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Welcome to Air Stars’ Stellar New Website!

We Launched It to Better Serve You! Greetings, passengers! Welcome aboard! We can’t wait for you to explore our new online space. It’s designed to get you where you need…... Read Article

Rebranding as Air Stars

If you haven’t heard the news, Clean Energy Comfort (CEC) is rebranding as Air Stars Heating & Cooling. The idea started with a conversation about redesigning our van wraps. We…... Read Article

Touring the Trane Factory in Tyler, Texas

Recently we had the pleasure of touring the Trane factory in Tyler, Texas. We made the decision to partner up with Trane as a dealer, and touring the factory was…... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: It's Dining Room Week

It’s a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: we’re diving into dining areas with Dining Room Week. The dining room table is a busy center of family life.…... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Kitchen Week Wrap-Up

This week, we’ve kicked it in the kitchen, cleaning and organizing everything from the counters to the pantry. Time for a weekend wrap-up! Today, take the last steps to clean,…... Read Article

From Fixer-Upper to Refined Farmhouse

While resurrecting a falling-down circa 1850 home, the owner found poetry in salvaged sinks, antique tile, and a couple of pros who could bring her design ideas to life... Read Article

How to Treat and Prevent Ice Dams

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains the best ways to keep your roof and gutters free from those dreaded ice dams... Read Article

TOH Editors' Picks: More Great Indoor and Outdoor Products

Of the many tools, materials, and other home-improvement products that we discover every month, here are the standouts... Read Article

Create a Jewel-Box Dining Room

Pattern play and a color scheme worthy of a Fabergé egg create a lively gathering space that’s traditional but not staid... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: The Magic of Menu Planning

How to save on grocery bills, week in and week out? Hint: the answer isn’t couponing. It’s not refunding. It’s menu planning. Smart shoppers know that the menu planning process…... Read Article

Clean Energy Comfort is Honored with Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015

We are very excited to announce that Clean Energy Comfort has once again been honored with the Super Service Award for 2015 in the HVAC category. Below is a press…... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Boost Your Pantry Power

What’s the difference between an organized dinner hour and chaos in the kitchen? A well-stocked pantry! A pantry is not a place, it’s an attitude–and you have one if you…... Read Article

Oil Furnace Service & Maintenance Training

Today we had a training session with our technicians on the basics of proper oil furnace service and maintenance. Our Senior Technician, Steve, is one of the few great oil…... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Clean Out the Freezer

Cruising into the new year during Preview Week, we cleaned out the refrigerator. Now that it’s Kitchen Week, it’s time to take on the fridge’s cold companion: the freezer. Today…... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Clear Kitchen Countertops

What’s taken up residence on your kitchen counters? The old real estate maxim works for kitchens, too: “location, location, location!” In the kitchen, countertop space represents the room’s most prestigious–and…... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Cut Clutter in the Kitchen

When we dream of an ideal kitchen, the room we visualize is usually spare, clean and serene. But when we open our eyes to reality, we’re faced with a basic…... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Kitchen Week

It’s a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: kitchen and pantry take center stage during Kitchen Week. In the days ahead, we’ll declutter, deep-clean and organize the kitchen,…... Read Article

Pull Off 2016 Design Trends with Antiques

A-list interior designers share their tips on staying current with period charm... Read Article

8 Creative Design Ideas From Outrageous Kids' Playrooms

Doable ideas for play areas that put your blanket fort to shame... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Living Room Week Wrap-Up

Living Room Week is drawing to a close; time for a weekend wrap-up! Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize the living room. Looking ahead, the New…... Read Article

Read This Before You Organize Your Garage

Our clutter-busting guide to help get yours shipshape for National Clean Out Garage Day... Read Article

How to Hang a Kitchen Wall Cabinet

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner purchase and install a kitchen wall cabinet... Read Article

Show Us Your Remodel!

Enter your whole house redo for a chance to land on the cover of the October issue and to win $10,000... Read Article

Save This Old House: North Carolina Queen Anne Filled with Treasures

A desirable location and charming details make a heavy reno worth the trouble... Read Article

10 Treehouses That Are Nicer Than Your House

A loftier approach to real-estate envy... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Making Sense of Household Scents

Standing on the threshold, the living room is lovely to look at, clean and organized. Soft sofa, attractive artwork, pleasant lighting all beckon. But the nose wrinkles. Do you smell…... Read Article

Heating & Cooling Tax Credits for 2016

A new year has begun, and with it, there are some updates to tax credits for heating & cooling products. The Oregon Residential Energy Tax Credit program has a couple…... Read Article

Fix Household Problems Without Spending a Dime

Save yourself a trip to the store and some money, too, by trying these smart work-arounds for common home-related gripes... Read Article

