7 Tips for Choosing a Furnace for a Cold Climate

Posted on: November 20, 2020
Frigid winter air will soon arrive in Springfield, OR, so now is the time to shop for a replacement furnace. There are many makes and models of furnaces, and they all have different features and options. Use these seven criteria to make an informed decision when picking a furnace for the cold Oregon winters. 1. Lifespan Buying a furnace is a big investment in your home. The installation process can also be somewhat disruptive, so you’ll want to make sure you get a furnace that will last for a long time. Natural gas and propane furnaces have a lifespan of[…]

Easy Steps to Make Sure Your Thermostat Is Ready for Cold Weather

Posted on: October 20, 2020
With summer in the rearview mirror, it’s important to look over your Springfield, OR, home’s mechanical systems to ensure that they’re properly prepared for the upcoming winter. One of the mechanical systems that will get the most use this winter is your home’s furnace. Controlling your furnace, of course, is the responsibility of your thermostat. To help prevent sky-high heating bills this winter, wants you to know that it’s a good idea to make sure your thermostat is properly prepared and programmed to provide you with efficient heating all season long. Upgrade to Programmable If you’re still using a mechanical[…]

Best Practices to Minimize Wear and Tear on HVAC Systems

Posted on: September 19, 2020
Most modern American homes have heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Unlike furniture or appliances, HVAC systems don’t get much attention, often resulting in preventable issues that end up costing thousands of dollars in the long run. With the help of preventative maintenance, you can substantially extend the lifespan of your home’s HVAC system. Don’t Let Your HVAC System Run Excessively Like humans, HVAC units need to take breaks to perform up to par. Many homeowners make the mistake of letting their air conditioning or heating system run at length without a break. Every thermostat has an “auto” setting[…]

Benefits of AC Surge Protectors

Posted on: August 7, 2020
Surge protectors have long been commonplace for household electronics such as televisions, computers, and stereos. What you may not realize, though, is that anything in your Springfield home that operates on electricity can suffer from an electrical surge. Unfortunately, this includes your air conditioner, which would make quite an expensive accident if a surge should strike. Fortunately, you can install a surge protector that is specifically designed for your air conditioner to help prevent damage from occurring. Here are a few reasons why taking this step is so important. Protects Against Major Surge Events When most people think of a[…]

Should I Have My Thermostat Set To “Auto” or “On”?

Posted on: July 12, 2020
Thermostats have a couple of settings for convenience and comfort. However, it’s not always clear which one is the best for your household. When you use a suboptimal setting, you’re missing out on amazing capabilities from your thermostat. Read on to learn more about whether you should have your thermostat set to “auto” or “on”. Cost Cost is a major reason why you should have your thermostat set to “auto.” When it is in automatic mode, the fan only operates when the device is actively heating or cooling. At all other times, the fan is off. If you’re on a[…]

Do Ceiling Fans Help Air Conditioning?

Posted on: June 6, 2020
As soon as it gets hot outside, you’re probably reaching for your thermostat to kick your air conditioner into high gear. While your air conditioner does a great job of keeping your Springfield home cool, it can cause some pain in your pocketbook when your utility bill comes due. To help relieve this pain, there are several routes you can take. One of the most popular is installing ceiling fans in your home. To find out if ceiling fans are really worth your while, though, here is a basic explanation of how ceiling fans and your air conditioner work together[…]

8 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Air Conditioner

Posted on: May 11, 2020
For those who are in the Springfield, OR, area, having a good air conditioner is very important. A quality air conditioner will help to ensure that you can keep your home properly cooled during the hot summer months. While most people are aware that an air conditioner needs some maintenance to keep running well, there are eight common mistakes that a property owner make that can impact a unit’s performance. 1. Delay or Skipping Filter Replacements Your air conditioner air filter is very important because keeps dirt and debris from getting into the unit. Ultimately, these are the first line[…]

Energy Saving HVAC Tips For Earth Day

Posted on: April 15, 2020
Earth Day is a great time to take stock of your energy consumption and think about ways to cut back. HVAC systems are one of the largest users of energy in the modern household, so you can make a big difference just by tweaking your heating and cooling usage. Here are some great ways you can save energy while still enjoying comfortable indoor air temperatures and humidity levels. Know the Best Temperatures for Operating Your System Your system has to work harder when you suddenly raise or lower the temperature by several degrees. Therefore, you will get the most savings[…]

How Is an Air Handler Different From a Furnace?

Posted on: March 19, 2020
Both heating and air conditioning are things we all love, and they’re critical to our health and well-being. Unfortunately, most people have little understanding of how these systems work. Sure, you may know that you have a furnace and an air conditioner; you may even know that your furnace burns fuel to create heat. Is that where it stops, though? For most people, that is the extent until something goes wrong. Then, it is a mad dash through websites and videos trying to find answers and solutions. When they finally do call a heating and cooling technician, they are lost[…]

What Is Acceptable Indoor Air Quality?

Posted on: February 20, 2020
The United States has yet to establish a national standard by which to measure indoor air quality in residences. Recently, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, ASHRAE, established Standard 62.2 as a guideline for acceptable indoor air quality in low-rise buildings. At [company name], we follow the underlying principles that inspired Standard 62.2 to help our residential customers in Springfield OR, and surrounding areas achieve a healthier quality of air inside their homes. Strategies for Achieving Better Indoor Air Quality Standard 62.2 was designed to be a common-sense benchmark that HVAC professionals could use when designing[…]