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Date: 9/19/2017 8:44 AM PDT

Fall weather is upon us, and that means it's time to test our furnaces and make sure they are going to keep us warm - especially through the Winter. If you have an aging furnace, or want to avoid high energy bills similar to last January and February, then it might be time to consider a new system. Thankfully, Trane is providing customers a fantastic deal that will make the overall cost a little bit easier to swallow. 

Introducing...The Trane Unstoppable Event! Receive up to $1000 off the purchase of a new system, and up to 60 Months at 0% APR financing. 


If you are interested in scheduling your free consultation, feel free to give us a call at
503-579-2250, or send us an email at info@ableheatingandcooling.com.


Hurry! This offer ends December 15th! 

Posted by Kelly Wilhite | Post a Comment

Date: 3/28/2017 11:34 AM PDT



Say you decide to sell your home tomorrow, but you need to replace the aging furnace prior to putting your home on the market. What do you do? You get a few bids and decide on the cheapest / least-efficient option. Why not? Investing in this home is no longer a priority. No big deal, right? This new policy may change your mind...


Beginning January 1st, 2018, the City of Portland will be introducing a new policy which exposes homeowners, sellers, and buyers to a Home's Energy Score. This Energy Score will help homeowners make more informed decisions when improving their home's energy efficiencywithout immediately going for the "bottom of the barrel" option. 
According to the Energy Trust of Oregon, these Home Energy Scores will convey information about energy use and associated costs. So, when homeowners begin selling their home next year, they must:
  1. Obtain a Home Energy Performance Report (that will include an energy score)
  1. Disclose the information from the report to the City of Portland at the time of sale, or before the home is listed on the market. 



So, say you decide to sell your home tomorrow, but you need to replace the aging furnace prior to putting your home on the market. What do you do? I bet you'll be less focused on the price of the furnace, and more focused on how much a buyer would be willing to pay for your home




To learn more about the Home Energy Score Policy, visit the City of Portland's website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/71421



Posted by Kelly Wilhite | Post a Comment

Date: 3/21/2017 10:25 AM PDT

It has been confirmed that the Residential Energy Tax Credits will no longer be available 2018. These tax credits would impact residential heating & cooling improvements like updating your gas furnace, heat pump, and/or ductless heat pump system. 

With this in mind, now may be the time to start thinking about replacing your aging and unreliable equipment before those tax credits expire! Take a look at the list of available tax credits below to see what you may qualify for when updating your system:


For more information regarding the Residential Energy Tax Credit expiring, please visit the Oregon Department of Energy's website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/energy/at-home/pages/furnaces.aspx



Posted by Kelly Wilhite | Post a Comment

Date: 3/13/2017 2:43 PM PDT

This Spring we have teamed up with Trane to offer our customers the Weather Any Season promotion for 0% APR for up to 60 Months! This means our customer have the ability to enjoy a brand new heating & cooling system without worrying about their wallets. 

If you have an aging system that you've considered replacing, now's the time to get your free consultation scheduled! 


Posted by Kelly Wilhite | Post a Comment

Date: 2/23/2017 9:24 AM PST

Now that the frigid temperatures have come and gone (hopefully for good!), your energy bill has probably started to fall, but it's time to consider what types of devices in your home are sucking your energy budget dry.

Below is a list of appliances that silently use up a noticeable amount of energy that can drive your PGE bill up. 


Posted by Kelly Wilhite | Post a Comment

Date: 2/1/2017 12:19 PM PST

If you experienced a high PGE or NW Natural bill, just know you're not alone! Everyone in the Portland Metro area felt the pinch. 

According to KATU's article published this morning, one Oregon City resident had their PGE bill reach as high as $531! Despite having high efficient windows and doors, their bill was the highest it had ever been. However, temperatures remained in the upper 20's (even teens!) and never let up. Regardless of the using a gas furnace, heat pump, or all electric system - there was no way to escape the amount of energy used, especially with residents home-bound for days on end as a result of closed schools. 

