Category Archives: Health and Safety

How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Summertime weather has arrived and with the official start of summer this week, we are seeing a lot of pollen in the area. Very high pollen counts mean many people are dealing with asthma and allergies. Here’s how you can keep those allergens away, even while we are facing the highest pollen counts in the country.

Tip #1: Clean and/or replace furnace filters.
Dirty filters in your cooling system translate to dirty air that is full of allergens, pollutants, and other debris. The filters in your system should be cleaned or replaced often, at least every 1 to 2 months depending on use and the type of filter in your home.  This ensures that your system operates efficiently and brings in air that is clean. Don’t neglect this simple task, because it makes a huge difference in the quality of air that you breathe in your home.

#2: Stay on top of regular system servicing.
Regular preventative maintenance appointments for your cooling system is key and should not be neglected.  Not only will regular servicing help point out any potential problem spots, but it will also ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency. Annual maintenance will help keep your system running for years to come and will ensure that the internal components are clean and free of dust and other debris that can contribute to poor indoor air quality.

#3: Sealed ductwork.
Did you know that leaky ductwork can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars each year in wasted energy? Not to mention, they can leak harmful pollutants and other allergens into the air you breathe. We proudly offer Aeroseal Duct Sealing, which is an outstanding patented solution that fixes leaks from the inside out. The process has a 98% success rate and will ensure that leaks are fixed, and only clean air can be distributed through the vents. The Aeroseal process involves injecting a sealant into the ducts and as the air enters the lakes, the aerosol particles collide and stick to the leak edges to seal them.

The air you breathe makes a difference and this summer. You can take control of it and breathe clean air, too! Our experienced team at Specialty Heating and Cooling will help put you on the path toward breathing healthy, allergen-free air this season. Contact us for a routine maintenance appointment or to ask us about our Aeroseal process. We can also help get a new cooling system in place for you to enjoy this summer and will work with your home’s layout and your budget. We’re standing by to help, so call us today!

Reasons Why Your Commercial Heating System Should Be Serviced This Winter

Christmas is right around the corner and before you know it, we will be heading into a new year. Now is the perfect time to get your commercial  heating system serviced. Here are some reasons why.

 #1: Servicing will reduce your chances of a breakdown.
Pacific Northwest winters are cold, rainy, windy, and sometimes icy. Your commercial building will need to stay warm, no matter what the weather is doing outside. An  annual maintenance appointment can save you the hassle of a system breakdown and the unexpected cost of having to repair or replace the system right when you need it most.

 #2: Maintenance will reduce the chance of putting your commercial building and employees in danger.
Heating systems keep you and your employees warm during the cold days of winter, but if it is not properly taken care of, there may be leaks that are allowing harmful gas or burning fuel into the air. This means that you and your employees, and possibly even your customers, are exposed to toxic chemicals. In addition, if there are broken wires or other damaged parts on your furnace system, this could be a fire hazard which could cause damage if it were to ignite. Regular maintenance with our team of technicians at Specialty Heating& Cooling means we will spot these things before they become an issue.

 If you aren’t sure how old the heating system is inside your commercial building, it might be coming to the end of its life. Heating systems will generally last 10 to 15 years if they are maintained well. If you have noticed that you are repairing the system a lot, then it may be time to stop wasting money on repairs and invest it into a new system that is energy efficient and reliable.

 Specialty Heating & Cooling has been serving commercial customers for more than three decades. Your commercial building, your employees, and your customers deserve the highest quality of indoor comfort, no matter what the season is. Make the choice to invest in a system that will work efficiently for years to come. Contact us today for information on what commercial heating system could be right for you.

Should You Repair or Replace Your Furnace?

Fall weather is here and that means the temperatures are dropping a bit and you may be turning on your furnace more often. But, if your system is older or having problems in any way, you may be wondering if it needs a simple repair or if a full replacement is in order.

When is repair best?
In most cases, furnace problems can be diagnosed quickly and repaired by our team of experienced, licensed HVAC technicians. If your furnace is less than 10 years old, chances are, things can be fixed through repair. When it comes to repairs, if the cost of the repair is less than a third of what it would cost to replace the furnace and if it’s in its first half or less of its lifetime, repair is usually a good option.

How many repairs has it had?
Trying to keep your old heating system alive with continual repairs? Repairs can be expensive and if it’s still unreliable and your energy bills are steadily increasing, it’s likely that you should consider doing a full furnace system replacement sooner rather than later. Repairs could end up being a waste of your hard-earned money, especially if your furnace is more than 15 years old. A new furnace can pay for itself because you won’t need to repair it all the time and your energy bill will remain low and that means for the next 15 to 20 years, you can rely on it.

