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Improve Indoor Air Quality During Wildfire Season

Wildfire Season in WA State Summer is one of the best seasons here in Washington State. Some may even argue it’s the best weather in the country during the months of July through September. Not too hot, and not too cold!  Even though we are lucky enough to receive such amazing weather in the summer…

Posted in : Air conditioning, Heat pump, Indoor Air Quality, Wildfire Season

Learning About Heat Pumps and Ductless Heat Pumps

What Is a Heat Pump? Heat pumps work differently than traditional heaters and air conditioners. Instead of burning fuel like heaters, they simply transfer existing heat from the ground air to the desired location. This means that instead of creating new heat or cold air, a heat pump re-appropriates heat, using a refrigerant, in order…

Posted in : Heating, Ductless heat pump, Heat pump

Ready for Winter? Stay Comfortable in Any Season

For many people, having a functional space heater in the winter, and a functional air conditioner in the summer is an absolute necessity. In the modern world, this kind of control over the conditions in your home is one of the most empowering aspects of modern technology. Having confidence in the warmth or coolness of your living space, at any point of the year, can give you a great deal of peace of mind. Now imagine for a moment, if you could combine the cooling powers of your air conditioner, and the warming powers of your space heater, into a single machine. This is no far-off science fiction device; it’s a heat pump. 

Posted in : Heating, Ductless heat pump, Heat pump

History of Home Heating

Let’s take a closer look at the history of home heating systems, to get a better idea of how people have been warming their homes since the first cities. 2500 BCE – 1400 AD: Ancient Furnaces ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ How does this relate to ancient home heating technology? One word: fireplaces….

Posted in : Heating, Air conditioning, Ductless heat pump, Furnace, Heat pump

Heat Pumps: Your Questions Answered

What is a heat pump, and how does it differ from an air conditioner? We have an awesome post that explains the difference between heat pumps and air conditioners in detail, but the gist is this: An air conditioning system, like your fridge, absorbs heat from air that passes over the coil, and the resulting cool…

Posted in : Cooling, Air conditioning, Heat pump, Home improvement

Think Like a Pro When Replacing Your Heating Systems

From urgent need to thoughtful upgrade, there are many reasons to replace heating systems. Before your furnace, heat pump or boiler fails, get the inside scoop on heating replacement from our pros. Considering these four scenarios can put you in the driver’s seat to make the best decision for your home comfort needs. When It’s…

Posted in : Heating, Cooling, Ductless heat pump, Heat pump, How to, Tips to save money

5 ways to beat the heat wave

Revamp or install air conditioning. Sure, this one is obvious. In weather like this, air conditioning creates an oasis for you and your family. You may hear people say that air conditioning is “not necessary in the Northwest.” Wrong! With each passing summer, rising temperatures necessitate air conditioning. Luckily for homeowners, cooling systems continue to…

Posted in : Windows, Cooling, Air conditioning, Ductless heat pump, Home energy audit, Heat pump, Insulation

The many benefits of maintaining your A/C

In our last couple blog posts, we’ve discussed cooling systems: why spring is a great time to finally install a cooling system and why the PNW can benefit from ductless air systems. Here are a few benefits of performing regular maintenance on this summer-saving workhorse. Less repairs mean less cost. Regular air conditioner maintenance can catch…

Posted in : Cooling, Air conditioning, Ductless heat pump, Heat pump

Ductless heat pumps and the PNW

If you’re ready to feel cool this summer, you should consider a ductless heat pump. These energy efficient units can give your home the cool temperatures you want, without the installation, servicing or changing of duct work. Not surprisingly, it’s the perfect solution for homes without ducts, such as those with baseboard heating, wall or…

Posted in : Cooling, Air conditioning, Ductless heat pump, Heat pump

Heat pumps vs. furnaces

Furnaces are the traditional means of heating buildings. These devices use fuel to generate heat and then use a fan to circulate this heat through the building. There are gas furnaces, oil furnaces and electric furnaces. Heat pumps act as sort of a reverse air conditioner. Instead of transferring heat from inside the building to…

Posted in : Heating, Furnace, Heat pump

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