Walk-ins Welcome for His-and-Hers Closets

Flat-pack shelving and storage pieces fast-track the DIY design-build of a couple’s closets... Read Article

How to Maintain Your Snow Blower

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook gives tips on how to keep a snow blower running through every storm... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Light Up the Living Room

Floors and furniture, walls and decor all work together to create an inviting living room, but without light, they’re cardboard actors on a darkened stage. What’s the state of lighting…... Read Article

Steal Ideas from Our Best Yard and Garden Transformations Ever

Use our most stunning back- and front-yard makeovers to help inspire your outdoor rooms... Read Article

7 Surprising Built-In Bookcase Designs

Embrace the not-your-basic bookcase with these inspirational photos and how-tos... Read Article

Build a Storage Shelf for an Over-the-Door Display

A clever solution inspired by Colonial-era homes... Read Article

How to Perform a Whole-House Energy Audit

This Old House host Kevin O’Connor and a specialist perform a whole-house energy audit... Read Article

An Outmoded Fireplace Gets an Upgrade for Under $60

A TOH editor’s unlovely brick acquires a polished white finish at a fraction of plaster’s cost... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Control "Clicker" Clutter

They’re hard-working and indispensable features of modern life: remote controls, commonly referred to as the “clicker”. Thing is, in modern homes, they’ve arrived in multiple. How many clickers live in…... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Declutter Living Room Decor

The New Year brings a breath of fresh air to daily life; today, we’ll reflect that seasonal change with a decor declutter. As we deep-clean and organize the living room…... Read Article

Jumpstart January For An Organized Year

Face it: it’s January. Dreary weather is matched only by the dreariness of a house stripped of holiday decorations. Children slog through the great dull stretch between New Year’s Day…... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: Life in the Living Room

At the outset of Living Room Week, an important question arises. Who’s living in your living room, and what do they do there? Some homes feature a formal living room,…... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge: It's Living Room Week

It’s a new week in the New Year Cleaning Challenge: today, we take on the living room. In the days ahead, we’ll consider how our living room is used, and…... Read Article

How to Secure an Undermount Kitchen Sink

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner reattach an undermount kitchen sink to a granite countertop... Read Article

8 Exotic Plants That Take Up to a Decade—or More—to Bloom

Run-of-the mill garden plants bloom predictably, but these unusual species take years to produce flowers. Worth the wait? You decide…... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 14: Entryway Week Wrap-up

Entryway / Foyer Week is drawing to a close; time for a weekend wrap-up! Today, take the last steps to clean, declutter and organize entry areas to your home. Looking…... Read Article

Grow a Garden From Kitchen Scraps

Don’t throw these eight fruits and veggies in the compost bin. Give them a new life in an indoor garden... Read Article

How to Install a Ceiling Fan on a Cathedral Ceiling

This Old House host Kevin O’Connor and electrician Scott Caron head to Denver to install a fan on a cathedral ceiling... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 12: Clean Out the Coat Closet

In the Northern Hemisphere, January brings the year’s coldest weather–and puts new demands on the family coat closet. How do you store the family’s outerwear during blustery weather? Today in…... Read Article

Goalposts: What Football Players Know About Setting And Reaching Goals

Wheeling my shopping cart down the aisle at the supermarket this week, I was forced to take notice that it was, indeed, football season. With my attention distracted by a…... Read Article

Life-Changing Tips for a More Organized Home

Learn what the experts do when it comes to keeping their homes in order... Read Article

All About Bamboo Flooring

With lustrous beauty and newfound durability that rival hardwood’s, this sustainable material is now delivering a host of versatile looks... Read Article

Vacuum Cleaner Tune-Up

Some quick fixes may save you the cost of a new model... Read Article

How to Compost at Home

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada gets a lesson on the best ways to compost organic materials at home... Read Article

14 Essentials to Prepare for a Blizzard

What to stock up on and how to prepare your home when the snow starts falling hard... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 11: Stop Dirt at the Door

Friends and family members aren’t the only guests that enter the house through the entryway. Less desirable visitors hitch a ride inside, too: dirt, dust and dander carried into the…... Read Article

Tame Morning Madness with a Family Launch Pad

Morning Madness! Only the pre-dinner “Arsenic Hour” comes close in the “Calgon, take me away!” category. Bathroom fights, soggy cereal, and the ever-present, “Mommy! I can’t find my . .…... Read Article

New Year Cleaning Challenge Day 9: Set Up a Family Launch Pad

As we clean, declutter and organize the entryway this week, it’s a natural time to think about morning routines. How well do you and your family hit the road each…... Read Article

