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

Edmonds WA Electrical Tip: On the Benefits of a Whole-House Generator

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Storms, flooding, and grid outages pose serious threats to the comfort and safety of your homes. While many homeowners have a portable generator for emergencies, they are not necessarily an adequate solution. Not only do they require you to feed them fuel constantly, they are also inefficient and potentially dangerous, as they emit carbon monoxide during operation. They often cannot power the entire home, just a few essentials. If you’re looking for comprehensive home protection against electrical supply problems, you should consider a whole house generator. We’d like to share with you some of the benefits of such a system. When you’re ready to consider one for your home, call the Edmonds WA electrical experts at G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric today!

  • Preparedness. One of the major differences between an ordinary portable generator and a whole-house unit is the way the latter prepares your home for the worse. The truth is that you never know when an electrical outage might occur, even with the advances in meteorological forecasting. There is simply no better way to be prepared than by ensuring that your home has a standby or automatic standby generator ready to go to work.
  • Comprehensiveness. One of the drawbacks of portable systems is their lack of comprehensiveness. If you have a heating and cooling system, electronic gadgets, hot water heater, refrigerator and freezer, electric oven, microwave, among others, then you know how you have come to rely on electricity to operate your home. If you want to ensure that your lifestyle is unfazed by a power outage, a whole-house generator is the way to go.
  • Safety. The very young and elderly alike are prone to serious discomfort and health risks during power outages. Depending on the seriousness and duration of the outage, you may find it difficult to get by without the basics. You may have to leave your home to stay with a relative, or friends. A whole house generator is a great way to ensure that your home is safe, power or no power.

For comprehensive electrical services, including whole house generator installation, call G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric today!

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Lynnwood WA Electrical FAQ: Can I Install My Own Wiring?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

In a word, no. Installing your own wiring is tantamount to inviting a fire hazard into your home. Not only is it dangerous, but electrical work should also be carried out by a certified professional. Only a trained and qualified Lynnwood, WA electrician can give you the confidence you need to operate electrical appliances and equipment in the comfort of your own home. DIY wiring is not recommended because it poses a fire hazard, but also because handling wires requires expert knowledge of how electricity works, and your local electrical regulations. For more information, or if you need Lynnwood WA electrical services, call the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical today!

Here are some reasons why installing your own wiring is not such a good idea:

  • Dangerous. Handling electrical wiring in and of itself is not necessarily dangerous, but when it is connected to an electrical supply, the results can be very hazardous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Spare yourself and the structure of your home the danger of a fire, and call a professional. Only someone with the proper training, knowledge, and skillset should wire your home.
  • Costly. Installing your own wiring is not only dangerous, but it may also cost you more money, and lots of your time. Electrical materials can be expensive, and electrical wiring is a highly regulated industry, dependent on local codes. If you have to call in an electrician because all of the wiring you installed is bogus, then you might pay him more to rip it out and find the errors than you would have had you called him in the first place.
  • Lack of confidence. Hiring an electrician also means trusting the craftsmanship of a trained professional. Nothing else can give you the same type of confidence. If you don’t have the qualifications necessary to perform an accurate wiring installation, it’s simply not worth having to worry about the future safety of your home.

Only hire a certified professional to perform any electrical service in your home. For excellent and trustworthy Lynnwood, WA electrical services, contact G & S Heating, Cooling & Electrical today!

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Kirkland WA Electrical Tip: Common Electrical Repair

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Our electrical system runs behind the walls and in our ceilings and floors. It is invisible, except for outlets and fixtures. Electricity is intrinsically counter-intuitive to think about. In fact, despite recent technological developments, we’ve only known how electricity works since the turn of the 20th century. So, you can be forgiven if even common residential electrics seem somewhat mysterious. Moreover, repairing these electrical systems requires the professional knowledge of a Kirkland electrician, who knows how to properly handle and harness electrical energy and run it safely through your home. In this post, we’d like to examine a few of the most common electrical repairs, so that you might be able to identify any problems and call for assistance.

For Kirkland WA electrical services, contact G & S Heating, Cooling & Electrical today!

