air quality shouldn’t have to do battle. You should be able to enjoy both at once! So when your heating system is running but you feel like you are breathing stale air that makes you question if you’d rather stand outside and shiver, consider these tips to boost your indoor air quality instead of letting your comfort levels take the hit.

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Call For Repairs When…

February 3rd, 2020

burnersThere are moving boxes everywhere and you have a big task on hand: unpacking. You finally got your first home! Now, while getting things unpacked may keep you warm for a while, you might start noticing that there is a problem after you slow down–your home isn’t very warm even though the heater is running. Is there a problem with your heating system?

All too often we find people wait to call us until their problem is a big one because they aren’t sure what indicators to look for that tell them it is time for repairs. We want to help clear this subject up by providing you with some of the most common indicators you should know about. The sooner you schedule service after you pick up on one of these signs the better for you and your heater!

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Gas vs. Electric: Which Furnace Works for You?

January 20th, 2020

blue-question-markWe all know that furnaces are ideal systems for keeping a home warm and comfortable on even the cloudiest and coldest days in Portland. But did you also know that there is more than one type of furnace that can heat your house?

We want to focus on two key furnace types you may want to know about: those powered by natural gas and those powered by electricity only. The question that this creates for you is which one suits your needs better.

If you are trying to determine whether a gas furnace or an electric furnace would be better for your home, you can reach out to us for help. In the interest of providing you with some immediate guidance, we’ve collected some important information we think you should know about choosing furnaces in Portland, OR.

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The Most Vital Heater Repair

January 3rd, 2020

burnersYour furnace works hard to keep you warm. No matter how new or old it is, all that effort adds up throughout the cold winter season we get here in Oregon. The extended wear and tear of running for several days, weeks, and even months at a time leads to the need for maintenance and, inevitably, repairs.

There is a variety of repair needs that your furnace may require. They can range from simplistic (a filter change) to the complicated (a broken fan). The key when you realize you need a furnace repair in Beaverton, OR is to reach out for help from a trained HVAC technician sooner rather than later.

With all that said, we do want to discuss one repair need in particular that you should be more aware of. While no repair should be put off, this repair in particular is one that should be addressed ASAP, no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it!

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The Gift of Saving on Your Heating Bill

December 23rd, 2019

family-comfortable-warmBeaverton is a beautiful area of Oregon. It is also currently pretty cold. And let’s be honest, even when temperatures aren’t at their coldest, we would all prefer to stay warm and cozy inside when it is pouring rain most of the day.

This is the time of year when we rely on our heaters the most. That also means that it is the season when our heating bills can start getting a pricier than we’d like. Thankfully, there are several ways that you can improve the warmth in your home and facilitate your furnace’s job.

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4 Benefits of a Ductless Heat Pump

December 9th, 2019

ductless-heat-pumpWhen it comes to heating systems in Portland, there are so many different types out there that it can be hard to remember them all. But there is one type of heater that stands out to us: the ductless mini split heat pump. These are nifty systems for a multitude of reasons aside from being great for custom heating solutions.

And we know how important a reliable heating system can be when temperatures take a real tumble.

So, whether you are in the market for a new heater or you are simply curious about the popularity of ductless heating mini splits in Portland, OR, we think it is important for everyone to know what the benefits of a ductless heat pump are.

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Duct Cleaning Can Help Keep You Comfortable

November 25th, 2019

Inside-an-Air-DuctWhen you run your heater during the cooler months here in Oregon, it is imaginable that you want warm air that is also clean and clear of most dust and debris. However, if you have a ductwork system that hasn’t been cleaned in a good long while, you may have trouble enjoying either warm air or clean air.

Thankfully, this can be addressed with duct cleaning in Beaverton, OR. These services are meant to make sure you get to enjoy a home with a comfortable temperature without having it be plagued by dust. If you aren’t sure whether or not you should opt for duct cleaning services, we may be able to help you.

We have provided some details about how this service helps keep your home clean and enhances your heaters energy efficiency as well.

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