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What Is a SEER Rating?

Consumers shopping for ACs may ask, “What is SEER?” This term stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In short, it is a measure of air…... Read Article

What Does a Water Softener Do?

Hard water is present in about 85% of the U.S.1 As water passes through rock and soil, it picks up calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. While hard water does not…... Read Article

Should I Leave My AC Fan On?

Many people leave their AC set to “Auto”, which allows it to cycle on and off to maintain the set temperature. As such, the fan will automatically turn on when…... Read Article

Quick Steps to Make a Water Leak Repair

Most of the time, it’s best to call a plumber to deal with a water leak. But small leaks from an obvious source can sometimes be fixed quickly. First, you…... Read Article

Common Central AC Installation Mistakes

  Properly installed central AC components tend to last longer. Meanwhile, you’ll probably spend less on repairs and service over the life of the system. It should run more reliably…... Read Article

Can I Perform Electrical Maintenance Myself?

Some homeowners may feel comfortable with replacing a light switch, light fixture, or outlet. But there are many things to consider if you’re going to attempt electrical work. Any trained…... Read Article

Dangers of Misusing Your Electric Service Panel

A residential service panel receives electricity via two 120-volt service wires from outside. It then distributes this electricity to all the circuits in your home and to every appliance, electronic…... Read Article

How to Determine Water Heater Delivery Capacity

Water heater performance is an important consideration when selecting the right model for your home. The amount of hot water a unit can deliver is a key factor. While performance…... Read Article

How to DIY Thermostat Repair

If your home isn’t the right temperature, no matter how often you adjust the thermostat, it may not be time to summon an HVAC contractor. Thermostats can malfunction or break…... Read Article

How Does an AC Condenser Unit Work?

When talking about HVAC systems, the condenser is one of the most often-mentioned components. An AC condenser unit is part of the outdoor unit where heat is dissipated from refrigerant…... Read Article

6 Benefits of Always Running Your HVAC Fan

6 Benefits of Always Running Your HVAC Fan  A properly sized and installed furnace and air conditioner should serve your home well for many years. The HVAC fan is an…... Read Article

HVAC Tips for a Finished Attic Space

While many people think an attic is for hoarding things they don’t need, it can actually be a convenient living space. Converting an attic into a bedroom, for example, can…... Read Article

15 Facts About Air Conditioning You Never Knew

For most people, air conditioning is a modern convenience. It’s easy to use—just turn it on, or raise or lower the temperature, to stay comfortable. But there’s more to it;…... Read Article

Can a Clogged Gutter Affect My Plumbing?

If you’re reading this title for the first time, you might be perplexed. There’s plumbing inside the walls, water lines under floors, and pipes above ceilings. That’s within your home.…... Read Article

What Does Black Mold Look Like?

  The appearance of mold can be related to the condition of your HVAC and plumbing systems. Excess humidity and levels of moisture provide an environment for mold spores to…... Read Article

Should I Buy a Whole House Humidifier?

  Too much humidity can cause mold and other problems. But too little humidity causes issues as well. Dryness is something you can avoid with a humidifier. Smaller ones are…... Read Article

Choosing the Best Glass Cleaner for Your Shower

With so many glass cleaners on the market, it can be tough to decide which one to use. It’s important to keep glass shower doors clean. Otherwise, microorganisms can start…... Read Article

How to Replace a Toilet Shut Off Valve

The toilet shut-off valve may get little, if any, use; all the while, its rubber washers may dry rot. Just a slight turn can then cause the valve to leak.…... Read Article

PEX vs. Copper Pipes

Water supply pipes are mainly available in two materials—copper and cross-linked polyethylene, or PEX. Copper has historically been a common piping material. It is still widely used, while PEX flexible…... Read Article

How to Fix a Leaky Bathtub Faucet

A dripping faucet may just seem annoying. However, one drip per second, in a single year, wastes over 3,000 gallons of water, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A…... Read Article

12 Signs You Need Air Duct Repair

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 30% of the energy consumed by your HVAC system can be lost due to faulty ductwork. The signs of a duct problem…... Read Article

Spring Showers Plumbing Maintenance Guide

Is spring cleaning just a quick neatening up of your house? Think again. Not every homeowner considers plumbing maintenance as part of their spring-cleaning routine. But it’s the perfect time…... Read Article

Electric vs. Gas Water Heater: Which Is Best for You?

Water heaters come in electric or gas models. Both options are similar in that they both get you hot water for daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and showering. The…... Read Article

How Long Should a Furnace Last?

