Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays! The countdown to Christmas day is here! For many families around the Pacific Northwest, that means a lot of holiday parties, baking, festive home decorations, and many errands in the rainy weather trying to find the perfect gifts.   The Christmas season is full of memories and traditions! It’s definitely 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, loved ones, people that you work with, or people in the community that you don’t know, it’s important to keep the spirit of giving as one of the main parts of the season.

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Tips to Manage Winter Heating Bills

Freezing mornings and chilly nights are here and most of us are finding ways to stay warm and cozy this winter, all while keeping the heating bills under control. Here are some simple, but effective tips to manage your winter heating bills.

#1: Keep your thermostat adjusted.
Did you know that you can save energy and money by keeping your thermostat adjusted strategically? Consider installing a quality programmable thermostat, which will allow you to easily set a schedule on when your heat turns off and on. In fact, if you know that you will be out of the home most of the day at work or school, set the house temperature 3 to 5 degrees lower and then program it to turn back on when you get home. This can save a huge percentage on your heating costs every month.

#2: Fix air leaks.
If your home leaks warm air outside, you could be literally letting money fly out the window. Use caulk to seal around any cracks or other small openings in your windows or doors. Check weatherstripping in door frames and replace any that show deterioration. In addition, if you know you have leaky air ducts, you could be letting warm air out while simultaneously letting pollutants and other toxic air particles into your home. Aeroseal Duct Sealing is a fantastic patented solution that fixes leaks from the inside out. And even better: it has an approximate 98% success rate! It is effective and affordable, making it the best way to seal air duct leaks.

Tip #3: Get your heating system serviced.
Regular furnace check-ups are very helpful and necessary. Our experienced team of technicians will come to your home and inspect your heat pump or furnace system to be sure that everything is working well. We’ll also replace any air filters that need replacement and offer solutions on other ways to make your system more efficient throughout the winter.We want to help you to tackle the bitter cold of winter this year, so contact us here! Or, if you need to install or replace a new heating system, our friendly and non-pushy sales team is glad to assist you in finding the perfect home comfort system that best meets your needs as well as your budget!

How to prepare for the coldest time of year

 

The days are shorter and the nights are colder. Soon, it will be winter in the Pacific Northwest and there is no denying that it will get cold and your heating system will be put to the test. Looking for ways to prepare for the coldest time of year? Consider the following tips and remember to schedule your heating tune up with the pros at Specialty Heating & Cooling!

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Save money with our featured product combination!

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Looking for a way to upgrade the heating and cooling system in your home, but save money during the process? You’re in luck! Our featured product combination will make your home more comfortable and with incentives from PGE, Energy Trust of Oregon, the State of Oregon, and Carrier, you’ll be making an efficient and cost effective choice! Here is some more information on these great products:

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Looking for a way to upgrade the heating and cooling system in your home, but save money during the process? You’re in luck! Our featured product combination will make your home more comfortable and with incentives from PGE, Energy Trust of Oregon, the State of Oregon, and Carrier, you’ll be making an efficient and cost effective choice! Here is some more information on these great products:

18vs heat pump
This is a highly efficient heat pump that is different than your average heat pump. It provides variable-speed compression that can change to as many as 5 stages. The ability to run at lower speeds means that it will be quieter and better at removing humidity during the warm summer months. It is also great at keeping temperatures even, allowing users to get the most out of the unit’s efficiency levels. Other key features include its compressor sound blanket and Silencer System II™ design, as well as the non-ozone depleting Puron® refrigerant. It’s also smaller and lighter than other 2-stage units and is compatible with non-communicating thermostats. It’s durable, flexible, and comes with a 10 year limited warranty, so homeowners can rely on it for years to come.

Infinity 80 furnace
Pairing this efficient furnace system with the Infinity 18vs heat pump is the perfect combination. It’s a great choice for enhancing the cooling system efficiency while improving the dehumidification process that needs to happen during warm summer days. The system has up to 80% AFUE heating efficiency, it has two stages of heat to make it operate economically and efficiently, and offers self-configuration and easy troubleshooting capability with the Infinity control. Add the Carrier Infinity Wi-Fi thermostat to this product combination and you can control the heat or cool air in your home with a simple touch of a button. The thermostat can control various zones in your house and can be programmed for a week at a time.

