Archive for February, 2016

Prepare for Allergy Seasons with UV Germicidal Lights

Monday, February 29th, 2016

We’re still winter-bound in the Beaverton, OR area, but spring will be here before you know it and ,when it arrives, so does your annual conflict with allergies. Whether it’s you dealing with them or a family member, they’re no fun, and any steps you can take to alleviate that condition constitutes money well spent. For households suffering from allergies or otherwise vulnerable to colds, we recommend installing a set of UV germicidal lights in your duct system. They make an effective way to kill germs and other contaminants in your home. (more…)

What Kind of Homes Most Benefit from Ductless Systems

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Ductless heating and cooling systems stand in marked contrasted to the centralized heaters and air conditioners that most of us are used to. Those systems generate conditioned air (either warm or cool) in one specific location, then blow it into your house through the ductwork to gradually raise of lower the temperature. A ductless heating system, on the other hand, uses multiple units spaced throughout your home, each one charged with heating or cooling just a single room or section. They cost more to install than centralized systems, and here in Portland, OR, not every household can benefit from them. If you’re considering a new system, however, you may want to think about whether your home can take advantage of what a ductless system can offer. (more…)

3 Reasons There’s Ice Forming on Your Heat Pump

Monday, February 15th, 2016

It gets cold here in Portland, OR this time of year, and it’s natural to assume that ice will form on the outdoor part of your heat pump just like it does everywhere else. In point of fact, however, ice on the heat pump can be a big problem, and it might not be the weather that’s to blame. Of the ice seems excessive or you witness a corresponding loss of heat or similar problem accompanying its appearance, you should shut off your system and call in a trained professional right away. Here are three reasons there’s ice forming on your heat pump, most of which need a technician to correct. (more…)

Why Should I Change My Air Filter?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Every heating and air conditioning system in the world comes with a filter, designed to strain hair, dust and other particles out of the air. It helps keep your air clean and your heating and air conditioning free of dust and other contaminants. However, it needs to be replaced periodically – at least every six months, or sooner if the manufacturer recommends it – or cleaned if your filter is permanent. Otherwise, there will be significant consequences to your Portland, OR, often requiring a repair service to correct. Why should you change your air filter? Here’s a quick list of reasons: (more…)

Non-Issues Surrounding Your Furnace

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Your furnace keeps your home warm and cozy in the cold of winter, and here in Portland, OR, it will be called upon to perform every day throughout the chilly season. When problems arise with your heater, you want to get them fixed as soon as possible, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. But before you pick up the phone, make sure that the issue isn’t just a part of the system’s normal operation, and that you’re dealing with a legitimate issue instead of one that just appears to be one. Non-issues surrounding your furnace come in many forms, but here’s a few examples to give you an idea what we mean. (more…)