How Long Should a Furnace Last? Sometimes you can predict how long a furnace will last depending on its size, various installation factors, and the comfort it provides. Estimates on…... Read Article

What Is a Mini Split Heat Pump?

A mini split heat pump is an energy efficient alternative to traditional heating and air conditioning systems. Unlike other A/C systems, it does not use ductwork, hence the term “ductless…... Read Article

What Is a Leak Detection Test?

There are various forms of leak detection. In manufacturing, specialized equipment can identify leaks in plastic bottles, O-rings, and soldered joints. Everything from beverage cans and aerosol containers to pressure…... Read Article

5 Reasons to NEVER DIY a Heating Repair

Homeowners have become more handy, educated, and self-sufficient over the past few decades. There’s practically no limit to the DIY videos and how-to guides you can find. But when it…... Read Article

10 Signs You Need Electrical Panel Replacement

An electrical panel can be expected to last 20 to 25 years. In some homes, it may be 30, 40, or 60 years since it’s been installed. If so, it’s…... Read Article

How to Get Instant Hot Water from Your Water Heater

Water heaters are effective but often sluggish, especially when it’s very cold or the hot water tap has been off for a while. This doesn’t mean anything’s wrong with your…... Read Article

Heat Pump vs Furnace, Which Is Best?

Choosing the right heating system for your home can be a tough decision. When it comes to deciding between a heat pump vs furnace, weighing things like heating costs, efficiency,…... Read Article

What Goes into Re-Piping a House?

If you have an old house, re-piping can save a lot of time and money in the long run. Rusted, worn out pipes can develop small leaks or fail entirely…... Read Article

7 Signs You Need Emergency Furnace Repair

  Having your furnace conk-out on a cold winter’s night is not an ideal situation, especially if you’re snowed in and a technician is unable to get to it right…... Read Article

Facts About Excavation & Sewer Line Repair

  Not many homeowners think about the health of their home’s sewer lines or whether they are operating properly, but they are an integral element of any working home. And…... Read Article

How to Prep Your House for A Portland Winter

  Portland winters are typically both wet and cold which can lead to problems more than just a snowed-in driveway. Knowing how to do things like winterize pipes and weatherstrip…... Read Article

8 Winter Heating Tips for Your Home

  Oregon gets quite cold in the winter and has a lot of residents trying to find heating hacks that will save money while keeping their homes nice and toasty…... Read Article

How to Conduct a Gas Leak Detection

Natural gas is a fossil fuel that comes from deep below the Earth’s surface. It consists of methane, as well as non-hydrocarbon gasses and other liquid hydrocarbons in underground rock…... Read Article

Should I Cover My AC Unit in Winter?

When summer’s over and fall nights roll into town, off goes the A/C and on goes the heat. Fall’s a great time to maintain home systems, and outdoor A/C units…... Read Article

How to Find the Best Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are not only space-saving and reliable (they never run out of water), but also save a great deal of water and energy. While they cost more initially…... Read Article

What to Do Before Calling an Emergency Plumber on A Holiday

  Are you afraid of needing an emergency plumber? A plumbing emergency can happen to anyone, but it’s especially a nightmare during the holidays. What could be worse than having…... Read Article

What Is a Geothermal Heat Pump?

  A geothermal heat pump is a renewable energy technology that has been around since the 1940s, now gaining new traction in residential and commercial markets. Also known as a…... Read Article

7 Signs You Need a Furnace Tune-Up

  Winter is quickly approaching which means it’s time for your yearly furnace tune-up. Nothing is worse than returning home from work to find the inside temperature a bone-chilling 50…... Read Article

How to Pick the Most Efficient HVAC System

  Finding the most efficient HVAC system requires some research into the latest products and knowing what is best suited for your home. Energy efficiency is achieved on many levels.…... Read Article

Should I Buy a Ductless Heat Pump?

While homeowners have a gambit of heating and cooling options to choose from, the ductless heat pump is becoming one of the most popular. Sometimes used with a ductless mini-split…... Read Article

Pro’s and Con’s of Owning a Gas Furnace

A gas furnace is one of the primary choices when it comes to heating homes across the United States. While equally effective as an electric furnace, there are pro’s and…... Read Article

Could Relocating Your Thermostat Cause Ghost Readings?

