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How Did People Survive Before Indoor Heating

How Did People Survive Before Indoor Heating?

  Imagine a cold winter’s night. The temperatures keep falling rapidly. The snow continues to fall. You hear the whistling of the wind through the barren trees. But on the inside, you’re cozy and warm thanks to modern convenience. Now imagine a different situation. Imagine the cold winds snap a large tree that tumbles into the local power generator that controls your neighborhood. All of a sudden, you’re left without power. And without heat. A short time isn’t a problem. In fact, it can add to the ambiance of the situation. Why not bundle up with the family, snuggle under […]

The Ideal Thermostat Temperature All Year Long

The Ideal Thermostat Temperature All Year Long

  When winter creeps into the neighborhood one frosty mornings, it is tempting for many of us to turn that thermostat up. Likewise, in the heat of summer, we get the urge to crank it down for relief. This is not only a waste of your energy dollar. Extremes in heating and cooling our homes can have other negative effects on our well-being. The question of the ideal thermostat temperature is one that has no definitive answer. It is very much a matter of personal preference. Ideal thermostat settings vary with the season, your household’s composition and lifestyle, and whether […]

Electric Furnace or Gas Furnace

Which is Best? Electric Furnace or Gas Furnace

There are many factors you should take into account when deciding on electric furnace vs. gas furnace. There’s cost, effectiveness, durability and more. Also, there’s safety, how long the unit will last and the effect that installation will have on your home and the inhabitants. In many cases, furnace selection is largely dependent on fuel availability. Natural gas is the most popular fuel, but the required piping infrastructure is not available in all areas of the country. In these instances, homeowners are limited to propane, fuel oil or electric furnaces. Both oil and propane require fuel storage tanks that are […]

The Benefits of Choosing a Certified HVAC Company

The Benefits of Choosing a Certified HVAC Company

If you are planning to have a new heating or cooling system installed in your home, you have probably already been researching which contractors are the best in your area. You will of course be looking for a reliable choice with solid references that is reasonably priced; but what you should also be looking for is HVAC Certification. While not all HVAC Contractors in Portland are actually certified, there are too many benefits to choosing a certified company to ignore. Before we explain those benefits, however, let’s explain exactly what having an HVAC Certification means. What is HVAC? HVAC simply […]

Test to Ensure Your Home is Energy Efficient

Tests to Ensure Your Home is Energy Efficient

A home energy audit, also known as a home energy assessment, is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time. The Department of Energy has a few tips before you have an energy auditor visits your home. “Make a list of any existing problems such as condensation and uncomfortable or drafty rooms. Have copies or a summary of the home’s yearly energy bills. (Your […]