Ways to improve your indoor air quality during the winter

The official first day of winter is December 21st and that means the cold air will be here to stay for a while. While you’re trying to stay warm, it’s important to remember that the air you breathe is very important and it plays a big role in your overall health. Breathing dirt air is not only bad for your lungs, but it can keep you from staying healthy. Here are some helpful ways to improve your indoor air quality during the winter so you can stay healthy.

Tip #1: Don’t forget to clean and/or replace furnace filters.
This is something that should not be neglected because dirty air filters translate to dirty air. The filters in your furnace or heat pump should be cleaned and/or replaced often, at least every 1 to 2 months. This will ensure that your system is able to work at its peak efficiency. In addition, clean filters will reduce the flow of mold, debris, dust, and other allergens that make their way into the air you breathe in. Regular filter cleaning will make a big difference in your indoor air quality, so set a reminder for yourself to take care of this important to-do.

Tip #2: Get your system serviced.
Sometimes homeowners don’t think they need a furnace service appointment if their system seems to be working well, but a routine maintenance appointment is very important! These appointments are one of the main ways you can keep your system running well for years to come and not to mention, it can also help when it comes to maintaining good indoor air quality. Over time, your system will naturally gather dust and debris and if it’s not cleaned regularly, this can get in the way of how your system runs while also contaminating the air you breathe. A routine service appointment will also ensure that all the inside components are working well and that there are no surprise break downs during the cold winter weather.

Tip #3:  Ductwork sealing.
Leaking ductwork not only costs homeowners hundreds and even thousands of dollars every year in wasted energy, but it can also leak harmful particles into the air you breathe. We’re proud to provide Aeroseal Duct Sealing, which is a patented solution that fixes leaks from the inside out. With a 98% rate, this process ensures that leaks are gone and the air you breathe is clean! The process involves injecting a sealant into the ducts and as the air makes its way through the leaks, the aerosol particles collide and stick to the leak edges, sealing them well.

Quality indoor air can be something you can take control of this winter. Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling can help put you on the path toward breathing healthy, clean air. Contact us for a routine maintenance appointment or to talk to us about sealing your ductwork with Aeroseal technology. Or, if your furnace system is old and not ready to handle another round of winter weather, we’ll help get a new system installed soon so you can start 2018 off comfortably.

State Tax Credits Are Ending Soon!

Oregon has always been forward-thinking when it comes to energy efficiency and helping homeowners work toward having energy-efficient homes has been a priority. Even though state tax credits are ending at the end of the year, don’t worry! It’s not too late to purchase and take advantage of the various credits that are out there. Simply pay in full by the end of 2017 and have your system installed by April 2018. Here is some helpful information on some of the tax credits that are available now.

According to a report out of the Congressional Research Service, in 2014, 22% of total energy consumed in the United States came from the residential area, and it continues to increase year after year. (1) Because of this large percentage of energy use coming from homeowners around the country, the government has worked to explore ways that we can save energy – this is how the Residential Energy Tax Credit Program began.

Right now, homeowners that purchase gas furnaces, heat pumps, or ductless heat pumps may be eligible for tax credits on their purchase. In addition, tax credits are available for other products around the home that can assist in saving energy.

Oregon Residential State Credits that are available:
-Save up to $492 on high efficient gas furnaces
-Save up to $1125 on a high efficient heat pump

-Save up to $1300 on a ductless heat pump (mini-split)

*Offers end on December 31, 2017 and systems must be fully operational by April 1, 2018.  Check out our special offers for all incentives available.

If you know you need a new system, now is the time to act so you can save money! And if you don’t have time to figure out what tax credits apply, let us help! Our experienced team of sales professionals can work with you to figure out which system is right for your home and one that fits in your budget. We’ll help you figure out the tax credit paperwork and help you with financing options if you need them.

Contact us today on information on what heat pumps, furnaces, and ductless heat pumps are eligible for tax credits so you can save money and stay comfortable as you go into 2018!

  1. Crandall-Hollic, Margot L., Sherlock, Molly F. “Residential Energy Tax Credits: Overview and Analysis.” Congressional Research Service. January 21, 2016. Accessed online December 7, 2017.