Advantage Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

This is Why Your Heat Pump Isn’t Doing the Trick Anymore

April 8th, 2019

As winter winds down, you might notice that your heat pump doesn’t do all that it used to do. We promise that the honeymoon phase isn’t over. If you’re having trouble with your heat pump it just means that you need to call up our team and have a service professional come out to your home to service it.

Heat pump problems are frustratingly common with homeowners during this time of year. Luckily, though you can find great team members from our company that can help you in a flash. If you’re looking for great heat pump services in Salem, OR then make sure that you call us today to schedule an appointment.

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We’re a Top 20 RUUD Pro Partner!

March 29th, 2019

Our team here at Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning works hard for homeowners here in Salem so we’re proud to say that a renowned company like RUUD recognizes this. We’re proud to say that we’ve been awarded the RUUD pro partner top 20 in the nation! Below, you can see a short video of Dan Dommers accepting this award in Orlando, Flordia.

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Handle Any Lingering Heating Problems Now!

March 25th, 2019
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Salem winters are known for being cold, wet, and rainy so you’ve probably put your heater to good use in the past few months trying to stay toasty and dry. If you’ve had any trouble running your heating system this winter, now is the time to address those issues. You might think, “Why now when I can just wait until next fall?” but that’s the type of thinking that will have you end up in the face of a major system breakdown.

The name of the game when it comes to HVAC is preparation. You always want to make sure that your HVAC system is prepped and primed for any season on the horizon. You can give yourself peace of mind by squaring away your heating system before you power down the system throughout spring. If you’re looking for great heating repair in Salem, OR then make sure you contact our team.

Heating Problems That You Should Address

If you’re having any of the following heat problems, make sure you contact a professional heating technician for repair services.

  • High Heating Bills: Is the face you make when you see your heating bill the same face that you make when you stub your toe on a sharp corner? Your heating bill shouldn’t be anything to wince over. If you’re using your heater a reasonable amount but still seeing unreasonably high heating bills it’s because your heater struggles to running efficiently. Contact a professional today.
  • Hot and Cold Spots: Your home can’t always heat evenly (especially if you live in a large home or a home with multiple stories) but if you notice hot and cold spots it’s a good idea to contact a professional. Extreme differences in the temperature of your home is a result of a problem in your heater. A technician from our team can help you pinpoint the issue.
  • Discomfort: If you’ve sat in your home shivering all winter no matter what temperature you set your thermostat on, then you’re having trouble with your heater. This might be stating the obvious, but your heater should heat your home, so if this is a problem make sure you contact our team.

Trust Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning for All Your Heating Needs

Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning isn’t just like your average HVAC company here in Portland. We’re a company that keeps our standards high, so we go the extra mile with all of our customers. We make sure to understand the needs of your home personally rather than giving you depersonalized, one-size-fits-all service that most companies provide. We also train our technicians to be on the forefront of the HVAC industry—a lot has happened over the past 26 years and we’ve adapted throughout that time to make sure that we’re always on top of our game. You’ll never have to question the service that you receive from our team.

We’re rounding out winter and sailing into spring! If you’ve had any heating problems throughout the winter then make sure that you contact Advantage Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment.

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Check Out Our Blog for Advice on All Things HVAC

February 14th, 2019

Be sure to bookmark the Advantage Heating & Air Conditioning blog to start learning the ins and outs of HVAC.

We’ll regularly post energy saving tips, how-to’s on troubleshooting your systems, and breakdowns on even the most complex industry related terms and concepts.

Need help now? Send us a message or get in touch today.

