G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Archive for February, 2015

Do Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems Require Maintenance?

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

When it comes to efficiency and reliability when heating and cooling a home in a very convenient manner, geothermal heating and cooling systems are pretty tough to beat. Such systems utilize heat pump technology in order to remove heat from a home during the summer months, dumping it into the ground, while using heat in the earth on the property in order to heat it during the winter. In addition to the efficiency and convenience that comes with heating and cooling a home with one such system, though, is the great reliability that geothermal heat pumps have to offer. If you really want to get the most dependable performance that your system has to offer, of course, G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is here to tell you that geothermal maintenance in Kenmore is a must.

In some ways, a geothermal heating and cooling system is one of the most reliable available. A major component of this, the geothermal loop, is nevertheless quite a simple component. It is buried on your property, and that is all you really need to worry about. There aren’t moving parts or electronic controls down there to worry about. However, this geothermal loop system is only a part of a whole. A geothermal heat pump is also used in order to facilitate the transfer of heat from the ground to your home and back again. Along with the ductwork, thermostat controls, and other components above ground, the geothermal heat pump is going to require regular maintenance in order to function reliably, and at peak efficiency and performance levels.

A number of important assessments are made during a geothermal maintenance service. First of all, refrigerant levels will be checked to ensure the proper charge. Refrigerant is constantly recycled, not used up as a fuel is, so there should be no fluctuation in the amount within your system. Electrical components will be tested and cleaned, system pressure measured, and more. In short, geothermal maintenance gives a trained professional the opportunity to look over your system as a whole, clean it and tune it up as needed, and to diagnose minor and developing problems before they can cause any real headaches.

Just make sure that you schedule this vital service with a trained professional that you can trust. To do so, just call upon the technicians here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

In terms of keeping your geothermal heating and cooling system in great working order, nothing can contend with routine geothermal maintenance in Kenmore.


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Why Hire a Professional to Install a Smoke Detector?

Friday, February 27th, 2015

When you are at home, whether awake and in a productive mood or fast asleep in bed, you should feel safe. While modern appliances, heaters, and electrical systems are all safer than ever before these days, the fact remains that there is always a chance of something going wrong in your home. Whether due to outside forces, a knocked over candle, or any other potential catalyst, there is simply no way in which you can ever rule out the possibility of a fire breaking out in your home. What you can, do, is hire a professional install a smoke detector in your Fall City home. When you do so, make sure that you dial our number. The electricians here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. will ensure that the job is done right every step of the way.

One of the main reasons to schedule your smoke detector installation with a trained professional is to ensure that your smoke detector is optimally placed in your home. Needless to say, and for obvious reasons, you want your smoke detector to sound the alarm as soon as possible, should a fire start in your home. This will not be the case, though, if your smoke detector is not optimally situated. In a situation where every second truly does count, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. Additionally, your electrician can determine if multiple smoke detectors are required throughout your home. By having a professional assess your living space, make recommendations, and install your smoke detector properly, you are taking the first steps towards living with the peace of mind that you deserve.

Another reason as to why a trained professional should handle your smoke detector installation is the fact that you really ought to be using a smoke detector that hard wires directly into your electrical system. Yes, your devices should have batteries in them. However, this is as a back up should anything go haywire with your electrical system. If you are relying solely on batteries to keep your smoke detector up and running, you are allowing for a level of human error that you simply cannot afford in your home. Contact us to have your smoke detector professionally installed by a professional you can trust.

We never want to thing about situations such as the possibility of a fire breaking out in our homes. However, preparation for just such events is absolutely necessary.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.  to have quality smoke detectors installed in Fall City.

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Benefits of Using an Attic Fan

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Have you ever had cause to enter your attic during the hottest time of the year? If so, then you have likely experienced firsthand the phenomena of the hot outdoors seeming cooler in comparison. As most people know, heat does indeed rise. This means that the uppermost level of your home – the attic – can be considerably hotter than the lower floors. Now, you may not see the problem with this immediately. After all, you may think, surely it’s better to keep the heat localized in an area of your home that is generally not inhabited.

However, this logic is inherently flawed. Having a very got attic can lead to a few different problems That is why you may want to consider the installation of an attic fan in Snohomish. If you have any questions regarding the benefits of using an attic fan, you’d like to schedule an installation, or you find that your existing attic fan requires service, give G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. a call today. 

