G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog

Protect Your Health with a UV Air Purifier This Winter

December 7th, 2016

The winter season is tough on our immune systems. You may not think that you have much of an issue with indoor air quality in your home, but that belief can be tested when you start suffering allergy and asthma symptoms during the winter months. Even more so when you actually get sick more frequently.

No, the cold is not what does us in. It’s a combination of the strain on our immune systems, and good old fashioned bacteria and viruses. These pollutants cannot simply be filtered out of the air in your home. They must be destroyed.

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Take Heat Pump Technology Further with a Ductless Mini Split

December 6th, 2016

If you’ve read our blog before, you no doubt realize how big of fans we are of heat pumps. Washington really is an ideal climate for these incredibly efficient heating/cooling systems. Did you know, though, that is a way in which you can squeeze even greater efficiency out of this already great technology?

It’s getting late in the year for a heating installation or replacement, but if you’ve got one on your mind, you should really give ductless heating some consideration. Below are some of the benefits unique to ductless mini splits. If you think that using a ductless heating/cooling system in Snohomish, WA may be right for you, give a member of our team a call to schedule an installation.

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Should My Home Have AFCI Outlets or GFCI Outlets?

December 5th, 2016

The short answer to the question posed by the title of this blog is: both. AFCI and GFCI outlets may sound very similar, but they differ in a few important ways. Ultimately, they both serve to help you use electricity in your home more safely. However, they are used in different ways.

Before we get into the differences between AFCI and GFCI outlets, we want to remind you that any outlet services in North Seattle, WA must be completed by trained professionals. Dial our number to ensure that this is the case. We employ some of the finest electricians around.

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Fueling Your Generator Successfully

November 30th, 2016

There are a few tips that we can give you to help you get the most from your whole-house generator in Everett, WA. One is to ensure that you buy a product from a trusted manufacturer, such as Kohler. Another is to schedule your generator installation, repair, and maintenance services with the trained professionals on our staff. 

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What Should I Do with My AC Unit Over the Winter Season?

November 29th, 2016

It is a question that we are often asked as winter creeps closer each year. “What should I do with my AC unit over the winter?” If you use a heat pump, then you don’t have to worry about this because you’ll be using the same system to heat your home in the winter as you do to cool your home in the summer. For those using designated central air conditioners, though, it is something to consider. 

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How Is Heating Efficiency Rated?

November 28th, 2016

The short answer to the question above is that it depends on what kind of heater that you are talking about. Don’t worry, though. We’ll dig into the subject a bit further below.

When you invest in a new heating system, it is important that you keep energy efficiency in mind. You don’t want to be paying more than you should have to in order to keep your home warm, especially when there are so many high-efficiency heating options waiting for you.

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Is It Time to Replace My Electrical Panel?

November 24th, 2016

The electrical panel in your home is there to ensure that electricity is delivered throughout the electrical system in a safe, reliable manner. In some cases, you may find that your existing panel is not able to do this job any longer. When that time comes, you need to hire a trained, professional electrician to replace your electrical panel.

If your electrical panel is not functioning exactly as it is supposed to, you are not going to be able to use electricity safely in your home. We can evaluate your panel and determine if a full replacement is your best option. Here are a few signs of trouble to look out for.

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Improve Your Outdoor Lighting Now That Days Are Getting Shorter

November 23rd, 2016

Daylight is fleeting this time of year, and sunset seems to get earlier and earlier each day. During the long, sunny days of summer, your outdoor lighting in Everett, WA may not seem like a top priority. Now that winter is just around the end once more, though, it’s probably on your mind.

If you are not completely satisfied with your outdoor lighting system, just give us a call. Our team of electricians can help you to choose the right products for whatever you have in  mind. Once you have, we’ll make sure that they are installed with care.

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Don’t Let the Geothermal Tax Credit Pass You By!

November 22nd, 2016

We’ve written before about how great heat pumps are and why they are such a good investment in this part of the country. We’ve also discussed why you may want to consider the use of a geothermal heating system. This week, we want to remind you that there is a great opportunity waiting for you and your geothermal plans, but that it won’t be waiting much longer.

If you have been thinking about a geothermal heating and cooling system installation in Marysville, WA, now is definitely the time to act. Why? Because a truly incredible federal tax credit is about to expire.

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Why Is There Ice on My Heat Pump?

November 21st, 2016

The last thing that you want to see on your heating system is ice, right? Well, the development of ice on a heat pump in the winter is actually not as serious of a problem as you may think it is. It is also not at all uncommon.

In fact, heat pumps feature a defrost cycle in order to deal with this very situation. Even so, very frequent development of ice on the system, or ice that encases the entire outdoor unit, can indicate more serious issues. Read on to learn a bit more about ice on your heat pump in North Seattle, WA, and when you should be concerned.

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