Portland is a port and the largest city in the state of Oregon. Portland falls within the dry-summer mild temperate zone, also referred to as a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. The city has a temperate climate with both Oceanic and Mediterranean features. A varying climate means extended use of Portland home systems and appliances like the central A/C unit, central heating and electrical system. Long-term use of appliances and systems in Portland homes can be a risk for normal wear and tear causing unexpected mechanical breakdowns. For this reason, it is recommended that all homeowners sign up for home service agreements in Portland.

Portland’s climate is characterized by warm, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. The precipitation pattern is Mediterranean, with little to no rainfall occurring during the summer months and more than half of annual precipitation falling between November and February. Temperatures have reached 90°F as early as May 3 and as late as October 5, while 80°F has been reached as early as April 1 and as late as October 21. Temperature changes with the change in seasons and the humidity means extra wear and tear on home appliances and systems. If your central heating system, central A/C unit or electrical system experiences a mechanical failure due to normal wear and tear, having protection from an expensive repair or replacement is essential because a delay can make living conditions in the home very uncomfortable for everyone and even unsafe.

One of the best ways to protect home appliances and systems in Portland is to obtain a Home Service Agreement that’s flexible, affordable, and from a trusted provider such as, American Residential Warranty. A home service agreement helps protect homeowners from the high costs of unforeseen mechanical failures of their covered appliances and home systems, and the plan provides licensed, pre-screened, pre-qualified service technicians to assess the situation. If the issue is due to normal wear and tear or mechanical failure and it is a covered item, then the appliance or system will be repaired or replaced within the terms and conditions of the plan. For covered repairs the homeowner will only have to pay a nominal service fee of $55 in most cases.

Customers with American Residential Warranty Home Service Agreements in Portland receive excellent customer service, available 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. We also provide immediate service for emergency issues and we will respond to a request for service within 24-48 hours. Customers can select their own service providers or use a technician from ARW’s larger network of licensed, pre-screened and pre-qualified technicians. By having a home service agreement, it will ensure that when a problem does occur due to normal wear and tear on a covered home system or appliance, the issue can be quickly and properly resolved without causing financial and personal distress.

Home & Lifestyle in Portland

Portland sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. As of July 1, 2015, Portland had an estimated population of just over 632,000 which makes it the 26th largest city in the U.S.

Technology is a major contributor of the city's economy, with more than 1,200 technology companies within the metro. Computer components manufacturer Intel is Portland area's largest employer providing jobs for more than 15,000 people. Portland-based, Precision Castparts and Nike are two Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Oregon. The Portland metro area has become a business center for athletic and footwear manufacturers. In addition, Portland's marine terminals alone handle over 13 million tons of cargo per year and the port is home to one of the largest commercial dry docks in the country. The Port of Portland is the largest fresh-water port and third-largest export tonnage port on the west coast. The city of Portland is largest shipper of wheat in the US and the second-largest port for wheat in the world.

Portland is known for its museums, parks, bridges and bicycle paths, and its eco-friendliness, microbreweries and coffeehouses. Iconic Washington Park encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to Oregon Zoo and its railway. Portland museums offer a variety of educational programs. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) consists of five main halls, most of which consist of smaller laboratories: Earth Science Hall, Life Science Hall, Turbine Hall, Science Playground, and Featured Exhibit Hall. The Portland Art Museum owns the city's largest art collection and with the addition of the Modern and Contemporary Art wing, it became one of the 25 largest museums in the US. The Oregon History Museum has a variety of books, films, pictures, artifacts, and maps dating back throughout Oregon's history.

Portland has a vibrant restaurant scene that is becoming well known across the nation. In 2014, the Washington Post called Portland the fourth best city for food in the United States. Portland has been named the best city in the world for street food by several publications and news outlets. The city has the most total breweries and independent microbreweries of any city in the world, with 58 active breweries within city limits. Portland hosts thriving art, theater and music scenes. In 2013, the Guardian named the city's music scene as one of the "most vibrant" in the United States. According to the New York Times, dozens of karaoke bars in Portland make it not just "the capital of karaoke" in the United States but also "one of the most exciting music scenes in America.” The city has a range of classical performing arts institutions, which include the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, and the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Portland is home to several theaters and performing arts institutions, including the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Northwest Children's Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Miracle Theatre, and Tears of Joy Theatre.

Portland's main airport is Portland International Airport. The city is also home to Oregon's only public use heliport, the Portland Downtown Heliport. Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Portland at Union Station on three routes.

Oregon is the third largest renewable energy producing state in the United States. Hydroelectric power leads the energy market in Oregon, providing nearly two-thirds of the electricity generated in the state, although it accounts for less than half of the total percentage consumed. Coal is the second largest source of the state's energy portfolio. On March 8, 2016 Gov. Kate Brown signed the Clean Energy and Coal Transition Act into law. This law mandates increases in renewable energy resources to 27% by 2025, 35% by 2030, 45% by 2035, and 50% by 2040. Under terms of the legislation, by 2035 Oregonians will no longer pay for any energy from coal by 2035.

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