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

North Seattle Electrician Tips

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

If you have ever lost power during a storm, then you know how much your daily domestic life shuts down without electricity to power electronic gadgets such as computers, televisions, wifi routers, as well as essential equipment such as water heaters, stoves, and your air conditioner. We tend to take our electrical systems for granted, although we rely on them perhaps more than any other aspect of our homes. Like any other part of your home, however, your electrical system will not operate forever, without the assistance of a professional electrician. Whether you need rewiring or a new service panel, there comes a time when you need to call a North Seattle electrical expert at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. Our North Seattle electricians can make sure that your home is comfortable and safe. We’ve compiled some electrical tips that we hope you find useful. Call us today to learn more about our services.

  • Do not overload outlets. Your electrical outlets, also known as receptacles, have two or four plug receptacles for a reason. Overloading them with multiple power strips and various devices can lead to unsafe conditions. If you have a GCFI (Ground Circuit Fault Interrupter) or a circuit breaker, then you may constantly trip the circuit if the power load exceeds what’s available. But overloading outlets can also lead to fires and other dangerous situations, so make sure you have the right amount of power. Ask a North Seattle electrician for a service panel upgrade or extra receptacles if you find yourself needing them.
  • Whole-house surge protection. Some “surge protection” devices are actually just power strips with very low protection ratings. While we tend to think of lightning as the principal cause of surges in the home, there are also various small surges that occur throughout the home every day. They occur when one appliance draws a lot of power suddenly, like a blender or your AC. Over time, these small surges that move throughout the home can damage sensitive electronics. A whole-house surge protection device protects everything in your home, whether it’s plugged-in or hard-wired.
  • No DIY electrical antics. Leave your electrical system to a certified, professional North Seattle electrician! Attempting to fix the electrics in your home can be dangerous and may cause further damage.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today for electrical services in North Seattle, WA.

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Benefits of Using an Attic Fan During the Summer

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Everyone likes to keep their homes cool and comfortable throughout the hottest time of the year. Of course, high energy costs can sometimes be a bit prohibitive for some of us attempting to do so. At G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. we believe that everyone deserves to be comfortable in their home, no matter how high energy costs may rise. That is why we are so proud to offer exceptional products and services to help keep your home comfortable as efficiently as possible. Contact us today to learn more. Here is some information from our Redmond, WA electrical technicians about the benefits of using an attic fan during the summer.

Anyone that has ever gone up into their attic during the summer months knows that it can be absolutely sweltering up there. The problems with having such a hot area at the top of your house have much more serious implications than simply making it uncomfortable to have to go up there, though. It is possible for this heat to radiate throughout your home, counteracting your air conditioning system’s best efforts to keep your house comfortable. Not only will this decrease your comfort, but it can put the condition of your air conditioning system at risk as well.

As more and more heat radiates throughout the surfaces of your home, your air conditioning system is going to work harder and harder for longer periods of time as it attempts to reverse this warming action. This places a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on your AC, which can ultimately lead to system damages. An attic fan can help you avoid such situations.

An attic fan helps to ventilate your attic so that your air conditioner will not have to work as hard to cool it down. Considering how hot your attic gets, bringing in outdoor air is a great way to even out temperatures. You do not want to waste money using your air conditioning system to cool an uninhabited attic. With an attic fan you can remove a lot of stress from the shoulders of your AC.

To learn more about the benefits of using and attic fan during the summer, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today. We’ll help you get the performance you need from your attic fan. The Redmond, WA electrical pros on our team can answer any questions you may have.

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The Essentials of Circuits, Outlets, and Switches

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

The circuits, outlets and switches in your home get used every single day in order to provide electricity to your lights, electronics and other electric devices. The Edmonds, WA electrical experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. have years of experience working on all different kinds of home electrical projects. We wanted to share just some basic information about circuits, outlets and switches with our customers.

What Are Circuits?

We often throw around the word “circuits” but what does it actually mean in the context of home electrical systems. The Edmonds, WA electrical experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. have years of experience and we wanted to clear up any confusion that there might be about circuits.

A circuit must be a closed loop of wiring. Electricity flows from a power source, through the circuit to the different outlets and switches, then back to the source. Circuits are designed to handle a certain amount of electricity. There are safety measures in place like fuses and circuit breakers that are designed to stop the flow if there is too much electricity on the circuit.

What Are Outlets?

Outlets have changed in appearance over the years and if you’ve ever been outside the United States then you know that they can take a variety of different shapes. Typically, in homes in the U.S., circuits have two horizontal slots and then a round hole underneath. The round hole provides grounding for the outlet which is a safety feature. Some outlets have a ground-fault circuit interrupter which is a “reset” and “test” button. If there is too much electricity going through the outlet it will break the connection. If you’re having any issues with your outlets call the Edmonds, WA electrical repair pros at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

What Are Switches?

Switches are like manual circuit breakers—the either complete or break an electrical circuit. In the “off” position the electrical contacts inside the switch can’t meet. When you flip the switch to the “on” position, the contacts connect and allow electricity to flow through.

For all your electrical repair, installation and maintenance needs in Edmonds, WA, just call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We are dedicated to the safety of our customers and to the quality of work that we do.

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Improvements For Your Indoor and Outdoor Lighting

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

The lighting in your home or yard is a huge part of the function and also its appeal. There are a few simple ways that you can upgrade your lighting system to not only save energy but also improve the look of your home or outdoor space. The Everett, WA electrical professionals at G & S Heating, Cooling and Electrical have been providing quality lighting services to our customers since 1977. Check out a few of the simple improvement that you can get for you your home’s indoor and outdoor lighting system.

Everett, WA Electrical and Lighting Improvements

Here at G & S we love working with our customers to help them find new and creative ways to improve their indoor and outdoor lighting equipment. Our Everett, WA electrical technicians can work on any type of lighting project that you might have—from outdoor lighting to indoor. There are endless options for homeowners when it comes to the lighting in their home which is why working with a professional contractor is often a good idea. Check out some of the things that you could think about doing for your home and outdoor space.

  • Outdoor subtlety – Having some small but powerful lights installed throughout your backyard area can greatly improve the attractiveness of your outdoor space. By using subtlety you could create some great ambiance this summer when you’re entertaining guests without having bulky lights everywhere. Call the electricians at G & S today.
  • Outdoor safety – Sometimes you need to go with obvious lighting, especially when you’re interested in increasing the security and safety of your home. At G & S we can add some motion-activated flood lights on your property to help give you peace of mind.
  • Indoor lighting – Recessed lighting is very popular right now and if you’re interested in updating the look and feel of your home call the Everett, WA electricians at G & S. We’ll work with you to find a good system that matches your home’s décor and your budget.

Whenever you’re ready to talk with an Everett, WA electrical professional just pick up the phone and call G & S. We have over 35 years of experience working with countless customers to help them get efficient and attractive lighting in their homes.

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