3 Summer Repairs to Look for

August 31st, 2015

We’re in the tail end of summer here in Portland, OR, but just because the season is winding down doesn’t mean that warm weather and the need for your air conditioner is going to abate. We’ve already had a long season, which means your system has probably been called upon to shoulder a heavy load. And while you have hopefully prepared for that by scheduling a maintenance session before the summer started, breakdowns still happen. They can be most distressing in these last few weeks, but the sooner you can spot them, the more readily you can summon a repair technician before they can cause any significant damage. Here are 3 summer repairs to look for this season. Continue Reading

3 Ways to Use Solar Power in Your Home

August 24th, 2015

Solar technology has been on the rise for many years, and while it used to draw a skeptical response from anyone serious about energy use, today it stands as a powerful and money-saving alternative to fossil fuels and other outdated forms of energy. The technology has advanced to the point where our cloudy Portland, OR weather no longer affects the efficiency of solar systems. You can take advantage of these advances by installing a solar system in your home, reducing your energy bills to a minimum and ensuring that you have reliable power from an infinitely renewable source. Here are 3 ways to use solar power in your home that you should think about. Continue Reading

Improve the Efficiency of your Commercial Air Conditioning System

August 17th, 2015

If you own a business in Portland, OR, or you’re an office manager charged with the disposition of a piece of commercial space, efficiency is the name of the game. You need to make the most use out of your space, out of the energy consumed and out of the system as a whole, while maintaining the comfort levels not only of your employees, but of any customers who visit your site. That can be tricky to do, but a good air conditioning service can provide some help. Here are a few ways to improve the efficiency of your commercial air conditioning system that you should really look into. Continue Reading

What’s Wrong with My Air Flow?

August 10th, 2015

Most people take notice when their air conditioner stops blowing cool air. Less noticeable but equally important is when there’s plenty of cool air, but it isn’t getting blown into your house with the force it needs. Low air flow creates a number of ancillary problems that can really damage your system. They include higher bills, increased strain on your system, a greater likelihood of breakdowns and even a shortened lifespan for your system. A trained technician can usually correct the problem, but you need to act quickly when you detect low air flow lest our humid Portland, OR summers make a bad problem worse. There are a number of possible things wrong with your air flow, but they tend to boil down to three common factors: Continue Reading

Why is Warm Air Coming Out of my Air Conditioner?

August 3rd, 2015

If your air conditioner is running regularly – and with a hot summer in full bloom here in Portland, OR, whose isn’t? – you might want to check and make sure the air coming out of the vents is nice and cool. If it isn’t, you may have a problem on your hands. There are a number of reasons why an air conditioner won’t blow cool air, but all of them spell trouble. Without cooling your house down, your air conditioner will need to expend more energy in order to do its job, as well as increasing wear and tear on the individual components and running a greater risk of a repair call in the future. The causes of warm air coming out of your air conditioner are numerous, but can include the following: Continue Reading

Get Your Heater Serviced Now

July 27th, 2015

Generally speaking, you should get your heating system serviced twice a year: once before heating season begins and once right after it ends. If you haven’t have your heater serviced in a while, now may be the perfect time. That can be hard to believe in the summer, when Portland, OR is smothered in heat and humidity, and the focus is on air conditioners rather than heaters. But in fact, now is the perfect time to get your heater serviced, in anticipation of cooler weather to come. Why? Read on for the answers. Continue Reading

3 Reasons to Get a Tankless Water Heater

July 20th, 2015

Tankless water heaters represent a viable alternative to traditional tanked models, doing away with those bulky cylinders in favor of a small, compact unit that heats your water instantly as it travels through the pipes on the way to your faucet. This isn’t to say that there’s anything wrong with tanked models, a proven technology that has worked reliably in most Portland, OR homes for decades. But the added benefits of a tankless system may be a perfect fit for your household, saving you money and improving your quality of life to boot. Here are 3 specific reasons to get a tankless water heater. Continue Reading

What Types of Air Filtration Systems are Available?

July 13th, 2015

Indoor air quality is a close second to temperature control in terms of maintaining a comfortable home. Here in Portland, OR, our moist weather can create high humidity levels, pollen spores, and mold and bacterial growth, in addition to dust and other contaminants. The solution is an air filtration system for your home, designed to improve the overall quality of your air and compliment the efforts of your heating and air conditioning systems. But what types of air filtration system are available and which ones are right for you? We’ve provided a quick breakdown below. Continue Reading

How Can I Detect Refrigerant Leaks in My Air Conditioner?

July 6th, 2015

We get plenty of humidity in Portland, OR, which means we need our air conditioners to do the job when the summer hits, and that problems need to be fixed quickly. Leaking refrigerant ranks among the most common problems we encounter. The term refers to any type of chemical that shifts from liquid to gaseous state at a fairly low temperature, and which pulls heat from the air in the bargain. It’s supposed to stay inside a closed loop, but no system is perfect, no matter how well constructed.  When it leaks, makes your system less efficient and can eventually cause a serious issue.  You can help yourself out by learning how do detect refrigerant leaks in your air conditioner. Continue Reading

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