How Does Geothermal Heating Work?

November 30th, 2015

Geothermal systems represent an exciting alternative to more traditional means of heating and cooling your home. While not right for every home here in Portland, OR, they represent an environmentally friendly means of providing clean and efficient heat and air, and once the installation is complete, they tend to do so for much less money that other HVAC systems. If you’re considering replacing your existing system, a geothermal model could be well worth a look. How do geothermal systems work? Here’s a quick primer. Continue Reading

Common Issues with Tankless Water Heaters

November 23rd, 2015

Tankless water heaters make a great alternative to traditional tank models: saving money and energy while providing a theoretically endless supply of hot water for you and your family. They work especially well in vacation homes, of which the Portland, OR area has quite a few. But like any other device, tankless water heaters run into trouble from time to time, and when they do, you can do yourself a big favor by summoning professional assistance promptly. Here’s a quick rundown of common issues with tankless water heaters. Continue Reading

UV Air Purifiers Keep Your Home Healthy

November 16th, 2015

A UV air purifier is installed at the base of your duct system, sending a stream of ultraviolet light in a thin wall across your duct system. As the air circulates, it passes through the light, and in the process makes your air cleaner and healthier. Here in Portland, OR, that’s no small consideration. Our wet weather becomes a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, and with winter on the way, we button up our homes to keep the heat in. That means that germs and viruses can circulate in your home in the stagnant air, spreading sickness to your whole family. A UV air purifier keeps your home healthy in the face of those obstacles. How exactly? We’ve provided a quick outline below. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

November 9th, 2015

An energy efficient home is a happy home: cozier, more comfortable and enjoying considerable savings with those pesky monthly energy bills. Yet many homeowners in the Portland, OR area balk at the initial costs of various measures designed to improve their household efficiency. In point of fact, such improvement often end up saving you money in the long run, as well as making your home a more pleasant place to be. Here are 3 ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency that you should consider this winter. Continue Reading

3 Alternative Types of Water Heater

November 2nd, 2015

Here in Portland, OR, as with most of the country, the majority of people use traditional tank water heaters to warm the water in their homes. It’s a reliable form of technology, which is why it still sees common use. But it’s not the only type of water heater available. There are numerous alternative systems on the market, some of which may be a better fit for your home and circumstances than a tank model. Here’s a brief description of three of the most popular for you to consider. Continue Reading

How do Energy Recovery Ventilators Benefit Me?

October 26th, 2015

Energy recovery ventilators are a type of air recirculation device, placed in your attic and used to swap air out of your home without altering the indoor temperature. They sound complicated, but the principles governing them are actually very simple. More importantly, they can help make your home more energy efficient as well as improving the indoor air quality as well. Here in Portland, OR, with our combination of hot summers and cool-to-cold winters, they make a strong addition to any household, and now is the time to schedule installation before winter sets in. Understanding how they work is key to understanding how they benefit you, and what kind of advantages you will enjoy if you have one installed. Continue Reading

Replacing Your Heating System? Look for These Alternatives

October 19th, 2015

When the fall arrives, people with outdated heating systems often want to replace them before the weather gets too cold. We turn on our heaters only to realize that the wear and tear has become too much, or we’re ready for a little respite from those high monthly heating bills. Whatever the reason, now is the time to install a new system in Portland, OR, when the weather is cool but not yet cold enough to use the heater every day. And if a traditional centralized heater doesn’t feel like the right fit, you should consider an alternate heating system. Many offer tangible advantages that could suit your lifestyle well, and with the right installation company, at your side, installing them can be easier than you think. Here are three alternative heating systems for you to think about. Continue Reading

What are the Advantages of Radiant Heating Systems?

October 12th, 2015

Here in Portland, OR, we’ve never colored inside the line when it comes to new and innovative forms of heating and cooling. Old fashioned furnaces and boilers work great, and many homes still use them, but if circumstances are right, you could benefit from looking at some alternative options. In particular, you should look at radiant heating systems, which place coils or tubes beneath your floorboards that warm your bodies and furniture directly. What are the benefits of radiant heating systems? Read on for the answers. Continue Reading

3 Reasons to Invest in a Heat Pump

October 5th, 2015

A heat pump is a combination heater and air conditioner that has achieved a great deal of popularity here in Portland, OR. With a normal air conditioner, refrigerant cycles between the outdoor portion of the system (which vents hot air created by liquefying the refrigerant) and the indoor portion (which shifts the liquid refrigerant back to a gas and pulls heat out of the nearby air in the process). With heat pumps, that cycle is reversible, allowing it to release warm air indoors and hot air outdoors when the temperature demands it. Heat pumps can cost a bit to install, but if you’re looking at replacing your existing HVAC system it might be just the thing you’ve been looking for. Here are 3 reasons to invest in a heat pump that you should consider. Continue Reading

Signs of Trouble With Your Water Heater

September 28th, 2015

Water heaters are renowned for working quietly and efficiently without causing a fuss. Unfortunately, that means that when problems arise, they often catch homeowners completely by surprise. Here in Portland, OR, you can contact services to provide routine maintenance and check-ups for your water heater to ensure that it stays in the pink. You can also keep an eye out for any of the below signs of trouble with your water heater, which usually indicate a need for repair. Continue Reading