Here’s Why You Should Consider a Tankless Water Heater Installation

March 21st, 2015 by Roger Thompson

There are few acts as enjoyable as taking a nice, hot shower at the end of a long, stressful day, or even as you gear up to take one on each morning. Between showering, doing the dishes after dinner, and washing your whites, you likely go through a pretty substantial amount of hot water in your home. Hopefully, though, you are not hit with sticker shock each time the utility bill comes rolling in. If you are interested in replacing a water heater with a new model, or if you are simply investing in your own water heater for the first time, we advise you to consider your options carefully. There are a number of them out there, and G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is here to help you choose the right one for your home. You just may find that a tankless water heater  installation in Woodinville fits the bill for your water heating needs.

Tankless water heaters, as you have probably figured out from the name, are water heaters which do not utilize storage tanks in order to keep a reserve of hot water at the ready. This in and of itself is something of a benefit, especially for those homes with limited storage space. Whereas standard tank water heaters can take up a pretty sizable amount of space in a basement or other storage area, a tankless model can simply be installed on a wall in even tight quarters, such as a closet. This is far from the only benefit that tankless water heaters have to offer, though.

Another reason why tankless water heaters are well-worth your consideration is the fact that they are not prone to the standby energy loss that tank based models are. Even the most well-insulated hot water storage tanks are subject to standby energy loss, as heat in the water therein transfers to the air surrounding the tank. This means that the water heater must expend energy in reheating  and maintaining the temperature of the water. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, heat only the water that you need, as you need it. By instantly heating the water called for, tankless water heaters can help to boost efficiency in your home and to cut down on energy costs.

We have the information that you need to decide if this is the right system for your hot water usage. If so, we’ll install your system with the greatest of care.

For more information about why you may want to consider the installation of a tankless water heater in Woodinville, give G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. a call today.

Does Everyone Need UV Germicidal Lights Installed?

March 20th, 2015 by Roger Thompson

While it is, of course, very important that you are able to heat and cool your house in an effective manner, it is also very important for you to understand that the successful regulation of temperatures alone is not enough to ensure that you live comfortably within your home. To do so, you must also maintain indoor air quality of the highest caliber. That is why some people opt for a UV germicidal light installation in Everett. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. installs and service UV germicidal lights, and we do so with the same quality workmanship that we bring to every job that we take on. Here is some information to help you better understand why it is that some homeowners decide that UV germicidal lights are the right fit for their homes.

First of all, it is important to note that not every homeowner is going to require that UV germicidal lights be installed in his or her house. While most homes can certainly benefit from air purification of some time, the fact is that UV germicidal lights have very specific uses. They are utilized in the fight against biological pollutants in the home, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. Such substances can aggravate allergy and respiratory illness symptoms, as well as lead to sickness and the proliferation of mold throughout the house. If you never encounter any such problems, then you may not require the use of UV germicidal lights in your home.

If you do, though, keep in mind the fact that UV germicidal lights are a great supplement to air filtration systems, not a replacement for them. UV germicidal lights depend upon pollutant destruction in order to purify the air. They do not trap dirt, dust, and other pollutants which can bring down indoor air quality. Chances are that if you find the need for UV germicidal lights in your home, air filtering devices of some sort are a good idea as well.

These devices must be integrated into your HVAC system directly, so their professional installation is a must. Call to get started.

Contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. if you’d like to learn more about UV germicidal lights, or to schedule your UV germicidal light installation in Everett with a skilled member of our staff.

How Upgrading Your Outdoor Lighting Benefits You

March 19th, 2015 by Roger Thompson

A very strong argument can be made for the lights in your home being the ultimate convenience. As vital as it is for you to illuminate your property within, of course, it is just as important that your outdoor lighting system is of the highest quality. Just as there are many different types of interior lighting products, so to are there different applications for outdoor lighting. When you work with the outdoor lighting professionals at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., you can count on getting the right lights for your needs and for that lighting system to be expertly installed, designed, and serviced. Here are a few suggestions about why you should consider some outdoor lighting upgrades in Camano Island.

First of all, upgrading your outdoor lighting is a great way in which to make your property safer. There are a number of ways in which you may accomplish this. Simply better illuminating paths and walkways can help you to navigate your property more safely. The installation of motion activated flood or security lights, or, alternatively, lights on a timer system, can help to deter any prowlers in the yard or other unwanted guests. Just remember that leaving lighting fixtures open to the elements in such a manner means that you must have the right type of equipment installed properly. Our electricians will see to it that this is the case.

