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Ask Our Electricians: What Is Knob and Tube Wiring?

March 12th, 2018

stripping-wiresWe do not expect our clients to have a great understanding of how their electrical systems work. That’s what our fine electricians in Marysville, WA are here for. As a homeowner, however, you should have some idea of how your system works—as well as why you may have some concerns about its components, including its wiring. If you live in an older home, then you may have knob and tube wiring in place.

While this is not the disaster that some outlets would lead you to believe, it is a good idea to have your system updated if this is the case. Today, we are going to talk about what knob and tube wiring actually is, and why using it in your home is not really ideal. As always, we urge you to contact a member of our team with any questions that you may have. Remember, only licensed, professional electricians are qualified to service your electrical system.

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Ask Our Electricians: How Do GFCI Outlets Work?

February 26th, 2018

Our modern lifestyle absolutely demands that we have electricity flowing throughout our homes. The heaters that we use to keep warm, the chargers that keep our laptops and phones charged up, and countless other appliances and devices are all dependent upon the use of electricity. While electricity is so commonplace that we hardly give a thought to it or its use in our day to day lives, it is important to remember that electricity is still quite dangerous.

While electricity still has the potential to be as dangerous as ever, however, our modern electrical systems have an ace up their sleeves—several of them, actually. There are many different safety devices and precautions in place, and the GFCI outlet is one of the most effective and reliable. Chances are that you have GFCI outlets in your house, even if you don’t actually know what they are. Today, we’ll discuss how these outlets work, where they should be installed in your home, and why you need to hire professional electricians in Marysville, WA.

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Ask Our Electricians: What Types of Fuel Do Generators Use?

February 12th, 2018

generatorOur electricians in Lynnwood, WA are some of the finest in the industry, so it is no wonder that so many homeowners turn to them for informed answers. Some of the questions that they frequently field address whole-house generators. More specifically, which type of fuel sources should homeowners consider when it comes to fueling their whole-house generators. As is the case with most questions regarding electrical systems, the answer is more complicated than simply suggesting the one “best” option.

Today, we want to take this opportunity to discuss some of the various fuels that may be used to power the generators that you use to keep your home up and running in the event of a power outage. If you have any questions, of course, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We know that investing in a new generator is a considerable expense, and you want to make sure that you are making the right decisions every step of the way.

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Ask Our Electricians: Why Use a Whole-House Generator?

January 29th, 2018

whole-house-generatorThere are a lot of different inconveniences in life. Do you know one thing that many of them have in common? There is really no way in which to know when they’ll strike. That is why a bit of preparedness is always such a good precaution. It definitely pays off when you’re talking about extended power outages. Eventually, the novelty of reading and playing games by candlelight is going to wear off. In fact, it probably won’t take very long at all!

One of the services that our electricians in Lynwood, WA offer is the installation of whole-house generators. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of such a system in your home. This is one of those instances in which it really does make sense to invest in something that, hopefully, you’ll  actually have very little need for over the years. If you do encounter the need, however, you’ll be glad that you had the pros on our staff install and service your system. We always do it right.

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HVAC Efficiency Tips for Year-Round Savings

January 15th, 2018

temperature-just-rightEveryone wants to be comfortable in their own homes, and in this day and age, with so many great heating and air conditioning systems available, that is a very achievable goal. However,  there is more to consider than just how effective your HVAC system is. You want to heat and cool your home effectively,  obviously, but you also want to do so in the most efficient manner possible. Today, we have some tips that will help you to enjoy greater efficiency.

The Everett, WA HVAC pros on our team are happy to assist you with any HVAC installation, maintenance, or repair services that you may need. At the end of the day,  the condition of your HVAC system is definitely one of the most important factors in terms of how efficiently your HVAC system is able to operate. Trust our team to keep your system in fine working condition. And now, without further ado, your HVAC efficiency tips await.

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HVAC FAQ: Is It Time for an Energy Audit?

January 1st, 2018

efficient-homeIt is vitally important that you are able to both heat and cool your home effectively. In this day and age, with so many great heaters, air conditioners, thermostats, etc. on the market, there is really no excuse for tolerating subpar comfort in your home. Of course, keeping your house comfortable year-round is one thing. Doing so in the most efficient manner possible is another one entirely. There are many reasons why efficiency may be low in your home, and our team is here to help.

Our Everett, WA HVAC pros are extensively trained and have plenty of experience in pinpointing the sources of inefficiency in our clients’ homes. When we complete your energy audit, we’ll be able to provide you with the information necessary for taking strides toward greater efficiency in your home. Keep more money in your budget by scaling back on your energy costs due to this type of inefficiency. Contact us if you think that it’s time for an energy audit.

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Need a New Heater? Go Ductless!

December 18th, 2017

ductless-blowerIn our previous post, we talked about how a heat pump can help you to heat your home with greater energy efficiency.  We also talked about how our climate here in the Pacific Northwest is particularly well-suited for the use of a heat pump. Today, we want to talk about a specific type of heat pump that can offer even greater, more unique benefits. The system in question is the ductless mini split, and it can revolutionize the way in which you heat your home.

Read on to learn more about what makes the ductless mini split such an innovative heating option, and how it is that the system operates. Then, give us a call to have your new system installed in your home. Regardless of whether or not you choose to use a ductless mini split in Mukilteo, WA, you can count on our experts to install your new heating system properly.  You deserve great comfort, and that’s what we have to offer. 

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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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