G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Archive for February, 2013

Heating Installation in Kirkland WA: Can I Install My New Heater Myself?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Unless you are happen to be a fully trained and certified Kirkland WA heating technician, you have absolutely no business attempting to install your own home heating system. That may sound abrupt, but trust us: this is for your own safety and the safety of your heating system. At G & S Heating we understand that there are a lot of handy homeowners out there. We applaud you and encourage you in your endeavors around your home. When it comes to a heating installation in Kirkland, WA, though, it is your responsibility to hire a heating professional.

Whenever you are dealing with a mechanical system that consumes fuel to operate there is the possibility of dangerous operating conditions. Scheduling professional heating installation in Kirkland, WA will help ensure that your heating system operates safely. Failure to do so puts your home and family at risk.

It does not matter what fuel your heater runs on. Gas, electricity and all other fuels pose potential safety risks. An improperly installed gas furnace, for instance, can lead to a carbon monoxide leak in your home. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas produced during the combustion process. It is also odorless, colorless and tasteless, making it impossible to detect without a quality CO detector. Electric heating systems, if installed improperly, create a risk for fire. Keep safe and heat your home with confidence by scheduling professional heating installation.

In addition to safety concerns, a poor heating installation can also result in lower efficiency levels from your heater. You may think that you’re saving a few bucks by handling your heating installation yourself. The truth of the matter, though, is that your heater likely will not operate as efficiently as possible without a professional installation. Saving money on your installation service is not worth the years of inefficient, expensive heating performance ahead.

If you still have questions about why you cannot perform your own heating system installation in Kirkland, WA,  call the heating professionals at G & S Heating. We have the answers to all your questions. When you are ready for a new heating installation, give our expert technicians a call. Contact G & S Heating today!

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Kirkland WA Heating Tip: How To Prepare For A Heating Installation

Monday, February 18th, 2013

G&S Heating is here to provide you with all your Kirkland WA heating needs. We offer comprehensive heating services throughout the area. We can help you select a cost-effective solution to your specific heating needs. We install new heating systems to provide efficient results. Don’t hesitate to call us if you are in the market for a new heating system. We install high-efficiency models that are durable and made to last.

In this blog post, we’ve put together a short checklist for things you can do to prepare for a heating installation.

  • Get an Energy Audit: In addition to heating installations, we also provide energy audits to help pinpoint any areas in your home that could use improvement. Adding insulation and sealing off air leaks are just a few ways you can ensure that your home is ready and that you will get the most out of your new heating system.
  • Duct Repair: If you are hiring us to retrofit an older system, you want to make sure your air ducts are in good condition. We offer duct repair and duct sealing services to help you get prepared for a new heating installation.
  • Consider Electrical Upgrades: We are a full service contractor, which means we can provide all your heating and electrical upgrades. Do you know if your fuse box is up to code? Are you interested in a whole-home generator to protect your new heating system from electrical surges? What about a whole-home surge protector? We can provide all of these services for you as well.

Whether you are installing a heating system for the first time or you want to retrofit an older system, call the Kirkland, WA heating installation experts at G&S Heating. Contact G&S Heating today!

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Kirkland WA Heating Installation FAQ: Which Type of Heating System is More Efficient?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

If you’re like most homeowners then you’re looking for every way to reduce your energy consumption. With energy prices rising, many people are taking a closer look at their heating systems. When you live in Washington, you likely run your heating system a lot throughout the year. Examining your heating system and replacing it could be a good idea in certain cases. At G & S, we provide complete heating installation in Kirkland WA for all different types and brands of heating systems. We often get asked which heating system is more efficient than the rest. While that question is difficult to answer, we thought we’d take a crack at it to help give our customers some ideas about which system is right for them.

Heating Systems: Different vs. Better

While there are some heating systems that are definitely outdated and inefficient, like gravity furnaces, it’s actually hard to say which system is more efficient than the others. One of the main reasons for that is because each system is so different from the others. It’s easy to compare one furnace’s efficiency levels to another because they work the same. But when you start to compare furnaces to heat pumps it’s kind of like comparing apples to oranges.

However, furnaces and boilers are both given the same efficiency rating and are very popular for heating installations in Kirkland, WA. Furnaces and boilers are given an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. The AFUE describes what percentage of the fuel consumed is actually turned into usable heat. So with these two systems you actually can compare the efficiency of each system.

Similarly, heat pumps and ductless mini split systems are both given a Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) that measures heat output divided by energy consumed. Since ductless mini split systems are a type of heat pump it makes sense to compare these two systems. Many homeowners prefer this type  of heating installation in Kirkland, WA because you don’t have to burn a fuel source to heat your home.

Budget and Personal Taste

In the end, the efficiency of your heating system that you get will likely be determined by your personal taste and by your budget. Some people prefer boilers and radiant heat to forced air systems like furnaces and heat pumps. However, if you don’t have a radiant heating system in your home it will likely cost a lot of money to rip up your floors and install the heating coils to heat your home.

Call G & S for all your heating installations in Kirkland, WA. We can help you pick out the right heating system that matches your home and your budget. Contact G & S today!

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Lynnwood Geothermal Heating and Cooling Tips

Monday, February 4th, 2013

When it comes to heating and cooling your home efficiently, it’s hard to beat making use of heat and energy that is already available. That is just what a geothermal heating and cooling system allows you to do. A geothermal heating and cooling system utilizes a heat pump in order to transfer ambient heat into or out of your home. This means that no fuel is consumed in order to create that heat. Rather, existing heat is transferred with the use of just a small amount of electricity. If geothermal heating and cooling in Lynnwood WA sounds like something you’re interested in, call G&S Heating today.

There are a lot of factors that must be considered prior to the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system. The best tip that we can give you is to your research and be sure to work with a geothermal heating and cooling service provider that you can trust. A geothermal loop system will need to be buried on your property, and only a professional can handle this relatively large project.

Most geothermal loop systems are designed for horizontal installation. If the size of your property will not allow for this you may opt for a vertical installation. A qualified geothermal heating and cooling service provider will help you make these decisions.

Here’s another tip: consider upgrading your geothermal heating and cooling system by adding a zone control system to it. Zone control systems are a great way to make your forced air heating and cooling system even more efficient. By breaking your home up into different temperature zones you can control each zone’s temperature independently. This means that you do not need to raise the heat throughout your entire home just to keep your bedroom warm and toasty. Call now for more information.

When you are ready to discuss the installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system on your Lynnwood property, call G&S Heating. We are happy to discuss this great home comfort system option with you. Make your home more environmentally friendly and lower your heating and cooling bills at the same time. Contact G&S Heating today to learn more.

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