Maintaining your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system may help prevent the spread of airborne diseases like the coronavirus From day one of this global pandemic medical professionals have asked you to wash your hands, practice social distancing, disinfect your surfaces, and wear a face masks. What have you been told about changing your air filters or circulating your indoor air? Recent studies on COVID-19 show that maintaining your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system may help prevent the spread of airborne diseases like the coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza and other viruses. COVID-19 is spread “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.” These droplets can be inhaled into the lungs through a persons nose or mouth. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that the coronavirus can [...]
Refrigerant What I see I would like to address the upcoming phase-out of the refrigerant R-22. For many years R-22 (known as Freon) has been a manufacturer’s choice as a refrigerant for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. What is happening Because of the Montreal Protocol of 1989, many countries have agreed to end production of R-22 by the year 2020. With the proposed phase-out the supply has decreased and the cost has exponentially increased. The price is already so high it is outside of a reasonable cost for consumers. For this reason, Mill Creek Heating has chosen to cease purchasing and selling R-22. That is not to say I do not have some R-22 for emergencies. Solutions You may ask, “Now what, I have R-22 equipment but no R-22 is available.” There are several drop-in replacements for R-22 that work well with most systems. The best [...]
Summer's Coming Summer's coming - service your air conditioner now before it gets HOT! Great way is join our Coz-E-Club. Check it out at https://www.millcreekhtg.com/residential-services/maintenance/.
Summer 2017 Oregon Oregon Outside What a beautiful summer. Very little rain and lots of sunshine make a great recipe for outdoor fun. There is no place more beautiful than Oregon for hiking, biking, or spending the day on the water. What happened Unfortunately, Oregon and its surrounding states have experienced a challenging fire season. With the wind direction, a large portion of the smoky haze settled over the Willamette Valley. We had a thick blanket engulfing our state for weeks. The heat and smoke can be damaging to our bodies and our HVAC equipment. In response to all of the smoke, we tend to stay indoors and rely on our heating/cooling system to create a livable environment. What we do Now that we are in September, it is time to get our heating systems tuned up for winter. Filter changes, checking equipment operations and making repairs are important [...]
You may ask the question, “Is it important to have maintenance on my air conditioner?” Think about it this way: if you had a car that was sitting unused all winter, would you feel comfortable turning the key and taking it out on a long road trip without getting it checked out first? If you did, you would be risking a breakdown and a costly repair. By abruptly starting up your air conditioning system on the first warm day without any Preventative Maintenance, you’re taking the same risk. A hot, costly summer. Your air conditioner (AC) is a necessary household item that becomes invisible until you really need it! In Oregon, one day the outside temperature is 65 degrees, then the next day it is 89 degrees. You return home from a hard day’s work, the inside temp is 86 and your house is stifling hot. No matter how [...]