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Welcome to Our New Website

February 13th, 2019

iMarket Solutions has launched Advantage Heating & Air Conditioning new custom website. To learn more about how iMarket Solutions can expand your presence on the web visit: www.imarketsolutions.com

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Heat Pumps and Furnaces in The Winter

December 31st, 2018

Winter is coming! There are so many things to do and to think about when you are preparing your home for Winter. When preparing for winterization it is important to brush up on what to do if certain appliances or pipes ice up. One thing that often goes unthought-of of is your heat pump and furnace. Surprisingly they can get iced up and freeze over. Heat pumps are supposed to be able to detect ice build up and reverse the flow of the refrigerant. This should move hot refrigerant through the outside coils effectively melting the ice on the outside of the heat pump. Although they are supposed to be able to reverse freezing themselves that doesn’t necessarily happen. Sometimes you must do some checks on it to try to find out why it isn’t working properly. Luckily there are some thing you can do if they aren’t working properly.

When your heating pump is malfunctioning there are a few things that you can do yourself to see if they help. One thing you can do is check the air filter, if the air filter is damaged or clogged you need to replace it and you should always replace dirty air filters regularly. Another thing that you can do that is simple is go throughout your home and make sure none of the registers are blocked in any way. One thing that is important to do is the make sure the outdoor coil is clear of debris of any kind such as leaves, dirt, grass, snow, plastic, really any material should not be around it. Something else to check is that water is not dripping onto the unit, sometimes with heavy rains our gutters might overflow. These are some simple troubleshooting techniques that may help!

What should I do if my heat pump is still not working right? What could make my heat pump not defrost properly?  The best choice is to call a professional such as Advantage Heating to come and inspect the problem. Many times when your heat pump isn’t defrosting properly it is an indicator that there may be a more serious problem, because of this calling a professional is advised. Your heating professional can tell you what is wrong and get it fixed it for you. Some of the more common issues with a heat pump are; a reverse valve sticking, the defrost thermostat or sensor is malfunctioning or broken, the controls aren’t working properly, the outdoor fan motor is having issues, or your pump could have low refrigerant levels. Unless you are a trained professional you should probably not mess with stuff, Advantage Heating can come out and do a free Estimate for you personal needs!

With winter coming soon there is always so much to think about and prepare for. Well with Advantage heating on your side you will be well taken care of. If you have any heating problems that are preexisting that you are already aware of, don’t hesitate to call and set up an appointment  for a free estimate with Advantage Heating!

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Things to consider when getting a new furnace

November 29th, 2018

Things to Consider When Getting a New Furnace

Are you suddenly finding yourself in a situation where you need to buy a new furnace? Make sure that you delve deeply into research to find the furnace that is a right fit for your family and your home. It is always a good choice to call and discuss your needs and wants with a reputable heating company. They can help you decide on what you need and give you an estimate of the price range you are looking at. Remember to be aware of all of your options, there are many considerations to take into account.

What Fuel Source

The three main types that your will find readily available are gas, Electric, and propane. All are great options. Electric heaters plug right in to your current home with minimal extra amount of set up. Electric heating is easy to install and are generally more cost effective. Gas Heaters are generally cheaper to run than electric because it costs less to run than electricity. Gas heaters are extremely reliable. Another great thing about gas heat is that it is extremely environmentally friendly. Propane heaters are comparable to natural gas heaters as they are extremely similar however you would need a outside source of propane as most homes do not come with an in ground propane tank.

Blowers

Did you know that there are two types of blowers? One is a variable-speed blower and the other is called a fixed-speed blower. A variable-speed blower will change speed as it blows air throughout your home. A fixed-speed blower will stay blowing at the same speed. If it is very important to you that the air blowing throughout your home is a consistent temperature then you may want to consider a variable-speed blower. But research both to decide what is best for you!

Size Matters

Size matters when it comes to choosing the right furnace for your home. If you have a bigger home then you are going to need a bigger furnace unfortunately. A technician should take into account the square footage of your home as well as how many windows your home has, and the efficiency of those windows. It is important that the company come out to your home to give you an accurate estimate for the sizing of the unit. This is not an estimate that should be given over the phone.

