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Make Sure That Your Generator Is Working Properly

August 13th, 2018

residential generatorUgh, you may be saying to yourself, the last thing that I want to think about is a longlasting power outage. What are the chances of that happening, anyway? I’ll just deal with it when I need to. 

That is some seriously flawed thinking there.

Let us ask you some follow up questions.

What do you consider “longlasting”?

What are the chances of strong winds or heavy rains striking (hint: they’re good)?

How are you planning on “dealing with it”?

If your answer to that last question isn’t “by having a trained professional install a whole-house generator for me,” then this is the post for you! A whole-house generator is your best and sometimes only defense against the trouble and challenges that a prolonged power outage can lead to. That is why you need to know that your generator is in great working shape. If not, we can handle your generator repair in Everett,  WA—but it’s best to limit the need for such services.

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Signs That It’s Time to Call an Electrician

July 30th, 2018

thumbs-upJust as gasoline, natural gas, and propane are great resources but potentially dangerous when not used properly, so too is electricity. We don’t really give electricity all that much thought in our day to day lives (at least until the electric bill arrives in the mail!), but we really should. Why? Because we depend upon it each and every day in our homes! The computer, tablet, or phone that you are reading this on right now charges via electricity, right?

Considering both the importance of electricity as well as its potential danger, it only makes sense that you should hire a trained professional to deal with any and all necessary electrical services that you may require. You can count on us to send a truly exceptional electrician in Lynwood, WA to your door when you decide to work with us. But when should you contact an electrician to begin with? Here are a few tips to help you to decide when the time has come.

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Should I Be Using an Attic Fan?

July 16th, 2018

man-with-fanIf you think that we are here to just sell you upgrades to your home that you don’t really need, think again. Our top priority is your comfort and your success in achieving that comfort in an efficient, affordable manner. That is why we won’t tell you for certain that you need to be using an attic fan in your home. There are too many variables to consider for giving such a concrete answer without more information.

What we can tell you, though, is that many homeowners stand to benefit greatly from the use of attic fans. If you are curious about all that an attic fan can do for you, we strongly suggest that you give us a call with any questions that you may have. You need a professional HVAC contractor in Marysville, WA to install and service your attic fan, and the pros on our team are the ones that you want to do the job.

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How Ductless Heat Pumps Cool Your Home

July 2nd, 2018

relaxed-manHow do ductless heat pumps cool homes, you ask? The short answer is: exceptionally well! The longer answer that you deserve, of course, follows in this blog post. It is true that ductless heat pumps are great air conditioning systems, but they’re so much more than that! Not to be mysterious, but we are going to get to that as well. First, let us just say that if you are thinking about investing in a new air conditioning system, then your ductless options should be carefully considered.

Also keep in mind, however, that even the best ductless air conditioning systems from the top manufacturers in the industry are not guaranteed to give you a great performance.  This is due to the fact that issues like improper sizing and poor system layout will hamper even the best systems on the market. You don’t have to worry about that when you work with us, though. Just give us a call if you think that going ductless is right for you.

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Why Your Air Conditioner Runs in Short Bursts

June 18th, 2018

AC-technician-toolsWe will start this blog off by answering what is likely your first question right away—yes, this indicates that there is a problem with your air conditioning system. Air conditioners are designed to run in full and even cooling cycles. If your system is starting up, running only briefly, and then cycling back down, it is not working properly. It really is that simple. What is not so simple, though, is pinpointing the cause of this problem.

There are a few different reasons why your air conditioner may run in short cycles like this. Short cycling is always indicative of an operational issue, but the severity of such issues can vary wildly. While it may be the result of a problem with a very simple fix, it could also mean that you have a potentially serious problem in need of professional repair services. So without further ado, here’s why your air conditioner in Everett, WA may be short cycling.

