Portland Nest Thermostat Specialist

Sunset Heating and Cooling is your Portland Nest Thermostat Specialist. And, you may ask yourself, what is a Nest Thermostat? Well, it’s a very advanced high tech thermostat that automatically creates a pattern around your schedule, this means, it automatically programs itself, so you wont have to manually set it or program it, it analyzes your patterns of your everyday schedule and programs itself around that.

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DIY Air Conditioning Tune Up

Summer is practically here and and as all of us know, that usually means hot weather in Portland Oregon. To help you stay cool this summer, it might be a really good idea to consider a good Portland Air Conditioning Tune Us.

In addition to help you stay cool, a well maintained system operating in an efficient way can help you save money on electric utility bills. Here we note the most basic service and maintenance procedures that you can do yourself.

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Sunset is your best HVAC Portland Contractor

Need an HVAC Portland Contractor? Sunset Heating and Cooling is your best option!

You might be asking your self what HVAC is, well, HVAC stands for “ heating, ventilation and air conditioning” and refers to technology of indoor and automotive environmental comfort.

Hiring a good HVAC Portland Contractor is very important not just for your homes but also in the design of medium to large industrial and office buildings such as skyscrapers and in marine environments such as aquariums, where safe and healthy building conditions are regulated with respect to temperature and humidity, using fresh air from outdoors.

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No A/C ducting in your home? No problem–Go Ductless!

Portland, Oregon is filled with many beautiful older homes, brimming with a history and personality all of their own. Because their charming characteristics are irreplaceable, the thought of extensive remodeling to update these classic buildings with modern conveniences makes many homeowners uneasy. However, anyone can now easily experience the comfort of air conditioning in Portland, Oregon thanks to ductless heating and cooling!

The mess and expense of retroactively adding duct work to a building for air conditioning is no longer a concern for those suffering from the hot, humid summer weather in Portland, Oregon. Working similarly to conventional central air systems, ductless air conditioning and heating systems consist of an outdoor unit and your choice of several indoor fixtures. The wiring and tiny refrigerant lines enter the home through a small hole, effectively hiding them and providing a clean, efficient installation. The ductless outdoor unit is also much quieter and far smaller than a conventional outdoor unit, typically measuring 32 inches by 11 inches by 7 inches deep and weighing a mere 18 pounds.

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Indoor Air Quality a Larger Problem than Most People Realize

Even in Portland, Oregon indoor air quality is causing health issues.

The EPA ranks indoor air pollution among the top 5 environmental risks to public health – and most people have no idea.

Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health but may not know that indoor air pollution can also have significant harmful effects.  Yet indoor air pollution is on the rise, both nationally and here in Portland, Oregon.  In fact, a study of the number of patients discharged with asthma from Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon and Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, reveal a dramatic increase over a 20-year time frame.

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Summer is the Perfect Time for Furnace Repair

You are probably enjoying the recent heat of this wonderful Portland summer, and with any luck it is only going to get warmer.  While many people’s attention turns to their Portland Air Conditioning Tune Up air conditioning unit during these warmer months, this is actually the perfect season to think about getting any necessary repairs or maintenance performed on your heating system!

Performing preventative furnace maintenance is cheaper and much less stressful than trying to repair your unit in the freezing, wet Portland winter.  The downtime alone can make for an uncomfortable, unhappy household!  Take a break from the heat to check a few things on your furnace while it’s most convenient for everyone.

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Is your home a leaky bucket?

Winter is upon us, and your heater is working hard to keep you and your family warm. With soaring energy costs and tighter times for all, home-heating efficiency is more important than ever.

Sometimes, a brand new heating system is the answer, but more often than not, big savings can come from more modest adjustments. To start-off, picture an example of the overall concept of efficiency. View your home as a bucket full of water.  Filling that bucket takes some time and effort, but, so long as the bucket doesn’t have any holes, keeping the bucket full is pretty easy.  But what if your bucket has leaks?  You are constantly filling the bucket back up and wasting water in the process.  It’s not so dissimilar from your homes heating system.  So the first task is to seal any holes in your heating bucket.

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Warm Up Your Winter Wonderland

Cold weather ushers in the holiday season but also brings worries about high heating bills and the health of your furnace or heat pump. Sunset Heating & Cooling is here to help keep your family comfortable by performing seasonal maintenance on your heating system and repairing problems quickly. Sunset also has some tips to keep your heating system functioning at its best and lower your home heating bills this winter.

Regular maintenance is critical to your HVAC system. You have your oil in your vehicle changed regularly and check the air in your tires, but how often do you think about tuning up your heating system? You can perform some maintenance yourself by vacuuming vents, checking them for obstructions and changing your furnace filters. A dirty filter makes your furnace work harder while blocking the extra heat. Changing your filters every three months will help your furnace function efficiently. Sunset Heating and Cooling carries most sizes of filters.  Call us if you’ve changed your filter and cleaned your vents and still aren’t getting a good flow of heat.

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Heating an Addition

When building an addition you might wonder how to heat the additional space.  Should you use the home’s existing heating system? What strain will the extra space put on the existing heating system?  Maybe a separate heating system be installed in the home addition? If so, what type of supplementary heating system should be installed in the home addition? Our very own Portland Heating Contractors answer these questions.

Sunset Heating and Cooling have been working with homeowners and their remodeling companies on designing the perfect HVAC system for new home spaces.  An HVAC contractor can evaluate the size of your new addition, and the capacity in your existing heating system, to determine if it is large enough to support the new living space. Much of his analysis involves comparing the amount of BTUs (British Thermal Units) the furnace system can produce with the amount of BTU’s required to heat your home with its additional new living space. An HVAC contractor can also determine how to tie in to existing shafts.

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A Few Simple Secrets to Saving on Home Energy Costs

Home Energy SavingsOne of the toughest parts of getting ready for colder weather is figuring out how to save when energy bills start to rise. Fortunately there are some simple solutions that are easy to implement and keep more of your money in your pocket. Here are just a few simple tips to save on home energy costs. And they don’t involve having to understand a lick about home heating repair!

1. Avoid Turning Heat On And Off

One of the things that really makes energy bills spike is turning on the heat in a home or apartment. That’s because turning on heat takes a lot of power, which means a lot of money every time you turn it off and then on again. Try keeping your heat at a stable level long-term, and you’ll get more value for your money.

2. Old-Fashioned Clothing Lasts for a Reason

In the “old days,” people used to buy fewer sets of clothes. The benefit was that these clothes were often made well and to be durable. In the winter, they were meant to be very warm. Investing in a Shetland wool sweater, for example, is a great way to keep toasty when the temperature drops — without turning up the heat. A good heavy sweater can last a very long time and allow you to set your thermostat a few degrees lower this winter.

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