Next time (which could be as early as the end of this week!), here are a few things to keep in mind to reduce that energy bill down as low as possible, without any surprises:

  • Keep your indoor temperature at a constant temp during the day
    • If the desired indoor temperature constantly fluctuates, your heating system will ramp up and use a lot of energy to get there. Most units have single stage motors, and work like a light switch to provide you with heat. That constant cycling and on/off action will cause your PGE bill to rise. 
  • Turn down the indoor temperature by only 2 degrees in the evening
    • Just like adjusting your thermostat to a higher temp, lowering it too low at night will cause your furnace and/or heat pump systems to run too hard to reach your desired temperature in the morning. Try adjusting it no more than 2 degrees so your system is not working as hard
  • For heat pump users, turn on your Emergency Heat if the temperature drops below 30
    • Heat pumps work great in mild temperatures, but can lack in efficiency and comfort if the temperature outside reaches below freezing. Instead, give it a rest and begin using your back up/emergency heat until temperatures climb back about 32 degrees. This will cause a bump in your electricity bill, but your equipment and cold family will thank you
  • Open all vents and check/change your filters
    • It seems silly, but furnaces are very finicky if there is any lack in airflow. For example, if more than 10% of your home's duct vents are closed, the furnace is having to push the amount of air meant to heat the entire home in less area than necessary. This will damage your heating system, and potentially cause it to die prematurely. If the furnace filter is not replaced regularly, it too will have the same affect.
  • Consider Updating your HVAC system
    • This may be tough to think about, but it may be time to replace your aged/outdated furnace with a more energy-efficient unit. Most gas and electric furnaces have a 10 to 20 year lifespan, depending on how often the furnace has been maintained. Below is an image of Heat Strips in an Electric furnace. If you have this type of system and use it as your primary heat source, don't suffer any longer with a high energy bill! You can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system (and reduce your energy bill by up to 50%) with the installation of a new heat pump! Give us a call today for a free consultation. 
Electric Furnaces warm up internal Heat Strips to produce warm air in your home. These units are known to be very inefficient, and will cause your energy bill to rise drastically.


To read more from PGE Experts, or if you'd like to monitor your energy use, please read KATU's article to access the link: http://katu.com/news/local/power-customers-shocked-as-bills-doubled

Stay warm out there, Portland!





Posted by Kelly Wilhite | Post a Comment

Date: 1/4/2017 1:18 PM PST


With the new year brings new tax credits and incentives for homeowners! 

Effective January 1st, 2017, the Oregon State Tax Credits available for heating & cooling applications include:


Unfortunately, the Federal Tax Credits for heating & cooling systems have not been renewed for 2017. If any changes take place, we'll be sure to let you know!


Posted by Kelly Wilhite | Post a Comment

Date: 12/21/2016 8:29 AM PST

Enjoy a safe and warm holiday this year! If you have any troubles at all with your heating system, don't hesitate to give us a call. You will always reach an Able Heating & Cooling employee - no answering service here! 

Posted by Kelly Wilhite | Post a Comment

Date: 12/14/2016 1:56 PM PST

A big shout out to all of our Angie's List Members who helped us achieve the finest most prestigious Angie's List Award - The Super Service Award!

We couldn't have done it without you! 



Posted by Kelly Wilhite | Post a Comment

Date: 11/30/2016 3:25 PM PST


Over the past several years, homeowners have been given the opportunity to receive residential energy tax credits when they improved the efficiency of their homes, including insulating attics, replacing windows, installing new water heaters, and updating heating and/or cooling equipment.

In our industry alone, homeowners who purchase qualifying equipment receive a Federal Tax Credit ranging from $150 to $300 per unit! 


Recently, it has been rumored that these Federal Tax Credits are set to expire by the end of 2016!

To learn more about these available tax credits, and how to take advantage of them, click on the link below to read more from Energy.gov:


If you would like to receive a quote to upgrade your furnace or air conditioner before these tax credits expire, give us a call today!


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