Combine these products with the Infinity GAPAA Air purifier for the cleanest air possible. Its state of the art technology captures and kills airborne viruses, mold spores, and bacteria, so you know your home and family is safe from harmful toxins and illness-causing particles.

We’re happy to help you determine if this product combination is right for your home! Call us today for information on how you can be more comfortable this year with a new system and save money at the same time! We’re proud of your experienced sales team and their non-pushy approach. Specialty Heating & Cooling also knows that you are busy and don’t have time to fill out extra paperwork. So, we’ll file all the tax credit and rebate paperwork for you so you don’t have to do anything except enjoy your new system!

How to find an HVAC contractor

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You’ve put in a long day at work, it’s windy and rainy outside, and you just got home from work. All you want to do is kick back and relax. But, as you step in the door, you’re hit with cold, stagnant air. You remember setting your thermostat at a comfortable 72 degrees before you left this morning for work, so what happened? After some inspection, you realize that your HVAC system has malfunctioned and it’s unusable.

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Comfort Tips for Two Story Homes

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Heating and cooling in your home can be challenging sometimes – it might be too cold, then it gets too hot. It’s colder in one room than the other, and the upstairs is warmer than the downstairs. Keeping every room in your home at a comfortable temperature can get a little bit tricky, especially for two story homes that often have inconsistent temperatures. Here are some helpful comfort tips to keep your home at the right temperature on every level of your house.

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Do you need a new HVAC system?

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If you need a new HVAC system added or replaced in your home, we know that it may be a little overwhelming when it comes to deciding which system is right for you. There are certainly a lot of options out there and choosing the right system means that you’ll have some big decisions to make. What features should be included? How much will it be? What size system does your home need to operate with maximum efficiency? Our experienced team of HVAC professionals at Specialty can help you with these questions and get you a new system up and running quickly!

HVAC system basics:
There are several basic HVAC systems. Most commonly, HVAC systems are forced-air systems, which require ductwork to bring conditioned air to the home. Return air is then cooled or heated by the system. Standard systems include:

Furnace systems: These usually use natural gas to bring heat to the home. It is also common to have furnaces that are electric or require propane or oil as an energy source.  

Air conditioning systems: These units are most often used in tandem with furnaces to cool the home. They require an evaporator coil and blower.

Heat pumps: Heat pump systems are desirable for many homeowners because they are cost effective, energy efficient, and will offer both heating and cooling options in one system.

Ductless heat pumps: These are one of the fastest growing segments for heating and cooling options. For homes that do not have ductwork, ductless heat pumps are a wonderful option that will help the homeowner save money on energy bills while keeping their home comfortable.

During your research, be sure to look at efficiency ratings of the various units, as those can also be a large part of the decision making process. Look at the efficiency ratings on each machine, as this can help you estimate the overall costs while you have the system when it comes to usage, repairs and maintenance, as well as the initial purchase and installation cost. Remember that the higher the rating number for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), the better energy and efficiency savings there are.

Not sure which system is right for your home?
Our experienced team at Specialty Heating & Cooling is happy to give you some options on what HVAC system is right for your home. Our options will provide what you need without going over budget. In addition, we are offering Carrier Cool Cash which means that you have the opportunity to save up to $3,475 on a new system with a combination of rebates and other incentives. Call us today to learn more!

How can you improve indoor air quality?

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With all of the wildfires in Oregon and Washington, there has been a lot of smoky air that has been blowing throughout our area. This type of air is harmful to breathe and can be damaging to the lungs. It also greatly affects those who live with allergies and asthma. There has been a lot of talk on the local news recently about air quality. Did you know that there is a way that you can boost the quality of the air that you’re breathing inside your home or office space? When pollen, smoke, and other allergens are at an all-time high in the air outside, indoor air quality can still be improved. We’ve listed some helpful tips below.

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