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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

We always strive to support the local Vancouver/Portland Metro area businesses. Below you will find links to some of the businesses we recommend.

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HVAC Brands

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Furnace and Air Conditioning Units Serviced

Jeff’s Heating and Cooling understands service and HVAC installation. With over 40 years experience in the industry, we have the knowledge and ability to fix and replace any furnace, heat or air conditioner unit.To read more about existing residential, new residential, commercial buildings and commercial builders. We are authorized dealers of many of the most reputable brand names in the industry.

Give us a call at Phone: (503) 557-4635 or schedule an appointment for a free estimate.

Heating and Air Conditioners Authorized Dealers

Trane

At Trane, they are all about air – cool air, warm air, clean air. As a world leader in air conditioning systems, services and solutions, they control the comfort of the air for people in homes and many of the world’s largest and most famous commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. And they are applying Trane’s expertise in environmental technology and energy conservation to make a difference in energy efficiency around the globe.

Carrier

From the time Carrier invented the basics of modern air conditioning in 1902, Carrier has been the world leader in air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems. A wholly-owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, Carrier is built upon a legacy of innovation and commitment. Through their market-leading products and solutions, they are constantly striving to help people live more comfortable, healthy and productive lives.

Coleman

Coleman Heating & Air Conditioning: A Name Americans Trust. For over 100 years, Coleman has been providing world-renowned quality and comfort. Starting it all in 1900, W.C. Coleman sold lanterns to Kingfisher, Oklahoma merchants to pay for his final year of law school. His lanterns’ popularity grew rapidly and by 1914, Coleman introduced the first 300 candlepower lantern. The product was credited with lighting up rural America. The Saturday Evening Post touted Coleman’s accomplishments: “Except for Thomas Edison, Mr. Coleman may be responsible for the creation of more bright light than any other man.”

Goodman

Goodman has become one of the largest manufacturers of residential air conditioning and heating products by focusing on just one thing—building the most reliable and refreshingly affordable residential and commercial cooling and heating products in the market. The complete line of Goodman brand products are built on the principals of founder Harold Goodman, a former air conditioning contractor.

HeatnGlo

In 1987, Heat & Glo created a product that would revolutionize the industry. With the introduction of the direct vent gas fireplace, Heat & Glo made it possible to install a fireplace safely in virtually any room in the home. Practically overnight, the hearth industry changed from primarily wood-burning to direct vent fireplaces that were gas-operated.Heat & Glo now offers a complete line of gas, wood, and electric fireplaces, stoves and inserts, unique surrounds and distinctive accessories-all designed to meet discriminating homeowners’ desire for comfort, beauty and elegance.

Honeywell

At Honeywell, we’re always looking for ways to make life easier for our customers so they can focus on what they do best. Homebuilders, heating and cooling contractors, building automation specialists and heating equipment manufacturers rely on the sensing and control expertise and innovation that drives Honeywell’s Environmental and Combustion Control (ECC) business. In more than 100 million homes and 5 million buildings worldwide, Honeywell products, components and systems deliver temperature control, comfort, energy conservation and safety.

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Indoor Air Quality

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Indoor Air Quality

Complete home comfort is about more than just temperature—it’s also about maintaining a healthy home with indoor air quality.

Dusty, dirty homes at any temperature can mean discomfort. The air in today’s tightly-sealed, well-insulated homes can become stale as the same indoor air is circulated and re-circulated. In fact, indoor air quality is among the Environmental Protection Agency’s top 3 health concerns. The agency reports that with dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, skin flakes, chemical fumes, cigarette smoke, Radon gas and more, the air inside your home can be 2-5 times dirtier than the air outside.

Although we usually can’t see them, air pollutants are all around us, already inside our homes, and waiting to come in from outside. From our yards to our kitchens, dangerous air pollutants threaten our home health and air quality. Plus, each season brings its own dangers, from mold in the fall and winter to pollens and high humidity in the spring and summer.

Fortunately, the Furnace and Air Conditioners offer a wide range of air quality solutions, including humidifiers, ventilators, UV lamps, media filters and air cleaners, can together eliminate many of the pollutants threatening your home’s health and improve indoor air quality.

Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Clean Indoor Air
A clean home includes having clean air. Pollen, animal dander, smoke, bacteria and other pollutants naked to the human eye exist in our homes. Carrier has solutions to clean your home air with its state of the art air cleaners, purifiers, and media filters.

Your Skin Will Thank You
During different seasons and within certain climates, air can become dry and affect the quality of life in your home. If you experience static electricity, dry skin, or respiratory ailments caused by dry air, you may need a humidifier.

A Breath of Fresh Air
In a central HVAC system, air can circulate within a home and become stale over time, potentially increasing the levels of viruses, bacteria, pollen, smoke, and odors. Many times, bringing in fresh air through windows or doors can negatively affecting heating and cooling costs and is not an option. Fortunately, Carrier energy recovery ventilators bring in fresh air while dramatically reducing heating and cooling costs.

Mold is Not For Your Home
Heating and cooling systems provide maximum comfort for home owners by regulating temperature and humidity. Unfortunately, this also can cause a warm, damp climate within your evaporator coil that is ripe for mold growth. Installing a UV lamps in the evaporator coil will zap any trace of mold in your HVAC system and leave you with a healthy home.

Complete Control

Managing your indoor air quality HVAC system can be a complex task. Carrier solves this with its state of the art Infinity Control which regulates temperature, humidity, and air quality.

