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Specialty Heating & Cooling Wins It’s 10th Carrier President’s Award

We here at Specialty Heating and Cooling, a family-owned and operated heating and cooling company, have recently been awarded Carrier’s 2019 President’s Award for the tenth time.

No other company in the Northwest region has received this prestigious award as many times.

The President’s Award is Carrier’s highest honor for heating and cooling companies throughout the United States.  The award was designed to reward Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers who exemplify the company’s model for operational excellence, business effectiveness and delivering the best in cutting-edge technology to consumers.

“We are honored to have received this award so many times” said Norm Matheis, the company’s founder.  “It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication all of us in the Specialty Heating and Cooling family put in to make our customers more comfortable in their homes.”

Specialty Heating and Cooling looks to continue it’s success into the future, “Our company slogan is ‘We’re not comfortable until you are’ and that really encompasses our philosophy for how we run our business,” says Cory Streeter, one of the company’s owner. “It’s customer first, and we wouldn’t have it any other way”

SHC CARES – Doernbecher Hospital Stuffed Animal Drive


Donate a Minimum of $5 towards a SHC Care Bear
(Specialty Heating and Cooling will match your donation)
Donate Brand New Stuffed Animals with tags attached at our Tigard Headquarters

All donations must be received between August 15th – September 30th
Specialty Heating & Cooling
7500 SW Tech Center Drive, Suite 130
Tigard, OR 97223

Call (503)620-5643
Email Us!

Pack the Vans!

Pack the Vans was a huge success! View the pictures and videos below to see how much was donated, and you can see that the vans were definitely PACKED. Thank you so much to everyone who supported Specialty Heating & Cooling and The Good Neighbor Center. Everyone who donated to Pack the Vans, you truly helped make a difference in many people’s lives!

While Pack the Vans may be over, people and families are always in need, if you are looking for further involvement or wanting to donate please visit Good Neighbor Center online today.


Checking in 2 weeks before the deadline!

When Pack the Vans was nearing its end, we were still receiving donations!

A final thank you for all the donations for the Good Neighbor Center in Tigard!

Pack The Vans!

Help Specialty Heating & Cooling Pack the Vans FULL of clothing and canned food for the Good Neighbor Center! Make a difference in families lives by dropping off these much needed items at Specialty Heating and Cooling’s office.

November 1st – December 15th

Specialty Heating & Cooling
7500 SW Tech Center Drive, Suite 130
Tigard, OR 97223

What is needed most:


  • New underwear and bras for women
  • Men, Women and Childrens clothing (all sizes)
  • Shower shoes


  • Canned food (veggies and fruit)
  • Individually wrapped snacks (for kids after school)
  • Mayo

Don’t Wait To Be Cool!

Three Reasons to Buy AC For Your Home Today

Portland Metro Area Residents, Remember Last Summer? Here are three big reasons you shouldn’t wait to be cool!

  1. Go Straight To The Front Of The Line!
    The Portland Metro area had record heat in 2015 and this year it is looking like we will experience more of the same heat we have seen in the past.  During peak season, AC waitlists can be as long as 8 weeks. The time to buy AC is now, before the backlog and waitlists begin.
  2. Quick Turn Around Time
    Installing AC during cooler seasons means you’re not competing with other customers for attention.  As a result, your installation can be turned around much more quickly.
  3. Great Financing Options!
    Right now we are offering a buy now pay later program, with no interest payments for 6 months. Why wait?

We offer the best service with quick turn around at a great rate here at Specialty Heating and Cooling. You don’t have to wait to be cool and comfortable.

Click here for a SPECIAL OFFER on new Air Conditioner Installations >>

We’re not comfortable until you are!


Save Money With Our Featured Product Combination – copy

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!

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.

GEO Exchange

Did You Know? Toxins


As published by the S.T.O.P The Poison Foundation.


Most air freshners interfere with your ability to smell by coating your nasal passages with an oil film, or by releasing a nerve-deadening agent. Known toxic chemicals found in air freshner are: Formaldehyde: highly toxic, known carcinogen. Phenol: when phenol touches your skin it can cause it to swell, burn, peel, and break out in hives. Can cause cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma and even death.


