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

Edmonds WA Electrical Tip: Why Replace Your Fuse Box

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The electricity in your home comes in from the street and connects to a main distribution hub: your fuse box or circuit breaker panel. From there it gets routed to all of the light switches and appliances in your home. If you have an older house then it could have a fuse box. While fuse boxes work well enough, they do have some pretty serious flaws. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of upgrading to a circuit breaker panel contact the Edmonds, WA electrical experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.  We wanted to put together some of the benefits that upgrading could have for your home. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call today.

How Fuse Boxes Work

Fuse boxes used to be the standard for homes that were built many years ago. Not only do fuse boxes distribute power throughout your home they also protect your home from power surges and fires. The more electricity that flows through the fuse box the hotter the wires get. If it gets too hot the fuse will melt and break the connection thus shutting off the flow of electricity. The fuse then needs to be removed and replaced with a new one. Contact the Edmonds, WA electrical technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling and Electrical to learn more about how we can set you up with a new circuit breaker.

Benefits of Upgrading

Not only is it a nuisance to have to replace your fuses when the blow but it can also be dangerous. When you remove the fuse, the two ends of your electrical mains are exposed. Also, if you don’t have an extra fuse on hand then you have to go to the hardware store to buy one. Circuit breakers use magnetic switches to protect your home from electrical issues. When they flipped all you have to do is go out and flip the switch back the other way.

Another terrific benefit of upgrading your fuse box to a circuit breaker is that they are usually more reliable and less sensitive. While this sensitivity can actually protect your home from electrical issues, it can actually get to be really annoying when your fuse box is always blowing fuses.

Give the Edmonds electrical professionals at G&S a call today to talk with us about upgrading your fuse box. Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today!

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Kirkland WA Heating Tip: Should I Be Concerned About My Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

While we often hear various calls to action about the effect of pollutants on our outdoor air quality, and how important it is to reduce ozone-depletion and global warming, we hear much less about indoor air quality. But, in fact, poor indoor air quality is among the top 5 health hazards in this country. When we hear customers ask whether they should be concerned with their air quality, we always reply yes. We offer comprehensive indoor air quality services, from air cleaners to humidifiers and UV germicidal lights, we offer a host of options to homeowners looking to boost their indoor air quality. These are great auxiliary components that can be integrated with your existing heating system. For Kirkland heating service as well as air quality services, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical today!

Let’s take a look at some indications that you may have an air quality problem in your home:

  • Dry, uncomfortable air. Low humidity levels in your home often lead to dry skin irritation and increased recovery and healing times when you have the cold or flu. Installing a whole-home humidifier is a great way to solve this problem, but just be sure it integrates properly with your existing heating system and that it’s appropriately sized.
  • Mold. Increased moisture levels within your ductwork or throughout your home provides a breeding ground for microbial growth. Mold spores can quickly become airborne when circulated throughout your ductwork with your heated air. While you can eliminate visible mold in your home with various products and techniques, systemic mold issues need to be dealt with before that air reaches your ductwork. Ultraviolet germicidal lights destroy mold, and other pollutants at the source. They can be quickly integrated into your system.
  • Cracked or leaky ductwork. If you have leaky or improperly sealed ductwork, then they can begin to bring air from the attic or outside into your system without first passing through the air filter. This is not only an indoor air quality issue, but also dramatically impacts the energy efficiency of your heating system.

If you notice any of these warning signs for poor indoor air quality in your home, call your local Kirkland, WA heating professional at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical. We offer a wide variety of heating and air quality solutions. Contact G&S Heating today!

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Kirkland Heating Tip: Should I Wait Until Fall to Replace my Heating System?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

At G&S, Inc., our Kirkland heating experts want to help our customers get the heating and cooling systems that match their needs. This means finding cost-effective solutions to their heating needs. If it is finally time to replace that old furnace or heat pump, deciding the best time to do this will involve a few factors, including making sure your home is properly insulated and sealed. We can help you out with most any heating service in Kirkland, WA, so call G & S any time.

Meanwhile, this week’s blog post should help you get started in thinking about the right time to replace your heater. While waiting until fall seems practical, you may also want to consider cost and whether or not you want to install a heat pump, which provides both heating and cooling. If this is the case, you may want to get installed in the spring, before the cooling season begins. This way you get more efficient cooling all summer long, and then you get the same savings when you switch to heat in the fall.

Another factor to consider is cost. Keep checking our monthly promotions on our website. We may have an installation promotion that matches exactly what you need, whether it’s a new heat pump, furnace, geothermal heat pump, ductless mini split, zone control, new thermostat, or an insulation service. While it may not be as straightforward as some decisions about home efficiency, installing a new high-efficiency heater is a sound decision if you’ve already made other improvements to your home in order to save energy and money on utility bills. Let us help you select the right one for your needs.

If you aren’t sure when the time is right for your next Kirkland, WA heating installation, call us and let us help you make the right choice. Call G & S, Inc today!

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Kirkland WA Air Conditioning Tip: Why Get Your Ducts Tested Before Spring?

Monday, March 4th, 2013

During the winter you likely run your heating system every single day. When the weather starts to warm up in the spring, you may start to use your air conditioning system more often. With all the use that your ductwork gets, it is likely a good idea to have them tested before you begin a new season of cooling. Call the Kirkland air conditioning experts at G & S Heating, Cooling and Electrical for any repairs or maintenance that you might need. We offer complete duct sealing, duct repair, duct cleaning and duct testing in Kirkland, WA. We wanted to help out our customers by assembling a short list of some of the reasons why they may want to consider having their ducts tested during the Spring.

Why Get Duct Testing in Kirkland, WA During the Spring?

The Spring is generally regarded as the transition period between the cold, rain and snow of winter and the warmth of summer. It is a great time to have your ducts tested because you will likely be using neither your heating system or air conditioning system. This allows you to be comfortable in your home while the duct testing takes place.

Getting your ducts tested is also a good idea because it can expose any weaknesses, cracks or leaks in your ducts that need to be patched or sealed up. Your ducts will be carrying all of the cool air from your AC system into your home. If holes developed during the winter you want to make sure that they get fixed before you start running your AC. This can help increase the efficiency of your air conditioning system.

Benefits of Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance

In addition to getting you ducts tested in the Spring, it’s also probably a good idea to get your entire air conditioning system tested and maintained. Over time, your air conditioning system will develop small issues and problems that can negatively impact its function. Without repair, those problems will likely develop into larger issues. Especially after your air conditioning system has been dormant for many months during the winter, it’s probably wise to have a professional inspect it to make sure that there aren’t any branches, rust or rodents inside of it.

For all your Kirkland, WA air conditioning services call G & S. Our Kirkland, WA air conditioning technicians have years of experience working with all different types and brands of air conditioning systems.

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