As a trusted Portland HVAC contractor, we’re here to tell you that the most important thing about your indoor comfort system is not the equipment. Does that sound counter intuitive? We’re serious. The most important aspect of home comfort is the design and installation of your system. With that said, yes, you want that system built on the foundation of quality equipment. The great news is that we deliver both. When you trust Efficiency Heating and Cooling, you’re receiving some of the finest HVAC service in the state of Oregon — we guarantee it!
You can read general information about equipment below, or call us at 503-698-5588 to schedule a free in home estimate. We can’t wait to enhance the quality of your indoor comfort control!
An air conditioner has one primary job, and that is to compress refrigerant which chills it. The chilled refrigerant is then pumped inside to the indoor coil, and warm air from the home is forced through the coil. The refrigerant removes heat energy from the air, and the now heated refrigerant is sent back outside to the air conditioner and the process repeats.
A heat pump looks similar to an air conditioner, and acts just like one during the summer when you need to cool your home. However, when cooler weather hits Portland, a heat pump can also reverse the cooling process and heat your home! This is done by extracting heat energy from the air outside, and using that to warm the air inside. Even when outside air is cool, there is still heat energy in it.
A gas furnace is the most widely used product to provide heat to residential homes. Modern, condensing gas furnaces offer extremely high efficiency ratings along with whisper quiet operation. You no longer have to turn up the TV when the furnace kicks on! Fully modulating flames and variable speed ECM fan motors make your utility bills much lower while providing increased comfort!
A fan coil is used only when you’re not using a furnace to heat your home. For example, if you have a radiant heating system, then you would use a fan coil. The reason? Because the fan motor in your furnace is used for air conditioning as well. Without the furnace, a fan motor and indoor coil are still required to cool. These are combined into a fan coil, sometimes called an air handler.
Without one of these, your air conditioner would be completely useless. An air conditioner chills refrigerant, and pumps the refrigerant inside to the indoor coil. If you heat with a furnace, the indoor coil is contained in the evaporator coil. Warm air from the home is forced through the chilled coil. The coil absorbs heat energy from the air, and also dehumidifies it because water condensates on the coil.
Modern thermostats offer a plethora of options for controlling the comfort of your home. No longer does a thermostat simply control the temperature, but instead they feature options like weather forecasts, auto-learning, programming, remote access – and more! Call Efficiency Heating and Cooling to learn more about the ideal thermostat for your home and HVAC system.
A boiler is the typical way to provide hot water to a home. Boilers do the job well, but they do have a couple drawbacks. One is that fact that they can run out of hot water. The second drawback is that they heat water 24 hours a day whether it is needed or not. A tankless water heater heats on demand. You only pay for what you need, and you never run out when family or guests are in town
If you’ve been heating or cooling a living space with noisy window or floor units, we have great news for you — ductless air conditioning and heating products deliver efficient, quiet comfort to any living space without the need for ductwork. They’re also called “mini-splits” because like their big brothers, the equipment is split between inside and outside your home.
Your home is built to be energy efficient. However, when it’s shut tightly during an Oregon winter season, your indoor air can become quite polluted. Indoor air quality (IAQ) products integrate into your system to address air quality issues. These products work together to filter, refresh and protect the air your family breathes. IAQ products are not mutually exclusive, but each server a specific
Normal heating and air conditioning systems are called split systems, because the air conditioner (or heat pump) is located outside while the rest of the equipment is located inside. Sometimes space constraints make locating equipment indoors not possible, and in this scenario a packaged system can be the answer. Packaged systems combine everything into a single foot print.