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How Your Heating System Can Keep You Healthy

Cold winter days are here and unfortunately, that means there are more viruses going around. A lot of people are sick and looking for ways to stay healthy for the rest of the season. Did you know that your heating system and the overall indoor air quality in your home can impact your health? Indoor air is often dirtier than outdoor air. Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling can help you with indoor air quality solutions that can help keep you healthier.

Air Scrubber:
Ahhhh…clean air. There’s nothing like it! Purified air in your home means you’re breathing healthier air. The Air Scrubber uses ActivePure™ technology, which is proven to purify the air by its germicidal UV light wave system. This process uses molecules of oxygen and hydrogen that travel through the unit, as to freshen and clean the air molecules that enter the air at home. It can eliminate 90% of the contaminants in only 30 minutes.

Duct Cleaning:
Many people don’t think twice about the ductwork in their home. But, if you neglect cleaning them, you may be blowing dirty, contaminated air right back into your home’s heating system. Ductwork can harbor bacteria, fungi, dust mites, and more. These all contribute to health issues! But never fear, we can help! We can clean your ductwork through our powerful HEPA level filtration machine. In 4 to 6 hours, the ducts in your home will be clean and you can breathe confidently knowing there aren’t contaminants in the air.

Advanced Filtration:
Air purification systems are a reliable way to keep the air in your home clean all year long. These systems clean 99% of germs, viruses, mold, and bacteria. In addition, they capture pollen, pet dander, smoke, and other pollutants that contribute to dirty air. We offer several top-notch systems that will work in tandem with your HVAC system.

So, say goodbye to sickness this winter with these indoor air quality solutions! Contact us today for more information on what option will work best for you!

How to Get Your Furnace Prepped for Cold Weather

Autumn is here and freezing temperatures have already arrived. Chilly days and nights that are close to freezing temperatures are when you rely on your heating system the most. Is your system ready to keep you comfortable? Brace yourself for more months of cold weather and plan now to get your furnace ready. Here are some helpful tips on how to get your heating system prepped for cold weather.

Tip #1: Change or clean your air filters.
Your air filters might be small, but they have a huge job. They help keep allergens, dirt, and dust out of the air you breathe, and they also help prolong the life of the system. By the time they start looking dirty, they are starting to block the airflow of your furnace system. That means your system is working harder to do its job. That means the system’s lifespan could be shortened and damage could occur to the machine.

Tip #2: Get your ductwork sealed.
Most of the time, you won’t know if your duct work is sealed or not. However, a lot of times, ducts in the home have cracks, holes, or leaks that cause air to leak out. That means you’re wasting hundreds of dollars in energy each year! Leaky duct work also allows harmful particles into the air you breathe. Wondering how can you determine if your duct work is leaky? Our team at Specialty Heating & Cooling will help! We are Aeroseal Duct Sealing specialists. This patented solution fixes leaks from the inside out. It uses an injected sealant to the ducts, so when the air enters the ducts, the particles collide and stick with leak edges. This seals them and allows the air to move into your home!

Tip #3: Don’t ignore weird noises.
Just like you wouldn’t ignore a strange noise on your car, you should also not ignore sounds coming from your heating system! If you ignore these, the system could malfunction and cause serious damage to the internal components. That could mean you’ll have to pay for a costly repair. So, call right away so one of our experienced technicians can take a look more closely at what could be going on.

#4: Schedule maintenance on the system.
Need a professional to examine your system? Fall is the perfect time to schedule a furnace tune-up. We will clean the internal parts, run an energy efficiency check, clean the air filters, and make sure all the components are working at their peak. If we see any issues, we will address them.

With the right maintenance and inspection of your heating system, you will be able to rely on your heating system to keep you warm, no matter how chilly those Pacific Northwest nights are.  So, whether it’s preventative maintenance, a furnace repair, or a complete system replacement, Specialty Heating and Cooling has the experience that you can count on to get the job done right. Contact us today for your appointment!

Furnace Repair: 3 common furnace problems

Your furnace is a complex system that has a lot of internal components. Unfortunately, sometimes parts break down and the system shows signs of not running efficiently. We can help! Here are three common furnace problems and ways you can get them fixed.

