Category: Blog

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

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… MIchael French 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

Add New Life to Older Homes

Upgrading and weatherizing an old house can seem like a daunting task. Where do you start? Do you tackle windows first or begin by insulating the attic? Are you prepared for an earthquake or even just allergy season? Whom do you consult? What tasks can you do on your own? Why older homes? State of Oregon… Read more

Every Oregon home should be tested for radon

Recent reports of radon being discovered at schools around the Portland Metro area are a good reminder to test your home for radon, according to air quality experts. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for over 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Odorless and colorless, it seeps into homes… Read more

Beat the Heat: 8 Ways to Keep it Cool Without Air Conditioning

Although the heat hits us hard for a few weeks in summer, many homeowners don’t want the expense of an AC system used only for a few months out of the year. Luckily, there are ways to beat the heat without AC. Here are some tips, both simple and complex, that you can use to… Read more

Five Tips Toward a Healthier Home

Let us help you turn a musty home into a healthy haven– one that’s safe and comfortable, with indoor air that’s easy to breathe and free of pollutants and toxins that may be lurking in your home’s nooks and crannies. While tidying up shelves and cleaning out closets, don’t forget to put these items on… Read more