It is very volatile chemical; it is very damaging to your eyes, respiratory tract and skin.


It is a strong corrosive. It will irritate or burn the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. It will cause pulmonary edema or vomiting and coma if ingested. Warning: never mix bleach with ammonia it may cause fumes which can be deadly.


Most formulas are designed to over power the stain itself, they accomplish the task but not without using highly toxic substances. Some may include: Perchlorethylene: Known carcinogen; can cause liver, kidney and nervous system damage. Ammonium Hydroxide: Corrosive, extremely irritable to eyes, skin and respiratory passages.


Most products contain chlorine in a dry form that is highly concentarted. #1 cause of child poisonings, according to poison control centers.


Most drain cleaners contain lye, hydrochloric acid and trichloroethylene. Lye: Caustic burns skin and eyes, if ingested will damage the esophagus and stomach. Hydrochloric acid: Corrosive, eye and skin irritant, damage kidneys, liver and digestive tract.


Petroleum distillates: Highly flammable, can cause skin and lung cancer. Phenol ( See Air Freshners, Phenol). Nitrobenzene: Easily absorbed through the skin, extremely toxic.


Sodium hypochlorite: Corrosive irritates or burns skin and eyes, causes fluid in the lungs, which can lead to coma and death! Formaldehyde: Highly toxic, known carcinogen. Irritant to eyes, nose, throat, and skin. May cause nausea, headache, nosebleeds, dizziness, memory loss and shortness of breath.


Sodium Hydroxide (Lye): Caustic; Strong irritant, burns to both skin and eyes. inhibits reflexes, will cause severe tissue damage if swallowed.


Triclosan: Absorbtion through the skin can be tied to liver damage.


Sodium or calcium hypocrite: Highly corrosive irritates or burns skin, eyes or respiratory tract. Linear alkyl ate sulphonate: Absorbed through the skin. Known liver damaging agent. Sodium Tripolyphosphate: Irritates skin and mucous membranes, causes vomiting. Easily absorbed through the skin from clothes.


Hydrocloric acid: Highly corrosive, irritant to both skin and eyes. Damages kidneys and liver. Hypochlorite bleach: Corrosive irritates or burns eyes, skin and respiratory tract. May cause pulmonary edema, vomiting or coma if ingested. Contact with other chemicals may cause chlorine fumes, which may be fatal.


Most pesticides have ingredients that affect the nervous system of insects. imagine what these extremely poisonous chemicals do to your body, or your baby’s body. Dimplylate: Better known as Diazinon, extremely toxic. impairs the central nervous system. Chlorinate hydrocarbons: Suspected carcinogen and mutantagen. Accumulates in food and in fatty tissue. Will attach the nervous system. organophosphates: Toxic and poisonous. If you can smell it, your lungs are absorbing it.


Especially vulnerable are children. Lindane: inhalation, ingestion, or absorbtion through the skin may cause vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, and circulatory collapse. May cause liver damage, stillbirths, birth defects and cancer.


Petroleum Distillates: Associated with skin and lung cancer, irritant to skin, eyes, nose and lungs. Entry into the lungs may cause fatal pulmonary edema , most marked Danger – Harmful or Fatal.



DANGER – Harmful or Fatal if absorbed by or through the skin, ingested, or inhaled. One taste to a teaspoon can be FATAL to an adult!

WARNING – Harmful or Fatal if absorbed by or through the skin, ingested, or inhaled. One teaspoon to an ounce can be FATAL to an adult!

CAUTION – Harmful or Fatal if absorbed by or through the skin, ingested, or inhaled. One ounce to a pint can be FATAL to an adult!

