Posts Tagged ‘Milwaukie’

Don’t Forget To Change Your Filter

Monday, February 14th, 2022

air-filterWe are in the middle of the cold season and that means we are all relying heavily on our heaters. So it makes sense that you’d want your heater to last for as long as possible without any trouble.

The need for a heating repair in Milwaukie, OR is common around this time of year. We are here to help if you need assistance getting your heater back in working order! But we are also here to help you avoid those repairs if possible.

Did you know that there is one easy task that can help you reduce your repair needs? It’s regular filter changes! Don’t believe us? Read on to discover how this helps.

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6 Problems Your Heater Might Have

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

furnace-inspectionYou deserve to be able to rely on your heating system when temperatures get too cold for comfort. The truth is though, your heater may not be up to the task of keeping you warm right now. This is because you might need to schedule a heating repair in Milwaukie, OR.

This shouldn’t be too much of a shock. Over the course of a heating system’s lifespan, there will be a need for repairs now and then. If you are curious about what might be causing problems within your system, we have some answers below. We also have the services that will get your system back in working order in no time.

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The Time for Heating Maintenance Is Now

Monday, October 26th, 2020

The fall season is here and many of us are excitedly decorating and preparing our homes for Halloween and the holidays that are soon to follow. We are also getting ready for chillier temperatures and the opportunities it brings to settle in with a good TV show, a hot cup of tea, and a cozy blanket. However you are preparing for this season, there is one thing that you shouldn’t forget to take care of: heating system maintenance.

Maintenance that is performed by an HVAC contractor in Milwaukie, OR can often be what makes or breaks your comfort this season and beyond. That is why now is the best time to get this service taken care of. After all, who doesn’t appreciate the great benefits that a tune-up provides?

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Why You Need Professional AC Installation

Monday, September 28th, 2020

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As we’ve seen over the past week or two, our weather can be pretty wild at times. Having a reliable air conditioner in your home is going to be a great help in ensuring that you stay comfortable during any surprise heatwaves that might come our way even as the summer ends. If you need a new system in your home, it will make things a lot easier to schedule a professional air conditioning installation in Milwaukie, OR.

We want to make sure that you know how important it is that you have a professional be the one to perform your system installation. A pro will know exactly how to install your system so that it can start out on the right foot.

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Save Money With a Ductless Heat Pump

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

ductless-heat-pump-floor-unitHeat pumps are all the rage, lately. However, you may have heard that they’re one of the more expensive units upfront. This can be a big turn off for many people with a budget. In actuality, budget-minded people should be more enthusiastic about a ductless heat pump. Why?

They’re actually far more efficient than central air conditioners, capable of saving more money in the long-run. In this post, we’ll show you a few of those reasons.

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Signs that Your Refrigerant is Running Low

Monday, May 30th, 2016

The refrigerant levels in your air conditioning system shouldn’t go down. They’re supposed to exist in a closed loop, and your air conditioner needs a specific type and amount — determined by make and model — in order to cool your air effectively. But we live in an imperfect world, and leaks tend to spring up from time to time. When your refrigerant runs low, your air conditioner loses a lot of its cooling power, running for longer periods of time to do the job and raising your bills accordingly. (more…)

Does Your Air Conditioner Need to Be Replaced?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Spring is here, and summer will be along before you know it. Here in Milwaukie, OR, that means you should give your air conditioner a thorough look and determine whether it needs any help before temperatures get too high. If you have an older air conditioner that’s having problems, you may be wondering if you should replace it with a new one, or simply fix it up as best you can and power through another summer or two with it. A good technician can provide advice, but only you can determine when your air conditioner is ready to be put out to pasture. We used three general guidelines to help homeowners make that determination. (more…)

What Air Filtration System is Right for Me?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Are you trying to decide which air filtration system is right for your home? Call the Milwaukie OR indoor air quality experts at The Clean Air Act, Inc. We offer a variety of Aprilaire air filtration systems, including a wide selection of whole-home air cleaners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and ventilation systems to provide you with whole home comfort. We will be more than happy to help you select the model that fits your needs the most.

