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

How Does a Smoke Detector Work?

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Smoke detectors are really a marvel of engineering. Not only are they incredibly effective, they are also cheap to make and save thousands of lives every single year. So how do they work? Here at G&S Heating, Cooling and Electrical, Inc. we wanted to put together a quick explanation of how smoke detectors work. Give us a call if you’re having any issues with your home and you need Lynnwood, WA electrical services.

Smoke Detectors: The Basics

There are a couple different types of smoke detectors: photoelectric and ionization detectors though some models of detectors actually use both. The basic idea behind smoke detectors is that they constantly run some kind of continuous process that, if it gets interrupted by smoke, cause the alarm to trigger.

Photoelectric Detectors

These types of detectors use a beam of light emitted from an LED to detect the presence of smoke. If smoke enters the detector it will scatter the beam of light into a sensor which will trigger the alarm.

Ionization Detectors

These types of detectors use a small amount of radioactive material to generate an electric current. In the presence of smoke, this electric current is interrupted which triggers the horn on the detector.

So Which One Is Better?

Trying to compare the effectiveness of each detector is like comparing apples and oranges. Each detector works differently and so they respond differently to various type of fires. Both have undergone rigorous testing in order to receive UL certification. Photoelectric detectors tend to respond faster to smoldering fires because of the large amounts of smoke. But ionization detectors respond faster to flaming fires that have less combustion material in the air; this is why some homeowners disable them during cooking because they respond so quickly to the small amounts of smoke in the air.

If you have any questions about where to install your home’s smoke detectors or if you need any other Lynnwood, WA electrical services just give us a call here at G&S Heating, Cooling and Electrical, Inc.

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Signs That You Need Electrical Repair Service

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Consistent and bountiful electricity is a staple of the modern home. But it’s one that we often take for granted. Like our plumbing and HVAC, we often do not notice our electrical system until something goes wrong with it. But it can be difficult to know when an issue is merely a superficial quirk of the household or has the potential to be hazardous. Either way, electricity is not something you want to take chances with, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. In today’s post, we’d like to look at some common signs that you need electrical repair services. Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. when you need a professional Lynnwood, WA electrical technician.

  • Flickering lights. If you find that your chandelier lights flicker and then shut off when you turn them on, or the recessed lighting in the foyer flickers intermittently, then you need to have it looked at by an electrical expert. Flickering lights are simply the result of a poor or faulty connection. While that connection may be more or less innocuous for the time being, it can quickly develop into a hazardous situation. The cause of the poor connection might be at the fixture or at the switch.
  • Frequently tripped circuit breaker. If you’re beginning to get frustrated by a frequently tripped circuit breaker, then it may be a sign that something is not right with your electrical system. You may be overloading the system when high-wattage appliances attempt to draw energy from the same circuit. While you may be able to get away with installing an additional circuit to alleviate the issue, you may also have to upgrade your service panel to improve your home’s electrical capacity.
  • Outlet lacks power. If your outlet has gone dead, make sure you don’t let the problem linger. You can first check the circuit breaker to make sure that it hasn’t merely tripped. If you see any blackening around the plug, it may have burned out. This is a potential fire hazard.

Call the Lynnwood, WA electrical repair technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today if you think there is something wrong with your home’s electrical system.

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Benefits of a Whole-House Generator

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The ability to power our appliances, gadgets and electronics with electricity in our homes is truly one of the greatest luxuries that we enjoy. If you have ever experienced a power outage, even a relatively short one, you know just how disruptive living without electricity can be. When you consider the fact that your furnace, air conditioning system, refrigerator, microwave and so many other items you depend on every day run on electricity, it becomes very clear just how important this resource is. If you live in an area prone to power outages, or you just want to be prepared for the next big storm, call the Redmond, WA electrical technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to discuss the benefits of a whole-house generator.

The major benefit that a whole-house generator offers is that you can have it wired directly into your electrical panel, allowing you to run a number of different appliances and electronics off of it. In order to do so, of course, it is important that you schedule your whole-house generator installation with a qualified electrician. This is the only way to be sure that your whole-house generator will operate safely and efficiently. Unlike a portable generator, which allows you to plug a few different items directly into it, a whole-house generator lets you run a great variety of different devices, depending on the size and power of the system. Discuss your electrical needs with a professional electrician to ensure that you generator can handle the load you need to ask of it.

Another great benefit of a whole-house generator is that an automatic standby model will come on all on its own in the event of a power outage. This means that you do not even have to be home to start it up in order to keep your refrigerator running or even important medical equipment operational. Contact us today to learn more.

When the power goes out in your neighborhood, a whole-house generator can really help keep your home up and running. Call the Redmond, WA electrical technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today to learn more about the benefits of a whole house generator. We have the knowledge and training necessary to ensure that your whole-house generator is there for you when you need it most.

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Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

There are few things more “American” than baseball, apple pie and Independence Day. On this day over 200 years ago the second Continental Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence. The document, which was primarily authored by Thomas Jefferson, was a written explanation of why America wanted to be free from Great Britain. This bold move by the American colonies would start the Revolutionary War where many brave women and men would give their lives for the freedom that we now hold dear.

Over the years, our celebration of Independence Day has remained largely unchanged. John Adams, the 2nd president of the United States, said this about celebrating Independence Day: “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” We all remember going to family barbecues, watching fireworks, attending parades, picnics and fairs, building bonfires, and playing baseball.

However you celebrate this 4th of July, make sure that you take a moment to remember why we’re celebrating.

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