January 16th, 2017
There are different ways to remove unwanted particles from circulating around your home, creating discomfort and health troubles. The two broadest categories are mechanical air filters and electronic air cleaners. If you want better air for your household, you might wonder which of the two is the best to have installed.
January 9th, 2017
Heat pumps are becoming more popular as methods for providing heat to homes. However, a heat pump is a two-in-one appliance that works as both a cooling and heating system. Essentially, it’s an air conditioner that can reverse the direction it moves heat. A standard AC draws heat from inside a house and exhausts it outside. A heat pump can cause the opposite to happen: heat drawn from outside and exhausted inside.
If you’re immediately thinking, “How can the heat pump draw heat from the cold air of the winter,” then you’re already on the path toward finding out the advantages of using a geothermal system for your winter warmth. A geothermal system has an easier time delivering winter heat.
January 2nd, 2017
There are some great reasons why radiant floor-heating systems are becoming more and more popular: they are incredibly energy efficient, last for many years, and provide a sensation of warmth (from right beneath people’s icy toes) that’s more comfortable and cozy than using conventional forced-air systems, i.e. furnaces and heat pumps.
If you have a radiant floor heating system, it was probably built into the house when it was constructed. You’re used to the system simply working whenever you want it, and haven’t had to give it much more thought. But this type of heater can suffer from malfunctions, just like any other type, and it’s important to detect the signs early so you can call for repairs.
December 26th, 2016
The water heater in a home works all throughout the year, although you can expect to have it working a bit more during the winter months. And if the water heater fails on you during winter, the impact will be worse than a failure during the summer. So we encourage you to watch for the following indications that you have a water heater that’s facing an uphill climb due to wear and/or malfunctions.
December 19th, 2016
Furnaces are common in modern homes. In fact, the natural gas furnace is the system found in more homes in than U.S. than any other. So the easy assumption to make is that a furnace is simply the ideal choice for home heating.
Is there any truth to this?
December 12th, 2016
If you are reading this, you’re probably giving serious consideration to putting in a new heating system for your house, or else you’re planning a new home and are thinking about the different options for a heater. Ductless heating systems, also known as ductless mini split heat pumps, are a choice for home comfort that is getting more popular each year, and for some very good reasons. But are these the right reasons for your house and your plans? Let’s take a closer look.
December 5th, 2016
The rainy winter weather is here already in Eugene, and the temperatures are dropping. You might think that this means it’s too late for you to have fall maintenance done for your home’s heating system. But it’s not! We’re still officially in the fall for the next two weeks, and there is plenty of cold weather yet to come. You don’t want to have to manage a few solid months of chilly weather without a heating system you can rely on, do you? Our maintenance technicians are happy to get you on the schedule for an inspection and tune-up of your residential heater. Just call as soon as possible!
November 28th, 2016
Many commercial buildings today rely on roof-mounted packaged units for their heating. These are standard forced-air systems that operate the same way as split system heat pumps, except that all the components are stored in a single cabinet. However, your business may rely on a commercial boiler, which is an excellent way to provide central heating that’s not only powerful but also doesn’t blow around any dust or other pollutants. Commercial boilers remain a serious competitor with commercial heat pumps and furnaces.
But you need to be cautious when it comes to a commercial boiler, because it’s easy to get complacent about one. Boilers have a reputation for their low maintenance needs—but it’s simple to confuse “low maintenance” with “never needs maintenance” or maybe “only needs maintenance every couple of years.”
November 21st, 2016
Poor indoor air quality in a home can be a problem any time of the year. A fact of modern homes is that they are built to be more airtight than ever before, which makes them easier to efficiently heat and cool. There’s little chance for heat to escape during cold weather or for it slip in during hot weather. But this sealing means less fresh air moving through the rooms, and subsequently a drop in indoor quality.
November 14th, 2016
When preparing for the cold weather, you probably first think of the heating system that provides warmth for your household. But there’s another heating system to pay attention to, one that works all around the year: the water heater.
As winter weather comes closer, now is a good time to consider your water heater’s performance and whether it’s ready to be replaced. Being trapped without hot water is unpleasant any day of the year—but it’s especially miserable during chilly winter weather. We’ve provided some questions to ask about your old water heater that will help you decide on when to replace it.