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

What to Look for When Buying a HVAC System

Monday, September 30th, 2013

If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, you may find the sheer range of system types and brand overwhelming. From conventional units such as heat pumps to the latest in ductless mini split technology, geothermal, and high velocity systems, you need to make certain that your heating and cooling system is not only appropriately sized for your home, but also that it’s within budget and installed correctly. At G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, we can make that happen. Our North Seattle heating technicians are highly skilled at finding unique solutions that match your heating needs and the size of your living space. Let’s take a look at what to look for when buying a new HVAC system. Call us today to learn more.

  • Size. The size of your new heating and cooling system is incredibly important to its future operation. You simply cannot expect great performance and energy efficiency if your system is inappropriately sized. During installation, our North Seattle heating technician will perform a load calculation to determine what the cooling output of your new HVAC should be. This is crucial. If the system is too large, it will be inefficient; if too small, it will ineffective.
  • SEER. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, commonly abbreviated as SEER, is numeric rating given to HVAC system sold in the US. It gives you an estimate of the air conditioner’s efficiency over the course of a single cooling season. The ratio between electrical energy input and cooling output is an important one to keep in mind, especially considering how much we need our cooling systems during the summer.
  • Ducts or no ducts. When you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, you’ll need to decide between conventional ductwork and ductless systems. Both types have their merits, and you need to take various considerations into account, including the size of your home, whether you have existing ductwork, and your budget.

When you want a North Seattle heating company who gives you excellent customer service and quality workmanship, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical. We can make sure that your new heating system is installed properly.

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Your Heating Options This Season

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

If the title of this post grabbed your attention, then you may be debating a new heating system installation in your home to prepare for the fall and winter chill. Living in Washington can get uncomfortable during the late part of the year if you don’t have a sturdy heater to keep you toasty. Fortunately, heating technology has long advanced beyond primitive wood- and coal-burning stoves. You have many options for heating in Woodinville, WA. This list contains some of the most popular.

Keep in mind that no matter how wonderful a particular system sounds, it might not be the right fit for your home. Contact our expert technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for professional help selecting and installing a new heater. We’re one of the top companies for heating in Woodinville, WA.

Furnaces: The good ol’ furnace is still the most common heater found in residential homes. Chances are good you grew up with one. Furnaces offer flexibility in size and fuel source, and are ideal for homes that already have ductwork. Add in a lower initial price, and you’ll see why furnaces continue to be popular with homeowners. Consult with a professional to see which of the many kinds of furnaces fit your specific needs.

Heat pumps: A device that can give you both warm and cold air is an attractive option. A heat pump functions like just like an air conditioner, except it can change the direction of heat exchange so that instead of drawing heat from your home to the outside, it moves heat from the outside and puts it in your home. During spring and summer, you can switch back to the AC. Heat pumps don’t have as much heating power as furnaces or boilers, but they usually suffice for Washington’s weather.

Geothermal heat pumps: If you want significant savings on your energy bills, geothermal heat pumps are a great solution. Using loops of pipes in the ground around your home, a geothermal system draws heat from the earth itself to warm your home. And, just like a standard heat pump, the process can be reversed to cool you down in hot weather. Many homeowners in Seattle have turned to this safe and clean way of controlling their house’s temperature.

Don’t dash off now and get the system that sounds the most appealing to you… every location has specific requirements to take into consideration before heating installation. Avoid getting hasty with your heating. Let the Woodinville, WA heating installation experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. put their 36 years of experience to work for you when choosing a new heating system.

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Why Geothermal is Right for Your Home

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Geothermal power is an attractive alternative to traditional gas and electrical units used to heat and cool your home. It draws on the constant temperature found in the ground to provide heat in the wintertime and to pull heat from your home in the summertime. In North Seattle, geothermal heating makes a great option, since it works best with the cool-but-mild winters typical of the Pacific Northwest.  Here are a few other reasons why geothermal is right for your home.

