Clawson Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Portland’

What Size Air Conditioner Should I Get?

Monday, June 13th, 2022
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If you’ve decided that it’s time to purchase a new air conditioner this time of the year, then chances are you’re in a bit of a rush to get one. But this is one decision you don’t want to make in haste, as doing so can leave you with an ineffective and inefficient cooling system. 

For instance, what if you get the wrong size unit? You may not realize this, but having too large or overpowered of an air conditioner can be just as detrimental as having too small, or underpowered of a system. We’ll explain why below… please give it a read, and when you’re ready to make an HVAC purchase, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for professional and reliable installation. 

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Why An Air Conditioner Might Struggle to Cool Effectively

Monday, May 16th, 2022
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We may still be in the middle of spring, but summer is just around the corner, and our air conditioners need to be ready to handle the warmer temperatures.

Hopefully, you’ve already scheduled your air conditioner maintenance appointment. Professional maintenance allows our technicians to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it. This keeps your air conditioner working as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible.

Whether you have scheduled it or not, one thing is for sure–if you turn on your air conditioner and it doesn’t seem to be cooling your living space as it should, or like it used to, you have a problem on your hands.

But what’s wrong? Read on to find out!

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The Top 3 Air Conditioner Myths

Monday, April 18th, 2022
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There are quite a few air conditioner misconceptions out there. You might not think this is a big deal, but the truth is, that believing these misconceptions can matter.

The reason it matters is that you could be using your air conditioning system inefficiently, paying more for your energy usage than you really need to, exacerbating system wear-and-tear, and potentially shortening the overall useful service life or your cooling system.

Read on as we dive into the 3 most common AC misconceptions out there.

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“Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Working?”

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Typically when we get this question, “Why isn’t my air conditioner working?” the asker is referring to an air conditioner that’s running, but it may not be pumping out the cooled air that they’ve come to expect and appreciate. Naturally, if there is lukewarm air coming out of your vents on a sweltering hot day, it tends to cause a little alarm.

And we get it! Your air conditioner should be able to keep you effectively and efficiently cool whenever the temperatures rise. So, read on as we uncover why your air conditioner might “not be working,” and what to do about it! Warmer weather may still be a ways off, but it’s always good to be prepared.

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Should You Invest in a Tankless Water Heater?

Monday, January 24th, 2022
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In this day and age, homeowners look for greater convenience and quicker gratification than ever before. This can be seen as a negative, but hey, it’s hard to resist convenience and ease of use, and we say there is nothing wrong with wanting this for yourself and your home!

First-time homeowners and seasoned homeowners alike would do well to consider modernizing their homes with a new kind of water heater–a tankless system. Tank water heaters have been the conventional model found in homes for decades, but tankless systems have a number of benefits that are leading them to become a much more popular option.

When it comes to water heaters, the basic question is, “should I get another storage tank system or go tankless?” Read on as we compare the two and show you the benefits of upgrading to a tankless system, should you choose to.

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How’s Your Indoor Air Quality (and How Can It Improve)?

Monday, January 10th, 2022
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Many homeowners throughout the Portland area don’t quite know how to answer the question “how’s your indoor air quality?” This is because they don’t actually know!

The fact is, without the right indoor air quality products and services in place, the average home in our area has worse air quality than the air outside. This is because our HVAC systems can bring in particles and contaminants, and if they have no clear way out, then it just keeps collecting.

Poor indoor air quality can lead to allergy and asthma symptoms, illness transmission, and overall less comfort. The good news is, however, there is something you can do about it! You can talk to our team to start exploring what indoor air quality solutions might be best for your home.

One possible solution? The whole-house air purifier. Read on to learn more!

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Will You Need a New Furnace Before Winter?

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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Now is the right time to ask yourself this question, especially if you have reasons to believe your current furnace is on the decline or is too old for you to trust it will make it through the coming cold weather. Fall is an ideal time to arrange for a larger HVAC service like a heating replacement in Portland, OR: the weather isn’t cold enough for you to worry about going without a heater for a few hours, and HVAC technicians have more open schedules. 

Let’s get into the question and help you see if you need to replace your furnace before the winter arrives.

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Have Your Changed Your HVAC Filter Recently? Here’s Why It’s Important

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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If you polled all professional HVAC companies and asked them what is the one piece of advice they would give homeowners about their heating and cooling systems, almost all would give the same answer:

Please regularly change the HVAC system’s air filter! Every one to three months.

It’s a simple job, taking only a few minutes, and it makes an enormous difference in how the AC and heater run. Perhaps because it’s so simple, people often forget about it and leave the filter in place. When the filter becomes clogged, it creates serious problems that can lead to needing heating or air conditioning repair in Portland, OR.

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Ductless vs. Central Air Conditioning—Some Facts to Know

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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Are you currently considering replacing your air conditioning system? Then you may already have considered having a ductless air conditioner installed rather than sticking with the standard central air conditioning of most homes. We encourage you to take a look at ductless mini split heat pumps (yes, most are heat pumps, so they heat as well as cool) as a possible choice. 

There are several facts to know that will help you decide between ductless cooling and central cooling.

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Does It Really Matter What Size AC I Get?

Monday, June 28th, 2021
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When you start to consider your AC installation options in Portland, OR, you’ll run up against several questions: Should you get a high-efficiency air conditioner? Maybe switch to a heat pump? Or go for special features such as a scroll compressor? One question that may occur to you is how big an AC you need, and whether it’s important or not if you end up with one that’s on the larger side.

To clarify: when we talk about the “size” of an air conditioner, we don’t mean the physical size or how much size it takes up. We mean the cooling capacity of the AC system, how much heat it can remove from the air. AC size is measured as “tons,” with 1 ton equal to 12,000 BTUs of heat removed an hour. (For a point of comparison, a window AC removes about 5,000 BTUs/hour, just enough for a single room.) Standard residential central air conditioners range from 1 to 5 tons of cooling power.

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