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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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Five Advantages of Going Ductless

Records of indoor central heating systems date back to the late 13th century and were popularized in the United States during the Civil War era. The first good record dates back to Germany in the 1200s when the city hall in Lüneberg installed a heating system that used three furnaces and a series of rounded ducts that channeled air from basement furnaces to the building’s rooms. Modern-day central heating and cooling is based on this model that surfaced during medieval times: a series of ducts connected to a heat source that uses fossil fuels to pump heat through a building, […]

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Heat Pumps: The Energy Efficient Alternative to AC Units

It’s ten o’clock in the morning, and already eighty degrees. That’s when you begin thinking about the words “air conditioning” the most. Those are the days when you’ll do anything to stay cool. Those are the days when you make plans to do everything on the inside, thankful your air conditioner is working full time. But what about the efficiency of today’s AC units? Depending on how old your HVAC system is, it might not be as energy efficient as it could be. Which may leave you wondering what alternatives you have to staying cool and being a little greener […]

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How Much Energy Do You Save With Heat Pumps

Looking for a new way to heat and cool your home? Maybe it’s time to look at a heat pump. Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular because of their high efficiency and “clean” energy capabilities. Originally installed to provide heating, they are increasingly used for summer cooling as well. What Is A Heat Pump? A heat pump operates in a similar manner to your refrigerator. Refrigerant flows through connected indoor and outdoor coils. To heat your home, liquid refrigerant flows to the outdoor coil. It passes through an expansion valve that creates rapid expansion of the liquid, causing it to […]

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Top 5 Benefits Of Ductless Heat Pumps

Today’s technology has added more insulation and more green techniques, tightening up a home’s envelope to allow heating load drops at a much faster rate than cooling loads. This has caused an interesting dilemma. When sizing a furnace, heating is not the only consideration when determining which to install. The furnace must also be sized to handle cooling needs, even if it means selecting a model with several times more heating capacity than the load. And in climates where we don’t have excessive drops in temperatures, that can mean the furnace is oversized by 100 percent, 200 percent or even […]

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3 Heat Pump Problems & Their Solutions

Like every piece of equipment in your home, a heat pump can provide you with a viable way of heating and cooling. And as long as it’s generating hot and cool air on an as needed basis, you won’t think much about it. Until something goes wrong. Heat pumps operate somewhat differently than traditional HVAC equipment. And if you’re new to owning a heat pump to condition the air in your home, how do you know what you can fix yourself … and what you should leave to the professionals? In some cases, there are issues that you can prevent, […]

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