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Cheap Wall Heaters Are More Expensive Than You Think

Cheap Wall Heaters Are More Expensive Than You Think

One of the best things about living here in the Pacific Northwest is it’s never too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer. Sure, we may have days when the temperatures drop into the teens or a few days when it creeps toward three digits, but these are few and far between. Portland is a great place to live comfortably year round. But that doesn’t mean we can live without heat. Temperatures still hover in the thirties and forties for weeks at a time. And while your home may keep you warm, safe and dry, having a […]


How to Extend the Life of Your HVAC System

How to Extend the Life of Your HVAC System

Whether your HVAC system is older or brand new, it’s a good idea to invest in preventative maintenance and care. Taking a few basic steps in HVAC maintenance can help extend the life of your heating and cooling unit and ensure that you save a good deal of money over the years. In addition to getting regular inspections and service from a professional HVAC company, you can also do a certain amount of maintenance and care yourself. This guide will provide you with some hints and tips in caring for your HVAC system whether it is old or new. Step […]


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 […]