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Heating and Cooling FAQ’s

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Heating and Cooling FAQ’s

Heating and cooling are 2 of the most important concepts of home ownership. In fact, heating and cooling systems are major factors for those looking to purchase homes, and are a critical part of living comfortably in a home.

Home Heating and Cooling General Info

You may frequently hear the term “HVAC,” which is used to describe home heating and cooling systems. The acronym stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning–which are the 3 primary functions of a home system. They control air temperature and humidity, and maintain the quality of the air in the home.

Central Systems

Heating and cooling systems may be classified as central or local. Central heating and cooling is the most standard method, and is defined by a system that produces warm or cool air in one central area and then distributes it throughout the home. There are many types of systems that work as central systems, from traditional split systems to packaged product systems.

Products typically used in central heating and cooling systems include:

Local heating and cooling, on the other hand, produces warm or cool air at the location where it is needed and serves small spaces. Room Air Conditioners and Duct-Free Split Systems are examples of local heating and cooling.

Heating

Heating systems keep your home warm and comfortable. If you live in a particularly cold climate, the function of your heating system is a high priority.

Most central heating and cooling systems are classified as forced air systems, because they send air through ductwork for distribution. The ductwork can contain products that filter or clean the air.

Radiant systems create heat and deliver it using components such as radiators that distribute the heat into the home. Boilers are a traditional radiant heat source.

Typical heating products include:

  • Heat Pumps
  • Gas and Oil Furnaces
  • Fan Coils
  • Boilers
  • Single Packaged Products

Cooling

Whole-home air conditioning systems are central systems that rely on ducts to deliver cooled air throughout the home. An air-conditioning system provides cooling, ventilation, humidity control and even heating (if using a Heat Pump) for a home. Air conditioning units cool refrigerants like Puron Refrigerant and Freon and deliver them to evaporator coils, which dissipate the refrigerant and blow cool air into ducts for delivery throughout the home.

Products such as room air conditioners are local cooling options for smaller areas within homes. Instead of delivering cooled refrigerant to a coil and then to ductwork, a room air conditioner contains all the components in a single unit and blows air directly into a room.

Air-conditioned homes often have sealed windows, because open windows would disrupt the attempts of the control system to maintain constant temperature.

Typical air conditioning products include:

  • Heat Pumps
  • Central Air Conditioners
  • Evaporator Coils
  • Single Packaged Products

Duct-Free Split Systems

As the name implies, a duct-free split system does not rely upon air ducts to route treated air through your home or office. Instead, these specialty products are added for a specific room, such as a home theater, an exercise room, a garage, or other room where adding ducts is impractical. These comfort systems can supply heating, cooling, or both, and are a split-system in that the condensing unit sits outside your home while the indoor unit sits unobtrusively on the wall to control and direct the airflow.

Typical Duct-Free Systems:

  • High-Wall Systems
  • Under-Ceiling Systems
  • In-Ceiling Systems

Thermostats

The term “thermostat” commonly refers to any unit that controls the operation of a heating and cooling system. Thermostats are used to turn on heating or cooling systems to bring the home to a set temperature. In addition to basic temperature control, programmable thermostats can be used to manage the timing of the system’s functions, which can control overall energy use and costs.

Learn More

Learn more about the many aspects of heating and cooling, including the types of systems available, how health and air quality impact your home, how energy efficiency can save you money and then many services Jeff’s Heating and Cooling offers.

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Energy Tax Credits

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Energy Tax Credits

How the Program Works- Federal Tax Credits

As part of an effort to reduce dependence on foreign sources of energy, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a tax credit to help offset the costs of making energy efficiency improvements to your home. Some key details of the program are as follows:

  • The tax credits apply to a variety of products (including installation costs) such as windows, doors, heating and cooling equipment and more.
  • The amount of the credit is equal to 30% of the installed cost of the qualifying products, up to a total of $1,500.
  • If a qualifying purchase is not large enough to qualify for the maximum credit of $1,500, the remaining available tax credit can be claimed for additional qualifying purchases.

Getting your tax credit can be a simple process. Jeff’s Heating and Cooling will help you choose and install the furnace, air conditioner or heat pump that fits your needs and qualifies for the tax relief. Then you include Form 5695 with your 2010 tax return, stating which improvement you chose. The IRS will give you a tax credit of 30% of the cost of your efficient new equipment, up to $1500 per household. To qualify for the credit, heating and cooling improvements must be made to an existing home that is your primary residence. The equipment manufacturer produces, and Jeff’s Heating and Cooling provides the certification that your new equipment meets the guidelines established for the tax credits. This manufacturer certification, along with your Jeff’s Heating and Cooling purchase receipts are all you need to back up your tax claim.

The Economic Advantages of Tax Credits

The reason many homeowners are so excited about this program is because tax credits, unlike deductions, are subtracted directly from the total amount you owe on your personal income taxes. For example, if you complete your tax return and calculate that you owe the IRS $2,000, a tax credit of $1,500 will reduce your tax bill to only $500. Of course, be sure to check with your tax adviser on how to best take advantage of the tax credits.

Tax Credits Available in 2009 and 2010

To take advantage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 tax credits, you must purchase your qualifying high-efficiency comfort system between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010. Better yet, your energy savings won’t be limited to this one-time tax credit. You’ll continue saving every month with reduced monthly cooling and heating bills. For more information, contact Jeff’s Heating and Cooling today.

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