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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.

How to Keep Your Heating System Working in Cold Weather

We have seen some wet and cold days already this winter, but the coldest parts of winter are likely on their way soon. That means we will be relying on our heating systems to keep our homes warm. Unfortunately, many people will experience some performance problems with their furnace when the temperatures start dropping. In order to avoid any issues or a full furnace breakdown, here are some ways that can help you keep your system working well in the cold weather.

#1: Keep your filters cleaned and changed.
Your furnace needs all the help it can get to keep it functioning at peak efficiency. Clean air filters can help with this, keeping the system from working harder than necessary. In addition, they will also help keep the air you breathe cleaner. Air filters help capture dirt, dust, debris, and other particles that make their way into your home.

#2: Use a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat allows you to set your home’s temperature to what is comfortable, even if you’re away from home. For example, if you know you will be gone for most of the day at work, don’t heat your home like you would when you’re there. Instead, program the thermostat to turn down a couple degrees, then program it to turn back on before you get home so it’s at your desired temperature. Programmable thermostats save homeowners hundreds of dollars each year in energy and can help keep your furnace from working overtime when it’s not necessary.

#3: Keep vents clear.
Sure, your new recliner might look great on that one wall in your living room, but if it’s covering up a vent, it could cause an issue. It will not only cause the room to be unevenly heated, but it also puts pressure on your furnace to heat an area that is closed off. Be sure your vents are clear from furniture, drapes, rugs, or other household items that could prevent airflow.

Your home is your place of rest and relaxation and keeping it at a comfortable temperature during the winter is key. Instead of stressing about the upcoming forecast of possible colder temperatures and snow, call our experienced team at Specialty Heating and Cooling for a preventative maintenance appointment. We will ensure your system is working at its best and we will talk to you about any issues that may need to be addressed. We’re not comfortable until you are!

Top Reasons You Should Replace Your Water Heater

The availability of warm, running water is necessary for households around the country. Whether it’s a warm bath or hot water to clean your dishes in, people rely on hot water to complete day to day tasks. That means your water heater is put to good use each day and over time, it may start showing signs that it needs replacing. Here are some of the main signs that your water heater needs to be replaced.

#1: Time.
No product will last forever, unfortunately. Water heaters will generally last for about a decade before they need to be replaced. If it’s not heating water like it should or it’s starting to leak, it may be showing signs of its age. If you have lived in your home at least that long and the water heater hasn’t been replaced, then you will need to plan on replacing it.

#2: Noise.
Is the water heater making a lot of noise at the tank? As it ages, it can start to rumble as it starts to heat up the water. This could be because it’s inefficient and it’s taking more energy and strain to heat the water. If your water heater is making noises, don’t ignore it. It could be a sign that something is wrong, and damage could occur if you don’t pay attention.

#3: Leaking.
Sometimes an old water heater will start to leak, leaving water on the floor around the tank. Leaks are never a good thing to have, as it could cause damage to your property that could be expensive and inconvenient. Leaks are usually caused by expansion of metal in the tank and as the water heater gets older, a fracture can happen. Small amounts of water will start leaking through these gaps as the water continues to heat each cycle. Over time, this could cause ruined carpeting or hardwood flooring, saturated belongings in the area, or even mold build up.

#4: Not heating.
One of the most obvious signs of an old water heater is water that simply isn’t warm. This could be caused by a broken heating element, a mis-adjusted thermostat, or simply that the water heater is not working as it should anymore.

Water is probably the most necessary item in your household, so if it fails, you are left without hot water, you’re looking at things becoming very inconvenient for a while. We can help! Our experienced team at Specialty Heating and Cooling can help get you a new water heater installed and running efficiently. We will talk to you about what tank size is most appropriate for your home and make sure it is within your budget. Watch our YouTube video about water heaters here, then contact us to talk to us about our new water heater program! Let us help you get your new one installed!

 

Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Fall

Fall surely feels like it has arrived this week with cold mornings and sunny afternoons! Now is a great time to work around your home to get things prepared for the fall and winter seasons ahead. Wondering what you should prioritize to get your home ready for fall? Let us help.

Tip #1: Check your thermostat.
How old is your thermostat? Fall is a great time to upgrade to a new programmable thermostat. These regulate temperatures day and night in your home, even when you’re not there! Simply set your desired temperature based on your schedule and let it do the rest of the work. For example, if you’re gone during the day, don’t heat the house. Program the thermostat to reduce the temperature while you’re away. Then, schedule it to turn up right before you get home. Easy! Programmable thermostats will help save up to 20% on your utility bill yearly.

