The Importance of Commercial HVAC Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your commercial HVAC system is incredibly important for the longevity and efficiency of your machine. Maintenance services will ensure that the inside of your commercial building or business is comfortable and free of any pollutants, and will also ensure that your machine is working well and does not need any repairs. It is important to have regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance appointments throughout the year that will help identify any issues that you are having, analyze the equipment and how it’s operating to make sure that it is working at its maximum efficiency.

Benefit #1: Lower operating costs.
Did you know that poorly maintained HVAC systems can use a lot of excess energy and will, therefore, increase your utility bill every month? If you keep your system maintained with periodic checkups, you’ll be able to keep the system running at peak capacity and ultimately, reduce your operating costs significantly.

Benefit #2: Extended life of the equipment.
If you fail to keep your HVAC system maintained, it can negatively impact the lifespan and the durability of the equipment and parts. You may have a greater risk of needing to replace certain parts, as well.  No one wants to have an HVAC system break down, especially when it comes to your business. This can result in a loss of inventory or customers and in turn, mean you have a loss in revenue.

Benefit #3: Peace of mind.
This is one of the top benefits of having routine maintenance appointments. You’ll know that you, your customers, as well as your employees, will be kept comfortable. And not only that, your business budget won’t be negatively affected.

Did you know that Specialty Heating & Cooling employs a Commercial Maintenance Representative who will come out and survey your equipment for FREE? This survey includes personal inspection, photos, and a written report on the current condition of equipment with any needed recommendations. When you work with Specialty Heating & Cooling, you’re working with a company that has decades of experience as a full-service HVAC Contractor. It doesn’t matter when you need us, we’ll be there!  Take one less “to-do” item off your list and let us handle all of your HVAC maintenance needs. Contact us today to get your HVAC maintenance appointment on the schedule.

National Heat Awareness Day Is May 27

Summer is coming. It’s a beautiful time in the Pacific Northwest, when the weather warms up and people find themselves spending more and more time outdoors. Did you know that heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States every year?

Every year on the last Friday in May, National Heat Awareness Day is observed. This is day to remind people that taking care of themselves during the heat of summer is very important. This year’s day of observation is May 27.

When it’s extremely hot and/or humid out, the National Weather Service will issue one of these advisories:

-Excessive heat outlooks
-Excessive heat watches
-Excessive heat warning/advisories

When temperatures rise, you will hear that people should take precaution in the heat by avoiding alcohol, reducing their intake of caffeine and sugar, avoid over exerting themselves, find a cold place to cool off, and increase their intake of water. Here are some other ways to avoid heat-related health issues.

-Keep fans and air conditioning in use as often as possible
-Wear loose clothing that is light in color
-Wear a hat and sunblock
-Stay in the shade as much as possible
-Talk to your doctor about any medications you’re taking that may cause you to be more prone to heat-induced illness

For babies or the elderly, special precaution needs to be made, because their bodies simply do not adjust to temperature fluctuations as well as others.

If you want to be prepared for the upcoming hot days and weeks of summer, call us today to find out what your options are on adding an air conditioning system to your home, or updating your existing equipment to a more efficient system. Maybe you just need a new thermostat that will help you better regulate the function of your HVAC system, a complete system replacement, or an addition of a ductless heat pump, we have you covered. Check out what systems we have available and contact us today for ideas on which systems will work best in your space within your specified budget.



Why use ductless in a commercial building?

Spring is here and the summer months will be here before you know it, so if your commercial building is operating with an old, outdated, or inefficient heating and cooling system, you’ll need to be prepared to see an increase in your utility bill once the central air conditioning gets turned back on. If you know it’s time to replace your current system but don’t want to go to the expense of adding ductwork to your space, you’ve probably started wondering if a ductless heat pump is right for you. If you own a store front or small business such as a bakery or coffee shop, tea room, dry cleaners, flower shop, accessory dwelling unit, family-owned grocery store, winery tasting room, or other small business in Portland, Tualatin, Tigard, Wilsonville, Sherwood, or Beaverton, there are some great advantages. Here are some reasons why upgrading your commercial heating and cooling system can benefit your business once the warm weather is in full swing.

Reason #1: Ductless systems are energy efficient!
Commercial buildings are oftentimes quite large and require significant amounts of energy to heat and cool the place. No ducts? No problem! If you’re tired of using huge amounts of energy or writing checks for hefty utility bills and are looking for ways to cut costs, upgrading your system to a ductless one can help. Energy efficient systems will end up saving you big bucks in the long run, especially if you factor in that you’ll likely need to shell out a lot of money on expensive repairs on your old, clunky, inefficient system. Ductless heat pumps save significant amounts of energy per month and that translates to more money in your pocket.

Reason #2: Ultimate comfort!
A ductless system will provide consistent temperatures, cleaner air, and humidity control – and these are just some of the things you’ll notice when it comes to your comfort with a ductless system. You designate what the right temperature of the commercial building is supposed to be and no matter how hot or cold it gets throughout the year you will stay comfortable with just one system.

There’s no better time to upgrade to a new ductless system, because you can save up to $3,000 on qualifying equipment! Whether your business is located in Portland, Tigard, Tualatin, Wilsonville, or Sherwood, our team of experienced technicians is ready to install the system that fits the needs of your business and most importantly, your budget! Call us today for a no-pressure appointment so we can help provide you with options.

The Importance of Duct Cleaning

Clean air ducts are incredibly important – especially now when pollen counts are high! Your ducts should be inspected and cleaned regularly by a team of professionals and our team at Specialty is trained and certified to do a great job at getting your ductwork cleaned out quickly and efficiently.

Why is duct cleaning important?

1. Better indoor air quality:
Have you noticed that your home is dusty all the time or that your allergies or asthma continue to plague you? If you get your air ducts cleaned out, you may see a difference in your you feel, simply because your HVAC system will be able to pull in clean air. If the ductwork is dirty, air pollutants, dust, chemicals, pollen, and dander will be pulled through the system and circulated into the air you breathe inside your home.

2.  You can save money.
If your ducts are clogged with contaminants, your system is probably working harder than it needs to. This means that you are using more energy than you have to and your utility bill is probably higher than it has to be. Also, when your system is working this hard, it can be tough on the machine and other working parts, thus shortening the overall lifespan of the unit.  

How can Specialty Heating & Cooling help you get clean air ducts in your home?

Once you schedule an appointment for air duct cleaning, we will likely be there the whole day working on the ducts. We use powered HEPA filtration machines – a 2000 CFM Free Air machine with dual motor and HEPA level filtration, with brushes that will ensure that no damage is done to the duct work. If you have flexible duct work, we will use nylon brushes. If you have steel ductwork, we have steel brushes that will clean the ducts perfectly.

Read more about duct cleaning, then call us today and request an evaluation here. Our non-pushy sales professionals are glad to share how our duct cleaning works and what options you have that will fit your home and most importantly, your budget!