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What Do HVAC Heating & Cooling Efficiency Ratings Mean?

HVAC energy efficiency ratings are designed to inform consumers of each system’s efficiency. When your residential HVAC unit runs effectively you can expect reduced energy costs, while keeping your home comfortable no matter what the temperature is outside. We are here to help our residential and commercial clients in the Portland, Beaverton, and Vancouver areas […]

How do you choose the right sized HVAC system for your Portland home?

Selecting the right sized HVAC system is important to efficiently heat and cool your home. A system that is too large will cool or heat your house quickly, but it will create humidity. This occurs because the system will satisfy the thermostat before it can adequately remove sufficient moisture from the air during the cooling […]

Portland Temperatures Affect HVAC Efficiency

Although the Vancouver and Portland metro area weather is more moderate compared to frigid east coast winters and blazing hot summers in the south, it can dramatically affect the efficiency of HVAC systems. One of the most important factors to take into consideration is the amount of moisture in the air, otherwise known as humidity. Humidity […]

Annual HVAC Maintenance Timeline

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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 […]