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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


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