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Is Gas or Electric Heat Better?

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You noticed the signs of trouble—uneven temperatures, breakdowns, heating costs on an upward curve, old age—it’s time for a new heating system. As you shop around, you’ll have to make important decisions about what you want in a heating system, such as the type of energy you’d like to use: gas heat or electric heat. […]

Are Landlords Required to Provide Heating in Oregon?

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A home is a place that’s supposed to meet your basic needs, regardless if you own the property or not. As temperatures outside drop, you might notice that you don’t feel as comfortable as you’d like because the heating system doesn’t work as well as it should. Before approaching your landlord about your heating and […]

Why Is My Furnace Clicking: 3 Common Furnace Concerns

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A furnace is easy to forget about until it starts acting up. Sometimes the solution is simple: a quick adjustment or trip to the home improvement store. Other issues, however, require intervention from a Portland furnace repair professional. By recognizing what you can fix on your own and what requires expert attention, you’ll maximize your […]

5 Ways to Prepare Your Furnace for a Portland Winter

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Portland winters can be an unpredictable beast. Some years, you might have a drizzle that doesn’t pause until spring. Others, you’ll find yourself hunkered down at home after a blanket of snow is dumped on the metro area. Performing fall furnace maintenance before the weather gets ghastly will ensure your home feels comfortable throughout the […]

When to Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up

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Like other types of mechanical equipment, heating and cooling systems require regular maintenance to remain efficient, prevent the need for major repairs, and extend their life. Like a car, the components within HVAC system need to be inspected, cleaned and adjusted as they experience wear with use and time. While you may schedule a professional […]

3 Thermostat Myths You Need to Stop Believing

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A thermostat has a big job. As a closed loop control device, it senses the temperature in your home to maintain it at the set-point you indicate. To do this, it measures the thermal expansion within the unit and switches heating and cooling equipment off or on. The small device has a large role in […]

The Pros and Cons of Oil and Gas Heating

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You want to feel warm and cozy when the temperatures drop. At the same time, you don’t to take a deep hit to your bank account when the power bill arrives. When shopping for a new furnace, it is wise to consider the fuel sources they use. While some swear by gas furnaces, other contest […]

How to Choose the Right Furnace Filter

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Furnace filters are among the most overlooked components of heating units, but are one of the most essential in regards to performance, efficiency, health and overall home comfort. Originally designed to protect the parts within the furnace, today’s filters can help you save money and improve the quality of indoor air. By knowing the difference […]

How Your Furnace Humidifier Actually Works (and Why You Should Have One)

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During the cold, wet months of the year, installing a furnace humidifier in your home might seem unnecessary. When you heat your home with a furnace, it distributes warm dry air, which can lead to dry lips, chapped skin, scratchy throats and other uncomfortable symptoms. By knowing how a furnace humidifier works and its benefits, […]

5 Things Homeowners Need to Know Before Buying a Furnace

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When a furnace is in its last days, homeowners sometimes feel stressed about having to make some tough decisions quickly. After all, a new furnace is a big investment in your home and your family’s comfort. In addition to important details regarding upfront costs, warranties, fuel sources and the furnace’s size, there are other factors […]