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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!

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!

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!

Benefits of Preventative Maintenance

May has already had record breaking temperatures into the 80s and 90s and people are starting to use their air conditioning systems a little bit earlier than normal. Summer is approaching fast, and now is the perfect time to get your annual air conditioning tune-up appointment scheduled so you can be ready to stay comfortable for the upcoming warm months.  Staying cool is important, but there are also additional benefits to staying on top of preventative maintenance for your air conditioning system.

Benefit #1: Improves Energy Efficiency.
System maintenance allows your system to use energy more efficiently, which in turn, saves you money. Tune-up appointments include cleaning blades, coils, and other inside components that you may not see. A clean unit generates clean, cool air in a more efficient way and that means it will cost you less to operate the unit, even when its being used a lot!

Benefit #2: Increases Life Span.
Your air conditioning system can run well and last longer throughout its lifecycle with regular preventative maintenance appointments.  We unfortunately see many systems break down or need regular repairs simply because they haven’t been taken care of and maintenance has been neglected. Just like your car needs tune-ups on a regular basis, so does your HVAC system and air conditioner!

Benefit #3: Improves Air Quality.
The air you breathe matters and oftentimes, you are breathing dirty air and don’t even know it. Dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate around the unit’s components and cages and these particles can make their way into the air that your system blows into your home. Our HVAC technicians will clean your system and ensure that the dirt and other debris is removed, so there aren’t any harmful particles polluting the inside air of your home or office.

Keeping your air conditioner in top notch shape is important to surviving the upcoming spring and summer heat!  When was the last time you’ve had a tune-up on your air conditioning system? Does your current system need a repair to get it working well? Or, perhaps your current system is inefficient or unreliable. Now is the time to contact us for information on getting a new one installed and ready to go. We can work with you and your budget to find the right system. Call us today to get started.

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.

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!

HVAC Maintenance To-Dos For June

June has arrived and the amazing weather will be here to stay for a while. The heat will become a regular part of each day and that means your HVAC system needs to be up for the challenge of keeping you and your family cool throughout the season. Here are some important to-do items for June that should be put on your checklist.

  • Check air filters: During the months that you’re using your cooling system a lot, your filter should be checked and cleaned regularly. Your filter helps keep contaminants and other harmful toxins out of the air you breathe, so it’s important to keep it clean and/or replaced regularly for optimal efficiency. In addition, filters will help protect the system and keep it working for optimal home comfort. Unless you have an advanced filtration system in place, the main function of the filter is to protect the system.
  • Inspect air registers and vents: Blocking vents and air registers inside your home can cause your system to work harder than it needs to, and it can also block air flow and circulation, causing uneven temperatures throughout your home.
  • Keep debris away from the outside unit: Spring is a great time to get outside and clean up your yard. While you’re out there, be sure to remove any debris, branches, or other shrubbery that could interfere with the outside air conditioning unit or heat pump. Over time, debris, leaves, and dirt can get inside the system and clog it, causing unnecessary problems.
  • Keep your thermostat at the desired temperature: Don’t allow your home to get too hot. Keep your thermostat set at the temperature that you feel most comfortable all day and night. If you don’t, the air conditioner will have to work harder to cool your house down and that translates to increased energy use in addition to putting strain on your machine.
  • Schedule your 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. To ensure that your system operates well all year long, it’s very important to schedule annual service appointments with our team. We’ll do some simple preventative maintenance on it, which could include checking the inside components, cleaning/replacement of air filters, and double check that there are no repairs to be made or parts to be replaced.

Whether you live in a newly built home or an older home, our service technicians are experienced in servicing a variety of systems and brands. Contact us today to make sure you have your service appointment scheduled in time for the June weather!

National Heat Awareness Day Is Coming!

Springtime is here and before you know it, summer in the Pacific Northwest will be in full swing. Summer weather brings people out of their homes and into the warmth of the sun. While it’s a wonderful time of year to get outside and experience the great outdoors, the heat can also lead to a lot of weather related deaths and illnesses. Every year on the last Friday of May, National Heat Awareness Day is observed, which means we take time to stop and remind people to take care of themselves during the spring and summer heat. This year, National Heat Awareness Day is May 26.

When the Pacific Northwest experiences high heat or humidity, the National Weather Service may issue some advisories:

-Excessive heat watch
-Excessive heat warning/advisory
-Excessive heat outlook

When the heat starts to crank up, take precautions to stay cool by avoiding drinking alcohol, reducing your intake of sugar and caffeine, and avoid physical exertion. Find a place to cool off and increase how much water you’re drinking on those hot days. Babies and elderly individuals should all be especially careful, as their bodies cannot adjust to temperature fluctuations as well. Here are some other tips on how to avoid health problems related to heat.

-Keep your air conditioning tuned up regularly so it’s ready to turn on when the weather gets hot
-Use fans in areas where air conditioning isn’t an option
-Wear hats and sunblock to avoid direct sun exposure
-Wear loose, light clothing
-Increase your intake of cold water
-Stay in the shade as much as you can
-Talk to your doctor about illnesses that can increase your risk of heat-induced reactions or illnesses

In addition, don’t forget to take care of your pets when the heat strikes. Keep them indoors and as cool as possible. Keep fresh, cold water available for them at all times and if they do need to be outside, provide a cool place of shelter where they can get out of the heat.

Is your cooling system ready to keep you cool for the rest of the spring and summer? If not, contact us today for a tune-up or to talk about your options on what air conditioning system is right for your home. Perhaps you simply just need a new programmable thermostat that will help you better regular the function of your home’s cooling system. Act now, because there are a variety of rebates and incentives available on select systems that can help you save money and help you stay comfortable for years down the road.

How Does Indoor Air Quality Effect Seasonal Allergies?

Springtime is almost here and that usually means that allergies and asthma will start in again for those that deal with it every year. Those that live with regular allergies know that it can be difficult to breathe, uncomfortable, and in the end, be a true physical drain. No matter how hard you try, irritants make their way into the air and allergies are inevitable. If you dust and clean your home and office regularly and limit your exposure to allergens that are known to bother you, but still struggle with allergy attacks, here’s how HVAC systems and air filters can work to help clean the air and rid it of potential allergens. The result: cleaner, more breathable air.

A new, energy efficient HVAC system can effectively filter and clean the air all day, which can make a big difference in the reduction of allergy symptoms. If your system doesn’t have an air purifying system in place already, there are air filters that can be added easily to most systems.

How do air purifiers help bolster indoor air quality?

Air purifiers use filters that rid the air of allergens and other pollutants, including mold spores, pollen, pet dander, and many more. In fact, some filters, such as the Infinity Air Purifier, can even capture and kill viruses and bacteria, which means you’ll stay healthier throughout the year. When you start researching air filtration systems, make sure they meet HEPA (high efficiency particulate absorption) standards. This means that the filters meet strict guidelines that filter both large and small particles that circulate through the air. HEPA filters offer cleaner, breathable air for your space.

If you don’t want to be sneezing or sniffling all spring, call us and ask us to introduce you to some air filtration systems that could work with your existing system. We also provide a variety of other indoor air quality solutions including duct cleaning, duct sealing with Aeroseal, and the outstanding Air Scrubber system that uses ActivePure™ technology that purifies the area through germicidal UV light. Proper ventilation and the ridding of harmful allergens is key to reducing your allergy symptoms this year. Want to know more? Give your respiratory system a break this year and contact our team at Specialty Heating & Cooling to help you find a system that will put you on track for a healthier, allergy-free life!