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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.

How to Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency

 Summer has officially arrived and that means your air conditioner will be put to good use. Did you know that heating and cooling bills make up at least half of your total utility expenses each month? Here are some helpful ways to improve air conditioning efficiency in your home this summer.

Tip #1: Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day.
When the sun is at its hottest, it will permeate into the windows of your home, heating up each room. To keep your air conditioner from working less, keep the blinds and curtains in your home closed during the heat of the day.

Tip #2: Keep the outdoor unit clean.
If you have a lot of debris, leaves, grass, or other buildup around the outside unit of your air conditioning system, this could cause debris to build up on the inside and clog the inner workings of the machine. Not only will this mean that the system has to work harder to keep you cool, but it could cause an unnecessary breakdown. Next time you’re out doing yardwork, make sure you make time to clear away any debris around the outside area of your air conditioning system.

Tip #3: Keep lamps and other heat producers away from your thermostat.
Lamps and other appliances produce heat, and if they are located near a thermostat, your thermostat will mistakenly tell the air conditioning unit that your home needs to be cooled more. This could cause unnecessary extra work for the air conditioner, so make sure you keep heat producing items clear of any thermostats.

Tip #4: Keep your filters cleaned.
The primary job of your air conditioning filters is to keep everything running at peak efficiency. In addition, keeping your filters cleaned means that you’ll be breathing cleaner air. Make sure you clean or replace your filters on a regular basis.

Tip #5: Keep your furnace maintained.
Don’t neglect scheduling an annual service appointment. If you don’t take care of your HVAC system over the long haul, it won’t last as long as it normally would and could break down, right when you need it most. What will the appointment include? We’ll do some simple preventative maintenance on it, which could include checking the inside components, cleaning/replacement of the air filters, and we will also double check that there are no repairs to be made or parts to be replaced.

Tip #6: Keep your ducts clean.
Dirty and dusty ductwork is known to restrict airflow. So, if your ducts are clogged with dust, debris, and other contaminants, your system is probably working harder than it needs to. This means you’re using more energy than you really need to and you’ll likely see an increase in your utility bill. The ductwork in your home plays a big role in home comfort. Here’s how we can help: we’re proud to be a licensed contractor that offers Aeroseal duct sealing. Aeroseal is a patented solution that has a 98% success rate. This is an affordable solution that can fix leaks from the inside out and the best part is: you will notice a difference right away!

When your system works hard, it can be tough on the machine and all of its parts, therefore shortening the overall lifespan of the unit. So, understanding how to keep your air conditioning running at its peak is one key to keeping it running efficiently for many years to come. We have a long stretch of heat coming to Oregon in the next week, so make sure you get your appointment scheduled soon so you can stay cool for the rest of the summer with no problems!

Why you should service your commercial HVAC system in the spring

Spring is here and so far, it’s been a great mix of sun and rain.  Springtime brings lots of “spring cleaning” and other opportunities to catch up on de-cluttering or servicing parts in your office or commercial space. Maintenance of your commercial HVAC system is just as important as maintaining other equipment in your office. In addition, proper maintenance will save on energy bills and will help you avoid expensive repairs when you need your HVAC system the most.

Reason #1: Peak efficiency.
Commercial buildings use a lot of energy and that means you’re likely paying a significant amount of money on your company’s utility bill. If you want to cut costs, service your HVAC system and make sure everything is in good working order. If your system is old and out of date, the equipment is less efficient and may have hidden costs in the long run.

Reason #2: Enhanced comfort.
If your system has not been properly taken care of, chances are it’s working harder than it needs to and you may have hot or cold spots throughout your commercial space.   And because spring brings warmer weather, you’ll likely be looking for ways to keep you and your employees and customers comfortable with consistent temperatures, great indoor air quality, and humidity control.

Reason #3: The condenser needs to be cleared.
Over the winter, debris, dirt, and leaves can build up around the unit. Head outside and clear any debris off that you see and make sure nothing as built up inside the condenser area. If dirt or debris build up accumulates over time, it could cause damage to the inner components of the machine and could mean you’ll have to come up with money for an unexpected costly repair.

Reason #4: Changing filters will help prolong the life of the system.
You should change your commercial HVAC system filter on a regular basis. This will help extend the life of your HVAC unit and will also help it operate at peak efficiency. If you’re not sure how to change the filter, ask one of our HVAC professionals during your preventative service appointment to show you.

There’s no better time to make an appointment for your preventative maintenance service appointment with our experienced team of professionals. Spring is a busy time and appointment times are filling up fast, so call and get on the books today. If you’re interested in upgrading your heating and cooling system so it’s ready to tackle the heat of the Pacific Northwest summer, we can help with that, too. Call us today for more information.


How To Keep Your Vacation Home At the Right Temperature

The summer is packed with fun, long and warm evenings, and oftentimes, vacations! When you’re planning to leave on vacation, don’t forget to set your thermostat to the right temperature. If you do, it can save you money – even if you’re gone for a short time. But, if you’re away on an extended trip or you have a vacation home that often sits unattended for significant periods of time, we’ve provided some helpful tips on how you should set your thermostat.

Tip #1: Smart thermostats can help!

Looking to save money? A smart thermostat can save you significant money over time if you have a home that sits vacant for a while. Smart thermostats are exactly that: smart! They’re controlled by your iPad, smart phone, or tablet and can be programmed anywhere you’re at. You have the control when you need it and you can set the temperature accordingly. These thermostats are very popular for people that have vacation rentals or other properties that may sit vacant for longer periods of time during the year. Want to change out your existing thermostats in your home and replace them with smart thermostats? Contact us today for programmable thermostat options that will work for your home.

Tip #2: Keep window coverings closed.
This might be obvious, but it’s one that gets forgotten a lot! Before you leave home for a trip, or before you close up your vacant home for a while, make sure the blinds and curtains are closed tight. Sunlight will heat up the space and raise the temperature before you know it, making it harder to keep at a consistent temperature all the time.

Tip #3: Make sure you service your HVAC system.
Don’t neglect your HVAC system. Instead, schedule routine maintenance on it, just like you would for your car. You should service the system annually and during this time, we will make sure that everything is working as energy efficiently as possible and that there are no outstanding issues or repairs to be made.

We’re proud to have worked in the heating and cooling industry locally for more than 30 years. With a strong base of satisfied customers and solid reputations, you can be sure that we’ll make sure that your vacant home isn’t wasting energy and sucking your wallet dry simply because the temperature isn’t right. We’re happy to take a look at your current thermostats and make suggestions on how you might better control the temperatures to maximize comfort and save energy. Give us a call today for a free quote on a programmable thermostat!