Don’t think that upgrading your outdoor lighting only has such purely practical benefits, though. Outdoor lighting can also be used to beautifully accentuate architectural flourishes of your home, as well as to enhance landscaping designs. When you pull upo to your home at night, you should be struck by what you see. With a well-designed outdoor lighting system, you can make your property hospitable aesthetically speaking, as well as safe and secure. Contact us for further details.

Any time you are having lighting upgrades installed, or any other electrical work completed, for that matter, you must enlist the services of a skilled, trained professional. That is why we suggest that you give our staff a call when you decide that the time has come for outdoor lighting upgrades in Camano Island.

When you work with G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., you can count on your outdoor lighting system satisfying you entirely.

Why Your Geothermal Cooling System Requires Maintenance

March 18th, 2015 by Roger Thompson

It should come as no surprise to those familiar with geothermal technology to learn that geothermal cooling is only growing in popularity. The ability the both heat and cool a home with one convenient system, as well as to do so in a more efficient and eco-friendly manner, is just too great a deal fro many homeowners to pass up. That being said, though, there is just no way that one can hope for his or her geothermal cooling system to function at peak performance and efficiency levels if it is not well maintained. The key to a great performance from your system is routine geothermal cooling maintenance in Monroe. To schedule service with a technician you can trust, G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is the company to call.

A geothermal cooling system removes heat from the air in a household, and then deposits that heat into the ground. In order to do this effectively, and to cool your home to desired temperatures in an efficient manner, it is necessary that every component in your geothermal cooling system is able to function precisely as it ought to. The routine wear and tear than any HVAC system accrues over the course of a season is more than enough to impede the operation of any component within that system When this happens, the condition of the system and the quality of its performance suffers. Routine maintenance is the best way to address such problems.

During a maintenance service, your geothermal system will be thoroughly evaluated from head to toe, so to speak. Refrigerant levels will be checked to rule out leaks, electrical components will be tested for safe and reliable operation, and the system will be cleaned thoroughly. It only takes one compromised component in order to throw off the performance of a geothermal cooling system, and maintenance helps to prevent such compromises in integrity. Not only that, but it allows your technician a valuable opportunity during which to discover any minor or developing problems with the system. This can help you to get out ahead of any such problems.

Our technicians can be trusted to maintain your system with the expertise the job demands. That way you can cool your home with the confidence that you deserve.

To learn more or to schedule routine geothermal cooling maintenance in Monroe, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today.

How can Heat Pumps Both Heat and Cool?

March 17th, 2015 by Roger Thompson

Homeowners today face no shortage of options when it comes to ways in which to heat and cool their homes. Many a savvy homeowner has taken notice of the fact, though, that there are now systems which allow them to do both using the same equipment throughout the year. If this sounds too good to be true, trust us when we tell you that the goal is well within your reach. You simply need to use a heat pump in Carnation in order to do so. Schedule your heat pump services with G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to ensure that your system is able to heat and cool your home effectively and efficiently for year round comfort.

If you are not familiar with the technology, then you may be wondering how it is that a heat pump can both heat and cool your home. The key to this versatility is the reversing valve. True to its name, the reversing valve employed by a heat pump allows for the reversal of its operation and primary function.

Heat pumps use an outdoor coil in their operation. When running in the heating mode, a heat pump uses this coil to function as an evaporator, meaning that it absorbs heat. The coil indoors, meanwhile, releases heat; it acts as a condenser. Liquid refrigerant goes into the outdoor coil, picking up heat, and vaporizes. This vapor enters the compressor, where it is compressed. This allows it to attain a high temperature and pressure, at which point it then travels to the indoor coil. The heat is released, and the refrigerant becomes liquid again. Now the cycle simply starts anew.

By reversing the flow of the refrigerant, the entire function of the heat pump is reversed. The functions of the coil mirror their operations in heating mode, with the indoor coil acting as an evaporator and the outdoor coil acting as the condenser. Heat is absorbed indoors, and the refrigerant is pumped outside. Because the air around the coil is cooler than the refrigerant therein, the heat transfers to the air outside.

If all of this sounds simple, trust us: it is only simple in theory. The only way in which you can count on your heat pump to both heat and cool your home effectively is to schedule your heat pump services in Carnation with a trained professional.