Benefits of a replacement furnace:
New furnace systems are very energy efficient and can save you hundreds of dollars each cold fall and winter season. In addition, it will clean and effectively filter the air, which will improve the indoor air quality inside your home, making the air healthier and cleaner to breathe. Old furnaces simply don’t have the option to filter the air well, which means that pollutants are making their way inside your home and into the air you and your family breathes. Filtered air can also help reduce asthma and allergy symptoms!

Our experienced HVAC professionals at Specialty Heating & Cooling understand the importance of having a reliable working furnace set up for the fall and winter. We are happy to work with you to find the right system for your budget and we can even help you save money with current rebates and other promotions. Contact us today for options!

 

Why You Should Schedule Maintenance for Your Heating System Now

Fall in the Northwest is stunning – beautiful leaves turning colors, sunny days, crisp and cool mornings. It’s something to behold! But with the change of season, you may be reaching more for your jacket or sweater, because the temperatures are dropping! With autumn beginning next week and winter returning shortly after that, it’s important to think about your heating system and how it needs to be prepared. Scheduling maintenance now on your system will save you the hassle of worrying about it when you need your system to keep you warm!

Why preventative maintenance is important:
There is no better way to prolong the life of your HVAC system than with regular preventative maintenance appointments! Regardless of what your system’s make or model is, it will go through significant wear and tear during the cold seasons year after year. This is why you should take care of it beforehand, so the system is less prone to break down when you are relying on it most.

What does a maintenance appointment include?
Our experienced HVAC technicians will clean and/or replace your air filters, run an efficiency check, inspect all of the components inside your HVAC system to ensure they’re working as they’re supposed to, and we’ll talk to you about any potential issues we find that need to be fixed. Having an unexpected system breakdown can be a significant headache and not to mention, it can be expensive. Preventative maintenance appointments can help eliminate that prospective problem and keep you comfortable all season long.

Contact us right away for information on getting a preventative maintenance appointment set up before fall weather kicks in. Or, if your system is outdated and unreliable, autumn is a great time to get it replaced, especially now with our special offers happening through November 15th  that can save you thousands of dollars. We can help find a system that works perfectly for your home’s specific layout and most importantly, we will work with your budget.

How Duct Cleaning Can Help Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Allergies: sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat. It can get miserable during the spring and summer months, but autumn is usually no relief for people living with asthma and seasonal allergies. But did you know that there can be a link to your allergy symptoms and the ducts in your home? Here’s how.

When your HVAC system blows air through your ducts and the ductwork is coated with dust, you will inevitably have dust circulating throughout the air in your home. This will impact your air quality and increase allergy symptoms. Poor air quality could also cause your allergy symptoms to ramp up, which means you’ll probably start noticing your allergy symptoms continuing. Other contaminants can spread through the ductwork including dust mites, pollen, pet dander, smog, mold, mildew, and bacteria that cause sickness.

However, you don’t need to live with nasty ductwork. You can eliminate odors in your ducts, remove dust completely, and improve indoor air quality by cleaning the ductwork thoroughly. Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling works to clean the ductwork as thoroughly as possible with a powerful HEPA level filtration machine. In 4 to 6 hours, you’ll have clean ducts and you’ll be able to breathe the air in your home knowing that it is clean.

Ductwork can also have leaks in it that can allow dust, dirt, pollen, and other harmful chemicals into the air of your home. Sealing your home’s ductwork through the patented Aeroseal® system means you’ll keep toxins out. It fixes leaks from the inside out by using small aerosol particles that collide and stick to the leaks. With a 98% success rate, you can’t go wrong.

When it comes time to start thinking about the season changing to fall, don’t forget about cleaning the air you breathe! Contact us today for information on indoor air quality and how to reduce your allergy symptoms, and we’ll help you find the best solution for your home.

 

What role do air filters play in your heating and cooling system?

Your heating and cooling system is something you rely on all year long to keep you comfortable. In order to keep it running at peak efficiency and as reliably as possible, you should not neglect the air filters inside the furnace.  They play a big role in how your system functions.

Dirty air filters are full of dust, dirt, debris, pet hair, and other allergens and pollutants that can cause you to breathe in dirty air. Dirty air filters contribute to poor air quality. And this isn’t the only important role they play. They also keep your heating and cooling system from developing other problems that are caused by buildup of dirt, debris, dust, or other harmful things that can get in and around the components that help the machine run.

