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Your HVAC Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is here! The sun is back, and the days are getting longer. Now is the perfect time to work your way through your spring cleaning list. Make sure you add your heating and cooling system maintenance to that list, too! Here are some important things to remember when it comes to your HVAC spring cleaning checklist.

#1: Schedule your spring tune-up.
Your body needs regular check-ups, and your car needs regular oil changes. Your heating system needs regular tune-ups, too! Professional HVAC maintenance is a critical part of keeping your system working well and running at peak efficiency. During your appointment, our team of HVAC technicians will clean the blower motor, clean and/or replace air filters, and talk to you about any issues they notice that could turn into potential problems later. We want to make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible, so you can save on your utility bill and not force the system to work too hard.

#2: Consider adding an air purification system to your home or commercial space.
Springtime allergies and cold viruses are a real drag. Sometimes the air you breathe is dirty and contaminated with harmful pathogens that contribute to sickness, asthma, or allergies. A reliable air purification system kills bacteria, spores, or other allergens that try to make their way into the air you breathe. This means you’ll breathe easy knowing that the air in your home or office is as clean as possible.

#3: Don’t forget your air filters.
When was the last time you checked your air filters? Dirty air filters translate to dirty air. Remember, the thicker they are, the more layers they have to collect dust, debris, and dirt. All of that debris will be recirculated into the air you breathe, too. We recommend that you change or clean your filters every 1-2 months.

Our team of heating and cooling experts at Specialty Heating and Cooling can help get your home or commercial system running at its peak! So, whether you need a maintenance appointment, a repair, or want to get a new system installed for spring, contact us today for details!

HVAC Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore

Your heating and cooling system is a complex machine that has a lot of different parts to it. When everything is operating at peak efficiency, it should only make a quiet humming as it blows the air out. If you have any unusual sounds coming from the machine, this could be a sign that something is wrong. Don’t ignore any HVAC noises! This could be a costly mistake.

Looking to troubleshoot before you call our team of experts at Specialty Heating and Cooling? Here are some of the most common sounds and what they could be trying to tell you.

Clanking, screaming, or banging:
Over time, parts inside your machine can become loose, become disconnected, or fall off. This could cause a clank or banging sound. Screaming noises are sometimes caused by refrigerant leaks or too much pressure in the compressor.

Screeching:
Metal on metal is never a pleasant sound. This could also indicate something is wrong with a broken belt, or a motor part. These are things that you should have a professional look at.

Humming:
This might indicate a loose wire or something else that could be wrong with the electrical portion of the machine. If you suspect something wrong with the electrical components, don’t use the machine. This could not only damage the machine further, but it could also be a fire hazard.

If there are any odd sounds or smells coming from your HVAC machine, don’t ignore them. Pay attention to what they are trying to tell you and be proactive by contacting our team of professionals at Specialty Heating and Cooling. We can interpret what the sounds mean and make sure things are fixed so your machine is running reliably.

Why Changing Your Air Filter is Important

Your air filter is one of the most important parts of your heating system. And because it’s not easily seen, our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling often discovers that the filters are forgotten about. That’s why we’re here to remind you to clean and change your air filter regularly. Doing this will help prolong the life of your system and help you breathe cleaner air.

The importance of air filters:
Dust, debris, and other particles try to make their way into the ductwork of your home. If this debris gets into the actual heating system, it could wreak havoc and cause some big damage to it. The filter is essentially a layer of protection. It prevents dust and other harmful air particles from getting into the system, as well as the air you breathe inside your home or office.

Reasons to change or clean your filter regularly:

Reason #1: Clogged filters restrict airflow and decrease efficiency.
Restricted airflow means your system is working really hard to do its job. This makes the machine more inefficient, using more energy and ultimately increasing your utility bill. Clogged filters can also cause the system to short cycle, which puts additional strain on the machine.

Reason #2: Increased wear and tear.
Your heating system is a big investment for your home. By taking care of it and staying on top of regular maintenance, your system should last 10-15 years. But if you neglect it, it could break down in less than 10 years. That’s an expensive mistake and something that you can easily avoid. Simple air filter changes or cleaning is easy. But dipping into your savings for a costly repair or having to finance a new system before you were planning to, could be stressful.

At Specialty Heating and Cooling, we care about the quality of air you breathe and want to make sure that system you have in your home or commercial space lasts as long as possible. We are happy to help answer your air filter questions and can also help with repairs and free quotes for a new system. Contact us today!

Signs Your Furnace Needs Fixing

When the temperature drops, you need a furnace that’s reliable and ready to keep you warm and comfortable. But as with any machine, time and usage can cause wear and tear. That means your furnace may need repair. How do you know that it needs fixing? Here are some common signs.

#1: Weird odors or sounds.
Your heating system should never have any loud noises or odd odors coming from it. Don’t ignore any smells – especially a rotten egg odor or a smoke or burning scent. This could signal something dangerous. If you hear something banging or clanging, it could mean that there is something loose or broken inside. Screeching noises could indicate a belt issue.  Even if the sound or smell doesn’t happen all the time, it should be looked at immediately. Prolonging a repair can increase energy usage or put extra strain on the machine, which can cause even more damage to other parts of it.