Quality of Installation

When it comes to having a major appliance installed into your home you don’t want to skimp on installation. You want to use a licenced and bonded contractor that has a great reputation. Especially when installing any kind of appliance that runs on gas it is important that it is done properly to avoid any very dangerous mishaps.

Warranty

If you are someone that will be using your furnace quite a bit and plan to live in the same place for a while you definitely want to find out what warranties are included with which furnace. Keep in mind that most warranties are only valid if you get your furnace tuned-up regularly with a licensed technician. Warranties also don’t cover labor costs if something goes wrong with installation so it is important to ask the company that you go with if they offer any type of warranty with their work.

These are just some of the thoughts that you need to consider when looking at a new furnace. For your best bet on deciding what you need you should give a professional a call. Advantage Heating is willing to answer all of your questions so give us a call!

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What is a Smart Thermostat?

November 15th, 2018

“What is a Smart Thermostat and why would I want one?” is a thought that is on a lot of people’s minds lately. A common misconception is that a Smart Thermostat is just a hyped-up programmable Thermostat, why would we want one if most thermostats are programmable? In reality, there are actually many benefits to having a Smart Thermostat. It can make your life a little more simple and save you money of your power bill!

Controlled Remotely

One big difference between a conventional Thermostat vs a Smart Thermostat is that it can be controlled remotely! Smart Thermostats easily connect to our home Wifi. With our fast paced and technologically focused lifestyles being able to control your thermostat from your phone can have many benefits. Who knew that they made thermostats that connected to the internet!? Some just have a mobile app, whereas some you must go to a web page. One example in favor of a Smart Thermostat is if you are gone all day at work, you don’t need to keep your home cool or warm to the same degree you would if you were there. But  with a Smart Thermostat you can turn on your air/heat in time for your home to be at a comfortable temperature for you when you get home. How nice does that sound on a 100 degree day!

Energy Efficient

Another great thing about having a Smart Thermostat is that you can see real time energy consumption. You can look on your mobile device and see home much energy you are using at that time. This can help people learn when and where they need to be conserving! You can always see how much you are spending on your heating and cooling which will help you be able to tweak your usage! This will help you save money in the long run if you pay attention and learn your energy consumption patterns. Who wouldn’t want to learn  to save money in such a simple way?

Super Smart

One thing that many people see as a huge plus to having a Smart Thermostat is that it is indeed smart, they literally learn from your behaviors. Much like other Smart technology it will acclimate to the personal patterns of your household. It can also adjust to random factors that change the way your system will work such as, changes in humidity and the outside temperature. The Smart Thermostat will tell you how long it will take to cool or heat your home to the desired temperature.  This will put an end to people trying to turn the Thermostat way up or way down to quickly cool or warm your home! The Smart Thermostat keeps track of what the temperature is inside as well as outside. It also can tell you when it is time to have your filters changed. Some Smart Thermostats have motion detectors that can tell if there is anyone home or not and can adjust accordingly. Some have a wireless network that can tell if the homeowners are within range or not. Many of these features can make our already stressful life just a little bit more simple.

With new homes being built everyday with the newest Energy Star, money saving technology it might be a Smart Choice to switch your current Thermostat to a Smart Thermostat. It will definitely save money for your family in the long run, it is easy to control, it will help remind us to keep the filters clean, and make our complicated lives a little less complicated. The Smart Thermostat is one technology that we can all appreciate.

 

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Perks Of Cleaning Your Air Ducts

November 15th, 2018

Many people don’t put a lot of thought into what is going on in the ducts behind their walls, out of sight out of mind right? However, there are many good reasons to remember to have your ducts cleaned and serviced regularly! We spend a good portion of our time in our homes. Reasons range from keeping your family healthier to saving yourself some money! It is very important to that your air ducts are as clean as possible.

Air Quality

One very good reason it that having your ducts serviced regularly will make the air quality in your home much better. There are many irritants that settle in your ducts such as dust, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, mildew, ect. Having them cleaned regularly will help everyone in your home breathe easier, especially the young, the old, and people that respiratory problems. This will improve everyone’s health and quality of living in the home.