Resolutions Rescue: Clean Out The Refrigerator

Standing in line at the supermarket check stand, nobody can deny that we’re on the dreary downside of a new year. Tabloid headlines scream the weight-loss secrets of the stars,…... Read Article

Holiday Clean Up: Clutter Cutting Ideas for Year's End

Even in the midst of holiday cheer, it’s time to look ahead to a clean and organized New Year–if you can see it, over the clutter of Christmas Past. Ready…... Read Article

Take the New Year Cleaning Challenge

Christmas has come and gone … and left a mess behind. Looking around, you wonder how you’ll ever dig out in time for Spring! Solution? Take the Challenge! Roar into…... Read Article

Winter Preparedness Checklist

When wintry weather blows, will your family be prepared? Winter brings special seasonal challenges to an organized home. Winter storms can make navigating roads and walkways hazardous; power outages and…... Read Article

Declutter 101: How To Cut Clutter At Home

Here at OrganizedHome.Com, we hear the cry every week: “Help! I’m drowning in clutter and don’t know where to begin!” Whether it’s due to poor habits, a packrat spouse, or…... Read Article

Party Time: Four Steps To Easy Entertaining

Shhh! Don’t look now, but the holidays are right around the corner. Will you be ready to offer hospitality in your home? Busy home managers have many reasons to dread…... Read Article

Halloween Candy Overload? Repurpose, Recycle and Reduce the Trick-or-Treat Haul!

Halloween night is coming … and so is the morning of November 1st! For parents, that’s the time when the excitement of Trick-or-Treat night gives way to post-Halloween reality: what…... Read Article

Lennox Solar-Ready Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners

As a Lennox Dealer, we are very excited about the Lennox SunSource Solar-Ready heat pumps and air conditioners. Lennox has designed multiple heat pump and air conditioner options to plug…... Read Article

CEC Heating & Air Conditioning is Moving to Keizer

Around the 1st part of June, CEC Heating & Air Conditioning is moving to Keizer. We will be located at 3816 River Rd. N, directly across from Uptown Music. We…... Read Article

Article: The Importance of Product Testing by Your Home Cleaning Company

Product testing doesn’t have to be a complicated process or take much time, but it does need to be a planned and defined process with specific things to measure and…... Read Article

Lennox It Is

After careful consideration, and many meetings with multiple equipment manufacturers, we have decided to become a Lennox dealer. We decided to make a change, so that we can offer our…... Read Article

How Much Will a New Air Conditioner Cost?

If you are interested in adding air conditioning to your home this summer, one of the first questions you will ask is “how much will a new air conditioner cost?”…... Read Article

Common Sense Contracting

At Clean Energy Comfort, we apply a common sense approach to contracting. As a heating and air conditioning contractor, we hear all too often from our customers that they had…... Read Article

What Size Air Conditioner Will Work for My Home?

If you are in the market for a new air conditioner for your home, one of the most important questions to have answered is what size air conditioner you will…... Read Article

Article: P&G Professional Offers Free Online CEH-REH-Level Courses

P&G Professional is pleased to offer those who hold CEH and REH status from IEHA free online courses for CEU credits.... Read Article

Article: Help Protect Your Home Against Burglary

There is no foolproof way to protect your home against a break-in, as a determined thief will find a way, but certain steps will help deter it.... Read Article

What is a Modulating Furnace?

A modulating furnace is the perfect gas furnace for our climate in the Willamette Valley. A modulating furnace has the ability to run at a very low heat setting, a…... Read Article

WiFi Connected Thermostats Offer Greater Control

In today’s world everything is becoming connected, so why would your thermostat be any different? WiFi connected thermostats for your home allow you to monitor and control your heating and…... Read Article

What is a Two Stage Furnace?

Have you heard of a two stage furnace, but are not quite sure what that is? A two stage furnace is simply a gas furnace that has two heat settings,…... Read Article

Lower Your Energy Costs on St. Patrick’s Day

5 Ways to Save Green with Lower Energy Costs on St. Patrick’s Day, and Beyond First of all, happy St. Patrick’s Day to you. Hope that you are having a…... Read Article

WiFi Connected Thermostats for Your Home

WiFi Connected Thermostats Offer Greater Control In today’s world everything is becoming connected, so why would your thermostat be any different? WiFi connected thermostats for your home allow you to…... Read Article

Connected Thermostats for Your Home

In today’s world everything is becoming connected, so why would your thermostat be any different? A Wi-Fi connected thermostat for your home allows you to monitor and control your home’s…... Read Article

To Double Space or Not to Double Space?

