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If you’re on the prowl for information that will help make you a smarter consumer of heating and cooling products and services, you’ve come to the right space. Our blog is the ideal spot to discover HVAC tips that will help keep your indoor spaces comfortable and cozy and your energy costs and other HVAC-related expenses as low as possible.

How to Protect Exposed Plumbing

Exposed plumbing is vulnerable to cold temperatures. Water will freeze whenever the temperature drops to 32℉ or lower; when it does, it expands and pushes on a pipe from within.…... Read Article

Guide to Smart Thermostat Installation

Smart thermostats are one of the most popular hi-tech home gadgets. They let you control the temperature remotely and, depending on the model, it can learn your preferences and manage…... Read Article

Cost of Heat Pump Installation in Marion County

Compared to air conditioners and furnaces, heat pumps are more energy efficient. They move heat rather than generate it, plus you can use them throughout the year (a heat pump…... Read Article

How Are Lennox Solar Panels Connected to an HVAC Unit?

At Air Stars, we install AC and heating equipment from many top brands. This includes HVAC units that can be powered by Lennox solar panels. Lennox is known for its…... Read Article

How to Get the Most Out of Energy Star Heating and Cooling Systems

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), half of an average household’s energy bills (about $2,200) are spent on heating and cooling. Thus, there’s lots of room to save…... Read Article

Step-by-Step Guide to Clean the Air in Your Home

Indoor air pollution can include dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke, cooking gases, chemicals, combustion by-products, and other contaminants. Their effects not only include discomfort. They can range from coughing, sore…... Read Article

Inflation Reduction Act and what we know so far.

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 was signed into law by President Biden on August 16th, 2022, however, it does not start taking effect until 2023 at the earliest. The…... Read Article

Top Features in New Water Heaters

Invented in the late 1800s, and commonplace by the early 1910s, tank water heaters didn’t change much for decades. But the 21st century has seen innovations in design and efficiency.…... Read Article

How to Know Furnace Repair Isn’t Enough This Holiday Season

The heating season is here and your trusty furnace has been going for 10, 15, or even 20 years. You may be tempted to keep fixing it. But with the…... Read Article

What Are the Main Components of a Hydronic HVAC System?

The connection between HVAC and plumbing is often misunderstood. Standard central ACs and heaters are tied in with plumbing systems, especially when you consider condensate drains, refrigerant tubing, and how…... Read Article

How Does an Electric Load Service Center Differ from a Breaker Panel?

An electric load service center, or simply “load center”, is a service box that distributes power supplied by the utility company to the electrical circuits in your home. Does this…... Read Article

DIY vs. Hiring Electricians

Many people feel electrical work can be a DIY project. Sure, doing repairs yourself avoids paying labor costs, but the risks of doing so outweigh any potential benefits. Electricians are…... Read Article

Air Stars Guide: How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

A garbage disposal is a convenient appliance and helps keep your kitchen clean. But the unit itself must be cleaned from time to time. Otherwise, it can get clogged and…... Read Article

Who Invented Air Conditioning?

Even here in the Willamette Valley, most people rely on air conditioning for much of the year. Most people don’t think about the origins of AC, just that it helps…... Read Article

Tips for Saving on Heat Pump Repair Services

Tips for Saving on Heat Pump Repair Services Fixing a heat pump can mean paying a steep repair bill. According to HomeAdvisor, the national average for heat pump repair in…... Read Article

How to Maintain a Ductless Heating/Cooling Unit

A ductless air conditioner is extremely efficient, while being easier to install and more cost-effective over its lifespan than a central AC system. However, you’ll only benefit if your air…... Read Article

Why You Should Install a Daikin HVAC System

Daikin air conditioners are among the highest quality, most desirable HVAC systems on the market. The reputability of Daikin as a manufacturer and AC brand is appreciated by home and…... Read Article

Is a Separate Heat Pump Air Handler Necessary?

A separate air handler is typically required for an electric heat pump. The heat pump air handler delivers heating or cooling inside your home, while the outdoor unit of a…... Read Article

Why Is My Air Conditioner Dripping Water Outside?

Air conditioners sometimes leak water outside. Normally, this amounts to only a little condensation. It should dry up quickly, especially on a hot day. But if the leak persists, and…... Read Article

5 Summer Residential Plumbing Maintenance Tips

The summer season brings warm weather and the kids back from school until the start of the new academic year in the fall. Summer is normally associated with increased usage…... Read Article

Evaporative Cooling vs. Air Conditioning: Which Is Better?

Most people are familiar with traditional air conditioning systems, but many are seeking more energy efficient, environmentally friendly alternatives. An evaporative cooling system is one such option. Here, we’ll explain…... Read Article

Ways To Save On Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

When the summer months hit, the accompanying heat also comes along and forces us to use the AC more often. As a result, energy bills increase. Despite this expected sequence…... Read Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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