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

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