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Welcome to The Heated Exchange, Brian’s blog on things related to heating, air conditioning, and general home comfort. The purpose of Brian’s blog is to engage homeowner’s in a discussion about home comfort issues.

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3 Last Minute Thanksgiving Dishes You Can Make in a Flash

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 in Home Tips, The Heated Exchange | 0 comments

3 Last Minute Thanksgiving Dishes You Can Make in a Flash

Thanksgiving is near and you need to bring a side dish. Here are three extremely easy, yet festive ideas perfect for the Thanksgiving feast!

1. Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Swirls

Dried Cranberries? Check. Brie? Check. Puff Pastry? Check. Your done! Get the recipe here.

Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Swirls

halfbakedharvest.com

 

2. Baked Fontinella Cheese Dip

Drizzle cheese on olive oil, add some herbs. The Perfect dip! Get the recipe here.

Baked Fontinella Cheese Dip

eazypeazymealz.com

 

3. Roasted Garlic Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus

Chicpeas, pumpkin puree and roasted garlic.Done in minutes. Get the recipe here.

Roasted Garlic Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus

pinchofyum.com

Buzzfeed has 16 more great ideas that will inspire your side-dish aspirations. Check out 19 Thanksgiving Foods To Make If You Haven’t Started Planning Yet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoodview Heating and Air Conditioning Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 in The Heated Exchange | 0 comments

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Hoodview Heating and Air Conditioning has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

“We are humbled and honored to have been selected by Angie’s List members for this award,” said Hoodview Heating and Air Conditioning’s owner Brian Barrie. “We strive to provide a customer service experience unmatched in the industry. Angie’s List members have now recognized our customer service focus for nine years in a row.”

“Only about 5 percent of the HVAC companies in the Portland metro area have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

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Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Receive a discount and help save a child’s life

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 in The Heated Exchange | 0 comments

Hoodview Heating is sponsoring a team at #warriordash Hillsboro Oregon on September 7. I’m crawling through mud and jumping over fire for St. Jude kids You can support my efforts by making a donation today. I’ve started the donations by contributing $100. If you can help, please go here https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR?px=2793702&fr_id=10779&pg=personal to make a donation. I’ve set a goal of $2000.

Everyday We Try to Make People Comfortable, Yesterday I Did Something That Made Me Feel Good

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 in The Heated Exchange | 0 comments

As most of you know, we go into people’s homes every day, hoping to leave the house more comfortable than when we arrived. This is a very satisfying profession. But yesterday, I did something that made me feel really good about myself.

So back up a bit. For the last two years, my daughter and I have been attending a local Tae Kwon Do studio in Gresham. In the beginning, my daughter was training and learning Tae Kwon Do and the respect, discipline, and self control that is a part of this martial art. After a couple of months, I joined and began training also. Originally, my goal was to simply support my daughter and be able to help her along her journey towards a black belt.

Along the way, I discovered that this particular Tae Kwon Do studio is so much more than a martial arts training studio. Master Sam Lider does a wonderful job of creating an inclusive, family environment. This is truly a remarkable place to not only get a workout, but make lots of new friends.

So, what did I do yesterday that made me feel good? Every year, a select few, very dedicated individuals from USWC Gresham earn a position on the tournament team to compete in the US Taekwondo Association Nationals Tournament. The cost to complete in this tournament is quite expensive. All of the travel, lodging, entry fees, equipment, and daily expenses are borne by the competitor and his/her family. Yesterday Hoodview Heating donated $200 towards their goal of $6000.

Why am I telling you all this? Through the end of July, anyone who donates at least $10 towards their goal will receive a $10 credit towards a service, maintenance, or renewal of a maintenance agreement. Either print out your donation receipt, or share your donation on Hoodview’s facebook page.

Here is the link to donate and learn more about the Gresham Tournament Team. https://www.gofundme.com/9ecqgo

Oh, and full disclosure, while my daughter and I are members of the studio, neither of us are members of the tournament team. So help out, you’ll feel really good about yourself.