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Yes, a Dirty Air Filter Causes Big Trouble

June 4th, 2018

man-with-filterYou already know that we are huge advocates for routine HVAC maintenance around here. You also know that we strongly urge homeowners to hire skilled, trained professionals to tune up their systems on an annual basis. The process is more complex than many people may realize, and the fact is that this type of maintenance is a job that only experienced technicians can really do right. That doesn’t mean that there is nothing that you can do for your system on your own, though.

There are a few basic maintenance tasks that any homeowner can handle. One is simply keeping the outdoor unit of the air conditioner clean and free of debris, be it fallen branches that have landed on top of the unit or grass clippings that are stuck to the fins. The other, and most important, step to take on your own is changing your air filter. With a fresh air filter in place, you can avoid a lot of trouble—including issues that could result in the need for AC repairs in Stanwood, WA!

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Can I Use the Ground to Cool My Home?

May 21st, 2018

geothermal-diagramIt sounds strange, doesn’t it? Wind, maybe. Water? Possibly. But the ground? How could that even work? The answer is with heat pump technology (which also means that you can use the ground to heat your home, too!). More specifically, we are talking about ground-source heat pumps or, as they are more commonly referred to, geothermal systems. The concepts are actually fairly basic, though the systems themselves are very complex.

There is a lot to be gained with the use of a geothermal system, but you absolutely must work with qualified technicians that are extensively trained in the design and installation of these systems. It’s a big job to get one in place, and working with our team means that you will reap the full benefits of an outstanding geothermal heat pump in Lynnwood, WA. So read on, consider the many benefits that geothermal systems have to offer, and contact us with any questions that you may have.

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Ready for a New AC? Then Definitely Consider a Heat Pump!

May 7th, 2018

red-therrmometerWashington is not necessarily known for intensely hot summer weather, but it doesn’t have to regular hit the triple digits to mean that it is uncomfortably hot outside. Even here in the PNW, a great air conditioning system is a must for homeowners looking to live comfortably throughout the entire year. The good news is that the pros on our staff are here to outfit your home with a quality air conditioning system, either as a brand new installation in a new property or as a replacement for your older system.

Before you rush into buying a new central air conditioner, however, we recommend that you take a few moments to really familiarize yourself with the options out there. You may just find that there is a system that suits your needs and personal user preferences even better than the tried and true central AC. While these are obviously great systems, using a heat pump in Snohomish, WA is also something that you should seriously consider. Heat pumps have a couple of added benefits that you’d be remiss to overlook.

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Oh No! Is This a Refrigerant Leak?

April 23rd, 2018

AC-technician-workingLook, we get it. Your air conditioner started up, and it is cooling your home. You don’t really want to—nor do you have the time to—think much more about it than that. The fact of the matter is, however, that even potentially serious problems with your air conditioning system may take a while to really prove symptomatic. It is always best to give your air conditioner a little bit of extra attention before you wind up being caught off-guard by problems with your system.

Today, we are going to be taking the refrigerant leak into consideration. A refrigerant leak is truly one of the most serious problems that you may face with your home cooling system. It can also be a tricky one to identify. One thing is certain, though. If left untreated, that refrigerant leak is going to wind up causing you some major headaches—or even spelling the premature demise of your AC system! If you suspect a refrigerant leak, then you need AC repairs in Lynnwood, WA immediately.

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Spring and Summer Can Be Tough on Indoor Air Quality

April 9th, 2018

comfortable-womanSpring is in the air, flowers are blooming, trees are blossoming, and allergies are attacking. That last part isn’t so great, is it? It’s par for the course, though. The fact of the matter is that, much as we look forward to spring and summer weather, it can really wreak havoc on our indoor air quality in Everett, WA. If you are serious about enjoying high indoor air quality in your home, then you may need to invest in some new systems to do so.

The good news is that the comfort professionals on our team are here to help. We don’t just sell some of the finest indoor air quality systems around. We’ll also help you to find the right ones for your needs, and we’ll make sure that your new systems are installed perfectly every step of the way. Remember, maintaining comfortable temperatures in your home is only part of the battle. Maintaining great indoor air quality is a necessary step in winning the war for your comfort all year long.

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