#2: A spike in energy bill.
Did your last energy bill make your eyes go wide? Maybe the cost went up so much, you thought there was a mistake. If utility costs weren’t raised, but your bill increased a lot, you may have a problem with furnace efficiency. Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling can look and determine what the issue is. Preventative maintenance appointments are one way to do that. We will diagnose the problem and get it fixed and make sure the system is running at peak efficiency before we leave. If you notice a spike in your utility costs, let us help get everything repaired and running well again so you can save money and reduce energy usage.

The sooner you catch furnace problems, the better it is for your home or office comfort. Not ignoring problems helps prolong the life of the system. Your comfort is our priority. So, contact us today to get your preventative maintenance or repair appointment scheduled.

Top 5 questions to ask when buying a new heating & cooling system

Replacing your heating and cooling system is a big decision that requires some research and planning. Below, we discuss some of the most important questions to have answered before you invest in a new system.

1)    What size system is best for my home?
The size of your home and its duct work plays a key role in determining what size system you need. If it is too small, it will run constantly and if it’s too big, it may not run as often as you need it to. The best way to determine the appropriate system size is by talking to our professionals at Specialty Heating and Cooling. We will ensure that you have the right size so you can stay comfortable all year long.

2)      Does my duct work need to be clean and sealed?
If you have ductwork in your home, it’s important to have it cleaned and sealed. Dirty ductwork brings in contaminants and other airborne illnesses into the air you breathe. Cleaning ductwork will remove dust and debris buildup which translates to improved indoor air quality almost immediately. Our ductwork cleaning system involves using a powerful HEPA level filtration machine. In only 4 to 6 hours, the ducts are completely cleaned. Once the ductwork is cleaned, we can seal it, too. Duct sealing ensures that are no leaks in the ductwork, ultimately helping you reduce energy waste, reduce mold growth, and minimize harmful airborne particles from getting inside. We offer duct sealing with our Aeroseal® system. It uses small aeroseal particles that collide and stick to leaking areas. It has a 98% success rate!

3)      What type of thermostat?
Your thermostat works alongside your heating and cooling system to ensure maximum comfort. Select a thermostat that optimizes the overall efficiency of your system. Programmable thermostats are a great option. They work with your lifestyle and allow you to adjust the temperature of your home or office space from anywhere in the world. So talk to us about what thermostats would work best with your new system.

4)      What is the budget?
When looking at costs, factor in the quality of the system. For example, even though it might cost a little more, a higher end system could last longer and potentially save you more money in energy bills and repair costs. So, while it might be more money up front, you could save a lot more in the long run. Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling recognizes your heating and cooling system is an investment. We will let you know if there are any rebates or incentives available to help offset the cost. And we also offer a variety of financing options available to make things even easier.

Do you have more questions about a potential heating and cooling system replacement? Let us help! We can answer your questions about what type of system is best for your space so you can get everything replaced before cooler fall and winter weather rolls in.

How To Improve Airflow in Your Home This Summer

Does the air inside your home feel muggy or stuffy? Poor indoor air quality can make you uncomfortable – especially during the warm summer months. It can even contribute to feelings of sluggishness, which isn’t fun when all you want to do is get outside and soak up the sun. Here are some tips on how to improve air flow in your home.

#1: Check for airflow blockages.
Are all of the vents inside of your home clear? Closed or blocked air registers or vents will obstruct air flow. This can cause your system to work harder than necessary and create unneeded wear and tear on it. Be sure to keep your air registers open and move any furniture, rugs, or drapes that are blocking them.

#2: Stay on top of air filter replacement and cleaning.
This is a home maintenance to-do item that many people forget about. But regular cleaning or replacing of your air filters is essential to maintaining a long lifespan for your system. In addition, dirty air filters bring in dirty air to your home, which can be especially harmful for those living with summer allergies or yearlong asthma. Clogged air filters also keep air from flowing freely into your home. We recommend cleaning and/or replacing your filters every other month or longer depending on the type of air filtration system you may have.

#3: Keep your outdoor HVAC unit clear.
Springtime brings plenty of wind and rain. Now that the warm summer weather is here, it’s a great time to get outside and clean the outdoor unit of your heating and cooling system. This can easily accumulate debris or dirt over time, so keep it cleaned off so there is unobstructed airflow.

Following these simple tips will improve air flow and provide a solution for stuffy, dirty air. Perhaps your old, outdated heating and cooling system just simply isn’t up to the task of keeping you comfortable any longer. We can help! We’ve been serving customers in Oregon for more than three decades! Contact our experienced team of HVAC professionals at Specialty Heating and Cooling today.

 

What to Do If Your AC Is Not Blowing Cold Air

Warm weather is back this week! As we head into June and the rest of the summer months, the heat becomes a norm. Your air conditioner will become an important part of your day to day life, but what if it is not blowing cold air? This could be concerning. Here are some reasons why could be happening and what you can do.

