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When should I replace my air conditioner

June is in full swing and warm days are on the horizon. Is your air conditioning ready to keep you cool and comfortable all summer? Our team at Specialty Heating and Cooling is committed to ensuring your comfort this season. Here are some tips on when you should replace your air conditioner.

Most of the time, air conditioning issues can be diagnosed easily and quickly. If the system is less than 10 years old, we usually recommend repairing it – especially if the repair is a simple, affordable fix. However, if the system is continuing to need repairs, season after season, it may not be worth the investment. This is especially true if the machine is 10, 15, or 20 years old. Repairing an old, inefficient system is futile. It makes a lot more sense to invest in replacing the air conditioning system. This reliability gives you the peace of mind you need before summer weather hits. We will make sure to offer advice on what is best, and we won’t be pushy or try to sell you on something you don’t need!

A new air conditioning unit comes with many benefits. These machines are built with energy efficiency in mind, so that means you will save money and do your part in helping conserve the environment. In addition, a new machine will help improve the indoor air quality in your home. That means you may experience less allergy symptoms during the spring and summer when things bloom. We proudly carry Carrier products and offer a variety of air conditioning models to choose from. Some of these include:

  • Ductless Heat Pumps (heating and cooling in one system!)
  • Carrier Infinity Series
  • Carrier Performance Series
  • Comfort Series
  • Central Air Conditioners

Our technicians and sales team are committed to superior customer service, from start to finish. We understand how important it is to have a reliable AC system ready to go for the upcoming summer. So, call us today for an appointment! We will work with you to find the right system. We also help determine if your purchase is eligible for current promotions or rebates, including Carrier Cool Cash, which can save you thousands. Call us today to learn more!

Top Uses for a Ductless Heating and Cooling System

Not every home is able to have a traditional heating and cooling system for many reasons.  That’s when a ductless heating and cooling system could be a perfect answer! We love the invention of the ductless heating and cooling system and install many of these products each year for clients of all kinds. Here are some of the many applications that a ductless heating and cooling system can be effective.

Homes with electric heating:

Ditch the baseboards and Cadet heaters! A new ductless heating and cooling system can save homeowners with electric heat huge amounts of money. Not to mention, you will be doing your part in helping the environment because you will not be consuming as much energy.

Homes that are being remodeled:

Adding a room onto your home or remodeling a portion of your house? A ductless a heating and cooling system is a great solution to provide both heat and cool air to that part of your home without adding any ductwork.  Ductless heating and cooling systems are installed by our team of experts in usually 1-2 days, so it is convenient for your remodeling schedule. Contact us today to talk about your home remodel and how a new ductless heat pump system can fit in with the new layout.

Master bedrooms or bonus rooms:

Bonus spaces or spacious master bedrooms are meant to be an oasis – a place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of regular life. And, how better to do that with a perfectly controlled temperature year-round? Ductless heat pumps offer energy efficient heat in the winter and cool air conditioning during the summer months.  

Garages or workshops:

Many people use their garage or workshops to do different home projects and no one likes being stuck out in an area with too much heat or too much cold air. A ductless heat pump unit offers heads in various areas of your home, including your garage. 

Accessory dwelling units and tiny homes:

Tiny homes or accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have become very popular in recent years because they are affordable and allow people to have their own space. Ductless heat pump systems are the “go-to” heating and cooling solutions for these because of their size and efficiency.

So, are you ready to see if your home could benefit from a new ductless heating and cooling system? We are offering a wide variety of low financing options and Cool Cash incentives are happening until June 30, 2019.  That means you can save up to $1,300 on a new ductless heat pump system. Contact our team of experienced heating and cooling specialists to set up a time to talk about what ductless could do for you.

State Tax Credits Are Ending Soon!

Oregon has always been forward-thinking when it comes to energy efficiency and helping homeowners work toward having energy-efficient homes has been a priority. Even though state tax credits are ending at the end of the year, don’t worry! It’s not too late to purchase and take advantage of the various credits that are out there. Simply pay in full by the end of 2017 and have your system installed by April 2018. Here is some helpful information on some of the tax credits that are available now.

According to a report out of the Congressional Research Service, in 2014, 22% of total energy consumed in the United States came from the residential area, and it continues to increase year after year. (1) Because of this large percentage of energy use coming from homeowners around the country, the government has worked to explore ways that we can save energy – this is how the Residential Energy Tax Credit Program began.

Right now, homeowners that purchase gas furnaces, heat pumps, or ductless heat pumps may be eligible for tax credits on their purchase. In addition, tax credits are available for other products around the home that can assist in saving energy.