Problem #1: Poor air flow.
Have you noticed that you’re not getting good air flow from the system to your vents? This is a common issue. Your first step is to check to see if there are blockages around any of the vents. Make sure the vents are all opened, even in the rooms that you don’t use regularly, and ensure that there are no curtains or furniture blocking airflow. Once you’ve done this, check to make sure there is no debris or dirt buildup that is on the outside of the HVAC unit. This can also contribute to bad air flow.

Problem #2: Unusual odors.
Any smell coming your furnace is not a good sign. You should first rule out that there are no gas leaks, then check your air filters. If your air filters are dirty and clogged with dust, dirt, or pet hair, this can contribute to the smell. In addition, if you do not clean your air filters regularly, mildew can develop and add to nasty odors.

Problem #3: Leaky ductwork.
Most homeowners don’t know if the ductwork in their home is properly sealed. Unfortunately, sometimes ducts have cracks, holes, or other tiny leaks in them which leaks air and causes you to waste significant amounts of money over the years! Wasted energy is one thing, but leaky ductwork also allows harmful particles in the air to be brought right inside your home to the air you breathe. To combat this issue, we are proud Aeroseal Duct Sealing specialists. This unique, highly effective patented process will fix leaky ducts from the inside out. It has a 98% success rate in sealing the ducts.

Your heating and cooling system needs to be reliable. So, if you’re noticing problems with it, it’s important to not put off a tune-up appointment. Our team of specialists at Specialty Heating and Cooling will take a close look at your system and provide solutions on how to get it running as it should. And, if there simply isn’t a way to get it running at peak efficiency, we will talk to you on what new system options could work. Right now, we are offering incredible incentives with Carrier Cool Cash, which can save customers up to $1650 on select systems! That means you can have a new, reliable system, just in time for the switch to autumn weather. Contact us today for details!

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.

 

Why is my air conditioner not blowing cold air?

This week we are seeing record heat for what might seem like an unending stretch of days. With highs in the upper 90s, people are turning to their air conditioning system to provide comfort. But what if you turn on your air conditioner and it isn’t blowing cold air? Here are some of the most common reasons why your air conditioner might be doing this.

#1: Your filter is clogged.
Your air filter plays a very important role in the overall functioning of your cooling system. Not only does it filter the dirt and debris from the air to help provide you clean air to breathe, but it also affects how the system runs. Excess debris build up will impact airflow, which could cause your system to not do its job. Take out the filter every 1 to 2 months to check and make sure it is not dirty, and either replace it or clean it thoroughly. This will help prolong the life of your system too.

#2: Dirty coils.
Your evaporator coils will get dirty over time and if they are not cleaned well, it can affect the performance of your air conditioning system, making it more difficult to remove warm air from your home. If the coils are extremely dirty, more serious issues can occur like having the system completely overheat and shut off. Contact our team of experienced technicians at Specialty Heating and Cooling for a preventative maintenance appointment, where we will make sure that the evaporator coils are cleaned properly.

#3: Leaks.
Refrigerant is required for your air conditioner to do its job, but if there is a leak, then your home will stay warm and your system may not be blowing cold air. Refrigerant can be hazardous to handle, so make sure you contact our team of technicians to do the work if this is something you suspect as the problem. Another type of leak that can happen is an air duct leak. If there are leaks in your air ducts, the cool air may be escaping, instead of going into your home, where you need it most. Air duct leaks cause homeowners to lose hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars each year. We can help with that. We are proud to use Aeroseal technology for our customers that are experiencing duct leakage in their homes. Contact us today for information on how Aeroseal may be right for you.

If your air conditioner is not blowing cold air, don’t ignore it. Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling is standing by to help get you on the path toward a cool and comfortable summertime. Contact us today for information on getting your AC repaired or replaced.

 

How to fix common HVAC problems

When it comes to your HVAC system, it’s normal to feel a little bit overwhelmed in understanding how it all works. There are a lot of different components that make your heating and cooling system work well. And if things aren’t working at their peak, you’re probably scratching your head trying to figure out what the problem is. We can help! Here are some common HVAC problems and our recommended solutions.

