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Making Sense of Air Conditioner Efficiency Ratings

Air conditioner efficiency ratings are designed to give buyers a good sense of system efficiency, similar to the way a miles-per-gallon rating measures fuel efficiency of cars. It’s good to get familiar with the two different rating systems so you’ll have a better idea of what to expect when considering a new cooling system. Seasonal… Read more

Quietly Active: Earthquakes in Oregon 1700-2016

Did you know that here in Oregon there were more than 14,000 known earthquakes from 1841 to 2002? Or that Geological evidence shows large subduction zone earthquakes struck Oregon’s coast every 300-800 years, back as long as 11,000 years? Far more common are smaller, but sometimes damaging, quakes that rock Portland and the Willamette Valley,… Read more

How Home Seismic Retrofits Work

Home seismic retrofits target parts of the home that are most likely to fail, and add additional materials and fasteners for greater strength. Every older home is different, and upgrades typically fall into two categories and price points. 1. Prescriptive path: For suitable homes with strong foundations and meeting other criteria, this path includes upgrades… Read more

Does Your House Need a Seismic Retrofit?

Armed with the right knowledge, you can safeguard your home and family. Seismic building codes were enacted in 1974 in Oregon. If your home is older, it’s unlikely built to withstand earthquakes. But the home’s age isn’t the only factor.  Other factors influencing seismic readiness of your home may include: Configuration: Rooms built over garages… Read more

Components of a Cool, Comfortable Home

A number of factors influence how cool your home feels, and you have alternatives to air conditioning. If you choose AC, consider more efficient options. Sealing Air Leaks and Insulating Two of the most effective actions you can take to reduce cooling costs include sealing air leaks and properly insulating your home. These upgrades are… Read more

Home Air Conditioner Types: What Do They Mean for Homeowners?

Are you looking to take the edge off just a few hot weeks each year, or do you need more consistent cooling? Do you need to cool the whole house, or just certain rooms? There are four main types of air conditioners, each with different advantages. It’s always a good idea to consult with a… Read more

Do You Need Air Conditioning in Oregon?
3 Considerations to Help You Decide

Is an air conditioner necessary in Oregon? The cost for a new air conditioner starts at about $3,000 and goes up depending on the size of your home and the type of system. You can make a good decision about home air conditioning by considering your climate, your home, and your family’s ability to cope… Danny Kelley May 1, 2017

How to Maintain and Optimize Your Air Conditioner

Basic maintenance and care in operating your air conditioner can go a long way. By doing just two things consistently, you can keep cool efficiently and reliably for years to come. As a Home Advisor with the non-profit Enhabit, I’m here to answer your questions about home cooling. At the bottom of this post, I’ll… Read more

5 Reasons You Need to Install a Smart Thermostat

Some of the more common brand names you may have heard about include Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell and others. But what are the real advantages to switching to a smart thermostat?” “A smart thermostat is all about adaptive technology that maximizes the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. It senses and learns in ways that… Read more

Winter Weather Identifies Needed Improvements

Enhabit recently surveyed more than 500 people about how well their homes fared during recent winter weather, which brought sustained low temperatures and heavy snowfall to some areas. The extreme weather led to problems that may need to be addressed. Those who indicated that their home could have done better in some ways identified these… Read more