Use a Boiler for Your Business? Time to Get It Maintained!

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.” Continue Reading

Why Indoor Air Quality Is Crucial During the Winter

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. Continue Reading

Is It Time to Replace Your Old Water Heater?

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. Continue Reading

Don’t Make These Dire Mistakes with Your Gas Furnace!

November 7th, 2016

We hope the word dire got your attention. Some of these gas furnace mistakes can indeed cause serious problems and health hazards. Others will result in a gas furnace that wastes money or can’t do the job—and these can be dire under the right circumstances. Regardless, everything we’ve listed here is something you shouldn’t be doing with your gas furnace. When you need help with a furnace, always contact the HVAC professionals who can get the job done right. Continue Reading

Now Is a Great Time to Sign Up for Our Commercial Maintenance Plan

October 31st, 2016

We’re now moving into November, and that means that the winter is coming very soon. If you haven’t yet scheduled regular maintenance for your commercial HVAC system, now is the best time to get it done. You want this important service completed before the serious cold weather strikes and we settle in for another winter season. Continue Reading

Does a Furnace Really Dry Out a Home’s Air?

October 24th, 2016

Cold weather is often accompanied by a drop in humidity levels. This is why people experience trouble with static electricity more often during the winter. Fortunately, we don’t often experience excessively dry winters in Eugene, and the drop in humidity usually stays within a pleasant and healthy range.

However, you may have heard that a furnace dries out a home’s air, potentially leading to air that is too dry during the winter. Is there any truth to this? Continue Reading

Take Your Furnace for a Test Run before Winter

October 17th, 2016

Cooler weather has arrived here in Eugene, and the actual cold weather won’t be far behind. There are still a few more weeks to go before the winter sets in, and it’s a good idea to take advantage of this period to find out if your furnace has any malfunctions that need to be repaired. You don’t want to find out later, during one of the coldest days of the year, that your furnace is in serious trouble! We recommend that you give your furnace a short test run before you have to regularly depend on it. Continue Reading

Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch Over to Heating Mode?

October 10th, 2016

As we start to move into the cooler time of the year, our heat pumps will beging switching over to their heating modes. Eventually, they’ll be set in heating mode for good—or at least until spring comes around!

But what if you turn on your heat pump for the first time, or the second or third time, and it won’t change over and start blowing our warm air? Obviously, this is a problem. There are a couple of possible explanations for this behavior, which we’ll examine below. Continue Reading

Reminder: Your Heat Pump Needs a Tune-Up in Fall As Well!

October 3rd, 2016

With fall now fully underway, it’s definitely time to stop thinking about scheduling maintenance for your heating system and actually schedule it. You want to be on the calendar for maintenance as soon as possible so you can avoid the rush as the winter closes in.

“But wait,” you may say, “I use a heat pump for comfort. It already had its annual tune-up back in spring. Does it need another one?”

The answer to that is simple, “Yes it does.” However, we’ll explain in more detail. Continue Reading

Are There Other Options Than a Furnace for Winter Heating?

September 26th, 2016

Furnaces are so common in homes that it’s often easy to talk about “home heating” and only refer to a furnace. However, it isn’t a safe assumption to make that a household uses a furnace for comfort during the winter. There are other options available. If you’re in the market for a new heating system this fall, you might be interested in an alternative to the natural gas furnace. Let’s take a look some of them. Continue Reading