Fortunately for you, doing so is as simple as calling upon the pros here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

3 Reasons Air Conditioning Maintenance is Necessary

March 16th, 2015 by Roger Thompson

When you invest in a whole-house air conditioning system, you hope to get a great return on your investment. There is no reason that this should not be the case. However, you cannot hope for an outstanding performance from your air conditioning system if you fail to take the requisite steps in protecting its condition and performance quality. In order for your air conditioner to truly excel in terms of performance, efficiency, and reliability, you need to schedule routine air conditioning system maintenance in Arlington, WA. At G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., our goal is to help you attain 100% satisfaction with the performance of your AC, and that starts with your 100% satisfaction with the quality of our services. When we maintain your system, you can expect great results.

First and foremost, scheduling routine air conditioning system maintenance is necessary in order to stave off problems with your air conditioner. When your system works hard throughout the summer season in order to keep you cool and comfortable, you can count on it to accrue some general wear and tear. By addressing such wear and tear during routine maintenance service, our technicians can help to prevent it from leading to much more serious problems down the road.

Secondly, maintenance service is also a great opportunity for your air conditioning maintenance technician to discover any existing problems with your air conditioner before any real damage is done to your system. Maintenance and repair are not the same services, of course. While minor existing issues may be righted during a maintenance visit, more serious issues will require that you actually schedule repairs. In either event, the discovery early on of such problems, even if they are symptomless at the time of maintenance and discovery, can be a real benefit to you.

Finally, remember that there is no better way in which to keep your air conditioner functioning efficiently than by having it routinely tuned up by a professional maintenance technician. A system which is compromised in any way, even if only by general wear and tear, is simply not going to be able to cool your home at peak efficiency levels. Don’t wind up paying too much money for too little performance from your air conditioner.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today to schedule your air conditioning system maintenance in Arlington, WA with a qualified professional.

Tankless Water Heater Installation Options: Gas vs. Electric

March 14th, 2015 by Roger Thompson

Choosing the right water heater for installation in your home can be a bit tricky. If you’ve not been in the market for the water heater before, or even if it’s been a while since you invested in a new water heater, the sheer number of options available to you may throw you for a loop. Working with a trained, professional technician, such as those here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is the best way in which to ensure that you choose the right system for your needs. One option that suits many homeowners, and their individual homes, is the tankless water heater. We’re the pros that you can trust with your tankless water heater installation in Stanwood, and we’re happy to help you decide if this is the right system for your needs.

Of course, even if you do narrow down your options to a tankless water heater, there are still a few further considerations to make. One is figuring out what size of a system you will require to meet your hot water demands. Don’t worry, our technicians will take the guesswork out of this. You will also have to determine which type of fuel you will use, though, natural gas or electricity, when heating water. If you don’t have access to natural gas, of course, the decision is sort of made for you. Should you have both options to consider, though, you should do so carefully.

Natural gas is generally less expensive to purchase than electricity, which gives it an edge in some homeowners’ opinions. However, others may want to avoid the use of combustible gas in their homes. Both gas and electric tankless water heaters operate similarly, heating water as it passes through the system, rather than continually heating and reheating a reservoir of water. However, with electric models, electrically resistive elements are used to heat the water, after which it exits the device to be used wherever you may call for it. A computer within the system regulates the temperature to which the heating elements heat water.

With a gas tankless water heater, a flow detector senses the inflow of water, signalling the computer controlling the gas for heat. The burner is ignited, and a heat exchanger transfers heat from the combusting gas to the water. A fan keeps a forced draft in effect to optimize the combustion process and energy efficiency.

The experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. are happy to answer any questions that you may have. That way, you can choose your system with confidence.

To learn more about both gas and electric models, or to schedule professional tankless water heater installation services in Stanwood, give a member of our staff a call.

