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Heat Your Home Efficiently with a Heat Pump

December 4th, 2017

hot-and-cold-homesThere is a lot to love about the Pacific Northwest, from our sweeping mountain views to our vibrant cities and neighborhoods. One other part of life in the PNW that many people enjoy is the fact that our winters are relatively mild. No, not as mild as, say, Arizona’s, but we are not going to see extreme cold the way that they do in Minnesota or Vermont. Even so, you are definitely going to need a great heater installed in your home.

There is a world of difference between “relatively mild” and “comfortable,” after all. Because of our particular climate, the heat pump is actually an ideal solution for people in this area looking to heat their homes in an efficient manner. If you are thinking about replacing your heater this winter (or, for that matter, your air conditioner this summer) then you should definitely be adding the heat pump to your shortlist. Read on to learn more about how a heat pump in Shoreline, WA can benefit you.

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Why Take Advantage of Geothermal Heating?

November 20th, 2017

geothermal diagramOnce you have become a bit better acquainted with geothermal heating technology, you may find yourself wondering why you have not been taking advantage of all that geothermal heat pumps have to offer. When a geothermal heating and cooling system is installed one’s property, it offers a few key benefits that other systems really cannot match. That being said, a geothermal system is not going to be the right option for every home or every homeowner. No heater will be.

Should you decide that geothermal heating and cooling is right for your needs and personal preferences, then you need to schedule your geothermal services in Mukilteo, WA with trained professionals that you know will do the job right. That is as simple as dialing our number. The unique benefits of geothermal heating are made possible by the system’s unique design and operation, so you need a uniquely talented HVAC contractor on the job. Our team really fits the bill perfectly.

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Is Your Heater Ready for Winter?

November 6th, 2017

chilly-manCertain areas of the country really get nailed hard during the winter season, with heavy snowfalls and temperatures that regularly plummet below the freezing level. When all is said and done, our winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest is fairly mild. For those of you that think this means that your heater is not really that important, though, a rude wake-up call is likely not too far off. We can help you get your heater into fighting shape.

Your heater may not get the workout that it would in Vermont or Minnesota, but it is going to have a lot of work to do during the winter season regardless. If you are serious about ensuring that your heater is able to do that work as effectively and efficiently as possible, then you need to schedule a heating tune-up in Mukilteo, WA — and not just once, either. Heating maintenance is an annual necessity that you should be scheduling each and every year. 

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What to Do About Flickering Lights

October 23rd, 2017

bulbs-in-mirrorWhen some people think of problems with their electrical system, they may think of circuits that are constantly tripping the breaker, or even of electrical fires started by bad wiring. While these are obviously very real and very legitimate concerns, the fact is that there are plenty of other problems that homeowners may encounter that are not quite so dramatic. Just because they are not particularly dramatic, though, does not mean that they should simply be ignored.

One very common problem with electrical systems is the flickering of lights throughout the house. When homeowners have flickering lights, they may be tempted to just write the problem off as a somewhat minor annoyance. In truth, though, flickering lights could be indicative of a pretty serious problem — or they could be resolved with a very simple fix. In either case, you really should not just learn to live with your flickering lights. Keep this information in mind, and don’t hesitate to schedule service with a professional electrician in Shoreline, WA.

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The Benefits of LED Lighting

October 9th, 2017

an-incandescent-bulbYou are getting ready for bed, and make a quick trip to the restroom before heading down for a good night’s sleep. You flip the light switch on, and your yawn of exhaustion quickly changes to a groan of frustration as the bulb flashes briefly, and then snuffs out. It is just one of those minor inconveniences that can lead to real aggravation in our lives, and there is really nothing that you can do about it. Right?

Well, it is true that there is no light bulb out there today that is going to last forever. This does not mean, however, that there is not a better option out there. If you are using incandescent light bulbs, or even CFL bulbs, throughout your home, then you are missing out. On what, you ask! All of the benefits that LED lighting has to offer! LED lights are unmatched by competing types of bulbs, and in a number of ways.