Oregon Residential State Credits that are available:
-Save up to $492 on high efficient gas furnaces
-Save up to $1125 on a high efficient heat pump

-Save up to $1300 on a ductless heat pump (mini-split)

*Offers end on December 31, 2017 and systems must be fully operational by April 1, 2018.  Check out our special offers for all incentives available.

If you know you need a new system, now is the time to act so you can save money! And if you don’t have time to figure out what tax credits apply, let us help! Our experienced team of sales professionals can work with you to figure out which system is right for your home and one that fits in your budget. We’ll help you figure out the tax credit paperwork and help you with financing options if you need them.

Contact us today on information on what heat pumps, furnaces, and ductless heat pumps are eligible for tax credits so you can save money and stay comfortable as you go into 2018!

  1. Crandall-Hollic, Margot L., Sherlock, Molly F. “Residential Energy Tax Credits: Overview and Analysis.” Congressional Research Service. January 21, 2016. Accessed online December 7, 2017.

The Cost of Replacing Your Furnace

The fall and winter seasons will be here before you know it and you’ll be relying on your furnace to stay warm, so if you’re thinking that it’s time to get your system replaced, we can help. You’ve likely spent time online doing your research on how much you will need to budget for a new system. We also get a lot of questions from people that are wondering about the total cost of replacing a furnace, so we’ve put together some helpful information that can help you determine what your final cost might be.

The first thing to consider is what type of system you’ll need. There are a lot of different heating systems on the market today, so you’ll need to do your research on which one will be right for your home. We can also help determine what is a good match for your home’s size and specific layout. Most furnaces will last between 15 and 20 years, so remember that no matter what, this is an investment for the long term.

  • Gas furnaces: Usually, a natural gas furnace can cost between $4500 and $7000.
  • Hybrid heat: This comfort system gives you the comfort of gas heat and the efficiency of a heat pump. You control the system to provide the comfort you need year-round – warmth in the winter and cool air in the summer. These systems range in price from: $13,000 to $18,000.
  • Ductless heat pumps: These are very energy efficient and have a great price point. Air-source heat pumps can sometimes be installed for less than $5,500 but can range up to $20,000 depending on the scope of work and space. Ductless heat pumps will provide heating AND air conditioning, so remember when you’re considering getting one of these, you’re getting dual comfort in one machine, making it a great investment for the long term.
  • Electric furnaces: These machines come with many features including variable speed blowers, humidity control, and so much more. They range in price from $3,000 to $5,000.

Once you’ve done your research on the different types of furnaces and types of systems that are available we can discuss with you the products that have the best ratings for efficiency. New furnace models are usually highly efficient and have ratings that are generally rated 90% or higher in energy efficiency. This translates to lower utility bills for you and overall comfort.

The final step in determining the overall price range for your new furnace system is to talk to your experienced sales team about what rebates and other money saving incentives are currently offered. Many furnaces come with warranties that could save you money down the road and others come with rebates that knock money off the price right away. There are oftentimes tax incentives and other promotions that are happening that can help offset the cost, too. By combining these deals, you can save hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

We’re happy to come out and look at your existing system and provide a free, no-pressure proposal on what a new system would cost. We’ll provide you with a variety of options and choices of equipment based on our assessment of your home and recommend which one we think could work best for your specific home’s needs. We also provide many financing options for our customers, too. We’ll help you determine which options you qualify for and assist in getting the paperwork filled out so you can get the ball rolling on the installation process. With our help, you’ll be able to get your new system set up just in time for the upcoming change in weather.  Contact us today for more information!

Take Advantage of Tax Credits!

If you’ve decided that now is the time to get a new heating/cooling system for your home, now is the time to act. State tax credits are ending this year and if you purchase now, you can save a significant amount of money.

Current offers:
-Up to $492 for furnaces
-Up to $1,200 for heat pumps
-Up to $1,300 for ductless

In addition, when you combine Cool Cash, Energy Trust of Oregon credits, and PGE credits, you can save a combined amount of up to:

-$3,700 for a heating and cooling system

-$2,800 for a ductless heat pump system

Offers end on December 31, 2017 and systems must be fully operational by April 1, 2018.

Not sure where to start when it comes to picking a system or how to go about qualifying for tax credits? Our experienced team of sales professionals can help you determine which system is right for your home and most importantly, your budget. We’ll help you figure out which credits are available and we’ll even help you figure out the paperwork, too!

