Merry Christmas To You!

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The countdown to Christmas day has formally begun! For many families, this time of year means lots of baking and cookie decorating parties, a lot of running around town to find the perfect gifts, and decorating your home in a festive way. The Christmas season is full of memories and traditions! It is also a very busy time of year for many people and it can often be easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday: giving! Whether you’re giving to friends, co-workers, family members or to strangers in your community, it is important to keep the spirit of giving alive.
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Tips for winterizing your furnace

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BRRRR! It’s cold out there! The cold weather is officially here and besides bundling yourself up to stay warm, winterizing your home (especially your furnace) should be top priority! Your furnace is an essential in cold weather so making sure that it’s prepared for the coldest months of the year is important. Here are some tips on how to prepare your system for the rest of the winter.

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Why is it important to have properly sealed ductwork?

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Sometimes, certain rooms in your home don’t warm up as quickly as you need them to, or they always feel drafty and cool. If this is a constant problem in your home, this could indicate that there is a problem with leaky ductwork. Because ductwork is often unseen, many homeowners simply don’t think about it and in turn, take it for granted. But, ductwork is in fact a very vital part to the efficiency and effectiveness of an HVAC system and ducts must be in great working order for your system to properly heat your home during the cold fall and winter months. Over time, ducts can develop cracks or holes and this means that they simply aren’t able to deliver warm air efficiently.

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How to know when to change your furnace air filter

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You’ve spent money on getting a great HVAC system in place in your home – that’s a great first step. The next step is making sure that you properly maintain it so you can ensure that it has a long life and operates efficiently.  Making sure that you maintain the system well means that you keep yourself as well as everyone else in the home comfortable from extreme temperatures. And even better – it can even help save you money in the long run!

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Cut your electric bill costs this winter!

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Goodbye, summer! The scorching days of summer are in the past now, so that means that it’s time to start getting ready for the cold weather months. When the cold weather sets in, it’s common for many homeowners to see a huge increase in the price of their utility bills. Are you tired of seeing this change, year after year? If you are looking for ways to save money or if you want to minimize your direct impact on the environment, here are some helpful tips that you can help, and you won’t need to sacrifice warmth or comfort!

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Go ductless this autumn!

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If you have been thinking about getting a new heating system installed, now is the time! Getting your new system in place before the bitterly cold days of winter is a great idea. A ductless heating and cooling system is a great, solution too! Not only will it keep you warm and comfortable during the winter, but it will keep you cool during the summer months, too – all with just a simple touch of a button! If your home doesn’t have ductwork for a traditional system, the ductless system is an affordable solution. They can be used in a variety of spaces, from manufactured homes, remodeled spaces, older homes that previously had electric heat, or even small office spaces.

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It’s time for a Fall furnace tune-up!

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We have had an amazing summer here in the Pacific Northwest! Temperatures have been warm, skies have been blue, and you’ve probably had the chance to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors a little bit! Summer in the Northwest is unbeatable, but when autumn begins in the Northwest, it’s arguably one of the most beautiful times of year around here. With the autumn weather, though, comes the cooler weather. Is your furnace ready?

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Need a job? Heating & cooling jobs are in demand!

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A message from Norm Matheis, Specialty Heating & Cooling’s President

Did you know that there are currently thousands of jobs in all of the construction and home automation industries, but not enough job seekers? Specialty Heating runs ads 365 days a year for 3 to 5 different labor positions and we advertise in Oregon and surrounding states. Yet, we usually just receive one resume per week! And every contractor I have spoken with is experiencing the same situation! Ten years ago, analysts predicted that we would experience a lack of skilled workers, as well as entry-level employees in the labor industry. And lo and behold, they were right!

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