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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It’s time to clean your air conditioner coils!

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It’s been a HOT summer in Oregon this year! Temperatures have been in the high 90ºs on a regular basis and it’s been quite humid as well! During this type of weather, people that have air conditioning are very grateful! It’s easy to just turn on your machine and not think about what goes in to making it work, but did you know that maintaining it well can not only keep your system efficient but it will also help maintain its life? We recently saw a heat pump completely ruined because it had never been maintained!
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Geothermal Heat Pump

Beginning in the 1970s, geothermal heat pumps came into common use. Geothermal heat pumps provide central air conditioning as well as heating as a matter of course. And they are installation-cost competitive with a central combustion furnace/central air conditioner combination.

Geothermal heat pumps operate by moving or transferring heat, rather than creating it. During the winter months, the geothermal heat pump refrigerant captures heat from outdoor air, compresses it and releases this warm air inside the home or business. During the summer, the process is reversed; the geothermal heat pump refrigerant captures heat from inside the home or business and transfers it to the pipes buried in the Earth.

Much less electricity is used to move heat rather than create it, making geothermal heat pumps more economical than resistance heating.  Because they are working from those constant earth temperatures, the system provides more even temperatures throughout your home resulting in ultimate comfort to you and your family.

Depending on climate, geothermal heat pumps (including their supplementary resistance heat) are about 1.5 to 3 times more efficient than resistance heating alone. Operating efficiency has improved since the 70s, making their operating cost generally competitive with combustion-based systems, depending on local fuel prices. Another advantage to this system – there is no outdoor unit – thus no concern about outdoor noise.

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