The Politics of Heating – Part 2 – Taxes

Posted on Mar 31, 2013 in The Heated Exchange | 0 comments

THE POLITICS OF HEATING – 2012 and 2013 Tax Credits

As part of the economic stimulus packages passed in 2009 and 2010, qualifying high efficiency heating systems were eligible for a federal tax credit.   This tax credit expired on 12/31/2011 and was not renewed for 2012.  But wait!  On January 1, 2013, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was approved, providing federal tax credits for homeowners who made energy efficient upgrades to their homes in 2012 or plan to make such changes in 2013.  The federal government approved the tax credits retroactive to 01/01/2012.  If you purchased a qualifying heating or cooling system in 2012, you could be eligible for a federal tax credit. 

To be eligible for the tax credit, the heating/cooling system must meet minimum efficiency standards.  Fossil fuel furnaces require an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 95%.  The tax credit for gas furnace is $150.  Heat pump systems require a Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) of 8.5, an Energy Efficiency Ration (EER) of 12.5, and a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 15.  Air conditioning systems require a SEER of 14, and an EER of 12.   The tax credit for a heat pump or air conditioner is $300.  Additionally, any furnace or air handler with an Advanced Main Circulating Fan is also eligible for a $50 tax credit.

If you had a new system installed in 2012 you should have received an American Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) certificate.   The efficiency ratings for your system will be listed on this certificate.  If you did not receive an AHRI certificate, and you think your system may be eligible for the tax credits, contact the installing contractor and request an AHRI Certificate. 

Press Release – Hoodview earns Angie’s List award

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 in The Heated Exchange | 1 comment

Hoodview Heating and Air Conditioning Earns Esteemed 2012

Angie’s List Super Service Award

 

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

 

Hoodview Heating and Air Conditioning has earned the service industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

 

“We are pleased and honored to have been selected by Angie’s List members for this award,” said Hoodview Heating and Air Conditioning’s owner Brian Barrie.  “We have always tried to provide a service experience for our customer’s unmatched in the industry.”

 

“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List FounderAngie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that Hoodview Heating and Air Conditioning earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.”

 

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

 

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2012 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

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Angie’s List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 550 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. More than 1.5 million paid households use Angie’s List to gain unlimited access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List magazine, and the Angie’s List complaint resolution service.

 

 

The Politics of Heating

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 in The Heated Exchange | 0 comments

Tis the season for politics, and your furnace is no exception. Your vote in November will not impact your furnace directly, but higher federal efficiency standards take effect May 1st, 2013. The new minimum standard for our region is 90% efficiency for gas furnaces, and 83% efficiency for oil furnaces. In most cases the cost of a higher efficiency furnace is recovered by a combination of tax credits, utility rebates, promotions, and/or decreased operating cost.

However, many homes use a heat pump combined with a relatively expensive to operate fossil fuel (natural gas, propane, or oil) furnace as the backup heat source. Since the heat pump can provide up to 80% of the heat, an increase in the efficiency of the backup heat generates minimal payback from reduced operating costs. Consequently, after May 1st, 2013, you will be investing more to replace your backup heating system yet realizing very little of the benefits.

Heat pumps aside, in some cases, the installation costs of a high efficiency gas furnace can become so expensive, that the offsetting benefits return very little. One of the biggest factors (after equipment cost) is the difficulty and feasibility of installing the new venting required by a high efficiency furnace. If your furnace is in the middle of the house, or in a finished basement, the new venting could very well cost more than the benefit of higher efficiency.

The average life of a furnace is 18 years. If your furnace is 15 years or older, you may want to consider replacement prior to May 1st, 2013. You’ll have all of the options available to you, and you may end up choosing a high efficiency furnace anyway. And just like in the voting booth, it will be your decision. Not someone else’s.