Category: Heating and Air Conditioning

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

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

The Best Way to Find an HVAC Contractor in Portland

Looking for a heating or HVAC contractor? Whether you need furnace replacement, or just a tuneup to make your system work better you can turn to Enhabit for advice and contractor matching. Enhabit is a non-profit organization that works only with select contractors in Portland other parts of Oregon. Furnace Replacement and Repair It costs about… 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

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

Saving the Earth, One Footprint at a Time

“I make earth-friendly choices with anything I change or upgrade, and Enhabit ties into that interest.” Joyce Kindschuh loves where she lives in a walkable Northeast Portland neighborhood: “We’re just a few blocks away from Alberta shops and Alameda school is just down the hill. It’s an excellent neighborhood for walking, a lot of beautiful… Read more

Old Carpet Out, Energy Efficiency In

The first thing that catches your eye in Mickey Lee’s home are the beautiful, Middle Eastern archways in the living room and hallway – some of the charming details that originally drew Mickey to this 1912 home. These details allowed her overlook the inadequate gas furnace and ugly carpet in her purchase decision, though not… Read more