While there may not be anyone up in the attic who will be directly affected by its heat, it is very possible for the heat from the attic to radiate down and throughout your home. Heat may rise, but it also tends to move towards cooler environments. Having this heat trap at the top of your house, then can lead to the warming of occupied areas in your home. Should you have ductwork passing through your attic, in which cool, conditioned air is travelling, the air within that ductwork may absorb this heat as well.

What this means, then, is that your air conditioning system will have to work harder in order to overcome the issues that the heat built up in your attic leads to. This can lead to more energy consumption, which in turn can drive up energy costs as you struggle to cool your home. It can also make your AC feel less effective, leaving you to pay more for an insufficient cooling performance.

Attic fans are capable of venting this pent up heat out of your attic, and can help to both maintain a higher level of performance quality from your cooling system while also protecting efficiency levels. However, it is vital that your attic fan is wired into your home’s electrical system by a trained professional.

That is why you should hire G&S Heating, Cooling and Electrical, Inc. to handle your attic fan services in Snohomish.

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What Type of Insulation to Use

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Insulating a home sufficiently is one of the best steps to take in the pursuit of great efficiency without the sacrifice of comfort. By installing the right amount of insulation in your home, wherever it may be needed, you can prevent the unwanted heat transfer that allows heat to seep out of your home during the winter season, as you run your heater to warm your living space, and that which allows heat to make its way into your home during the summer months, even as you use your air conditioner to cool your residence down.

Remember, though, that using the right type of insulation in Northgate is every bit as integral to successfully insulating your home as using the right amount of insulation is. Here are a few tips from the pros at G&S Heating, Cooling and Electrical, Inc. to help you better understand the types of insulation available, as well as in what situations they are best utilized.

Blanket insulation, including batt and roll options, is among the most common of insulating options. This type of insulation is perfect for fitting into unfinished walls, as well as floors and ceilings. It is fairly inexpensive, but does require a considerable amount of accessibility in order to fit it into applicable spaces. Foam board insulation is another great option for such interior applications. It must be cut to size, though, and requires the same level of accessibility for unfinished spaces.

If you are looking to add insulation to finished areas, such as wall cavities and existing closed walls, then blown-in insulation is a great method to use. Such insulating materials are generally recycled and environmentally friendly, and the method of blowing the insulation into the wall requires little in the way of an access  point. If you are trying to insulate an area with considerable obstructions, this is a smart way to go.

Spray foam insulation is a similarly convenient option for such tricky areas of the home, and is exceptionally well-suited for instances in which insulation that can stand up to very high temperatures is needed. This type of of insulation is sprayed into the area requiring further insulation. The foam expands to fill the space, dries, and hardens. Needless to say, this type of material must be handled by trained professionals.

If you want to boost energy efficiency and comfort levels in your home, then insulating it appropriately is a must. We have the answers and services you need when it comes to insulation in Northgate.

If  you have any further questions regarding what types of insulation are available to you, just call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today.

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Tips for a Quality Water Heater Performance

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

There are a number of different appliances that modern homeowners depend upon each and every day in order to go about their lives in a convenient and comfortable manner. One of the most important and frequently used of these appliances, of course, is the water heater. Assuming that you do not heat your water over a stove or open flame, you depend upon your water heater each and every time you wash the whites, take a shower, or clean the dishes. Make sure that you are able to do so with complete confidence. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the best performance possible from your water heater in Kirkland. If you require any water heater services in the area, remember to call upon the pros at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

The first tip that we have to give you, and it is one which we cannot stress enough, is to take the time to get to know all of your options before investing in a new water heater. Different water heaters have different pros and cons. There is no such thing as any one perfect system, but there is surely one which best suits your needs. Because there are so many different makes and models available today, it is trickier than ever to determine which will best satisfy your expectations. We carry tank, tankless, and solar models ourselves. We also take the time to work closely with our clients, answering any questions that they may have, so that they make the right decision when it comes to investing in a new water heater.

Another important tip we would like to share is that nothing else even comes close to routine maintenance in terms of keeping your water heater in great working condition. Even the best systems on the market will accrue some general wear and tear over time. There is nothing that you can do about it, and in all likelihood you are going to require repairs at some point. With routine water heater maintenance, though, you can keep those repair needs as simple and infrequent as possible, while also enjoying the most efficient and reliable performance that your water heater has to offer.

