How Does Geothermal Air Conditioning Work?

June 29th, 2015

Here in Portland, OR, homeowners are always looking for new ways to reduce their carbon footprint. We love to go green here in the Pacific Northwest, and an eco-friendly system for heating and air conditioning might make an excellent fit for your home. Geothermal systems, in particular, offer a lot of green benefits, though you need a sizeable property for the system to work and you should understand how geothermal air conditioning works before you pull the trigger. Here’s a quick breakdown to give you an idea of what goes into such a system. Continue Reading

Why Are Duct Breaches a Problem?

June 22nd, 2015

Centralized air conditioners are among the most common in Portland, OR, and they invariably rely on a system of ducts to carry the cooled air throughout your home via a powerful fan. Ducts don’t usually have moving parts, which means they don’t experience repair issues the way that the air conditioner itself does. But they can still run into problems, especially when a breach opens up in them (either because of external damage or because a seal between two pieces of ductwork has broken loose). Why are duct breaches a problem? Here are a few answers. Continue Reading

How Do UV Air Purifiers Help My Home?

June 15th, 2015

Indoor air quality is a big concern for homeowners in the Portland, OR area. Our high humidity and pollen count can lead to all kinds of airborne contaminants, many of which can slip into your home through your HVAC system. A UV air purifier can help stop them in their tracks, and qualified technicians can install one in your home with very little effort. But what is a UV air purifier, specifically? And how can it help your home? Continue Reading

What Is Short Cycling and How Does It Affect My Air Conditioner?

June 8th, 2015

You may have experienced the phenomenon of short cycling before: it’s the process by which an air conditioner turns on and off suddenly multiple times throughout the day. It can be caused by motor problems, fan issues, low refrigerant levels or the simple fact that the system is too powerful for the space it needs to cool. It may not sound like a serious problem, but in fact it requires the services of an expert technician to fix, and with the heat waves we get in Portland, OR, the sooner you call one the better. How does it affect your air conditioner? A quick primer will give you a sense of how it all works. Continue Reading

3 Green Ways to Air Condition Your Home

June 1st, 2015

Most air conditioners in the Portland, OR area adhere to the traditional centralized model, where a single unit cools the air and distributes it throughout the household by blowing it through a series of ducts. It’s a reasonably effective system, but it also relies on outdated modes of technology that can be replaced with more forward thinking models. Not only are these newer forms of air conditioning more environmentally friendly than centralized forced-air models, but they are often more cost effective as well: saving you money on monthly bills while giving Mother Nature a break. Here are 3 green ways to air condition your home. Continue Reading

What Does the SEER Rating Mean for My Air Conditioner?

May 25th, 2015

We live in Portland, OR, and while our summers aren’t as hot as they are elsewhere in the country, our humidity levels often make up the difference. Humidity can affect the performance of your AC unit just as much as the temperature itself, and the more efficiently it can do its job, the better off you’ll be. You can make some rough estimates as to the efficiency of your system simply be comparing monthly energy bills or noting how cool and comfortable it keeps your home. But there’s a simpler way to determine it: the SEER Rating, which measures your system’s overall efficiency as detailed by the U.S. Department of Energy. Here’s a quick breakdown of what the SEER rating means for your air conditioning. Continue Reading

3 Considerations When Installing a New Air Conditioner

May 18th, 2015

If your air conditioner is ready to be replaced, then now is the perfect time to do it: while spring temperatures are still mild and our humid Portland, OR, summers haven’t started up in earnest yet. But there’s more to a new air conditioner than just picking a name in a catalogue and letting the contractors install it. Careful planning and preparation can ensure that you new system functions well for years to come. Poor preparation, on the other hand, can create issues you never even knew existed. Here are 3 considerations when installing a new air conditioner that you should go over with your service technician before work begins. Continue Reading

Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner?

May 11th, 2015

Summer is on its way, and Portland, OR residents know that that means killer heat waves as well as high humidity. If the time has come to replace your old air conditioning system, it’s best to do it now before the temperatures get too high. But is this the right time to replace the unit? Or is a simple repair the right way to go? Only you can answer that question, but it’s best to keep a few things in mind when considering it. Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding whether to repair or replace your air conditioner. Continue Reading

3 Reasons Ductless Air Conditioner May Be Your Best Choice for Home Cooling

May 4th, 2015

The technology of ductless air conditioning (as well as ductless heat pumps) has been around for many years in the commercial sector. Ductless ACs have become more and more popular for home cooling options during the last decade, especially with smaller homes or buildings that do not have the space for extensive ductwork.

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Advantages of Using a Hybrid Water Heater

April 27th, 2015

Once upon a time, the only way that people in a household could receive hot water—unless they boiled it on a stove themselves—was using a storage water heater that applied heat to a large water tank. These appliances are still common throughout the country, and they can work effectively at supplying the hot water needs of a home. But they are no longer the only choice. If you are in the market for a new water heater installation, you have a variety of options, such as solar, tankless, and hybrid water heaters. We’ll take a look at the benefits of a hybrid water heater in this post. Continue Reading