Tip #2: Schedule preventative maintenance on your heating system.
Regular professional maintenance on your heating system means it will use energy with greater efficiency. This translates to saved money each month. Not to mention, tune-ups will help increase the lifespan of the unit. Unfortunately, our service team sees many heating systems that require expensive repairs. Sometimes we even those that are totally non-functional because basic maintenance has been neglected.  Fall is the best time to get your system serviced. You will head into fall and winter knowing that your system is reliable and ready to go.

Tip #3: Install a reliable carbon monoxide alarm.
If you don’t already have one of these, it’s important to get one right away. These alarms work a lot like smoke detectors but will detect unhealthy levels of carbon monoxide. If it senses something, it alerts you immediately. To avoid carbon monoxide leaks,  never heat your home with a gas stove and if you need to use a space heater, never leave it unattended. Ensure that your heating system’s mechanical parts are working well too, as breakdowns in your system could mean carbon monoxide could leak into the air you breathe.

Fall is a beautiful time of year in the Pacific Northwest! Schedule your preventative maintenance appointment with our experienced team at Specialty Heating and Cooling so you can enjoy the autumn. If you need a programmable thermostat, we’ll help with that too! Contact us today – we’re standing by to help keep you comfortable all year long!

What to Look for When Hiring a Heating & Cooling Company

When your heating or cooling system needs a repair or replacement, there are lots of different companies to choose from. Once you start researching options, you might feel overwhelmed. Which one is the best choice.? Here’s what you should look for when hiring a heating and cooling company.

#1: Their overall experience.
As with any job, the more experience there is, the better. This is especially true when it comes to heating and cooling installations and repairs. When you’re looking for companies, look at how long they’ve been in business in the local area, and determine if they do work on commercial or just residential jobs. Ask them about their technician team and what kind of experience and training they undergo.

#2:  Their reviews.
Positive reviews speak volumes. Research online reviews for the company, looking closely at Google, Facebook, and Angie’s List. If there are negative reviews, read through them and do some comparison. Are there recurring themes? If so, this could be a red flag. Weigh the positives and negative reviews. Reviews go a long way in seeing what priorities the company has – are they in it just for the business or are they in it to really serve their customers well with quality workmanship?

#3: Their service offerings.
What kind of services does the company provide? Do they offer preventative maintenance service, as well as repairs and replacements? Having a new system installed in your home is one of the larger home investments that homeowners make, so it’s important to find a company that can handle everything in regard to your home comfort system. That way, you can call them for anything that may come up in the future.

We are proud of our experienced team of professionals at Specialty Heating & Cooling and have been in business for more than three decades. We are also 10-time award winners of the President’s Award from Carrier. This prestigious award is given to companies that have been recognized for quality customer service and outstanding workmanship. We believe our core values and our company tag line of We’re Not Comfortable Until You Are is what makes us unique. We work with customers of all kinds and look forward to talking to you about the heating and cooling system in your home or commercial building. Contact us today to get started!

Your Fall Heating and Cooling Maintenance Checklist

Kids are heading back to school and fall will begin before you know it. Now is the perfect time to start prepping for the change to autumn weather. When you’re doing that, don’t forget to take care of your heating and cooling system! By ensuring that it’s maintained well, you won’t need to worry about unexpected breakdowns or a spike in energy usage. Here are some helpful tips on maintaining your heating and cooling system.

#1: Don’t neglect the air filters.
These little filters have two big jobs: they make sure the air circulated through your home is clean and they help prolong the life of your system. Dirty air filters translate to poor indoor air quality. Air filters should be cleaned or replaced every 1-2 months or longer depending on the type of filter you have and if you have pets.

#2: Get your preventative maintenance appointment on the books.
Do you remember the last time a professional checked out your heating and cooling system? If not, it’s time! Preventative maintenance appointments are crucial to keeping your system working well and getting the most out of its lifecycle. You should have annual appointments scheduled for your heating and cooling system and the end of summer is a great time to do that. Our team of experienced technicians at Specialty Heating and Cooling know what to do! We will inspect your system, clean the filters, run an energy efficiency check, and make sure we point out any issues that might cause problems down the road.

#3: Check airflow.
Walk around your home and make sure all of the vents and registers are clean and clear. Ensure that they aren’t blocked by furniture, rugs, drapes, and make sure they are not closed. This will help with more efficient airflow and will ensure that your system isn’t working harder than it has to.

#4: Consider a system replacement.
How old is your system? If it’s more than 10 to 15 years old, chances are, a full system replacement will need to happen soon. Systems that are this age are significantly less efficient and more prone to breakdowns. That means you could be left with a hefty utility bill or an expensive repair bill when you’re least expecting it. If your system is on its last leg, now is a great time to replace the whole thing. We have a variety of options within your budget and also help with financing to help.

Stay on top of your heating and cooling checklist this year by staying ahead of the game! Let us help with getting your system maintained or replaced. Contact us today for your appointment!