#1: The thermostat is not set at the right temperature.
When you turn on your air conditioner, check your thermostat. Make sure that the fan is set on the ‘auto’ function. This saves money in the long run. That’s because the fan will only run when the air conditioner is cooling the air. If the fan runs non-stop at the ‘on’ position, it will run all day and night. That increases your energy usage and keeps your utility bill high.

#2: The AC filters are clogged.
Do you remember the last time you cleaned or replaced your air conditioner air filters? These filters are a critical part in the overall system functionality. If it has been more than two months, chances are, the filters will have dirt, debris, and other buildup in them. Air flow is restricted if that is the case, and cold air simply can’t get into your home as it should. As we enter in the warm summer months, be sure your air filters are replaced every other month.

#3: The vents are obstructed.
Look around your home and make sure that the return air vents are not blocked. It’s easy to inadvertently have drapes or furniture in front or on top of them. But, if that’s the case, the return intake of air will weaken how much air will come out of the supply vents. That means your home will not be efficiently cooled.

Summer is right around the corner and you will need to rely on your air conditioning system to keep you cool and comfortable. If your system is not working properly, don’t delay in getting it looked at. Our team of experienced professionals at Specialty Heating and Cooling will get it up and running at peak efficiency. We can diagnose the issue and get it fixed so you can be on your way. Contact us today for a repair appointment or to discuss getting a new air conditioning system installed in time for summer weather.

Reasons to Replace Your Furnace and AC Simultaneously

We have been getting a lot of calls recently from customers wondering if they should replace their furnace and air conditioner at the same time. Your heating and cooling equipment works together to form a full HVAC system. The furnace, blower, and evaporator coils are located inside the home and are connected to the ductwork. AC units will sit outside the home. Together, these systems work alongside each other to provide comfort all year long.

Replacing these together can have several advantages. Your heating and cooling system is an important investment in your home and will last for years to come. But making that decision requires some research. Here are some reasons to replace your furnace and air conditioner at the same time.

#1: The system(s) are old.
If your furnace and air conditioner are over 15 years old, it is time to consider upgrading. The older your system is, the more prone it is to expensive repairs or even a full system breakdown. These can be costly and come at unexpected times, which can cause added stress. Replacing both at the same time will help maximize your investment and provide you reliable comfort for a long time.

#2: Utility bills are rising.
Have you noticed that your energy bills are consistently going up? This could mean that your HVAC system is not functioning at its peak anymore. In fact, it could indicate that there is an internal problem. If your system is efficient, it is working harder than it has to, and that causes your utility bill to skyrocket, which is never a pleasant surprise.

While it often makes sense to replace the furnace and air conditioner at the same time, we do not usually recommend doing this if the furnace is less than 10 years old. In most instances, it makes more sense to repair the unit.

Not sure if your home needs both systems replaced? Our no-pressure team at Specialty Heating and Cooling is ready to help you make your final decision. We will provide information on what systems could work for your home and will work within your budget. And, if a full replacement is not needed quite yet, we will let you know. We will also help with any repairs that are necessary to help get things functioning in time for the warmer springtime weather. Contact us today for information!

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!

3 Extreme Cold Furnace Tips

Winter has yet to officially arrive, but temperatures are starting to drop quickly and that means you are likely adding layers of clothing to yourself during the day and turning on your heater more and more often.  But is your heater up for the challenge of keeping you warm for the next few months? Here are some tips that are important for keeping your heating system maintained well and ready to tackle the extreme cold.

Tip #1: Replace and/or clean your air filters.
This is a home maintenance item that many people forget about because it’s out of sight and out of mind. However, this is one of the most important things you can do to prolong the life of your heating system and keep it running well. Clean and/or replace the system’s air filters every 1-2 months for maximum efficiency.

Tip #2: Get your furnace check-up scheduled.
Regular preventative maintenance appointments are very important! Regardless of what your system’s make or model is, it will go through significant wear and tear during the cold seasons each year. A maintenance appointment means we will clean the filters, and run an energy efficiency check, and we will also check all of the internal and external components of the machine to be sure there is nothing that could cause a problem later down the road. Furnace check-ups will help give you the peace of mind you need, knowing that the system is less prone to an expensive break down when you need it most.

Tip #3: Install programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are one of the best inventions to hit the market in recent years. Wireless programmable thermostats can help homeowners save hundreds of dollars in heating and cooling bills, year round. They work with any make and model of your machine and allow you to program the temperature to be what you want, based on your unique schedule. If you plan to be gone all day, don’t heat your home unnecessarily. Just plan to program your thermostat to turn down a bit when you’re away, then program it to turn back up right before you get home, so you can come home to a comfortably cozy home. One of our most popular programmable thermostats is the Côr™ by Carrier. It has been proven to save homeowners up to 20% in their utility bill year-round and can work in tandem with most HVAC system brands.

Don’t be left out in the cold this winter season! The holidays are coming and it’s a great time to get your maintenance appointment scheduled so you and your guests can rely on a heating system that will work as it is intended. Contact us today for information!

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