For more water heater tips in Kirkland, just call up the pros on the G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. team.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. When you work with us, you can expect a quality performance from your water heater.

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What Exactly is a HEPA filter?

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

If you have done some research regarding residential air filtration systems, you may have run across the acronym HEPA and wondered what it meant and if it was something to consider installing for your home. HEPA is a type of extremely effective air filter, but whether it will work with your home and its HVAC system or not is something you need to take up with indoor air quality experts. It’s important to have the right type of air filtration installed for your house, or else you may end up with either poor quality air or a heating and cooling system put under too much strain.

The best way to make sure that you have air filtration that meets the needs of your household is to contact the indoor air quality team at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We provide a variety of indoor air quality installations and services, including HEPA filters, in Monroe, WA and throughout the Puget Sound Area.

Details of the HEPA filter

HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particular Air, and designates a filter that has passed U.S. Department of Energy tests to prove that it can trap at least 99.97% of particles less than 0.3 microns in size that attempt to pass through it. HEPA filters usually consist of a mat of randomly arrange fibers that trap particles.

Because of the high efficiency of HEPA filters, they work very well at preventing the circulation of allergens and asthma-triggering particles. HEPA filters are often found in hospitals and other health care buildings for this reason.

Although a HEPA filter’s power at trapping pollutants makes it sound like an excellent choice to install in your home, you must move with caution. If a filter is too powerful for an HVAC system, it will not only block pollutants, it will block airflow as well. If you have a HEPA filter put in without professional assistance to make sure that it will work well with your heating and cooling system, you could end up causing extra stress on the heater and AC that will run up your bills and may even shorten your comfort system’s lifespan.

To find out if a HEPA filter is right for your home, or if another type of filter or air purifier will do a superior job, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

We install HEPA filters in Monroe, WA as well as other types of filters and devices that will help you achieve better indoor air quality.

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When is an Emergency Heating Repair Necessary?

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

As with most things, it is better to be safe than sorry when considering heating repair. You don’t want to ignore something that seems trivial, only to have the entire system break down from it soon after. For that reason, you should always schedule a visit from a professional HVAC technician as soon as you notice something wrong with your heating system. There are some problems, however, that cannot wait even a single day for a technician to get there. When that happens, you need emergency heating repair. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that emergency heating repair is necessary.

Short Cycling

Short cycling is the name for when your heating system rapidly cycles on and off throughout the day. It is caused by the temperature inside your heater rising above established safety levels. This activates the limit switch, a safety device that monitors the heater’s internal temperature, which shuts down the system in an effort to protect it from overheating. However, the limit switch cannot solve for the source of the overheating. When the heater has cooled off enough, it will restart and the whole cycle will repeat.

Short cycling is extremely damaging to your heating system, and the longer it goes on the more likely it is to cause a breakdown. If you notice your heater short cycling, turn it off and call a professional immediately.

Partial or Total Heat Loss

A heating system is designed for just one purpose: to provide heat. So, when your heater suddenly has trouble providing that heat it’s a sign that something is seriously wrong with it. In forced air systems, the problem might be a broken air handler, which can trap heat inside the system and cause problems like short cycling. In boiler systems, you may have a broken circulator pump or a kettling heat exchanger. No matter what, loss of heating ability is a serious issue that should be dealt with as soon as possible, before the problem causing it has a chance to do more damage.

If you are in need of emergency heating repair, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We provide emergency heating repair throughout Everett.

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In What Ways Can Professional Duct Cleaning Benefit Me?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

When was the last time you spared even a single thought for the ducts in your home? Probably not for a long time. Possibly not ever. That’s not really your fault. After all, when was the last time the ducts did something that required your attention? Despite the ducts’ unobtrusive natures, however, they actually need maintenance just as much as any other home system. Let’s take a look at why professional duct cleaning is necessary for the health of your ducts, and how it can benefit you as well.

Airborne Contaminants

The air in the average home is infested with millions of airborne particles. These particles not only lower your indoor air quality, but can have an adverse effect on your health. Dust, pollen, insect and pet dander are all common allergens and lung irritants. If you happen to suffer from allergies, and have frequent attacks while inside, it is likely due to these particles. Meanwhile, biological infectious agents like viruses and bacteria can sicken you if you are exposed to them.