Leaky ducts:
Do you know if the ductwork in your home or office is properly installed or sealed? Most people don’t think about the ductwork in their home, but in fact, it’s something that’s very important to think about – especially when it comes to HVAC usage. This can cost you hundreds and even thousands of dollars over time because of wasted energy. Not to mention, it can allow harmful particles in the air to transfer inside to the air you’re breathing. Our solution: Aeroseal Duct Sealing. This is a unique and highly effective patented process that fixes leaks from the inside out. It has a 98% success process and involves sealing cracks or holes in the ducts with a sealant. As the air makes it way through the leaks, the aerosol particles collide to stick to the leaky edges and soon they’re sealed and you’re good to go.

Poor air flow:
If you’re not getting enough air flow from your system to your vents, first check for blockages around the vents. Make sure all registers are opened and that there is no furniture that’s blocking them. In addition, make sure that the outside unit is clear of any debris or other build up that can accumulate during the winter and spring months, as this can also contribute to poor air flow.

Funky smells:
If you’re noticing a weird odor coming from your system, first you should rule out any gas leaks. Next, check your air filters. This is extremely important, as it will help maintain the life of your system. In addition, it will help keep pet hair, dust, and any mildew build up away from the air filters for prolonged periods of time, which can help reduce nasty odors.

Your heating and cooling system is a complex machine that will provide the comfort you need year-round, but if there are problems starting to pop up with it, it’s important to get things checked out right away. Stay on top of scheduling your preventative maintenance appointments with our experienced team of HVAC professionals to ensure that no problems occur! Preventative maintenance appointments also give you the peace of mind knowing that things are working efficiently, so you can save money on your energy bill.

Perhaps your HVAC problems are too big to solve with a repair and a full HVAC replacement is needed. Our solution is to get you the right system for your home and your budget. Right now, there are a variety of rebates and incentives happening that can save you thousands of dollars on a new system. Contact us today for more details!

Top 5 Indoor Air Quality Solutions For Your Home

Spring is just around the corner and that means allergy season will be arriving soon, too. The upcoming change of season is a great time to evaluate your indoor air quality and figure out how you can make sure you’re breathing the best air possible. We are proud to provide a variety of indoor air quality solutions that will help keep you comfortable and healthy year-round.

#1: Aeroseal:
Leaking ducts not only cost homeowners hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars in wasted energy every year, but they also contribute to poor air quality. Leaking ducts 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.

#2: Advanced filtration:
Installing a quality air purification system for your home will clean the air in your home quickly and efficiently. With one-of-a-kind technology that captures up to 99% of germs, viruses, mold, and bacteria, these systems will kill those pathogens to help you breathe better air and stay healthy. In addition, these systems will capture pollen, pet dander, smoke, and other pollutants that contribute to dirty air. We offer several top-notch systems that will work in tandem with your HVAC system.

#3: Duct cleaning:
When was the last time you’ve had your ductwork cleaned? If you’ve never done this, chances are, your ducts are full of contaminants that are being blown right back into the air you breathe. These could include dust mites, bacteria, or fungi particles – all of which can contribute to health issues. 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.

#4: Carbon monoxide detector:
Carbon monoxide is deadly. It’s odorless and colorless, so there is no way to know if it’s seeping into the air you breathe. Carbon monoxide alarms are critical for every homeowner to have. We’re proud to carry the Carrier CO Alarm, which comes with a 7-year warranty and can plug into any electrical outlet in the home. Its sensor technology senses and records carbon monoxide levels every 15 seconds so you rest assured knowing that there is no carbon monoxide present.

#5: Air Scrubber:
Purified air in your home means you’re breathing healthier air. The Air Scrubber uses ActivePure™ technology, which is proven to purify the air by its germicidal UV light wave system. This process uses molecules of oxygen and hydrogen that travel through the unit, as to freshen and clean the air molecules that enter the air at home. It can eliminate 90% of the contaminants in only 30 minutes.

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

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.