Do you need to relocate your thermostat? If you’re getting ghost readings it may be a good idea. Your thermostat works by measuring the temperature around it to control your…... Read Article

Sky Heating’s HVAC Ductwork Sizing Guide

The right sized ductwork ensures your HVAC system will work efficiently. If the ducts are too small, the system will work harder and use more energy; oversized ducts will reduce…... Read Article

HVAC Financing Guide

Most people, when it’s time to replace their air conditioner or furnace, think about whether they can afford to do so. Any HVAC appliance is an investment. And if your…... Read Article

5 Benefits of Indoor Air Quality Testing

Indoor air quality testing helps find the cause of symptoms people are experiencing in the home or office. Poor air quality has a wide range of effects. Regular testing can…... Read Article

How Much Should HVAC Ductwork Installation Cost?

Defective ductwork can lose 30%, 40%, or as much as 50% of the energy used by your HVAC system. While HVAC ductwork installation is costly, it can save you a…... Read Article

5 Hidden Benefits of Always Running Your HVAC Fan

Running an HVAC fan continuously may sound counterintuitive. You might thinking constantly running the HVAC fan would cost more, increase motor wear, and require more frequent filter changes. Believe it…... Read Article

5 Essential Facts About Furnace Installation

Sky has been serving the Portland area since 1979. We know a great deal about furnaces and HVAC systems in general. While we’re trusted for quality furnace installation and support,…... Read Article

The Types of HVAC Filters Explained

Keeping your homes HVAC running at peak efficiency is paramount as a home owner, and knowing the types of HVAC filters available and save you thousands in time and money.…... Read Article

7 Signs You Need an AC Duct Repair

The condition of your ductwork has a direct impact on air quality everywhere in your home. Although often neglected, air ducts are critical HVAC components. In addition to air quality…... Read Article

Can a Dehumidifier Improve Indoor Air Quality?

If you live in an area with humid, muggy weather, having a dehumidifier is a good idea. While a modern AC system can improve air quality, it’s a common question…... Read Article

The Evolution of the Electrical Service Panel

The electrical service panel, also known as a breaker box, is a central distribution point that connects the external wires coming from the street with the internal cables of your home’s…... Read Article

5 Reasons to Install a Generator

If you’re search of a genuine reason to install a Generator, then look no further. In this world of modern technology, generators still play an incredibly important role in keeping…... Read Article

Should I Buy a HEPA Filter for My Home?

In this era of modern technology, new things are being developed, making human life much easier than before. The HEPA filter is one of the best gadgets in this concern.…... Read Article

7 Common AC Problems

As frequently used as they are replied upon, air conditioners are an essential appliance. As much as we try, ac problems occur all too often in the summer months. An…... Read Article

Cheap Life Hacks to Cut Down Your Water Bill

Saving on your water bill can be as simple as changing your habits. While utility prices, climate conditions, and population growth are out of your control, your actions are not.…... Read Article

Save On Air Conditioning This Summer

Roughly 12% of energy used at home is for air conditioning, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That number can be up to 27% in hot/humid regions.1 But you’re…... Read Article

The Ultimate Heat Pump Maintenance Checklist

Maintaining your heat pump can often go overlooked in the hubbub of everyday life and home maintenance; here is the ultimate heat pump maintenance checklist to make maintaining your heat…... Read Article

HVAC FAQs

Our customers often struggle to understand the kinds of HVAC service they need. As Portland’s leading HVAC experts, Sky Heating & Air Conditioning can answer some common HVAC questions regarding…... Read Article

Ductless AC System Benefits

A ductless AC, which is simpler than a traditional HVAC system, consists of an exterior condenser or compressor and an indoor air handler. This concept is more common in Europe…... Read Article

Geothermal FAQs

At Sky Heating, we receive many questions about geothermal heating systems. Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions we get and expert answers to help you decide on the…... Read Article

The Most Common Causes of Water Leaks in the Home

The source of a water leak in your home is often hard to find. Your plumbing consists of many hidden components. Nonetheless, even a small leak can waste a lot…... Read Article

Common Sources of Carbon Monoxide in the Home

You can’t see, smell, or taste carbon monoxide, or CO, but high concentrations can be deadly. Hundreds of people in the United States succumb to its effects every year. Carbon…... Read Article

4 Reasons for Noisy Ducts

Loud noises from your ductwork can propagate throughout your entire home. The loud rush of air and sudden banging, popping, and knocking sounds can be unnerving. These noises are usually…... Read Article

Why Is My Furnace Leaking?

