Why should you install a ductless heating and cooling system?

Summer is over and autumn has officially started. If you’re thinking of getting a new heating system installed before the cooler weather hits, autumn is a great time to get this done. Ductless heating and cooling systems are wonderful options to meet your home comfort needs and the best part is, you can use one system all year long. This system will keep you warm in the winter months and cool during the hot summer days. Here are some reasons why you should consider putting a ductless heating and cooling system in your home this year.

Reason #1: They’re easy to install.
Our experienced team of professionals know how to get a ductless system installed quickly and efficiently, usually within just 1 to 2 days, depending on the scope of the specific job. To install the system, there will usually be a small hole in the wall to connect the indoor unit pipe to the outdoor compressor unit. You won’t need to worry about painting over anything or patching any sheetrock – it will look great once our team gets everything completed.

Reason #2: They will save energy.
Energy efficiency is very important for homeowners today. Ductless systems will not use excess energy and electricity like electric baseboard or wall heaters or other old heating systems. That means you’ll not only save energy, but you will see a savings on your utility bill each month.

Reason #3: They don’t require significant maintenance.
Don’t worry about complicated maintenance with a ductless system. Just make sure you clean the air filter on a regular basis, then call us to set up annual maintenance/tune-up appointments.  You won’t have to worry about a thing – we will check and tighten the electrical connections, make sure the parts are in good working order, and clean the air vents and humidifiers. With regular maintenance, you won’t need to worry about excessive break downs in the middle of the cold autumn and winter days.

Ductless systems can be used in a variety of different home styles and designs, no matter how big or small the space. They’re a great solution for homes because they can be configured easily, where as traditional HVAC systems can’t.

If you’re ready to make the jump and install a new ductless system, let us help with the selection and installation process. We’ll provide you with several options and go over what specific discounts or rebates are available. Our team will discuss how the system will be integrated into your home’s unique layout and we’ll work within your budget. We will also help you with the paperwork and answer any questions you might have so you are ready to go. Then, we’ll get the installation scheduled and before you know it, you’ll be ready to stay comfortable all year long!

The Cost of Replacing Your Furnace

The fall and winter seasons will be here before you know it and you’ll be relying on your furnace to stay warm, so if you’re thinking that it’s time to get your system replaced, we can help. You’ve likely spent time online doing your research on how much you will need to budget for a new system. We also get a lot of questions from people that are wondering about the total cost of replacing a furnace, so we’ve put together some helpful information that can help you determine what your final cost might be.

The first thing to consider is what type of system you’ll need. There are a lot of different heating systems on the market today, so you’ll need to do your research on which one will be right for your home. We can also help determine what is a good match for your home’s size and specific layout. Most furnaces will last between 15 and 20 years, so remember that no matter what, this is an investment for the long term.

  • Gas furnaces: Usually, a natural gas furnace can cost between $4500 and $7000.
  • Hybrid heat: This comfort system gives you the comfort of gas heat and the efficiency of a heat pump. You control the system to provide the comfort you need year-round – warmth in the winter and cool air in the summer. These systems range in price from: $13,000 to $18,000.
  • Ductless heat pumps: These are very energy efficient and have a great price point. Air-source heat pumps can sometimes be installed for less than $5,500 but can range up to $20,000 depending on the scope of work and space. Ductless heat pumps will provide heating AND air conditioning, so remember when you’re considering getting one of these, you’re getting dual comfort in one machine, making it a great investment for the long term.
  • Electric furnaces: These machines come with many features including variable speed blowers, humidity control, and so much more. They range in price from $3,000 to $5,000.

Once you’ve done your research on the different types of furnaces and types of systems that are available we can discuss with you the products that have the best ratings for efficiency. New furnace models are usually highly efficient and have ratings that are generally rated 90% or higher in energy efficiency. This translates to lower utility bills for you and overall comfort.

The final step in determining the overall price range for your new furnace system is to talk to your experienced sales team about what rebates and other money saving incentives are currently offered. Many furnaces come with warranties that could save you money down the road and others come with rebates that knock money off the price right away. There are oftentimes tax incentives and other promotions that are happening that can help offset the cost, too. By combining these deals, you can save hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

We’re happy to come out and look at your existing system and provide a free, no-pressure proposal on what a new system would cost. We’ll provide you with a variety of options and choices of equipment based on our assessment of your home and recommend which one we think could work best for your specific home’s needs. We also provide many financing options for our customers, too. We’ll help you determine which options you qualify for and assist in getting the paperwork filled out so you can get the ball rolling on the installation process. With our help, you’ll be able to get your new system set up just in time for the upcoming change in weather.  Contact us today for more information!

Take Advantage of Tax Credits!

If you’ve decided that now is the time to get a new heating/cooling system for your home, now is the time to act. State tax credits are ending this year and if you purchase now, you can save a significant amount of money.

Current offers:
-Up to $492 for furnaces
-Up to $1,200 for heat pumps
-Up to $1,300 for ductless

In addition, when you combine Cool Cash, Energy Trust of Oregon credits, and PGE credits, you can save a combined amount of up to:

-$3,700 for a heating and cooling system

-$2,800 for a ductless heat pump system

Offers end on December 31, 2017 and systems must be fully operational by April 1, 2018.

Not sure where to start when it comes to picking a system or how to go about qualifying for tax credits? Our experienced team of sales professionals can help you determine which system is right for your home and most importantly, your budget. We’ll help you figure out which credits are available and we’ll even help you figure out the paperwork, too!

Contact us today for information on what furnaces, heat pumps and ductless heat pumps are eligible and get ready to stay comfortable all year long!

Why should you check your heat exchanger for cracks?

Did you know that a cracked heat exchanger could be a very serious issue that could cause significant health issues? When we inspect furnaces, we sometimes find cracked heat exchangers or exchangers with holes in them. If this is the case, they need to be fixed right away.

What is a heat exchanger?
This is one of the most important parts of your furnace system. Simply put, the heat exchanger is the part that will heat the air. It consists of tubes and coils that are looped around. It uses fuel to combust the inside of it and creates heat to get very hot. Then, the fan/blower motor will blow the air over the heat exchanger and into your ductwork so it can be distributed around your home or office building.

If the heat exchanger is damaged – either with cracks or holes – heat exchangers could allow exhaust gas from the furnace to contaminate the air inside with carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is also known as a silent killer, because it doesn’t have an odor or anything else noticeable, until it’s too late and people inside start noticing that they feel sick.

Heat exchangers are subjected to extreme temperatures as they cool and heat up the air, so the metal will expand and contract. Over time, this could cause strain on the exchanger and make it prone to cracking. It’s very important to have a furnace inspection and the beginning of autumn is a great time to get it done!  Our senior Service Technicians at Specialty Heating and Cooling will inspect all parts of your furnace, then we will use a special tool called the Inspector™ Camera to look at the heat exchanger specifically. This is the only product on the market today that uses a high definition camera and monitor to spot small cracks, rust, corrosion, or holes in furnace heat exchangers.

Contact us today to make sure your furnace is in good working order just in time for the upcoming cooler months of fall and winter.