  • It saves on the bills. While the initial installation fee tends to cost more than traditional gas and electric systems, a geothermal system can be up to six times more effective. That can save you a great deal of money on your monthly bills, as well as improving the resale value of your home.
  • Environmentally friendly. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we pride ourselves on going green whenever we can. Geothermal power helps you do that. It releases no emissions and requires no fossil fuels to generate its power. The lack of pollution and overall longevity of the unit make it very eco-friendly, and unlike other green energy options (such as solar and wind power) it doesn’t depend on the local weather conditions to function.
  • Renewable. Along those lines, the energy that geothermal systems taps into is practically limitless. That means you don’t need to worry about fuel shortages, inclement weather or similar problems when running your heat.
  • Low maintenance costs. Every appliance requires servicing and maintenance every now and then. But because geothermal heat pumps are comparatively simple systems, they don’t take a lot of work to maintain. That helps you keep them in peak condition for longer periods of time and reduces the need for more expensive repair bills.

If you think geothermal is right for your home and you’d like to discuss your options with a qualified professional, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. Our trained, North Seattle geothermal technicians operate throughout the area; geothermal heating is just one of the services we offer and we can provide you with a wealth of information about installation and repair details. Give us a call today.

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What You Ought to Know about Geothermal Heating Systems

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Every homeowner wants to be able to stay comfortable when the weather starts to turn cold, but we all know that energy prices are on the rise. Geothermal heating systems are a great option for homeowners that want to heat their home efficiently, reduce the amount of energy that they have to buy from their utility company and also make a positive impact on the environment. Read on below to learn more about geothermal systems and then give us a call us here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. if you’d like to learn more about our North Seattle geothermal heating installation services.

What Does A Geothermal Heating Installation Entail?

Geothermal systems are basically a heat pump that uses the ground or a water supply as a source of heat for your home (though geothermal systems also provide cooling in the summer). To put it simply, they absorb heat out of the ground or out of a water supply and move it into your home. And here’s how they do that.

The Ground Loop

For ground-source geothermal heat pumps, a long pipe needs to be buried deep underground where the temperature is about 50° F all year long. Because of this, many homes aren’t capable of utilizing a geothermal system because they don’t have the physical space. This ground loop is filled with an environmentally friendly refrigerant that absorbs the heat out of the ground and carries it into your home. This same type of ground loop is also used with water-source heat pumps except that the loop is submerged in your pond, river or lake.

The Heat Pump

Once the heat is absorbed by the refrigerant there has to be a way to get it out of the refrigerant and into your home. To do that, your home will have a heat pump inside it that uses a fan to pull in cool air from your home and pass it over a series of warm evaporator coils. The cold air naturally absorbs the heat out of the refrigerant and then continues into your home. The now-cooled refrigerant heads back out to the ground to gather more heat.

If you’d like to know of your home is a good candidate for a North Seattle geothermal heating installation, just give us a call here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

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We Wish You a Happy Labor Day

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

On every project that we complete, we ensure that our customers are satisfied. We take pride in the work that we do every day, and this level of diligence and attention to detail has allowed us to grow over the years. On the first Monday of every September, our country celebrates Labor Day as a way of recognizing the hard work that has made this country great. Because making your home more comfortable and convenient is our business, we want you to have an enjoyable and pleasant Labor Day.

Labor Day is a time of good BBQ, the start of the professional and college football seasons, entertainment with family and friends, and, most importantly, taking a day off from work. Labor Day emerges as a federal holiday in the wake of the Pullman Strike of 1894. It was designated as such by President Grover Cleveland and Congress as a way to reconcile the damage done by the faceoff between the Federal government and the Pullman Palace Car Company workers and other railroad workers. But over a decade before it became official, Labor Day began as a workers’ picnic and demonstration suggested by either Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor, or Matthew Maguire of the Central Labor Union of New York.

From our family to yours, we wish you all the best on this Labor Day.

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