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Annual HVAC Maintenance Timeline


Unlike other appliances that need maintenance once a year, heating and cooling systems need attention more often. There are a handful simple HVAC maintenance tasks that you can perform on your own to keep the system efficient and at peak performance. Others require an HVAC specialist. By knowing what tasks to do and when, you’ll […]

New Homeowner HVAC Tips & Tricks


You bought a home! Congratulations! Whether this is your first time purchasing a home or fifth, it’s important to be familiar with the systems that control its comfort levels before for they need a major repair. Doing so allows you to perform the preventive maintenance the HVAC system needs, recognize sign of trouble and avoid […]

Can I Retrofit My Historic Home with an HVAC System?


Yes, you can retrofit a historic home with an energy efficient HVAC system. If you tour some of Portland’s popular historic homes, you’ll find that many have one thing in common—retrofitted HVAC systems. This is good news if you wish to retrofit your historic home with a modern, efficient HVAC system while preserving its charm. […]

How Can Homeowners Benefit from Installing Central Air?


Sometimes box fans in windows don’t bring the relief that you seek on the hottest days. With the latest summers continuing to break temperature-related records, central air conditioning will bring you the ultimate in comfort, efficiency, and savings. By knowing how central A/Cs work and the benefits that you’ll enjoy, you’ll be better able to […]

Debunking Air Conditioning Myths


The Truth about Air Conditioners and Home Comfort Myth: Fans keep a room cooler. Fans move air in a room, creating a wind-chill effect, but do not affect the air temperature. When the wind from a fan hits your warm skin, heat transfers from your body to the air. Fans also help sweat evaporates at […]

Commercial HVAC: How to Be More Energy Efficient

Energy is one of the greatest overhead costs for businesses. The HVAC system accounts for 25 to 40 percent of the primary energy consumed in commercial buildings. The more energy a building uses, the bigger the impact to the bottom line. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, inefficiencies cause average buildings to waste 30 […]

Questions to Ask When Choosing Energy Efficient HVAC Systems


Shopping for an energy efficient HVAC system is a large investment in your home. As building envelopes become tighter and insulation improves the HVAC system that your home required 20 years ago might not fulfill the same needs today. This is especially true if your house received several energy-saving improvements. Asking the right questions about […]

Residential Zoning Systems Keep Your Home Comfortable


Depending on the time of year, a central HVAC unit can account for up to 70 percent of a home’s energy use. On average, it makes up 30 to 40 percent of your energy costs throughout the year. While a centralized thermostat is supposed to keep your entire home at a constantly comfortable temperature, there’s […]

Heat Pumps: The Right Choice for Portlanders [Infographic]


Heat pump installation is on the rise due to the money and energy savings a heat pump provides. A heat pump is nearly four times more efficient than an oil furnace and can save a household anywhere from 20% – 70% in monthly utility costs. Possibly the best part of installing a heat pump is having […]

Benefits of Wireless Zone Sensors for Commercial Buildings


In today’s digital age, wireless communication technology is a staple found throughout every industry. Those in facilities management are equipping new and existing structures with building automation system (BAS) solutions that use wireless zone sensors equipped with direct digital control (DDC) technologies. These devices monitor and communicate with various building systems, such as commercial heating […]