How many of you out there were taught to type with a double space after the punctuation to end a sentence?  <- See example. With the exception of the double…... Read Article

Ductless Heat Pump Rebates

There have been some great ductless heat pump rebates available from utilities in Oregon and Washington for a few years now. Homes that have electric zonal heat, such as baseboard,…... Read Article

Introducing New Furnaces From Rheem

It has been long awaited, but the wait is coming to a close, and it appears to have been worth it. Rheem is rolling out their new furnace line, and…... Read Article

Ductless Mini Splits – Whole House Heating and Cooling

Ductless Mini Splits to Heat & Cool Your Whole House We are continually impressed with the heating and cooling abilities of ductless mini split systems. We have done entire houses…... Read Article

Heating and Cooling Talk

Let’s Talk Heating and Cooling Wanting to learn more about Clean Energy Comfort, or have general questions about heating and cooling?  We will be featured on the Home & Garden…... Read Article

Blog Post: Cleaning Up After Our Furry Friends – Dyson DC41 Review

As us pet owners are well aware, it can be a task to remove the pet hair and dander that quickly accumulate in our homes. Fortunately, the Dyson DC41 Animal…... Read Article

Ductless Heat Pump – How’s it Going to Look?

What will the indoor unit on my ductless heat pump system look like on my living room wall? I talk to many homeowners about a ductless heat pump as a…... Read Article

Video: Green Cleaning All-Purpose Spray

HC Producer series winner Leslie Reichert demonstrates how to make your own DIY green cleaning all purpose spray.... Read Article

Rheem Instant Savings Promotion

Save up to $1,200 Instantly From March 15th to June 15th, 2013, homeowners can take advantage of a Rheem Instant Rebate that offers savings up to $1,200 with the purchase…... Read Article

Springtime in Oregon, and Nature’s Reminders

A beautiful mid-March day in Oregon is the perfect reminder of what a great place we live.  The darkness and rain give way, for a brief moment, to allow us…... Read Article

Are Ductless Heat Pumps Really That Efficient?

The short answer is yes, they are.  For a more detailed demonstration on the efficiency of ductless heat pump systems, I point you to a case study we started over…... Read Article

Blog Post: How to Make Cleaning Fun – Q&A

A paraphrased transcription of a recent media interview on “How to Make Cleaning Fun” …... Read Article

Video: Clean Like a Man – The Kitchen

Tom McNulty provides quick tips on how to clean the kitchen “Like a Man”.... Read Article

Video: Clean Like a Man – The Bathroom

Tom McNulty provides quick tips on how to clean the bathroom “Like a Man”.... Read Article

Book: Cheaper, Greener, Cleaner: Ceiling to Floor Savings

Easy-to-follow recipes for inexpensive, homemade cleaners that are better for the environment and for your health.... Read Article

Useful Info if You’re in the Market for a Central Air Conditioner This Summer

Have you been thinking of having central air conditioning installed, but just haven’t known where to start, or what to look for? You’re not alone.  I hear it from customers…... Read Article

Cool Products For Your Heating and Cooling System

Most people aren’t aware of just how many different accessory products are available for a heating and cooling system, whether it be related to safety and health, comfort, energy savings,…... Read Article

Book: Learning to Recycle with Terry the Trashman

A book designed to introduce kids to the importance of recycling (and their parents too).... Read Article

What to look for in a new furnace

In the market for a new furnace? So you’re in the market for a new furnace, but you’re not quite sure what features you should be looking for. To answer…... Read Article

Will a ductless heat pump work in my home?

Mitsubishi Wall Mounted Unit If you’re wondering whether or not a ductless heat pump will work in your home, the answer is more than likely yes. With the wide variety…... Read Article

Should I have my heating and air conditioning system maintained?

Preventative maintenance for a heating and air conditioning system is something that is often times overlooked. Some homeowners choose not to pay any attention to their heating and cooling system…... Read Article

Spring is upon us!

It’s that time of year.  The temperature is gradually creeping up, and the trees are starting to bloom.  With the trees and flowers blooming, allergies become a concern for a…... Read Article

Book: Pretty Neat – The Buttoned-Up Way to Get Organized and Let Go of Perfection

Pretty Neat insists that women need to stop holding themselves to impossibly high standards, and focus instead on defining their own, realistic, organizational goals.... Read Article

Mitsubishi Multi-Zone Mini Split Install – 10/21/15

Our highlighted install of the week is a Mitsubishi Multi-Zone mini split heat pump that we are installing in Silverton, OR.... Read Article

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It’s Official! We’re Now Air Stars!

We’ve said goodbye to our old name—Clean Energy Comfort—and rebranded! The good news is we haven’t said goodbye to any of the things you love about us. We’re still the same team you can trust—only better!