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Heat Pumps Vs. Air Conditioners

The Pacific Northwest gives us a little bit of everything when it comes to the weather. We are no stranger to rain – and lots of it. So, when spring and summer warm weather arrives, we need to be prepared. If you are looking to add, replace or upgrade your cooling system there are several options.  Here are the differences between air conditioners and heat pumps.

What are the main differences between a heat pump and an air conditioner?
Both systems use indoor and outdoor coils that transfer refrigerant. AC systems absorb heat the passes over the indoor coil inside the system. That means that during warm weather, cool air will be brought in through your home’s ductwork and the hot air is pushed out. Heat pumps on the other hand work for both heating and cooling. They take outside heat to warm your home during the winter. In the summer, they remove the hot air and bring cold air in. One system: two functions! No matter what time of year it is, a heat pump will bring you the comfortable temperature that you want.

What system is right for you?
We understand that a new heating and cooling system for your home is an investment that requires planning. That’s why our team at Specialty Heating & Cooling will help you determine which system is right for your home and work with your budget! There are a variety of systems that could be great options for you including:

Carrier Infinity Series
Infinity 20 Heat Pump with Greenspeed Intelligence
Infinity 19 Heat Pump
Infinity 18VS Heat Pump
Infinity 16 Heat Pump
Infinity 15 Heat Pump

Central Air Conditioner
Infinity 21 Central Air Conditioner
Infinity 19VS Central Air
Infinity 17
Infinity 16
Performance 17

Contact us today for information on what system is right for your home’s layout and your budget. And, right now you can benefit from Carrier Cool Cash for a limited time only! Homeowners may quality for a Cool Cash rebate by purchasing qualifying Carrier equipment between March 16, 2020 and June 30, 2020. Equipment must be installed, and claims submitted by 6 PM and installed by July 31, 2020. Purchase of qualifying products required. So, ask our team for more details!

Tax Credits Available Now

Looking to replace your heating and cooling system but don’t want to finance the whole thing? We have good news. Federal tax credits have been reinstated, so you can now upgrade or replace your old system with helpful tax credits! These will help offset the cost and make your dream of a new heating or cooling system for your home a reality. Whether it’s a heat pump, central air conditioner, or an energy-efficient gas furnace, we have the options that are right for your home and your budget.

Important must-knows:

  • Tax credits include 10% of cost up to $500 or a specific amount from $50 to $300.
  • Must be installed in your existing home and your primary residence. New construction and rental homes do not qualify for these tax credits.
  • Offers end December 31, 2020

What is a manufacturer’s certification statement?
This is a signed statement from the manufacturer that certifies that the equipment qualifies for the tax credit. Manufacturers can provide these certifications through the website, or you can call the manufacturer for this information. You will need to keep this statement for your records.

Ready to get your home’s heating and cooling system installed and ready for spring? Before you know it, the weather will be warming up and our schedule will get more and more full! Now is the time to act! Why pay full price on a heating and cooling system when you don’t have to? Learn more about the federal tax credits & get more information on how to apply for them here.

Contact us today to ask about what systems are right for your home and which ones qualify for these outstanding tax rebates.

Why Going Ductless Is the Best Solution

Ductless systems are a great invention that offer an affordable heating and cooling solution for homes. For homes that do not have duct work that traditional HVAC systems require, ductless systems are especially helpful!  They can be installed in a variety of places including tiny homes, ADUs, garages, and in many different homes including new homes or historic ones.

Here, we list some of the main reasons why we think going ductless is the best solution.

Ductless system details:
Ductless systems use innovative technology that provide cold and warm air in one system. An outdoor unit connects to cables and a refrigerant line, which is at the ground level of your home. This connects to the indoor unit which has at least one head that shoots the warm or cold air out into the home. Depending on the size of the space that is being cooled or heated, there could be one head or multiple heads that are placed in central locations around the house. Each head is connected to a remote control that gives you the option to adjust the temperature as needed.

Why ductless systems are the best solution:

  • Energy efficiency
    • Say goodbye to bulky window air conditioner units in the summer! Your ductless system provides air conditioning all season long.
    • For homes that use electric or oil heat, a ductless system offers instant savings.
  • They are very quiet
    • Most homeowners hardly notice the machine when it’s running!
  • They help bring in clean air
    • Many ductless systems include air purification systems that help clean the air that is being pumped into the home and limit exposure to dust, pollen, dander, bacteria or germs. This makes them a great solution for people with chronic allergies or asthma.