* Warning labels required by the US EPA, Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances


  • Carrier Infinity Air Purifier
  • UV Lights
  • HRV – Heat Recovery Ventilator
  • Properly Sized Heating & Cooling Equipment

Geothermal Information

Ground source heat pump technology is the wave of the future, but the concept isn’t new at all. In fact, Lord Kelvin developed the concept of the heat pump in 1852. In the late 1940’s, Robert C. Webber, a cellar inventor, was experimenting with his deep freezer. He dropped the temperature in the freezer and touched the outlet pipe and almost burned his hand. He realized heat was being thrown away, so he ran outlets from his freezer to his boilers and provided his family with more hot water than they could use! There was still wasted heat, so he piped hot water through a coil and used a small fan to distribute heat through the house to save coal. Mr. Webber was so pleased with the results that he decided to build a full size heat pump to generate heat for the entire home. Mr. Webber also came up with the idea to pump heat from underground, where the temperature doesn’t vary much throughout the year. Copper tubing was placed in the ground and Freon gas ran through the tubing to gather the ground heat. The gas was condensed in the cellar, gave off its heat and forced the expanded gas to go through the ground coil to pick up another load. Air was moved by a fan and distributed into the home. The next year, Mr. Webber sold his old coal furnace.

In the forties, the heat pump was known for its superior efficiency. The efficiency was especially useful in the seventies. The Arab oil embargo awakened conservation awareness and geothermal launched interest in energy conservation despite cheap energy prices. That is when Dr. James Bose, professor at Oklahoma State University, came across the heat pump concept in an old engineering text. Dr. Bose used the ideas to help a homeowner whose heat pump was dumping scalding water into his pool. Dr. Bose fashioned the heat pump to circulate the water through the pipes instead of dumping the water into the pool. This was the beginning of the new era in geothermal systems. Dr. Bose returned to Oklahoma State University and began to develop his idea. Since then, Oklahoma has become the center of ground source heat pump research and development. The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association was formed in Oklahoma, and is based on the campus of Oklahoma State University, where Dr. Bose severs as executive director.

Green Solutions

Geothermal Heat Pumps – The Earth Saves You Money

Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are a relatively new technology that can save homeowners money. These ground-source heat pumps use the natural heat storage capacity of the earth or ground water to provide energy efficient heating and cooling. Geothermal heat pumps should not be confused with air-source heat pumps that rely on heated air.

Geothermal VS Air Source

Geothermal heat pumps use the relatively constant temperature of the ground or water several feet below the earth’s surface as source of heating and cooling. Geothermal heat pumps are appropriate for retrofit or new homes, where both heating and cooling are desired. In addition to heating and cooling, geothermal heat pumps can provide domestic hot water. They can be used for virtually any size home or lot in any region of the U.S.

A geothermal heat pump system consists of indoor heat pump equipment, a ground loop, and a flow center to connect the indoor and outdoor equipment. The heat pump equipment works like a reversible refrigerator by removing heat from one location and depositing it in another location. The ground loop, which is invisible after installation, allows the exchange of heat between the earth and the heat pump.

Open Loop VS Closed Loop

Geothermal heat pumps can be open- or closed-loop. Open-loop systems draw well water for use as the heat source or heat sink, and after use, return the well water to a drainage field or another well. Closed-loop or earth-coupled systems use a water and antifreeze solution, circulated in a ground loop of pipe to extract heat from the earth.

Vertical Loop VS Horizontal Loop

Ground loops can be installed in a vertical well or a horizontal loop. Vertical wells are usually more expensive and used where space is limited. The length of loop pipe required will vary with soil type, loop configuration, and system capacity. Loop length can range from 250 to 1,000 feet per ton of capacity.

Special heat pump features can include variable speed blowers and multiple-speed compressors. These features can improve comfort and efficiency in areas where heating and cooling loads are quite different. Add-on features include the capability to produce hot water.

Superheaters can be added to supplement the production of domestic hot water when there is a demand for space heating or cooling. These devices make use of excess heat during the cooling cycle and use some of the heat during the heating cycle to supplement hot water production. Dedicated water heaters can be added which operate whenever there is a demand for hot water.

Geothermal heating can be more efficient than electric resistance heating. These systems are also typically more efficient than gas or oil-fired heating systems. They are more energy efficient than air-source heat pumps because they draw heat from, or release heat to, the earth, which has moderate temperatures year round, rather than to the air (which is generally colder in winter and warmer in summer than the earth, resulting in less effective heat transfer).