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4 Heating & Air Conditioning Tips & Trends to Watch This Summer

As we enter the summer months, we want to help you stay cool all season long. Our very own Amanda and Mick sat down with our friends at Greater Portland Today on KGW to share their take on the season’s hottest heating & air conditioning trends. They also offered some tips to make sure you’re getting the most from your equipment.

Please watch the video, and read on below.


We’ll tell you how you can upgrade your current system to the latest technology while saving money through manufacturer rebates. But first, you can maximize the life of your current units with proper heating & air conditioner maintenance.

HVAC Maintenance

You take your car in for regular service. You get regular medical checkups. You probably run your heater or air conditioner every day. Many people often forget that these units need preventative maintenance too. Give your heating and cooling units the attention they deserve to keep them running efficiently and prolong their usable lives.

Summer is our busiest season, and Portland’s cold wintertime temperatures can damage your equipment, leading to emergency service calls. Beat the rush and schedule your air conditioner maintenance in an off season like fall or spring. Between routine maintenance appointments, regularly change your air filters depending on allergies and pets. Check on the outdoor air conditioning unit to make sure branches or bushes don’t encroach on the space. Properly maintain and tune up your equipment, so it performs its best during the months in which you’ll need heating or cooling the most.

Wi-Fi Thermostats

Smart or Wi-Fi thermostats are becoming more popular as people add technology to their homes with home automation systems. A major component of these systems, smart thermostats can be controlled remotely from anywhere in the world through a mobile app.

If you leave the house and forget to turn the air down, not to worry. The simple touch of a button on your mobile app will turn the unit off, no matter where you are. Going out of town? Use the app to turn on your heater or air conditioner before you get home, so your house will be the optimal temperature as soon as you walk through the door.

As an added bonus, you can experience an average 20% cost savings on your heating and air conditioning bills when you use one of the Carrier smart thermostats we offer. It’ll display your energy usage over time in easily digestible reports so that you can see where to cut back to run your system more efficiently.

Ductless Heat Pumps

For homes with hard to reach or inaccessible areas, ductless heat pumps offer a great alternative to a fully ducted system. These spaces, like sunrooms, attics, or basements, go hand-in-hand with duct-free heat pumps because they’re prone to more extreme temperatures. You’ll be able to regulate the temperature more easily without making a major investment in new ductwork.

If you decide to install ductless systems throughout your home, you’ll be able to control the temperature in each room individually with separate remotes. For example, you can keep the living room warm and the bedrooms cooler for sleeping. And, ductless heat pumps boast whisper-quiet operation, so you can rest easy knowing that they won’t wake you up. Besides feeling increased comfort in your home, you’ll never even know it’s running.

Manufacturer Rebates

As a proud provider of many heating & air conditioning products, we’re excited to offer various incentives throughout the year. Through special air conditioner and furnace manufacturer programs, you can receive financing incentives or rebates on qualifying heating and cooling systems and products.

In addition to special incentives, state tax credits and utility rebates are often available. Both NW Natural and Portland General Electric frequently have programs to help home and building owners save on heating and cooling equipment and installation. Contact us to learn how to take advantage of these money-saving programs.

How Can We Help?

The highly-skilled experts at Jacobs Heating & Air Conditioning serve the Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA areas. We’re here to service, repair, or install heating and cooling equipment at your home or business. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to hear more about these summer tips and trends. We look forward to working with you.