  • Intermittent power. If your fixtures and powered appliances are drifting in and out of power, or seem to shut off for no apparent reason, then you have an intermittent power problem. This is often an issue with the integrity of the electrical wiring itself; your wires may be damaged or loose.
  • Power surges. Electrical overloading, commonly known as a power surge, can be caused by a variety of reasons: lightning strikes, use of high-powered devices, and others. They can quickly ruin the fine circuitry of expensive electronic devices, so while you may already have a portable surge protector bar for your computer or TV, you may also wish to consider installing whole-home surge protection, which integrates directly with your electrical box. It will not only be more comprehensive, but will also be able to protect a higher surge.
  • Dead outlet. If you find that one of your electrical outlets, also known as receptacles, stops working, there is probably a problem with the wiring between the outlet and the circuit supply. Make sure that such repairs are taken care of quickly, because it may evidence of a damaged wire within your walls.

Handling electrical wiring and devices is dangerous. Make sure you hire a certified Kirkland, WA electrician to perform any electrical repair, no matter how minor.

For more information about your Kirkland, WA electrical system, contact the pros at G & S Heating, Cooling & Electrical today!

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Lynnwood WA Electrical Tip: How To Read Your Electric Meter

Monday, April 8th, 2013

More and more we rely on electricity to power our appliances, computers, tablets, and various gadgets. While you pay your electric bill to your utility company every month, you may not know how to read your electric meter or how your electric consumption is calculated. It’s important to know how to read your electric meter so that you can keep an eye on any unprecedented or unexpected rise in usage. The more you understand how the infrastructure of your home works, the better your home energy efficiency will be. For more information about your electric meter, or to schedule a Lynnwood electrical service, call G & S Heating, Cooling & Electrical today!

Your electric meter measures your electrical energy consumption in terms of the kilowatt-hour (kWh). A single kWh is equivalent to 1000 watts over a period of one hour. It is a unit of power, meaning the rate of energy use over time. It is installed near to where the power lines enter the home. A utility representative checks it periodically to determine how much power your home is using and calculates the bill accordingly.

The most popular and widely used kind of electrical meter is relatively simple. It is comprised of an electrical induction motor that uses a set of geared wheels corresponding to quantities of kWh. It’s a bit like a clock. The speed of its various revolutions depends upon the current drawn into the home by your appliances and equipment. The speed at which they rotate is proportional to the quantity of electrical energy you are using.

In order to read your electric meter, begin by recording the numbers from right to left, as shown on the dials. If the pointer is directly on a number, look instead to the number on its right hand side. If the number is zero, record the next highest number (e.g. 9). If not, use the lower number.  It’s as simple as that.

We hope this helps you keep an eye on your electrical usage. For more tips on electrical meters, or how to save on your energy bills, contact the Lynnwood, WA electrical team at G & S Heating, Cooling & Electrical today!

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Redmond WA Electrical FAQ: Why Should I Get a Whole-Home Surge Protector?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

At G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric, we believe that all of our customers deserve the greatest convenience and comfort possible in their homes. Unfortunately, not every aspect of life can be controlled. It is these unforeseen events that really put our planning to the test. After all, just because we do not know when something may happen does not mean that we cannot prepare for it. That is why the Redmond, WA electrical technicians on our team recommend that homeowners invest in a whole-home surge protector. This is a great way to help protect your comfort and convenience at home.

When many people think of surge protectors, they picture the type that plugs into an outlet and can have multiple devices plugged into it. These power strips are fine for some applications, but to protect all of your electrical equipment in the event of a power surge, a whole-home surge protector is ideal. While smaller surge protectors at individual outlets throughout your home are a great way to protect your stereo, television or computer, a whole-home surge protector connect outside your breaker box and protects the major systems in your home, including your heating and air conditioning system, as well as appliances such as water heaters and refrigerators.

In the event of a major power surge spanning your home, your air conditioning system will be kept operational and you will not need to worry about spoiled food in your refrigerator. Because of the complexity and electrical work involved in the installation of a whole-home air conditioner, it is necessary that a professional Redmond, WA electrician handle the installation. Under no circumstances should anyone other than a skilled, certified electrician attempt to service any component of your electrical system. Doing so puts that individual at risk of injury, and improper electrical work can create a dangerous situation within your home.

For more information about the installation of a whole-home surge protector or how they work, contact G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric. We can answer any questions you may have. For all your Redmond electrical services, we are the company you can count on.

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