3 Reasons to Schedule Professional Attic Fan Wiring

March 13th, 2015 by Roger Thompson

You may have heard at times that heat rises. In the summer, heat rises into your attic, and temperatures can become extreme. As heat continues to build, a layer descends on your home, and you may notice that your air conditioner has to run for a very long time to get the house to an ideal temperature. That’s because in some cases, the temperature in your attic can rise to up to 150 degrees. An attic fan can help to clear up this issue, but only with professional attic fan wiring. Here’s why:

  • Save Money – An attic fan can help you to feel more comfortable by eliminating a large layer of heat that often bogs down your home efficiency. Attic fans move heat out of the attic so that your air conditioner does not have to work so hard to cool your home. This can help you to save money as well since energy bills are likely to fall. The attic fan uses far less energy than an air conditioner.
  • Protect Your Safety – Another reason to choose a professional for the job of attic fan wiring is because electrical work should always be completed by a professional. It isn’t as simple as plugging in a cord. It must be hard-wired directly into your home plumbing system in order to operate properly. And because of its location up near the roof and its potential to attract lightning, grounding is also necessary—a job that should always go to an electrician.
  • Ensure a Job Done Well – Unfortunately, there are many potential issues that may occur with faulty insulation. If a vent is blocked, for example, the fan may end up sucking up the conditioned air from your home, so that it is no longer really functional and so that you use far more energy than you should in an attempt to cool down your home. Contacting a team of contractors which includes electricians as well as HVAC specialist is a great way to ensure an attic fan runs properly.

If you want professional attic fan wiring in Edmonds and the surrounding area contact the professionals at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. 

What Parts of Your Heat Pump Require Maintenance?

March 12th, 2015 by Roger Thompson

A heat pump is an important investment in your home comfort. Heat pumps are some of the most efficient heating and cooling systems available for purchase today. Air source heat pumps work a lot like traditional split-system air conditioners to cool down a home by using refrigerant to pull heat from the air in your house and release it to the outside. But in cooler weather, refrigerant can reverse to bring heat into the house.

A lot of important components are required in order for this process to take place. And since your heat pump is such a vital investment, you should protect it by keeping the parts maintained. A well-maintained heat pump won’t run into too much trouble, and it will likely run more efficiently. Many people notice that their electrical bills lower soon after heat pump maintenance, and that their systems cool or heat the home faster.

So which parts of your system will a technician look at during professional heat pump maintenance? Well the short answer is everything! Each and every component of your system should be looked over during a maintenance inspection so that a technician can determine if something is in need of repair or adjustment. This is simply not a job for an amateur. A technician is better able to recognize whether something is not quite right. Contractors keep all of the tools necessary for heat pump maintenance on hand and you can schedule repairs sooner if necessary.

A contractor will also clean any component that could be hindered by dirt and debris. Dirt on the coils may keep refrigerant from absorbing heat properly, which could decrease efficiency and lead to repairs. Professionals know the proper methods to use to make minor adjustments and ways to clean that won’t damage the unit. There is one component you can clean or replace on your own: the air filter. This must be either replaced or cleaned every one to three months if you run your air conditioner frequently, as a clogged filter blocks air from entering the heat pump.

Call the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today to schedule heat pump maintenance with a professional technician at your home in Bothell.

How is Duct Testing Actually Completed?

March 11th, 2015 by Roger Thompson

If you notice that your air conditioning and heating system is not running as you’d like it to, the source of the trouble may go beyond the HVAC unit itself. As it turns out, many of the problems that most commonly form with forced-air heating and air conditioning units usually starts in the ducts. Unfortunately, ducts can leak over time, developing small holes and cracks which can really hinder the level of heating and cooling that reaches your home.

This means that your air conditioning and heating system needs to run for longer, which can actually waste a lot of energy and force parts to work much harder that they need to, sometimes leading to over-exhaustion. In order to determine whether this is an issue in your home, a technician can perform duct testing to find out how leaky your ducts are. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to find out more about the state of your ducts in Greenwood.

In order to test the ducts, you need complex equipment, experience, and the ability to make sense of the reading that the detection equipment gives out. Without all of this, there is simply no good way to find out whether or not leaks make a difference for your heating and cooling. Duct leakage testing equipment hooks up to the ducts and uses a fan to calibrate and measure air pressure. Your technician will take the reading and decide whether there is adequate airflow through the ducts or if data indicates leaks.

After duct testing is completed, you may find out that your ducts leak, but the amount of leakage is acceptable. There is a point at which it may be more cost effective to leave the ducts alone because they are only leaking a small amount. However, if you and your technician determine that duct sealing is the best step, you may notice the energy savings almost immediately. Duct sealing benefits the environment, your wallet, and the state of heating and air conditioning system.

Call the people at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for comprehensive duct testing in Greenwood.