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Spring is here: get your system tuned-up

Spring is here! The beauty of blooming flowers and greenery surrounds us once again. Springtime in the Pacific Northwest is unlike any other! So, when it comes time to start working through your springtime home maintenance to-do list, don’t forget your HVAC system! Scheduling your preventative maintenance appointment is important. Here’s why.

Maintenance helps keep your system running longer.
When you purchase an HVAC system for your home, you want it to last as long as possible. There’s no better way to prolong the life of your system than by taking care of it with professional maintenance. During the cold winter months, your system works hard to keep you warm and comfortable. That can cause wear and tear over the years. So, before you shift into the new season, be sure it is checked out so it’s running at peak efficiency throughout the spring.

Maintenance keeps things running with maximum efficiency.
Want to save money on your utility bill? Most of us do! During your maintenance appointment, we’ll run an energy efficiency check to make sure it’s running at optimal efficiency. If there need to be any adjustments made, we’ll let you know what they are so you can get things fixed and ready to go.

Having an unexpected system breakdown is a headache. Not to mention, it can be expensive. Staying on top of annual maintenance helps reduce your risk of problems and keep you comfortable, no matter what the weather decides to do.

Spring is right around the corner, so call us today for your appointment. Or, if your system is outdated and unreliable, spring is the perfect time to replace it. Contact our experts at Specialty Heating and Cooling today to get your appointment on the books.

How to Get Your System Ready for Freezing Temps

It’s officially November and colder weather will be here soon. Freezing temperatures can be uncomfortable. So, is your heating system ready to keep you warm? Here are some tips on how to weatherize your home and get your system ready for freezing temps.

#1: Get your preventative maintenance appointment scheduled.
Annual preventative maintenance is very important. It helps prolong the life of your system and it also keeps things running efficiently. That translates to a more reliable system and less likelihood of a furnace system breakdown. During your appointment, we will make sure to clean your filters, look closely at all of the internal workings of the machine, and talk to you about issues that may become problematic later. We’ll make sure things are fixed and ready to go so you can rely on your system all season long.

#2: Get your ductwork cleaned.
Duct cleaning helps you breathe cleaner air. Indoor air quality is incredibly important – especially as you head into the winter months when viruses and sicknesses tend to peak. Our outstanding team of professionals at Specialty Heating and Cooling can clean the ductwork in your home thoroughly through our powerful HEPA level filtration machine. In 4 to 6 hours. This will leave the ductwork completely cleaned and you can take a deep breath knowing the air is cleaner.

#3: Consider a programmable thermostat installation.
Programmable thermostats are a fantastic way to stay comfortable and save energy in the long run. Program the furnace to turn down while you’re away or asleep and turn back up again before you get home or wake up. This simple programming adjustment can save a lot every year and will help you keep your home more evenly heated this winter. They work with any existing heating system and are affordably priced, too.

Winter can get chilly and you’ll need to rely on your heating system – no questions asked! Get your routine preventative maintenance appointment scheduled right away, then talk to us about programmable thermostat options. We can help ensure you can stay comfortable through the rest of the fall season and into the winter, so contact us today!

Why a Heat Pump Is a Good Solution for Heating and Cooling

It might not feel like autumn yet, but school is back in session and the change of season is right around the corner. That means fall weather will be here and cooler weather is on the way. If you’re tired of hauling the window air conditioner in every year for summer and out again for the fall, then switch to your furnace for heating in the winter, it might be time to replace everything. A heat pump is a great solution: one home comfort system that provides heating and cooling.

Heat pumps are very popular in the Pacific Northwest because of our milder temperatures. They are cost effective and energy efficient. We are a proud Carrier dealer and install Carrier Infinity® systems for customers around various cities in Oregon. Their newest system, the Carrier Infinity 24 Heat Pump is revolutionary and will provide comfort all year long, with a simple touch of a button. These systems are designed with comfort and maximum efficiency in mind. These systems feature the following:

  • Variable-speed compressors for peak performance
    • These systems use innovative subtle adaptable speed components that provide comfort and superior energy efficiency.
  • Up to 24.0 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) and 13.0 HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) ratings for maximum efficiency.
    • The higher the number, the greater the savings.
  • Silencer System for extreme quiet
    • Heat and cool your home quietly, with technology that reduces airflow and vibration noises. Infinity 24 models have sound levels as low as 51 DBA
  • Advanced humidity control
    • These models can remove up to 400% more moisture than other standard systems
  • 10-year parts and 10-year unit replacement warranties
    • The Carrier limited warranties can help with repairs and replacements if needed. Contact our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling for details.
  • Included with your purchase is an Infinity Air Purifier with patented Captures & Kills technology that can treat 100% the air flowing through your home comfort system.

Heat pumps are easily installed and can work with a variety of home or business layouts. They are environmentally friendly, using fewer fossil fuels, and they are also highly energy efficient. That means you can save money on your utility bill each month. Ready to see if a Carrier Infinity heat pump is right for your space? Contact our experienced team of professionals at Specialty Heating and Cooling for questions and to get your free quote!

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.

Tips for getting your system ready for springtime

Spring is right around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking about how to get your heating and cooling system ready to go for the change of season. Here are some tips on how to get your system ready for springtime.

Tip #1: Ensure the outside unit is clean and clear.
The cold winter months bring lots of wind, rain, and ice. That means your outside unit likely has some debris that has accumulated around the outside unit. When the sunshine comes out, head outside to clean and clear the unit so there is no restricted airflow. That includes cleaning the top of the system of dirt and debris. If this isn’t cleaned off, it could hinder the system’s performance and the internal components could even be impacted. A system that is working unnecessarily hard could cause your utility bill to increase and it could mean your system is prone to needless breakdown.