Lurking Irritants

As mentioned above there are many irritants that can hang out in your ducts. These pollutants circulate again and again throughout your home. This can cause growth of microorganisms in the duct systems. Having your Air ducts cleaned regularly will help with the overall cleanliness of your home. This is definitely something that everyone wants for their family!

Efficiency

Over time ductwork and the registers will accumulate a lot of nasty build up. This build-up of dust and grime will cause them to not work as efficiently, meaning your system will have to work harder! When your system is working harder it will cost you more on your monthly bill. A cleaner system will work at a higher efficiency and is much more cost effective. It is a smart choice to pay for regular duct cleanings as it will save you money in the long run!

Living with Pets

We all love having our pets, they are part of the family and help build our microbiomes! However, living with pets can cause our homes to have more irritants. In general, pets track in extra dirt, leave pet dander behind, and are often shedding their fur. All of these thing will build-up in the air ducts and registers and then blow all over you furniture, carpets, and even your beds. This is one very good reason to have your Air ducts serviced regularly!

Medically Fragile

A huge percentage of Americans suffer from some sort of respiratory disease, from Asthma to COPD, and they, especially, need to have clean air ducts in their homes, schools, and workplaces. Another group of people who also have very fragile lungs are our small children. With immature and developing lungs they can be heavily affected by contaminants lurking in dirty air duct systems. Another group to take into consideration are the elderly, many of them are affected by extenuating medical conditions that make their lungs weak. We all strive to make their golden years as comfortable and healthy as possible, having clean air ducts could contribute to this.

Having Work Done

Every few years most people have some type of work done one their homes. It could be as simple as painting the inside or laying down new floors all the way to a full renovation! When we are having this work done in the home there are contaminants that will build up in the Air Ducts. It can be fumes from paint or glue, it can be saw dust, residue from cutting tiles or other hard materials, or dust from drywall. There are so many pollutants that can get into your Air Ducts while doing work on your home. It is prudent to have your Air Ducts cleaned after any work in your home.

These are just some of the reasons that it is important to keep your Air ducts clean. A regular cleaning can keep everyone healthier in your home, and a regular cleaning will help you system work more efficiently, and will save you money in the long run.

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Your Pets and HVAC System

October 1st, 2018

Do you love your pets? Well your home might not feel the same way. Fur and dander from animals can degrade air quality and have a toll on HVAC systems in your home. Here are some tips to make sure everything stays clean and in shape.

An easy way to reduce the amount of hair and dander in the air is to brush your pet regularly, especially if they are long haired or shed often. Give your pet a bath at least monthly to keep everything under control and deep clean your furry friend. This is very helpful if your pet is an indoor/outdoor animal and carrying in allergens from outside.

Check your filters regularly. You should do this anyway, but if your home has a pet, the filters will get dirty much easier. This will cause unneeded stress on your heating or cooling system and can decrease its lifespan and increase energy bills. To make sure it is working properly, you should check and clean the filters often. You may also consider upgrading to a filter that is a bit more heavy duty and made to collect animal fur and dander to make sure you are getting the most allergens out of the air.

Before you invest in a HVAC system or high end filter, you should consult with a contractor or expert first. This can make sure you get the perfect system from the start, and save you time and money down the line that you would have spent maintaining a less than idea HVAC system and filter.

The indoor unit isn’t the only thing to check! Dogs and cats can damage your outdoor unit if you are not careful. There are plenty of areas to scratch, bite, and destroy on an HVAC system. If you are worried your pet will have too much fun with your new system, you may want to consider putting a fence or wall around it.

 

If you are looking to put in a furnace, air conditioning, or a ductless heat pump system or want some advice on how to best deal with animals and how they affect your HVAC, call Advantage and let us help you. 503-393-5315

 

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