February 6th, 2017
We have previously recommended that homeowners look into having a ductless mini split installed for both heating and cooling. These systems are ideal for certain types of homes and applications, such as building a new house, providing comfort to add on rooms, or for older houses that lack the space to put in ductwork.
But how do these ductless systems actually work? When people think of heating that doesn’t use ducts, their thoughts will usually go to boilers. But ductless mini splits are forced-air heating systems that blow around heated air (or cooled air when required). How is this possible without ducts to distribute the air?
January 23rd, 2017
Oregon is currently experiencing a winter snowpack that is much higher than normal—and there’s even more snow and cold weather heading our way. The Eugene Public Works night crews have been laboring hard to de-ice, sand, and plow as required. There’s some good news in this: snowmelt this year will help replenish our fresh water reservoirs that are currently storing less water than average.
(Oh, and if you’re a skier, the Timberline Lodge and Ski Area has more than 130% of its historical snow average—with little wind! A great time to hit the slopes.)
But spring melt feels like it’s a long ways off at this point. You’re probably concerned with staying warm in your house, and that means extra stress on the heating system. Make sure that you pay special attention to the heater now, since the strain can lead to many different types of malfunctions—and possibly a completely broken-down heater. The faster you call our team for heating repairs in Eugene, OR, the sooner we can reach you and have the problem resolved.
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.”