All of these contaminants have a tendency to collect in a home’s ductwork. There are two reasons for this. First, the ducts are dark, which offers a safe place to thrive for light-sensitive germs. Second, ducts are largely undisturbed by human activity, including routing cleaning efforts. This allows contaminants to build up over time, until you turn on your heater or air conditioner. When that happens, all of those pollutants get blown out of the ducts and circulated around the house, where they have a greater chance to infect you.

Duct Cleaning

Since you can’t be reasonably expected to stop using your heater or air conditioner (and that wouldn’t solve the problem anyway) you’ll need another solution if you want to improve your air quality and health. Professional duct cleaning is a service designed to clear all the contaminants out of your ducts. Depending on the type of ducts you have, your HVAC technician will either vacuum out the entire space or clean it manually with a special set of tools. Duct cleaning is the fastest and most thorough way to improve your air quality, cleaning up the area of the house with the highest concentration of harmful particulates.

If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in a while, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We provide duct cleaning throughout Granite Falls.

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Are Furnaces Safe Heating Options?

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Furnaces are great heating systems. They’re versatile, fairly cheap, and have a high heat output. However, they also work with some pretty dangerous materials. Natural gas is obviously highly flammable, which is why it’s used as a fuel source. However, burning natural gas also produces a number of very toxic byproducts like carbon monoxide. Knowledge of these risks has led some homeowners to question whether or not furnaces are safe home heating options. Let us put those doubts to rest now. Yes, furnaces are safe heating systems, mainly because they are equipped with quite a few safety measures designed to prevent any mishaps. Let’s take a look at some of those safety features.

The Limit Switch

Overheating is one of the primary contributors to some biggest furnace problems, like a cracked heat exchanger. In order to mitigate that kind of damage, every furnace is equipped with a limit switch. The limit switch is a small device that measures the temperature inside the furnace’s plenum, or main chamber. When the temperature inside the plenum exceeds the safety limit, the limit switch activates and shuts the system down to protect it.

The Thermocouple

Most furnaces switched from a standing pilot light to an electric ignition device a long time ago. For those that still use standing pilot lights, however, the thermocouple is an indispensable safety feature. A standing pilot light is a small gas flame that burns 24/7, in case the furnace needs to be lit at any time. The flame is fed by its own gas line, which keeps it lit. However, if the flame ever blows out (which is common) there is a risk that the gas will continue to flow into the house and become a fire hazard. Enter the thermocouple. The thermocouple is a heat sensor that controls the gas valve in the line that feeds the pilot light. When it senses the heat from the pilot light, it generates an electric current that keeps the gas valve open, thus keeping the flame lit. When the pilot light goes out, the current stops flowing and the gas valve closes to prevent gas from leaking into the house.

If you’d like to know more about your furnace’s safety features, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We provide furnace services throughout Carnation, WA.

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Can Geothermal Heating and Cooling Save Me Money?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

If you dread opening your energy bills every month, you’re not alone. Many homeowners find that during especially warm or cool months, their energy bills skyrocket well beyond an acceptable level. Besides, high energy bills indicate a heavy reliance on our natural resources, but there are many alternatives for renewable energy to both lower bills and help the planet.

One of the most common types of renewable energy systems today is the geothermal unit. Geothermal heating and cooling systems use heat pump technology to absorb heat from the ground and bring it into your home or to release heat back into the earth. This means a large loop system must be buried in the ground first, as the earth’s temperature remains consistent when you dig down deep enough.

To install a new geothermal system, you must have enough space on your property and a working set of ducts. As long as these are present, you should trust the professional technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to install a new geothermal unit for your home in Mercer Island. We go over the geothermal cost benefits here.

Ways that Geothermal Systems Save Money

A geothermal system reduces your bills in a couple of ways. While these units do still rely on electricity to run, the amount of electricity needed is significantly smaller. There are fewer moving parts, which also means they are less likely to need repairs. Lower bills and smaller repairs are important features in a new heating and AC system.

Besides, geothermal units last a very long time, and you may not have to replace the unit for the entire time during which you own it. You also won’t have to worry about purchasing a separate AC and heating system since geothermal does both. Furthermore, there may be government incentives in place for installing a new geothermal unit. If this is the case, you’ll save on installation, repairs, maintenance, and monthly spending.

Call our team of skilled technicians for geothermal installation or speak with a member of the G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. team today. 

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