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Heat Pumps

Troubleshooting Heat Pump Cooling Problems

It’s understandable to assume that a heat pump is only capable of heating your home, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Having a heat pump is an ideal way to keep your house at a comfortable temperature all year long. In the winter, the pump is absorbing heat from outside no matter how cold it may be and creating the perfectly cozy winter night. In the summer, the pump is grabbing that hot air from inside your house, moving it outside, and creating a cool retreat from the sun’s harsh rays. A heat pump is a wonderfully diverse […]

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7 Facts About Owning a Ductless Heat Pump

Ductless heat pumps are gaining popularity throughout the country because of their improved energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and ease of installation. While they’re not a new invention by any means, today’s emphasis on “green” heating and cooling sources has caused their popularity to skyrocket and left many homeowners clamoring for one. They are especially sought after in newly constructed homes, probably due to the fact that they can be set up very quickly and can be used in rooms that traditional heating systems cannot easily access, such as garages and guest rooms. They are also great for installing in older buildings […]

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How Does a Ductless Heat Pump Work?

The weather in Portland is again hinting at signs of summer. The sun is going to show itself every day for the next six days—a lot for our region in early June—and it’s expected to hit 80 degrees on consecutive days. It’s nearly time to turn on your AC. So why are we suggesting you think about your home heating options? It may seem counterintuitive, but summer is actually an ideal season to think about your heating system. While it will hopefully not be used for many months to come, it’s the perfect time to plan, especially if you might […]

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Pros and Cons of an Electric Heat Pump

Modern technology has given us several options for heating and cooling our homes, and while gas furnaces remain the most popular, many homeowners are opting to make the switch to an electric heat pump. This type of heating system has a number of advantages, though it’s not without its limitations. Before making your final choice as to how you will heat and cool your home, we recommend taking a look at the pros and cons of an electric heat pump. What Is an Electric Heat Pump? Despite the name, electric heat pumps are not used for simply heating the home. […]

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5 Indicators You May Need a Heat Pump Repair

Heat pumps can be a smart way to heat your home here in the Pacific Northwest. However, just like any other appliance in your home, you’ll occasionally need heat pump repair to keep it well maintained and operating as it should. How a Heat Pump Works A heat pump works differently than a furnace. Instead of sitting inside in your basement or crawlspace, you’ll find a heat pump sitting outside in a metal box. During the winter months, a heat pump will extract heat from the outside and transfer it inside to heat your home. In the summer, it reverses […]

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Let’s Compare the Best Heating System in Pacific Northwest to Choose for Your Portland Home

There is nothing like snuggling up under the covers and sipping hot chocolate at home while it snows outside on a cold winter night, but what happens when your home is not equipped with the best heating system to get you through the harsh winters? What a pity it would be to not come back to a warm and cozy home! One of the most important aspects of your home is its heating system. Did you know that space heating is the largest energy expense in the average U.S. household and accounts for around 45% of energy bills? You need […]

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What is a Forced Air Heating System?

While the summers are sunny, it gets cold in the Pacific Northwest. This is why finding a heating system that not only works to keep your house warm, but is also energy efficient, is extremely important to homeowners and business owners alike. There are a few other heating systems out there, but forced air heating is the most common system in North America and you’ve probably had one or at least heard of it before. But, do you really know what forced air heating is and how it works? If you are in the market for a new house or […]

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Earn Incentives When You Upgrade to Energy Efficient HVAC Options

How much money do you spend on your power bill? No matter what the answer is, it probably seems like a lot. You have to wonder, isn’t there anything more that can be done to bring that cost down? Sure, just keep in mind the HVAC efficiency rating. But aren’t efficient HVAC options expensive, you might wonder? Surely any savings you’d see would be offset by the cost of upgrading. Seems like a real catch 22. Except it doesn’t have to be! Many homeowners want to make their homes more energy efficient, but the cost of doing so can seem […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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