Tip #2: Clean or replace air filters.
It’s easy to forget about the filters in your furnace or AC unit. But this is a simple thing to do and it makes a big impact on how your system performs. Dirty air filters mean you’re breathing dusty, dirty air. Not to mention, your system won’t be working at peak efficiency. Be sure you clean or replace your filters every other month or as needed.  This helps reduce the flow of pollen, dust, dander, or other bacteria that makes its way into the air you breathe.

Tip #3: Upgrade your thermostat.
How old is your thermostat? Spring is a great time to get a new programmable thermostat installed in your home. These regulate the temperature of your home night and day, even when you’re away. Set your desired temperature based on your schedule and let it do the work for you! If you are at work during the day and don’t need to heat or cool your home, program it to turn down a bit, then turn back up before you get home. Programmable thermostats are a great investment for your home and can save up to 20% a year on your energy bill.

Spring is a beautiful time of year in the Northwest. This is a time that our experienced team at Specialty Heating and Cooling gets very busy, too! So, plan ahead and get your springtime preventative maintenance appointment scheduled. Or, if a new system is required for your home, we can help with that too! We’ll find the perfect system for your home’s layout and your budget. Contact us today for more details!

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!

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 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!

How Dust Impacts Your HVAC System

No matter how often you clean your home, dust accumulates quickly. Does it feel like it’s piling up almost immediately? Constant dust build-up can be an issue for every homeowner, but did you know that dust can impact your heating and cooling system, too? Here’s how.

Dust and ducts:
How’s the ductwork in your home? Do you know if it has leaks or cracks? If there are cracks or areas where air can leak in or out, you’re not only losing money in wasted clean air, but you’re also allowing dirty, untreated air into your home. Untreated air is full of dust, pollutants, pollen, and other harmful particles that impact the air quality of your home. Be sure to have your ductwork sealed properly. If you do, you’ll save money and you’ll likely notice a difference in the amount of dust that is building up around your home. We are proud to use Aeroseal technology to help seal leaky ductwork. Talk to us about how it can work to seal any gaps, leaks, or cracks in your home’s ductwork.

Dust and air filters:
Your heating and cooling system is made up of many different components, but the air filters are one of the primary ways that your system traps dust, dirt, and other debris. However, if you neglect regularly cleaning and/or replacing of your filters, dust will build up and be automatically re-circulated throughout the air in your home. That means that your home will not only be dusty, but you’ll be breathing dusty air! Avoid unnecessary build-up and clean your filters on a consistent basis.

Dust and preventative maintenance:
Spring is here and for many homeowners, that means spring cleaning is in full swing. This is a great time to schedule a preventative maintenance appointment with our team of experienced HVAC technicians. We will clean the inside of your system and ensure that everything is in good working order. A clean system on the inside will keep air flowing properly and bolster overall efficiency. It can also help prolong the system’s lifespan and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that the air being circulated into your home is clean!

Need to schedule a maintenance appointment? Contact us today to get on the schedule. Or, perhaps your system is old and inefficient, or it consistently breaks down. Now is the perfect time to get it replaced. We offer financing and there are several price savings deals happening that can save you money. Let us help you find the right system for your home and contact us today for details on which system is right for you.

Earth Day & Our Green Initiatives

Happy Earth Day! Being earth friendly and environmentally conscious goes beyond recycling.  Did you know that heating and cooling accounts for most of the energy use from your home? Cutting back in this area can make a great positive impact on the environment. Here are some heating and cooling tips for you to put into practice this Earth Day and for the rest of the year!

Tip #1: Get a new thermostat installed.
A new thermostat can make a huge difference in reducing energy waste and keeping you more comfortable all year long. Programmable thermostats are the wave of the future! They allow you to set your home to your desired temperature and change it as needed during the day. This means you can determine what you need and when you need to use it. For example, if you are gone at work for most of the day, why use the heater or air conditioner? Program your thermostat to turn down the temperature when you’re gone, then program it to turn back on shortly before you arrive back home so it’s comfortable when you walk in the door. A wireless thermostat can save you up to 20% on your energy bill and they can be used in tandem with almost any existing HVAC system.

Tip #2: Make sure you schedule a preventative maintenance appointment.
HVAC tune-ups are something that many homeowners forget about but staying on top of these appointments are critical to maintain the life of your system and can also help with reducing energy waste! Springtime brings warmer, longer days, and before you know it, summer temperatures will be here. Now is the perfect time to get your air conditioning unit serviced, so you know it will be up and running at peak efficiency when it comes time to hit the “on” button. Our team of experienced HVAC technicians will make sure the system is running well, we’ll clean the filters, and make sure there are no parts that need to be replaced. If a repair is needed, we will let you know and get it fixed right away so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

We’re committed to being green!

We regularly recycle significant amounts of refrigerant, oil and metal. Many consumers don’t realize that this is a big deal in the heating and cooling industry! In 2017, we recycled 187,251 pounds (93.6 tons) of scrap metals.  We also recycled 558 pounds of R22 refrigerant that is enough refrigerant for 117 air conditioners.  All the refrigerant we reclaim can be recycled and reused.  If it can be recycled, we will take every effort to do so. We take great pride in trying to conserve our Earth’s resources.

If you are looking for ways to focus on the Earth this Earth Day, look no further than your heating and cooling system! Contact us for a preventative maintenance appointment or call us to talk about options on upgrading your system to a new, energy efficient one. We are happy to work with you to find a system that is right for your home’s specific layout and will work within your budget!