Why You Need to Schedule an AC Tune-up

June is right around the corner and we have already had some hot days on the books. Summer is fast approaching and now is the time to get your air conditioning system tuned up. Here’s why.

Reason #1: Tune-ups improve energy efficiency.
Regular preventative maintenance on your air conditioning system means it will use energy with greater efficiency. This will save you money on your utility bill each month. Our experienced team of heating and cooling specialists will clean the coils, blades, and other internal machine components. Clean systems that can move and operate how they are intended will help generate clean and cool air with maximum efficiency.

Reason #2: Tune-ups help increase the lifespan of the unit.
A quality air conditioning system is an investment that will last you many years and if you take care of it, it can increase the lifespan even more. Just like a car needs regular oil changes and tune-ups, so does your air conditioner! Unfortunately, our service team sees many systems need expensive repairs or even see those that are completely broken down because they have neglected to take care of basic maintenance.

Reason #3: Tune-ups will help you breathe cleaner air.
Did you know that indoor air quality is oftentimes worse than outside air? The air you breathe matters and sometimes you won’t even know that you’re breathing dirt, dust, and debris that is transferred from your system into your home. A new system can greatly improve your indoor air quality and ensure that no harmful particles pollute the air that you and your family and friends breathe.

Summer heat is on its way: is your cooling system ready to do its job? When was the last time you’ve had a tune-up on your AC system? Keeping your air conditioner in tip top shape this season is key to making it through the upcoming warm months. Call us today to get an appointment scheduled or to talk to us about a full system replacement.

Why You Should Get Your Commercial System Serviced for Spring

Spring weather has arrived, and the days are warming up! The change of weather is the perfect time to get your commercial system serviced. Here are some key reasons why your commercial system should be looked at this season.

#1: Regular preventative maintenance reduces your chances of a system breakdown.
Pacific Northwest spring days can be warm one day and cool the next. That means your system will need to be ready to handle whatever the weather throws our way. Regular system maintenance can save you the hassle of having your system break down, right when you need it most. In addition, equipment that isn’t maintained can waste energy dollars. This will add up to be an additional expense that can dip into your business profits, so stay ahead of the game and schedule your routine maintenance right away.

#2: It will help keep your employees comfortable and safe.
If your heating and cooling system is not properly maintained, there could be leaks or other electrical damage happening to the machine. This could cause an unsafe work environment for your employees and potentially your customers. If there are broken wires or other damaged parts in the system, it could be a fire hazard. Our experienced team of technicians at Specialty Heating and Cooling will look closely at the system and spot any issues before they become a safety or comfort issue.

#3: It can help keep the system working longer.
Regular preventative maintenance is kind of like getting your oil changed on your car. It helps keep it running smoothly, but it also prolongs the life of the system. In addition, it will help ensure that you are up to date on your warranties. New commercial systems can be expensive to repair or replace, so ensuring that it works as long as possible is important as a business owner or manager.

Specialty Heating & Cooling has been working with commercial customers of all kinds for over 30 years. We service and repair all brands and will leave you with a written report after every service appointment! Contact us today to get an appointment set up or to get an estimate on a full system replacement.

Maximize Your Furnace Performance with Spring Maintenance

Spring is officially here! Before you know it, you will be turning your thermostat down instead of up! Once warmer weather begins, you will need to plan ahead a bit and be sure that you schedule a spring preventative maintenance appointment for your heating and cooling system. By doing this, you will maximize its performance and you will be ready to head into spring and summer, confident that your system can do its job with no problems. Here’s how you can be sure your system functions at its peak.

#1: Clean air filters regularly.
If you like breathing clean air and you want to help keep your system functioning at maximum efficiency, clean and/or replace your system’s air filter regularly. The filter catches debris and dust so it doesn’t build up on the inside components of the machine. Be sure to replace or clean it at least every other month, especially when dirt is visible.

#2: Schedule a maintenance appointment.
Let the professionals at Specialty Heating & Cooling work their magic and make sure that your system is functioning at peak condition. We will clean filters, run an energy efficiency check, check the inside mechanisms, and be sure that there are no red flags. If there are repairs or adjustments to be made, we will share our recommendations so you can decide the next course of action. Our goal is for you to have a heating and cooling system that runs more efficiently, all year long so you can save money and stay comfortable!

#3: Get ductwork inspected.
Springtime brings lots of allergies. Did you know that your ductwork can have leaks in it that can allow dust, dirt, pollen, and other harmful chemicals into the air of your home? That is not a good thing for people that live with seasonal allergies! 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! Ask us for all the details!

Our experienced team at Specialty Heating & Cooling is ready to help you get your system ready for spring! Contact us today for a preventative maintenance appointment or to talk to us about a full system replacement. We want you to stay comfortable all season long, no matter what the weather is doing outside!