Contact us today for information on what furnaces, heat pumps and ductless heat pumps are eligible and get ready to stay comfortable all year long!

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 much does it cost to add on air conditioning?

Spring has officially arrived and that means you’ll probably find yourself dreaming of sunny, warm days. Springtime will bring warmer weather, but when summer hits, you’ll want to be prepared and make sure that you’re ready with air conditioning that will keep you cool. If you’re considering adding on air conditioning for your home this year, you can expect to spend between several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the unit that you have installed.  The size of your home will determine the type of air conditioning system that you need. There are several main types of systems including window units, ductless min-split systems, portable units, and central systems. Window units are generally the least expensive, but are not usually efficient enough to cool the entire house.  A new central system is usually the costliest, but will pay off when it comes to keeping you and your family cool throughout the season. Here are some other factors that are important to consider when choosing an air conditioner.

Factor #1: Quiet.
Noisy air conditioning units are annoying. A quiet system is an important feature of a new system and will help you enjoy it more. Sound level is an especially important factor for homeowners that are part of a strict HOA or for those living in townhomes or condos that may share walls. Quiet systems mean you won’t be interfering with any neighbors.

Factor #2: Energy efficiency.
Your air conditioning system will require significant energy use, so when you’re looking for options on what is right for your home, make sure that the units have high energy efficiency ratings. If the unit has high Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) numbers, you’ll get a product that has been rated high in energy efficiency. This translates to big savings on your utility bill and it will also make less of a negative impact on the environment.

Factor #3: Size
If you’re not sure what size air conditioning unit you need, our team at Specialty Heating & Cooling can help! Choosing the right size plays a key role in the overall temperature and comfort of your home. We are happy to come out and take a look at your home, determine what size would be best, and give you a quote on which units could work best for the layout.

Not sure where to begin? We can help! Our team is knowledgeable on what air conditioning units may be best for your home and your budget. There are also a variety of rebates and incentives happening in 2017, which makes it a great time to upgrade your system. Once you decide to get a new system installed, our team of installers will be out there and will typically have it all installed in just one day. That means you’ll have your new cooling system in place no matter what the spring and summer weather brings.


Should you repair or replace your heating & cooling system?

Your heating and cooling system is put to the test every year when the cold weather hits. Then when the summer starts in, it works hard to keep your home cool and comfortable. If your heating and cooling system is older and you’re wondering if you should repair or fully replace it, here are some tips.

Tip #1: Don’t wait for your heating and cooling system to break down.
Whether it happens in the next few weeks or when the hot days of summer are upon us, your outdated HVAC system isn’t built to last forever. Once it breaks down, you’ll be left in a lurch, trying to find help to get it repaired or replaced and this can be stressful. A broken down system could also be a safety hazard. Furthermore, when your system is broken and you are forced to replace it, you may not have time to research your options and find the best system within your budget. This can add another level of frustration or stress to the process.

Tip #2: Add up the cost of repairs.
Have you had your system repaired often in the last few months or years? It’s likely that the cost of those repairs is adding up quickly and over time, you’ll need to weigh if it’s worth the cost of continual repairs versus biting the bullet and just replacing the whole system.

Tip #3: Start researching.
If your system is 15 years old or more, it’s likely that a full replacement is needed. If you replace your unit before it breaks down, you’ll have time to do your research and read up on the various heating systems that are available right now. We are proud to carry a variety of affordable systems that will keep you comfortable in the upcoming months and years.

Not sure which one is right for your home? We’re happy to come take a look at your home or office and assess what system would work best for the space and most importantly, your budget guidelines. Our experienced team is well-versed in a variety of heating and cooling systems. This year, there are a variety of tax credits, utility incentives and manufactured rebates that can help offset the cost.  In addition, we have a wide range of financing options available if you need it. With the right unit in place, you’ll be ready for a more comfortable, more enjoyable seasons in the years ahead.

What are the different ways to finance your heating and cooling system?

If you’ve been contemplating upgrading your heating and cooling system, 2017 is the year to do it…especially if you love discounts and tax credits! Everyone appreciates saving money, especially when it comes to a big home improvement purchase. We have a variety of incentives, financing options, and tax credits that are ready and available for our customers this year.

Tax Credits:
There are a variety of state tax credits and energy rebates that can add up to substantial savings when it comes to replacing or upgrading your current heating and cooling system in your home. Gas furnaces are eligible for $352 or $492 in state tax credits this year, while ducted and ductless heat pumps could receive between $800 and $1300, depending on which system you get. PGE and Energy Trust of Oregon provide incentives as well.