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Furnaces: Gas vs. Electric

September 25th, 2017

servicing-furnaceWe are definitely moving out of the hottest time of the year, and it will not be long before we turn to our heating systems regularly to help keep our homes warm. Now is the time to be scheduling your furnace maintenance services, and to handle any necessary furnace repair in Everett, WA. If you are thinking about having a new heating system installed before the chilliest weather of the year really arrives, then it is definitely time to get that project underway. Replacing a heater is a major investment, though, so don’t rush into anything.

Even if you know that you’d like to use a furnace to heat your home, you still have some decisions to make. Mainly, are you going to be using a gas or an electric furnace to heat your living space. Like any other heating system, furnaces of any design have their pros and cons. Consider the following information, and be sure to reach out with any questions that you may have regarding your furnace selection. We have the answers that you need to choose your furnace confidently.

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Thinking About Replacing Your Heater?

September 11th, 2017

service-timeThe fact that our winters are somewhat mild compared to those in other parts of the country should not lull you into a false sense of security. If your existing heater is in no shape to handle another heating season, you are going to want to have that system replaced before the onset of winter strikes. What about those instances in which the heater is not on the brink of disaster, though? After all, it is always best to replace your heating system before a complete and total breakdown.

Before we really reach the point where our heaters are needed regularly, we suggest that you give the following information some serious thought. We are not trying to rush into the purchasing of a new heater, and the fact is that our technicians are skilled in keeping heaters up and running as long as possible. Just because your heater in Everett, WA can be kept going, however, does not mean that it should be.

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Keep Your AC Coils Clean!

August 28th, 2017

evaporator-coilAh, cleaning the house. Not exactly the most exciting way to spend a day, is it? Even so, it is something that needs to get done on something at least resembling a regular basis. What about those areas or pieces of equipment that are not covered by your regular cleaning schedule, though? What about the coils in your air conditioning system? Now, this is not something that we’d expect you to clean when you’re vacuuming the house, but it does have to be done.

There are 2 coils that you need to be concerned with when it comes to your air conditioner in Lake Stevens, WA. These are the evaporator coil, which resides in the indoor unit of your AC, and your condenser coil, in the outdoor condenser unit. Both of these coils play a major role in the overall cooling operation of your air conditioning system. If they are very dirty or otherwise compromised, you will struggle to cool your home with the success that you deserve.

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A Good Time to Upgrade Outdoor Lighting

August 14th, 2017

outdoor-sconce-lightingWe’ve had some pretty hot weather around here of late, and the days have been lasting a decent stretch of time. Even so, we’re about a third of the way through August. That means that fall and winter, along with their shorter days, are really not that far away. You may not want to think about that just yet, and we don’t blame you. We do, however, want to remind you that being prepared for the darker time of the year is definitely in your best interest.

Before the daylight really starts to slip away, it is a good idea to think about upgrading your outdoor lighting system in Marysville, WA. Once winter sets in, you are probably going to become less and less inclined to taking care of such projects around your property. Don’t let the opportunity for some great improvements pass you by! Contact a member of our team to consult with a qualified professional. We’ll make sure that your outdoor lighting system is just right for your needs and preferences.

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4 Ways a Dirty Air Filter Impacts Your Home

July 31st, 2017

dirty-air-filter-impacts-home-4-waysWhy is it that so many HVAC professionals tell their customers to change their air filter? The answer might actually surprise you. Many homeowners assume that the reason a dirty air filter is so problematic is due to the contaminants in the air, and they assume that’s why we tell them to replace or clean said air filters. This isn’t entirely the case, however.

Your air filter is in place to do more than prevent allergens from moving back into your airstream. It blocks particles from damaging the inside of your AC system by pummeling it with dust and debris, or jamming the fan. However, when an air filter is dirty, just as much damage might occur. Keep reading to learn 4 ways a dirty air filter impacts your home, and when you need professional air conditioning services in Snohomish, WA, turn to our team!

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