Quality Upgrades for HVAC Systems

The autumn months tend to be a good time for assessing the state of your HVAC system and making any necessary changes. Our long summer is finally over, but the weather is not yet as cold as it will be in just a few weeks. That provides you with a window not only to get your HVAC system checked for any problems that it may be experiencing, but a chance to improve it with the addition of timely upgrades.

Upgrades are additions to your system that help it function more effectively. In some cases, they allow the HVAC system to do its job without using quite so much energy. In other cases, they provide new features that improve the convenience of using your system. Every home is unique and the needs of your specific space may not match those of any other. That’s why it always pays to consult with a trained technician to determine the best options for your system. We’ve provided a brief list of some options below to give you an idea of the kind of options you have.


All HVAC systems come equipped with a basic filter, designed to strain out dust, hair and other particles as your system runs. It works well and you can purchase high-end filters at any hardware or home improvement store fairly easily. But changing filters can be a terrible chore: dirty, messy and required every few months if you want your HVAC system to function the way it should. (Clogged filters can slow down the flow of air as well as spreading dust around: neither of which are good for your system.)

An electronic air filter can eliminate that tiresome chore, as well as providing comprehensive dust filtration by ionizing particles as they pass through the filter. Your home becomes a lot cleaner as a result, and you won’t have to worry about changing the filters.


Centralized HVAC systems generate heated or cooled air in a single location, then spread it through the home using a series of ducts. That means you can only have one temperature throughout the entire home. Zone control systems change all that by installing a series of valves or shutters at key spots in the ductwork. By adjusting them, you can raise or lower the temperature in each section of the home individually. You can also turn off the air in parts of the home you aren’t using while still running it in parts of the home you are, which cuts down on your monthly bills a great deal.


Thermostats are designed to last a long time and if yours is more than a decade old, congratulations on getting good value out of it. However, older thermostats lack the advances that more recent models can provide, such as smart programming designed to adjust to your tastes or WiFi connections that let you control the thermostat from anywhere in the world with an app on your phone.

For these and other HVAC upgrade options in the Beaverton, OR area, call the friendly professionals at Western Heating & Cooling today!