Your air filters help in bolstering energy efficiency, too. If you have dirty air filters, chances are, you’ll see an increase in your monthly utility bill. This is because the system is required to work harder than it was intended to, in order to get clean air through the system. This causes a spike in energy usage and a spike in your bill. If you have noticed that your system is short cycling more often, this is causing unnecessary wear and tear over time. That means you may not have the system as long as you could have if you would have replaced or cleaned the filters more regularly.

If you aren’t sure how to go about cleaning or repairing your heating and cooling system air filters, we’re glad to help. We can provide tips on what to do. Better yet, call us for a preventative maintenance appointment. Serving your system once a year means that you’ll have our team of experts not only clean or replace the filters, but we’ll check out the rest of the unit too, making sure all the inside and outside components are working as they should, so you don’t risk unnecessary breakdowns or repairs.

Are you ready to get your heating and cooling system replaced in time for autumn? Now is the time! We will work with you to find a high-quality system that fits with your specific layout and most importantly, your budget. Contact us today for information!

How to keep your pets cool during the summer heat

Summertime in Oregon means plenty of fun and relaxation in the sun, but for your pets, it only takes a little bit of exposure to the warmth before they feel overheated. We love our pets here at Specialty Heating and Cooling and want to remind our customers to don’t forget about keeping your pets out of the heat. Here’s how to keep your pets cool during the summer heat.

#1: Hydration is key.
Your pets can get dehydrated very quickly so it’s very important to keep cool water accessible to them all day long, especially when the temperatures really start to climb. Don’t forget about drinking plenty of water, too! Replenishing your electrolytes and the water you have lost throughout the day is very important to maintaining your overall health.

#2: Take walks early in the morning or later at night.
The pavement gets hot, hot, hot during the summer weather and that means that it can burn the pads of your dog’s paws very easily. In addition, walking in the heat will likely cause them to overheat. To avoid any issues with paw burns or overheating, change up your walking routine to go early in the morning or later in the evening. This will still allow you and your pet to get outside and enjoy the summertime and be active, but it will keep you from having to deal with a sick pet later.

#3: Be sure your AC system is tuned up and ready to handle the heat.
When was the last time your AC system was looked at from the inside out? Your cooling system plays a big role in the overall comfort for both you and your beloved pet. Scheduling a preventative maintenance appointment with our experienced team of technicians at Specialty Heating and Cooling means we will check out the inside of the system including the motor, clean your air filters, and let you know of any potential issues that we notice. Once your system is working at peak efficiency, we will be on the road and you can stay comfortable for the rest of the summer!

Not sure if your air conditioning will withstand the rest of the summer? Now is the time to fix that. Whether it’s a split ductless system, a traditional air conditioner, or a heat pump, we have a variety of cooling options that will fit your home’s unique layout and most importantly, fit your budget. Contact us today for more information today!

Benefits of Preventative Maintenance

May has already had record breaking temperatures into the 80s and 90s and people are starting to use their air conditioning systems a little bit earlier than normal. Summer is approaching fast, and now is the perfect time to get your annual air conditioning tune-up appointment scheduled so you can be ready to stay comfortable for the upcoming warm months.  Staying cool is important, but there are also additional benefits to staying on top of preventative maintenance for your air conditioning system.

Benefit #1: Improves Energy Efficiency.
System maintenance allows your system to use energy more efficiently, which in turn, saves you money. Tune-up appointments include cleaning blades, coils, and other inside components that you may not see. A clean unit generates clean, cool air in a more efficient way and that means it will cost you less to operate the unit, even when its being used a lot!

Benefit #2: Increases Life Span.
Your air conditioning system can run well and last longer throughout its lifecycle with regular preventative maintenance appointments.  We unfortunately see many systems break down or need regular repairs simply because they haven’t been taken care of and maintenance has been neglected. Just like your car needs tune-ups on a regular basis, so does your HVAC system and air conditioner!

Benefit #3: Improves Air Quality.
The air you breathe matters and oftentimes, you are breathing dirty air and don’t even know it. Dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate around the unit’s components and cages and these particles can make their way into the air that your system blows into your home. Our HVAC technicians will clean your system and ensure that the dirt and other debris is removed, so there aren’t any harmful particles polluting the inside air of your home or office.