A ductless system offers comfort all year long with just a touch of a button. Not sure if switching to ductless is right for your home? Our experienced team at Specialty Heating and Cooling will look at your home’s layout and provide recommendations on how a ductless system would function in the space. We’ll help you find something that’s right for your budget, too!

Contact us today for more information!

Should I Repair or Replace My Older Air Conditioning Unit?

We have already had a series of hot days here in Oregon and summer hasn’t even officially started yet. Is your air conditioning ready to tackle the rest of the warm weather this season? If it is older or is already showing signs of issues, you may be wondering if you should repair or replace it.

When should you repair it?
In most cases, air conditioning problems can be diagnosed quickly, and our experienced team of licensed heating and cooling technicians can repair it. If your system is less than 10 years old, it’s worth fixing, especially if the cost of repair is affordable. However, if you are investing in continued repairs on an air conditioner that is 10, 15, or 20 years old, you’re likely throwing away hard-earned money. Repairing an air conditioner that is on its way out is usually a futile effort and it makes more sense financially to invest in a new air conditioning system that gives you the peace of mind you need before you head into the upcoming warm months. 

Benefits of replacing your air conditioning system:
A new air conditioner is energy efficient and can save you significant money each summer. In addition, a new AC system will work in tandem with your furnace to help clean and filter the air that enters your home, helping improve indoor air quality and reduce spring and summer allergy symptoms. We are a proud Carrier dealer and have a variety of air conditioning models that will work for your home’s layout and your budget. Some of these options include:

  • Infinity Series
  • Performance Series
  • Comfort Series
  • Central Air Conditioners
  • Ductless Heat Pumps

Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling understands the importance of having a reliable, working air conditioning system installed in time for summer. Now is the time to get your appointment on the books, too, as our schedule fills up quickly! We are happy to work with you to find the right system and will walk you through current rebates and promotions, including Carrier Cash will help save you thousands of dollars on a new system. Contact us today for information!  

4 things to consider when upgrading your furnace

If you are thinking about replacing your furnace, there are several important factors to consider. It’s good to be proactive in making your decision on a furnace replacement a little bit before it’s actually time to replace it, instead of buying a furnace in a panicked situation when it’s broken and you’re out of heat in the coldest days of winter. Here are some of the primary factors to consider when making the choice to upgrade your furnace.

#1: Consider how old your furnace is.
If your furnace is 16 – 20 years old, it’s likely time to replace it. This is the average lifespan of most furnaces made today, so even if your furnace is a year or two away from that mark, it’s good to start researching your options so you know what you need to plan for when the time comes.

#2: Factor in how much it will cost to maintain it.
When your furnace reaches a certain age, there will likely be parts that start failing that need repair and replacement. Once parts begin to fail, you will be paying for service calls and labor, on top of the part that needs to be repaired. This will add up over time, so you will need to factor in how much this will cost over the long haul. If it comes to a significant percentage of what the new furnace will cost, making the switch to a full furnace replacement will be a better and more financially sound decision.

#3: Understand its energy efficiency.
Older furnace models simply are not as energy efficient as newer ones. That means that you will be wasting energy and paying more on your utility bill, the longer you have the furnace. High efficiency furnaces can pay off significantly when it comes to energy savings over time.

#4: Recognize furnace safety.
If your furnace is decades old, it can be more prone to breakdown which could result in sparks, flames, or carbon monoxide leakage. Don’t risk your family’s safety by continuing to use a furnace that is old and prone to potential danger.

Not sure where to start when it comes to furnace replacement? Unsure of which system is right for your home? We carry a variety of gas furnaces, ductless heat pumps, and more! Our team of experienced HVAC professionals will come out and look at the area and offer suggestions on which one will work with your home’s layout as well as your budget. Call us today for an appointment!

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 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!

How Much Does It Cost To Replace My Air Conditioner?

Spring is here and it’s time to start thinking about the warmer weather and longer days that will soon be upon us. Even though you don’t need to use your air conditioner right now, it’s a great idea to start thinking about it now, especially if you need a replacement air conditioner or if you need a new one installed that wasn’t there before. This is a wonderful investment for your home and it requires some research, especially when it comes to cost. If you’re wondering how much a new air conditioning system will cost, keep reading.

