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How to Reset Power If Your Furnace Won’t Turn On

by vscontent on January 19, 2018

If your furnace won’t turn on, check the power first. Your HVAC system is hooked up to the electric system. Check the main fuse box or circuit breaker and make sure the furnace master switch is on. Electrical Panels: Circuit Breaker vs Fuse Box  Although you probably have an electrical panel and not a fuse […]

Building Envelope Shell

What Is a Building Shell/Envelope and Why Is It Important?

by vscontent on January 12, 2018

Your house may be stationary, but it’s not stationery. So what does an envelope have to do with your home? What is a building envelope (aka shell)? Much like an actual shell or envelope, your building’s “shell” is everything that separates the inside from the outside. The building shell/envelope comprises: Floors Walls Doors/Windows (Fenestrations) Roof […]

Improve Indoor Air Quality for Winter

Winter Indoor Air Quality, Why It Matters, and How to Improve It

by vscontent on January 5, 2018

Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is most evident during the winter months. Due to the drier air, our nasal passages dry out and are more susceptible to the airborne contaminants in our home. This results in increased rates of sickness and respiratory problems. The EPA has deemed indoor air quality “among the top environmental problems […]

Gas Furnace Lifespans Compared to Other Heating Systems

Furnace Lifespans Compared to Other Heating Systems

by vscontent on December 29, 2017

When your furnace starts aging and developing strange tics and idiosyncrasies, you may start wondering how long it will be before you need to find a replacement. Your furnace works hard every winter and then sits idle for the rest of the year. It’s quite remarkable that it lasts for as long as it does. […]

Home Heating Systems Introduction

Introduction to Different Types of Heating Systems

by vscontent on December 22, 2017

Having a lot of options can lead to stress on the part of the consumer. A person can wonder, am I making the right choice? What brand or company should I trust? Did I pay too much? Will I be happy with my purchase in the long term? When making an important and costly decision […]

How to Read Electric and Gas Meter

How to Read an Electric and Gas Meter

by vscontent on December 15, 2017

Your electric meter keeps track of how much electricity your home uses. Your gas meter measures how much gas your home uses. By learning how to read and understand your electric and gas meters, you can track and monitor how much energy you are consuming. Actual vs Estimated Meter Readings Your utility bills may contain […]

Electrical Problems with Heat Pumps - Pacific Heating Cooling

Common Electrical Problems with Heat Pumps

by vscontent on December 8, 2017

A heat pump is a great alternative to other HVAC systems such as gas furnaces and boilers, providing cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. They are basically air conditioners that can reverse themselves to provide heating as well. While they are great alternatives to furnaces, boilers, and other heating systems, helping you […]

Boiler and Furnace Retrofits Options for Saving Energy and Money

Furnace and Boiler Retrofit Options

by vscontent on December 1, 2017

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, space heating is the largest energy expense in the average U.S. home, accounting for around 45% of energy bills. If you are looking for ways to reduce your home’s energy use, the best place to look is your heating system. Furnace and boiler retrofits are a great way […]

Furnace Rust Causes & Solutions

How to Prevent Furnace Rust | Causes & Solutions

by vscontent on November 24, 2017

A furnace is a reliable and energy-efficient way to provide heating for Pacific Northwest homes. Proper maintenance (annual fall furnace tune-ups) can help a furnace last a long time, but wear and tear eventually takes its toll. As your furnace ages, you may start to notice problems such as rust and corrosion. You may be […]

How to prepare outdoor AC unit for winter

How to Winterize Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit

by vscontent on November 17, 2017

When the temperatures drop and you are enjoying the cozy heating, don’t forget about your air conditioning system. Spring and summer will be here before you know it—don’t let your expensive AC system falter. While these winter air conditioning maintenance tips will help protect your unit and extend its lifespan, there is no replacement for […]

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