Whether you are having issues with dust mites, pollen, bacteria, pet dander, mold spores, or another indoor air pollutant, we can find the right system for you. Depending on your needs, you may want to choose an electronic media filter, or you can find models that combine the efficiency of  media filters and electronic ionization. You’ll definitely want to select an air cleaner that matches your forced air heating and AC system.

Most Aprilaire air cleaners are installed on the air handler, and your contractor will know how to properly size and install the model we help you choose. Keep in mind that media air cleaners are designed to remove airborne contaminants as they through the duct system, which is why they are installed as part of your home comfort system. They use a true HEPA filter to clean the air inside your home.

The standard air filters that are a part of your forced air system are not designed to filter particles as efficiently, so it is best to get an air cleaning system to help provide ultimate protection against problems related to allergies and asthma.

Don’t hesitate to call the Milwaukie, OR indoor air quality specialists at Clean Air Act to help you choose the right air filtration for your home. Contact The Clean Air Act Inc. today!

What’s the difference between mechanical and electronic air cleaners?

Monday, September 24th, 2012

There are a number of air cleaners on the market, each of them offering a number of specific features and benefits designed to match the types or air pollutants and allergens your Portland home has. However, a common question we get is about the difference between mechanical and electronic air cleaners.

Mechanical Air Cleaners

Mechanical air cleaners are also called filters and are generally some form of physical device installed in the air flow system for your HVAC device or air handler. The air flows through the filter and particles are removed because they are smaller than air particles. Mechanical filters come in different MERV ratings, and some are rated as HEPA filtration devices, removing up to 99.9% of contaminants 0.3 microns or larger. These devices are highly effective for almost all forms of allergens and contaminants in the Portland area.

Electronic Air Cleaners

An electronic air cleaner uses a different process, actively removing particles by ionizing the air and pulling the particles out of it. The difference is that such a process only works on smaller particles like gas or smoke and fumes. So, an electronic air cleaner removes the stuff that a mechanical filter never could, and is generally only necessary if your home suffers from such contaminants.

When the time comes to have a new air cleaning system installed in your home, the first thing you should do is determine what you need to have removed. Most people will benefit from a mechanical filter upgrade, but if exhaust is a problem due to proximity to a major road or if someone in your home smokes, an electronic filter can go one step further and remove a lot of additional particles.

There are also air purification systems that combine both technologies to create a fully-featured air cleaning system. You can check if this type of system is compatible with your air handler and then have one sized for your needs.

To determine what to do about the indoor air quality in your Portland home, contact The Clean Air Act, Inc. today!

HVAC Repairs That Will Save You Money

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Your air conditioning and heating system operate frequently throughout the year – so much so that regular maintenance and repairs are a basic necessity if you want to ensure absolute comfort for your family year round. There are certain routine repairs or maintenance tasks that can actually save you money though, even if they are not immediately necessary for the proper operation of your HVAC system. Here are a few such repairs and the benefits you will gain.

Clean Your Ductwork

Ductwork cleaning in Portland is an important component of annual HVAC maintenance. We recommend having this done at least once a year to remove the natural buildup of debris and dust in your ductwork that will reduce energy efficiency of your system by as much as 30%.

Clean and Replace Filters

Filters are designed to block debris and dust, among other things, from entering the air flow of your Portland home or from blocking the moving parts in your home’s HVAC system. However, those same filters, when they become clogged, are an equal impediment for your HVAC system. The blocked air flow can not only reduce efficiency but also increase the risk you’ll need repairs.

Calibrate Your Thermostats

Improperly calibrated thermostats can lead to improper cooling and heating in your Portland home, resulting in higher bills or a lack of proper comfort control. These are easy to fix but calibration needs to be done regularly, especially if you have mechanical thermostats. You might also consider an upgrade to a programmable digital thermostat.

Clean the Coils

Dirty coils can be a major impediment to heating and cooling efficiency, as the transfer of heat is blocked by a layer of dust or dirt. Regular HVAC maintenance should include full cleaning of your evaporator coils, as well as your heat exchanger and fan blower motors.

When done regularly the four maintenance tasks above will greatly reduce the cost of operating your HVAC system and save you quite a bit of money over time. Call us today! Portland air conditioning and heating customers can rely on The Clean Air Act, Inc. for quality service.