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Heat Pump FAQ | Common Questions About Heat Pumps

by vscontent on October 27, 2017

Despite the fact that heat pumps are used to provide cooling in the majority of homes, there are still many questions and misconceptions about them. For instance, the term “heat pump” generally refers to an HVAC system that provides both cooling and heating, even though an air conditioner is technically a heat pump. To help […]

Is It Time to Buy a Central Air Conditioning System?

by vscontent on August 4, 2017

In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with mild weather. For this reason, many homeowners choose not to have a central air conditioning system. If you don’t have a central HVAC system, however, you may be relying on inefficient window units to stay cool during the warm months of the year. Learn about the benefits of […]

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Water Heater Buyer’s Guide | Water Heater Pros & Cons

by vscontent on July 7, 2017

Don’t wait until your water heater springs a leak and floods your basement. If your water heater is over 10 years old, seriously consider replacement options. New models are much more energy efficient, saving your household hundreds of dollars per year in energy bills. In addition to reducing your environmental footprint and saving you money, […]

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4 Proven Ways to Reduce Air Conditioning Noise

by vscontent on June 23, 2017

In the summertime, air conditioners are running nearly non-stop. This can create loud humming and whirring sounds that measure around 70-80 dB. If your air conditioner is any louder than that, you could be violating local noise laws (and personal comfort laws). Here are 4 proven ways to reduce air conditioning noise: 1. LOCATION Install […]

Why You Should Clean Heat Pump Condenser Coils

by vscontent on April 14, 2017

If you’re going to pick one home improvement project this spring, it should be cleaning your heat pump condenser coils. The best way to maintain your HVAC unit is to ensure that it isn’t dirty. A good coil cleaning will increase energy efficiency, indoor comfort, and utility bill savings. Regular maintenance of your heating and […]

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What to Do About Critters in Your HVAC System

by vscontent on February 17, 2017

As you probably know, animals and HVAC systems don’t mix very well. While you may have been lucky so far, you’d be surprised to find out how many different kinds of critters our technicians have found in HVAC systems—everything from snakes and rats to birds and bats. If you think there’s a critter creeping around your ductwork […]

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Common Winter Heat Pump Problems | Frozen Coils and More

by vscontent on January 7, 2017

Are you worried about your heat pump freezing during winter? Are you wondering how your heat pump even works during colder weather months? If you use a heat pump to heat and cool your home, you should know how it works and the potential problems that could develop. Common Winter Heat Pump Problems If you […]

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How Zoned HVAC Improves Comfort and Gets Rid of Cold Spots

by vscontent on November 12, 2016

Is the temperature perfect in the bedroom but freezing in the living room? Here are some common causes for hot and cold spots in the home: Most homes have multiple floors, and as we know, heat rises. This tends to make the upper levels warmer than the lower levels. In rooms with a lot of […]

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EPA’s R-22 Refrigerant Phaseout and What It Means for Homeowners

by vscontent on October 7, 2016

The refrigerant in your air conditioning or heat pump system is responsible for absorbing and releasing heat to and from your indoor and outdoor units. The type of refrigerant you use depends on how your HVAC system was installed. Most air conditioning and heat pump systems use R-22 refrigerant (known by the brand name Freon®). […]

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What is a Variable Speed Air Handler and Why You Might Want One

by vscontent on September 30, 2016

Although HVAC systems haven’t seem to have changed much over the years, you might be surprised to find out about all of the technological improvements that have been made. These enhancements go hand-in-hand with new standards and requirements made by the U.S. Department of Energy. One of the biggest technological improvements that have led to […]