Posts Tagged ‘Portland OR’

I’ve Got Radon! What Do I Do?

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Whatever you do, don’t panic! Consumers buy homes all the time that end up having radon problems. If the story ended there, it would be all over the news and we’d have a catastrophe on our hands. The reality is that there are many solutions to this kind of problem in your home, and with proper testing and mitigation, you can be as radon-free as any other home in your neighborhood. Have you stopped panicking yet?

In this post, we’ll be going over some of the basics of radon. We’ll be discussing what it is, where it comes from, what we do to test for it, and most importantly, what to do if you find yourself with a bad radon problem. Dealing with radon gas isn’t as bad as you might think, but it’s not a walk in the park either. So, stay vigilant and take a few notes if you have to, and remember to call the professionals for radon mitigation in Portland, OR.

Let’s get right to it.

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When Should My Home Be Tested for Radon?

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Do you live on the fourth floor of a building? No? Then you might want to pay attention. Radon is the number-one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to the EPA, which is reason enough to be up to date on your radon testing. But how your home is built and how the radon mitigation is installed is what really dictates how susceptible you and your family are to the harmful effects of radon. Whether you just moved, your living patterns have changed, or you haven’t had a radon test in recent memory, it is always good to be vigilant and schedule a test as soon as possible.

The EPA is exact about both the detriment radon can have on your health and the circumstances in which you should run a radon test. Not only that, but when these tests show results, it can be a little terrifying. That’s why it is so important for you to be informed about radon testing and mitigation in Portland, OR, so you can decide what’s safest for you and your family. (more…)

Benefits of High Velocity Heating

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Your heating system goes through its paces every winter, as our blustery, chilly Portland, OR days demand reliably warm temperatures when you get home every night. If your current system isn’t doing the job, you might want to consider the addition of a high velocity heating system instead of an alternative model. High velocity heating utilizes smaller ducts sending air through them much more rapidly than traditional heating systems: the same principle as forced-air furnaces delivered at a much faster pace. The installation costs may be more than other systems, but not as much as you’d think. And the benefits that come with it far outweigh any of the drawbacks. (more…)

How Do Air Filters Capture Contaminants?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

As we head into allergy season, you may be wondering: how exactly does a mechanical air filter capture contaminants? Electronic air cleaners, such as ion generators and electronic precipitators use electricity to negatively charge and then capture allergens and other indoor particles, but when it comes to mechanical air filters, there a few things to consider, one of which is MERV ratings. The indoor air quality specialists at Clean Air Act can help you with all your air filtration needs, so if you are concerned about allergy season this spring, just pick up the phone and give us a call. (more…)

3 Factors to Consider with a New Air Conditioning Installation

Monday, April 27th, 2015

A good air conditioner is a staple of your home, and while routine maintenance can make yours last a long time, sooner or later every AC unit needs to be replaced. Here in Portland, OR, spring makes an excellent time to replace an older or faulty air conditioner before the summer months bring heat and humidity with them. Because it represents a significant investment in your home, however, the decision to replace your air conditioner should come only after careful planning and consideration. Here are 3 factors to consider with a new air conditioning installation. (more…)

3 Ways Air Filters Help Your Home

Monday, April 13th, 2015

A big part of your indoor comfort is having clean, healthy air to breathe, but if you don’t have it, you could feel like you are fighting an uphill battle each day inside your own home. A great way to clean your air without having to manage an individual air filtration device on your own is to install a whole house mechanical filter into your existing HVAC. While this may sound like an added device, it really isn’t. This is because a mechanical filter can typically replace the standard filter of your HVAC system. Why not just use your standard filter? The standard air filter in your heating and cooling system isn’t designed to help with air quality; it’s only job is to prevent dust and debris from entering the system, not your home. So to achieve a higher quality of air, it’s best to use a more effective mechanical air filter. What kind of benefits can you and your home gain from an air filter? Let’s take a look. (more…)

What Are My Choices with Amana Heat Pumps?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

If you have been looking for a heating and cooling system that can work effectively and without use of fossil fuels, you may want to consider the installation of a heat pump. Heat pumps can work with both ducted and ductless systems, and when properly installed, a heat pump can give you 20-25 years’ worth of service. At Clean Air Act, we are proud to carry the Amana line of heat pump products, and our technicians can install, repair, maintain and replace them at your Portland, OR, home. Why did we choose Amana? Here are some reasons:

  • All Amana heat pumps use R-410A refrigerant, which is an environmentally-friendly refrigerant
  • All the refrigerant is chlorine-free
  • Amana pays special attention to the quiet operation of their systems, so they operate at a very low noise volume
  • Each unit is equipped with a crankcase heater and filter dryer, allowing for optimal heating power during the winter months

Amana Series of Heat Pumps

Amana offers a range of heat pumps, from systems for large homes to systems for the budget-conscious homeowner:

  • ASZC series – this is Amana’s high-efficiency series of heat pumps, and there are two types: the SEER 18 heat pump and the SEER 16 heat pump. These heat pumps are typically for larger homes and/or those wanting the benefits of a high-efficiency heat pump system; they also come with a limited lifetime warranty.
  • ASZ series – for those looking for many of the benefits the ASZC series offers, but who don’t need all of them, the ASZ series is the one to look at. The ASZ heat pumps come in SEER 13, 14 and 16 ratings, giving you choices about the level of energy efficiency you’d like to be at. This series does not come with the limited lifetime warranty.
  • ANZ series – the ANZ series is great for smaller homes and those who are looking to stay within a certain budget range. The ANZ heat pump systems have SEER ratings of either 13 or 14, but they do not have the limited lifetime warranty.

For more information on how an Amana heat pump can fit in your Portland, OR, home, call the experts at Clean Air Act today!