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Is a High Efficiency Furnace Worth the Price Tag?

Everybody enjoys saving money and being comfortable. More and more people are becoming conscious of their carbon emissions and want to cut those back as well. Something that could help a person meet those three goals at the same time is a high efficiency furnace. However, they have a hefty price tag when compared to […]

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The Complete Guide to Ductless Air Conditioner Maintenance

In other articles, we went over the importance of regular maintenance for your furnace and air conditioner. However, a traditional HVAC system is not the right solution for everyone, but maintenance is necessary for every piece of HVAC equipment. In this post, we’ll go over ductless air conditioner maintenance. If you live in a warmer […]

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The Whole House Air Purifier Basic Guide

No one enjoys living in a dirty home. Vacuuming, dusting, and taking out the trash are all pretty obvious ways to keep your home clean, but did you know you can also clean the air in your home? In fact, it’s one of the most efficient ways to remove germs and allergens from your home. […]

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How Can HVAC Zoning Save Money?

If you shopped for a new HVAC system or did any research related to HVAC systems any time recently, you probably heard something about HVAC Zoning. Another term you may have heard is a multistage or two-stage system. But what does that all mean? It’s not just a sales rep using technical terms to talk […]

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Will Your Heat Pump Work Below Freezing?

In an earlier post, we mentioned that when it gets too cold, your heat pump will become inefficient at heating your home. Obviously, a heat pump is supposed to keep our homes warm and comfortable, so why does a heat pump not work as well when it’s freezing? To put it simply, freezing temperatures make […]

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What are Smart HVAC Systems?

Have you noticed how fast technology changes? Our stuff gets better, faster, stronger, and smarter. The smart phone replaced the flip-phone in a matter of years. It’s near impossible to find a TV that doesn’t have an app center. You can even get Bluetooth connected lightbulbs now. HVAC equipment is going through the same transformation. […]

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12 Tips and Tricks to Keep Your House Warm This Winter

As fall and winter approach, the jackets come out of the closet, pumpkin and peppermint coffee take over social media timelines, and we turn on our home furnaces. Depending on the type of furnace you have, this can mean an increase in the natural gas, electric, or oil bill. However, this does not need to […]

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of HVAC Financing

HVAC equipment is expensive. Whether it’s a furnace, a heat pump, an AC, or new duct work, you can expect to spend a sizeable amount of money on the purchase. At Advantage, we try to be as open and honest about this as possible. We even have a few articles that gave ranges for prices […]

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The No-Nonsense HVAC Warranty Guide

Purchasing an HVAC system for your home is an enormous investment. Naturally, you want to protect your investments. You want to make sure that the comfort it provides to your home outweighs the cost of installing and operating your system. As with all pieces of complex machinery, there is always a chance that something will […]

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What is AFUE?

If you’re shopping for a new furnace, then you’ve probably seen the yellow energy guide stickers or have at least heard the term AFUE get thrown around. If you don’t know what that phrase means or know how it can practically apply to you, then it might make the process more confusing than it needs […]

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Before calling for emergency HVAC services, there are certain tasks you can perform on your own.
  • Check your thermostat to make sure it is on.
  • If your furnace is malfunctioning, check to see if the light at the front of the furnace is green. If it is, continue to troubleshoot. If it’s red, then you need to call for repairs.
  • Check to see if a circuit breaker was tripped.
  • Inspect the filter and see if it needs to be changed.
  • Make sure the furnace door is closed.
  • Ensure the vents are free of leaves and other debris.
  • If your air conditioner is acting up, check the condenser to see if it’s running.

SEER -- or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio -- is the ratio of cooling output of an AC over a typical cooling season, divided by the energy it uses in Watt-Hours. The minimum SEER for air conditioners is 13, but most modern units range from 13 to 21. The efficiency of your system can vary based on the size of your home, your ductwork, and other issues.

A ductless mini-split AC unit can have many benefits - for the right properties. This system could be a good solution for your home if:
  • Your home doesn’t have a central HVAC system or ductwork installed.
  • You want to heat or cool an area that’s not connected to your central system, like the garage.
  • You want to install a system that doesn’t use ductwork.
  • You want to control the temperature in specific areas of your home.
  • You live in an area that doesn’t experience extreme hot or cold temperatures.

Did your furnace suddenly stop turning on, even though the temperature in your house is below the setting on the thermostat? This can be caused by several issues, including a problem with the sensor. Call our experts to have them inspect your system.

Is your unit blowing out warm or room-temperature air? This can indicate that you need to recharge the refrigerant in your AC system. Call us to have our experts inspect your system and check your refrigerant levels. If needed, we will recharge your system to restore comfort to your house.

It can be difficult to determine if you should repair your air conditioner or replace it when it malfunctions. Some signs that can indicate you should install a new system can include if your utility bills are rising, if your house is not cooling to the set temperature, if the system is leaking, if the unit is making odd noises, and if you’ve made several repairs on the unit recently. When our experts inspect your system, they will let you know for sure if your unit should be replaced.

In general, our technicians recommend replacing the filter in your air conditioner or your heater about every three months. However, these should be changed more -- or less -- frequently under certain circumstances:
  • Change the filter every six months for households without pets.
  • Replace it every three months if you live in an urban area.
  • Change it at least every two months if you have a pet.
  • Replace the filter each month if anyone in your household has a pet allergy.
  • Replace the filter more often during times of heavy use.

When you need heating or cooling repairs, call Advantage Heating & Air Conditioning at 503-393-5315 to schedule services in Salem and Keizer, OR.