What type of air conditioner do you need?
There are a variety of different types of air conditioners on the market today. The systems we carry are quality and will last you for many years to come and our team of Home Solutions Advisors will help you determine which one is right for your home and its specific layout. Most of the time, a new air conditioner will cost between $4,500 and $8,500, and the cost will depend on the size of the equipment, its overall efficiency, and the complexity of the installation.

Even though many air conditioning equipment might look the same on the outside, the components that make up the inside are what sets each one apart. We’re proud to sell the Carrier Infinity™ 19 system which has a 69 DBA sound rating. The higher SEER and EER numbers, the more efficient the air condition is and the more money can save on your energy bill.  In addition, these systems use Puron ™ refrigerant, which is an environmentally friendly product that will not harm the earth’s ozone layer.

We also install a variety of ductless heat pumps that can work as both an air conditioner and a heater, providing comfort year-round in one system. If you live in a home that does not have ductwork, this could be a great option for your space.

Or, perhaps a zoning product would work best for your home. This kind of system allows homeowners to control the comfort of the home in various zones, which translates to increased energy savings and better functionality for different temperatures in different sections of the home.

If you’re unsure of where to start or which system would best fit your home and specific budget, we can help. Our experienced, non-pushy sales team will work with you to find a high-quality product that won’t break the bank. The best part: we’ll get it installed for you just in time for the warmer days of spring and summer days that are on the horizon. Contact us today for more information!

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.

What’s the difference between a heat pump and air conditioning?

Pacific Northwest weather gives us a little bit of everything! Some months have more rain and cold than others, but during the summer, we definitely get some hot weather that can get uncomfortable. Many homeowners have furnaces that are used during the winter, but when it comes to the summertime, they’re left with old, inefficient window air conditioners. If you’ve ever wondered what the differences are between air conditioning systems and a heat pump, and if a heat pump is right for you, we can help!

The differences between a heat pump and an air conditioner:
Both systems use indoor and outdoor coils that will transfer refrigerant. Air conditioning systems will absorb heat that passes over the indoor coil within the system, which means that during the summer, cool air is transferred to the ductwork of your home and hot air is moved out. However, heat pumps will take outside heat to warm your home and will cool it by taking the heat out in the winter and in the summer, it will remove hot air and bring cold air in – all in one system. No matter what time of year it is, a heat pump will provide the comfort you need.

Heat pumps and an air conditioner are both great choices when it comes to the wide range of options between the two for cooling your home.  Upgrading to a heat pump can be beneficial since it heats and cools the home and can save significant money on your utility bill year around, which means that the cost of the unit will likely pay for itself over time quicker than an air conditioner.

Which system is right for your home?
A new heating and cooling system for your home is an investment, but it is something that you won’t regret, because it will add value to your home and provide you and your family with a better quality of life! There are a variety of great systems that can work for your home. Here are some of our top recommendations:

Carrier 18vs Heat Pump:
This energy efficient heat pump stands out! It offers 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 from the air. It leaves temperatures even throughout the home, which allows users to get the most out of the unit’s efficiency levels. It’s also small, light, durable, and comes with a 10 year limited warranty, so you can rely on it for years to come.

Hybrid Heat:
Hybrid systems offer users the comfort of gas heat furnace with the efficiency of a heat pump. Hybrid heating systems, such as the Carrier Infinity 96 gas furnace and the Carrier Infinity 20 heat pump with Greenspeed Intelligence, are dual systems that can provide cool air and heat, making it a product you can use year round. You’ll use your gas furnace about 15% of the time during the winter months and for the rest of the time, the heat pump will keep you cool and it will cost less to operate in the long term.

Carrier Infinity 20 Heat Pump:
This unit is as quiet as a whisper and provides Greenspeed Intelligence. It comes with the highest rating for efficiency.  The variable-speed compressor allows it to adapt to the unique needs of the home and can adjust between 40 and 100% capacity.

Carrier 19 Air Conditioner:
This air conditioning model has extremely high energy efficiency and is very quiet, with sound levels as low as 56 decibels. It has superior humidity control, variable speed operation for premium comfort, and uses non-ozone depleting Puron® refrigerant. It also comes with a 10 year limited parts warranty, which offers users peace of mind in case something goes wrong.

Did you know that there are incentives and rebates available through the Energy Trust of Oregon, Portland General Electric and the State of Oregon?  With the State of Oregon Residential Energy Tax Credit ending in 2017 it means now is a great time to replace your heating and cooling system!

Contact us for details on which system might be right for you and how you can benefit from the incentives that are currently active! We’ll help you figure out the details!