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The Risks You Take in Ignoring AC Maintenance Needs

May 25th, 2015

Sometimes it can be fun to live a little dangerously. This is why some people choose to go skydiving, bungee jumping, and even – fail to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance? OK, so that last one is not exactly in the same category as swimming with the sharks, but it is not entirely without its risks. In fact, the failure on your part to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance in North Seattle can directly lead to a number of undesirable problems.

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When to Consider an Air Conditioning Replacement

May 25th, 2015

Were we to give you five minutes in which to write down as many fun ways in which to spend your money as you can think of, you’d probably have a pretty sizable list at the end. We are guessing that “replace my air conditioner” may not quite make the cut, though. We know that investing in a new home cooling system is not the most glamorous way in which to spend a chunk of your paycheck, but it can be a very worthwhile investment.

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Ways to Boost Cooling Efficiency This Summer

May 25th, 2015

With the coldest time of the year behind us already, many people are looking past spring to the summer season that looms just around the corner. It is a time of anticipation and hope; however, for many budget conscious homeowners, it is also a period of trepidation. With energy costs being as high as they are, some people may find the prospect of kicking their air conditioners into gear a bit daunting.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls: Sounds Signaling AC Repair Needs

May 20th, 2015

You turn on your air conditioner and starts blasting hot air into your home. Clearly it is time to have it repaired. Perhaps it won’t start up at all, another pretty clear cut sign that repairs are in your immediate future. We here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electric, Inc., though, encourage homeowners to schedule AC repairs at the sign of any trouble with their systems, even if they are still operational. Even strange sounds, after all, can alert AC users to the fact that something is wrong with their systems. Here are a few to keep your ears open for.

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Common Signs of Refrigerant Leaks

May 19th, 2015

All air conditioning systems, from traditional split central ACs to air source heat pumps and everything in between, use refrigerant in order to facilitate the heat transfer process. Heat is removed from the air in a home, and that cooled air is then redistributed throughout the house and the heat vented outdoors. Because of this, as you can imagine, an insufficient level of refrigerant can be quite problematic. You should also know that your system does not consume refrigerant, so a low refrigerant charge is very likely the result of a leak somewhere in your system.

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Indicators of Insufficient Insulation

May 18th, 2015

Many people tend to think of cold winter weather when hearing about insulation, but it is important to note that insulation is equally as important during the summer season as it is throughout the winter. This is because insulation is not designed to keep your home warm, exactly, but rather to prevent excessive heat transfer into or out of the home. That being said, it should be obvious that insufficient insulation in North Seattle can lead to serious problems throughout the entire year. Of course, your insulation is hidden away behind walls and above ceilings, so simply looking over your insulation for signs of trouble is not really an option.

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How Does a Geothermal System Transfer Heat?

May 14th, 2015

Like air-source heat pumps, a geothermal heating and cooling system is a great heating and cooling option to consider for those homeowners looking for year round comfort from just one system. However, many homeowners are unfamiliar with the way in which a geothermal system actually operates. While it shares much in common with more traditional air-source heat pumps, there is plenty which sets geothermal technology apart.

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How Can an Attic Fan Benefit Me?

May 13th, 2015

Homeowners today are always on the lookout for ways in which to make their homes more efficient. There are a few reasons for this, not the least of which is simply how costly energy and fuels are today. Other homeowners may be looking for ways in which to cut down on energy consumption in order to be more eco-friendly. Regardless of your reasoning, know that the professional technicians and electricians on the G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. team are here to help. One option well worth your consideration is the attic fan.

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The 3 Essential Components of a Zone Control System

May 13th, 2015

Many homeowners utilize furnaces, heat pumps, central air conditioners, and other HVAC systems which are dependent upon air ducts in order to distribute heated or cooled air throughout their homes. While ductwork can be a very effective and even efficient means by which to do so, the fact remains that many people would prefer not to heat and cool their entire home to the same temperature throughout. What fewer people realize is that taking more control over air distribution is simpler than they may think. By using a zone control system, you can exercise more control over the distribution of heated and/or cooled air in your home.

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When Is Duct Sealing Necessary?

May 12th, 2015

If you use a forced air heating and/or air conditioning system in your home, then you must know how important it is that your air ducts are kept in great working condition. After all, it is through these air ducts that all of the conditioned air from your HVAC system must travel. In truth, though, there are a number of different problems which may develop with the ductwork in any system. Leaky ductwork is one of the most common.

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