Archive for November, 2016

How to Watch for Duct Breaches

Monday, 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.  (more…)

How to Adjust Your HVAC System for Holiday Gatherings

Monday, 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. (more…)

Beware of Dry Air This Winter

Monday, 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. (more…)

IAQ Products Make it Easier for Your Heater

Monday, 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: (more…)