Keeping your air conditioner in top notch shape is important to surviving the upcoming spring and summer heat!  When was the last time you’ve had a tune-up on your air conditioning system? Does your current system need a repair to get it working well? Or, perhaps your current system is inefficient or unreliable. Now is the time to contact us for information on getting a new one installed and ready to go. We can work with you and your budget to find the right system. Call us today to get started.

How Dust Impacts Your HVAC System

No matter how often you clean your home, dust accumulates quickly. Does it feel like it’s piling up almost immediately? Constant dust build-up can be an issue for every homeowner, but did you know that dust can impact your heating and cooling system, too? Here’s how.

Dust and ducts:
How’s the ductwork in your home? Do you know if it has leaks or cracks? If there are cracks or areas where air can leak in or out, you’re not only losing money in wasted clean air, but you’re also allowing dirty, untreated air into your home. Untreated air is full of dust, pollutants, pollen, and other harmful particles that impact the air quality of your home. Be sure to have your ductwork sealed properly. If you do, you’ll save money and you’ll likely notice a difference in the amount of dust that is building up around your home. We are proud to use Aeroseal technology to help seal leaky ductwork. Talk to us about how it can work to seal any gaps, leaks, or cracks in your home’s ductwork.

Dust and air filters:
Your heating and cooling system is made up of many different components, but the air filters are one of the primary ways that your system traps dust, dirt, and other debris. However, if you neglect regularly cleaning and/or replacing of your filters, dust will build up and be automatically re-circulated throughout the air in your home. That means that your home will not only be dusty, but you’ll be breathing dusty air! Avoid unnecessary build-up and clean your filters on a consistent basis.

Dust and preventative maintenance:
Spring is here and for many homeowners, that means spring cleaning is in full swing. This is a great time to schedule a preventative maintenance appointment with our team of experienced HVAC technicians. We will clean the inside of your system and ensure that everything is in good working order. A clean system on the inside will keep air flowing properly and bolster overall efficiency. It can also help prolong the system’s lifespan and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that the air being circulated into your home is clean!

Need to schedule a maintenance appointment? Contact us today to get on the schedule. Or, perhaps your system is old and inefficient, or it consistently breaks down. Now is the perfect time to get it replaced. We offer financing and there are several price savings deals happening that can save you money. Let us help you find the right system for your home and contact us today for details on which system is right for you.

Earth Day & Our Green Initiatives

Happy Earth Day! Being earth friendly and environmentally conscious goes beyond recycling.  Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for most of the energy use from your home? Cutting back in this area can make a great positive impact on the environment. Here are some heating and cooling tips for you to put into practice this Earth Day and for the rest of the year!

Tip #1: Get a new thermostat installed.
A new thermostat can make a huge difference in reducing energy waste and keeping you more comfortable all year long. Programmable thermostats are the wave of the future! They allow you to set your home to your desired temperature and change it as needed during the day. This means you can determine what you need and when you need to use it. For example, if you are gone at work for most of the day, why use the heater or air conditioner? Program your thermostat to turn down the temperature when you’re gone, then program it to turn back on shortly before you arrive back home so it’s comfortable when you walk in the door. A wireless thermostat can save you up to 20% on your energy bill and they can be used in tandem with almost any existing HVAC system.

Tip #2: Make sure you schedule a preventative maintenance appointment.
HVAC tune-ups are something that many homeowners forget about but staying on top of these appointments are critical to maintain the life of your system and can also help with reducing energy waste! Springtime brings warmer, longer days, and before you know it, summer temperatures will be here. Now is the perfect time to get your air conditioning unit serviced, so you know it will be up and running at peak efficiency when it comes time to hit the “on” button. Our team of experienced HVAC technicians will make sure the system is running well, we’ll clean the filters, and make sure there are no parts that need to be replaced. If a repair is needed, we will let you know and get it fixed right away so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

We’re committed to being green!

We regularly recycle significant amounts of refrigerant, oil and metal. Many consumers don’t realize that this is a big deal in the heating and cooling industry! In 2017, we recycled 187,251 pounds (93.6 tons) of scrap metals.  We also recycled 558 pounds of R22 refrigerant that is enough refrigerant for 117 air conditioners.  All the refrigerant we reclaim can be recycled and reused.  If it can be recycled, we will take every effort to do so. We take great pride in trying to conserve our Earth’s resources.

If you are looking for ways to focus on the Earth this Earth Day, look no further than your heating and cooling system! Contact us for a preventative maintenance appointment or call us to talk about options on upgrading your system to a new, energy efficient one. We are happy to work with you to find a system that is right for your home’s specific layout and will work within your budget!