If you see your furnace leaking, there can be a few reasons why. The first step is to contact a technician to diagnose the problem because, if your furnace is…... Read Article

Top Spring HVAC Tips

It may not feel so warm yet, but soon enough you will be relying on your AC every day. Spring air conditioner maintenance should be part of your spring-cleaning plan.…... Read Article

Signs That Your Water Heater Is Breaking Down

Water heater failure often comes as a big surprise. However, a sudden shot of cold water from your faucets or shower isn’t typically the first sign of a breakdown. There…... Read Article

How Does A Geothermal Heat Pump Work?

Geothermal heating and cooling is becoming more popular among homeowners. You can cut your utility bills in half with a geothermal heat pump, so it can be well worth the…... Read Article

5 Signs You Need Air Duct Cleaning

Air ducts cycle all the air in your home’s HVAC system. In fact, ductwork is an extremely important part of central air conditioning. A dirty air duct can reduce system…... Read Article

10 Ways to Save Money on your Energy Bills

When you add up what you spend annually on heating and cooling costs, the numbers can be staggering. Heating accounts for about 42% of your utility bill, according to Energy.gov.1…... Read Article

Tankless Water Heater vs. Tank Water Heater

Whether you are replacing your water heater or also planning a more extensive home remodel, there are many decisions to make. Choosing between a traditional tank water heater and smaller,…... Read Article

How to Get Your HVAC System Ready for Winter

The fall season is an ideal time to schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment. Prepping your HVAC system for colder weather can avoid a breakdown and expensive repairs during the winter.…... Read Article

Benefits of an Annual Furnace Tune-Up

According to Energy Star, home heating accounts for 29% of your annual energy costs. That’s more than for cooling, appliances, or lighting. You might have more control over what you…... Read Article

Programmable vs. Smart Thermostats

A thermostat is important for keeping your home warm or cool any time of the year. It gives you control over the temperature and also tracks how cold or hot…... Read Article

How to Choose a New Air Conditioner in The Dalles

Are you shopping for a new air conditioner in The Dalles, Oregon? Buying an air conditioner is not only a major financial decision; it is one that impacts the comfort…... Read Article

How Often Does an Air Conditioner Need Service?

Homeowners in Portland and The Dalles depend on Sky Heating & Air Conditioning for regular service. The benefits of air conditioner service have been well publicized, especially in regard to…... Read Article

How to Reduce Air Conditioner Noise

Air conditioner noise is one of those things that creeps up on you. You don’t really notice it at first, and then one day, you can’t hear yourself think anymore.…... Read Article

5 Signs Your Air Filter Needs to Be Replaced

Air filter replacement is easy to forget about. However, replacing the air filter in your HVAC system is one of the easiest maintenance tasks. It can also help your home…... Read Article

7 Benefits of Duct Sealing

Residential HVAC ductwork is more prone to air leaks than most people realize. For many homeowners, it seems like no big deal, but leaky ducts are a serious problem. Up…... Read Article

What Is a SEER Rating?

When shopping around for a new air conditioner, SEER is one way to compare it to other models. This is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating.…... Read Article

HVAC Preventative Maintenance Checklist

Preventative maintenance should be performed twice a year on your heating and cooling system. While maintenance plans vary based on the age of the system, how much you use it,…... Read Article

How to Use Your AC to Lower Humidity

In Oregon, indoor humidity can get quite high during the rainy season. Ideally, relative humidity in your home should be from 30% to 50%. Any higher and it can create…... Read Article

How to Choose the Right Size Air Conditioner

Size is one of the biggest factors when installing a new air conditioner. If the unit’s capacity is too small, it will run continuously and use more energy, increasing your…... Read Article

Different Types of HVAC Filters

Air conditioners are designed to keep indoor air cool. They also contribute to fresh, clean air, but this requires the use of an air filter. The air filter is the…... Read Article

What Is a Ductless Mini Split System?

A ductless mini split cooling and heating system is beneficial if you prefer room-by-room temperature control, or zoning. It can be used in a home or a variety of commercial…... Read Article

Why is There a Trip Charge to Come to My House?

Were you aware that most companies charge either a trip charge or diagnostics charge to come to your house? There are a lot of costs of doing business for a…... Read Article

To Repair or Replace

One of the biggest questions homeowners face with their HVAC system is when to keep repairing vs when to replace. Modern HVAC systems have warranties up to 10 years for…... Read Article

The 7 Main Reasons Your AC or Heat Pump Broke

(AND THE THREE CATEGORIES THEY ALL FALL INTO) In most homes almost all breakdowns occur due to two distinct reasons, almost every issue falls into one of these three categories.…... Read Article