Is your indoor air quality helping or hurting your health?

August has been an unusually hot month in the Pacific Northwest and air quality advisories for smoke and smog have been issued regularly. This type of air is harmful to breathe and over time, it could damage the lungs. But did you know that the air inside your home could be just as bad or worse than the outside air? When pollen, smoke, and other allergens are at a high in the air, you can still work to improve air quality inside. Here are some helpful tips on how to make sure your indoor air is helping your health, not hurting it.

Tip #1: Keep your system maintained.
Your HVAC system will accumulate dust and debris over time, simply by being used on a regular basis. This can definitely affect the air that is circulated throughout your home or office space. It can also impact how efficient your system is working. You should have regular professional maintenance checks done on your system. Autumn is coming soon and it’s a great time to get this done.

Tip #2: Clean and replace filters on a regular basis.
Your filters are exactly that – a filter! They filter out debris, dust, and other harmful pollutants and allergens that try to make their way into the air you breathe. Regular cleaning and/or changing the filters means you’ll notice a big difference in the air quality, especially if you live with chronic allergies or asthma.

Tip #3: Install an indoor air purifier and clean your ductwork.
If you want clean air, air purification systems and clean ductwork will help immensely.  Duct sealing with Aeroseal is one highly effective way to reduce the flow of toxins into the air you’re breathing. In addition to this, installing a quality air purifier will help improve air quality inside, too. We carry a variety of air purification systems including:

Infinity® Air Purifier: This is a top-of-the-line system that will clean the air in your entire home. It features the Capture and Kills ™ technology which catches up to 99% of airborne germs, mold, bacteria, and airborne viruses using an electrical charge to kill them. This system can kill 13 common pathogens that are known to cause sickness including the common cold, strep, and the flu.

-REME HVAC Cell:
Reflective Electro Magnetic Energy (REME) uses a state of the art electro-magentic energy cell that creates Ionized-Hydro-Peroxides™, a friendly oxidizer plasma made from oxygen and humidity. The product works 24/7, even if the fan blower is off.

If your indoor air quality is poor and you’re looking to learn more about how to improve it, we can provide you the information you need to get a new HVAC system or a new purification system in place. Our team of experienced professionals will help you find something that not only fits your home, but your budget, as well!

Why You Should Check for Air Leaks During the Summer

Summer is here! The warm temperatures are here to stay for a while and your air conditioner will be put to the test, working hard to keep you comfortable and cool each day. Did you know that the ductwork connected to your cooling system can accumulate dust and dirt, and even develop small cracks over time that leak air? This translates to air that isn’t as clean and a lot of wasted energy if it’s not discovered quickly. In addition, this makes your system work harder and it can negatively impact the efficiency of your system and could cause unnecessary breakdowns.

Here’s why you should check for air leaks this summer:

The ductwork in your home plays a big role in the overall comfort and temperature inside. When leaky ducts are present, air can’t reach the rooms in your home quickly and your system has to work harder to reach the designated temperature. Unsealed ductwork can also cost you money. An HVAC system that’s working hard makes the operating components worn down. This means it costs more to run and has to run for longer periods of time.

Your ductwork usually runs through the dustiest and dirtiest parts of your home, including the crawlspace. When there are leaks in the ducts, dirty air particles that are full of dust, harmful debris, or bacteria can get inside of your home and that means you and your family are breathing contaminated air that could be damaging to your airway and health.

We’re proud to be a licensed contractor that offers Aeroseal duct sealing. Aeroseal is a patented solution that has a 98% success rate for homeowners, making it an affordable way to fix leaks from the inside out. Aeroseal technology blows microscopic particles of sealant into the ductwork of your home and they form bonds into the holes and cracks of the ductwork. It’s an instant fix and you’ll notice a difference immediately in the even cooling of your home. In addition, you’ll likely see a difference in your utility bills because less energy is being wasted!

Don’t delay on having your home’s ductwork checked for leaks and holes. Contact us today to find out more information about our experience helping customers around Oregon with Aeroseal duct cleaning. Need to replace or repair an HVAC system for your home or office space? We can help with that too, so contact us today!