  • Save up to $2,775 on a high efficiency Carrier Greenspeed system
  • Save up to $2,300 on a ductless heat pump system
  • Save up to $850 on a new high efficiency furnace

Visit our special offers page for more details and current incentives that are available.

Financing your system:
We’re dedicated to making your furnace replacement as hassle-free as possible. In addition to these great tax incentives and rebates, we also provide great financing options. We’re proud to partner with competitive financial institutions to offer some easy finance options that are available on approved credit that includes:

  • 0% Interest with payments over a specific timer period, 12, 18 and 60 months. Minimum monthly payments are required. 
  • Low monthly payment fixed rate programs (APR 7.49% on approved credit for 144 months)
  • No Payment and No Interest for 6 or 12 months

We’re happy to provide you with all of the details about each financing option so you can be sure you’re getting what works best with your monthly budget. 

Annual maintenance discounts:
Don’t forget about your annual maintenance that is very important for the longevity of your heating and cooling system and by manufactures to meet warranty requirements.  For improved air quality and comfort, as well as peace of mind knowing that the professionals have taken care of your HVAC system, we’re offering a special offer for your first annual maintenance appointment! Regularly valued at $189.95, you can now receive this service for $164.95. This is for first time customers of this service. Act today, because the offer ends February 28, 2017.

If you’re unsure of where to start, our team of specialized HVAC professionals will take a look at your home and give you options on which heating and cooling system would work best for your home’s layout. More importantly, we’ll help you find something that fits within your budget, we’ll help you determine which credits are available, and we even submit the required rebate and incentive forms for you.  2017 is your year to save thousands of dollars on a new system and stay comfortable at the same time!

Why heat your home with a heat pump?


Weather in Oregon changes greatly from season to season and we’re used to rain and colder weather during the fall and winter months and we get accustomed to cranking up the heat if we need it. When summer rolls around, it’s time to bring out the air conditioning unit to stay cool. If you’re tired of using separate systems to heat and cool your home and you’re looking for one system that can provide the comfort you need while also saving energy, a heat pump is a great answer. Here’s why you should get your home set up with a heat pump this autumn.

  1. Comfort
    Heat pumps provide clean air and consistent temperatures no matter what season it is. You are given the control of what temperature is most comfortable for your home. Heat pumps are built with longer run times at lower speeds which can increase dehumidification capability and offer even temperatures inside.
  2. Efficiency
    Heat pumps take the heat from the outside air to warm your home and then efficiently cools your home by taking the heat out of your house. If you’re used to heating your home with other heat sources that are less efficient and expensive like oil or electric, you will see a big price drop in your heating bill after installing a heat pump. Heat pumps are one of the most environmentally friendly ways to heat and cool your home because of how efficiently they utilize electricity.
  3. Noise
    Are you tired of being woken up to a rattling, outdated HVAC system? Say goodbye to those days with a heat pump. They’re so quiet that you can hardly hear them! Many heat pumps are made to operate at lower capacities so the sound levels are kept extremely low.
  4. Rebates and Incentives
    Since, heat pumps are very efficient there are a variety of rebates and incentives available to customers throughout the year. In fact, customers have the opportunity to save up to $3825 on a new heating and cooling system with a heat pump.  By combining state and federal tax credits, Carrier cool cash, and local utility rebates customers can save up to $3,825!
  5. Dual fuel with hybrid system
    A hybrid system combines a heat pump with a gas furnace and is used to heat your home when the weather is mild. When the weather turns very cold, the heat pump will shut off and the furnace alone will heat the home. These machines run in tandem with each other and this is a more efficient option.



Here are two great heat pump options:

18vs heat pump
This is an efficient heat pump that stands out above the rest. It features variable-speed compression that can change to as many as 5 stages. The ability to run at lower speeds means that it will be quieter and better at removing humidity from the air. It also keeps temperatures even, which allows users to get the most out of the unit’s efficiency levels. It’s also smaller and lighter than other 2-stage units and works with communicating thermostats. It’s durable and comes with a 10 year limited warranty, so homeowners can rely on it for years to come.

Infinity 20
This whisper-quiet heat pump features Greenspeed Intelligence and comes with the highest rating for efficiency.  The variable-speed compressor allows it to adapt to the unique needs of the home and can adjust between 40 and 100% capacity.

Contact us today at 503-946-6396 and let us talk to you about what options there are for your home’s layout and most importantly, your budget. Our experienced and professional sales team can help you decide which one will work for you and get you ready to experience ultimate comfort in your home in the coming cooler months.