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

Let Us Protect Your Pipes and Ducts

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

We hope that you are aware of just how necessary it is to insulate your home sufficiently. If you do not have enough insulation in strategic areas throughout your living space, there is no way in which you can heat and cool your home efficiently. Subpar insulation can also allow for airborne pollutants to infiltrate your home with greater ease, dragging down your indoor air quality in the process. This is not the only way in which great insulation can benefit you, though. It also offers some much needed pipe and duct protection in Greenwood. To protect the pipes and ductwork in your home, you need only work with the trained, experienced insulation experts on the G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. team.

For reasons both aesthetic and functional, your air ducts and plumbing pipes travel through areas of the home which are neither accessed very often, nor which are particularly accessible. It just so happens that such areas are most often those in which insulation is somewhat overlooked. Even if you are able to heat and cool your home in an affordable manner, there may be weak spots in your insulation putting your pipes and ductwork at risk.

When exposed to extreme temperatures, either hot or cold, both pipes and air ducts can be compromised in a number of ways. They may crack due to fluctuations in temperatures, and this is not something that you wish to encounter with either component. Leaking pipes in these hidden areas can lead to substantial water damage, even before you realize that there is a problem to begin with. Plus, leaking ductwork is one of the most common and prolific ways in which energy is a wasted in a home. Cracked ductwork can also pull in various pollutants, at which point these pollutants can be easily spread throughout your entire domicile. By insulating the areas through which your ducts and pipes pass, you can help to protect your comfort, your property, and the efficiency with which you are able to heat and cool your home.

Because there are various types of insulation out there, and these types of insulation come in a variety of different efficiencies and require different installation methods, you really must hire professional insulation installation technicians if you hope to successfully protect your pipes and air ducts from damage. That is why G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is the company to call upon.

By working with our team of professionals, you can truly reap the benefits of excellent duct and pipe protection in Greenwood.

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Breathe Better Air with Our Residential Indoor Air Quality Services

Friday, March 27th, 2015

As much as some homeowners may believe that all they need to live comfortably is a dependable HVAC system, the fact of the matter is that even comfortable temperatures throughout the year are not enough to allow one to live in the total that G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. knows our clients deserve. Maintaining indoor air quality of the highest caliber is equally important, even if it is far too often overlooked. The good news is that we offer comprehensive residential indoor air quality services throughout Mukilteo. With the right IAQ products in place, paired with our exceptional service quality, and you can start breathing the clean, pure air that you desire throughout your household.

Because there are so many different ways in which your indoor air quality may be compromised, it is advisable to work with professionals such as us that offer the diverse array of services needed to tackle any problems head on. Air cleaners and purifiers are where most homeowners. Start. We install and service electronic air cleaners, which are used to give pollutants a static charge. The pollutants are then trapped on collector plates. For biological pollutants, on the other hand, UV air purifier is the solution to seek. By emitting small doses of UV radiation, which are totally safe for residents in the house, these devices, which are installed in ductwork, can destroy viruses, mold, and other such pollutants. We also offer both humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help homeowners successfully regulate the humidity level in their homes.

Our residential indoor air quality services do not end with the installation of IAQ products and systems, exceptional as those may be. We will never simply seek to treat the symptoms of your air quality issues, instead opting to resolve the problem at its root. With our extensive ductwork services, including duct cleaning, repair, sealing, and testing, as well as thorough energy audits, we can ensure that your home is in the condition necessary to help you to maintain great indoor air quality while also heating and cooling your home in the most efficient manner possible.

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. When you work with us, you can count on breathing better air in your living space.

To learn more about all of the residential indoor air quality services that we offer in Mukilteo, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today.

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Common Hot Water Heater Service Calls

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The ability to quickly and conveniently heat water for use throughout the home is a fine luxury that we all enjoy on a daily basis. The water heaters that we use in order to heat this water, of course, are never going to be 100% reliable, though. Trust us when we tell you that we receive the water heater service calls to prove it. If you want to protect the condition and operation of your water heater, then schedule your hot water heater services in Lynnwood with the pros here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We can handle any service needs that you may have. Here are a few examples of common calls for service that we encounter.

As you may well imagine, one of the most common water heater services calls that we get is from homeowners suffering from an insufficient supply of hot water. There are few things more jarring than having one’s hot shower run cold halfway through. There are a few reasons why this may happen. It is possible that routine maintenance has not been scheduled, allowing the system to slip into disrepair. There may be a lot of sediment built up in the tank, which inhibits the successful heating of water. It is even possible that the water heater is simply too small to adequately heat the amount of water that you need. If this is the case, it may be necessary to upgrade your system.

If you see water surrounding your water heater, we advise you to dial our number immediately. Water leaks are not uncommon, and they are frequently fairly minor. Even smaller leaks can do real damage, though, rusting components of your system, wasting water and energy, putting extra strain on the appliance, and potentially leading to real property damage. Sealing leaks promptly is clearly in your best interest.

Whatever types of water heater services in Lynnwood you may need, know that we do it all. From the installation of new systems to routine maintenance and emergency repairs, count on us to get the job done.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. with any questions you may have. When you work with us, you can count on exceptional water heater services of all kinds.

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What Are My Geothermal Installation Options?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

While geothermal installation may involve quite a bit of digging, the benefits are undeniable. Geothermal heating and cooling systems provide homeowners with the same powerful heating and cooling power of a conventional split system heat pump, but with a lot of money in additional energy savings. That’s because so little energy is used to pump the relatively stable heat from the ground and into your home, or from your home and back to the earth. You’ll use fewer of the earth’s precious resources as geothermal energy is a renewable power source.

Is Geothermal Installation Right for Me?

If there is enough space on the property and a complete duct system in the home, nearly any homeowner can schedule geothermal installation for better energy-efficiency and prolonged HVAC system lifespan. Geothermal units often need fewer repairs and last many years longer than other heating and cooling systems.

How Much Digging Will Take Place?

Many homeowners are most worried about what will happen to their home during geothermal installation. The installation steps that take place inside of the home and directly outside are similar to the traditional AC installation process, though there are a couple of options. In some cases, every component, including the compressor and blower fan, is in a single cabinet. Or you can install a split-system with an indoor coil and an outdoor compressor unit in order to make use of an existing furnace blower.

But the amount of digging that takes place will vary from property to property. There are two basic options for installation: a vertical layout or a horizontal one. Whether you choose vertical or geothermal installation, installing the underground loop system will be an extensive process. However, replacement should not become necessary for decades, and the economic benefits are often well worth it.

Horizontal vs. Vertical Installation: Which Is Better?

One installation method involves digging a trench of only about 4-6 feet and laying the loop system down horizontally. This will take up a lot of space, but it’s generally more cost-effective, and comes highly recommended. For areas where horizontal installation is not possible, vertical installation is recommended instead.

Call on the help of the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to learn more about your geothermal installation options in Monroe and to schedule professional services.

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Is it Time to Call for Ductless AC System Repair?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Ductless air conditioning systems have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, and it is not difficult to understand why. Not only do ductless cooling systems offer easy to use zone control cooling, but the elimination of ductwork can also help homeowners to cool their homes more efficiently while also protecting the quality of the air throughout their homes. Like all other air conditioners, and mechanical systems in general, though, ductless air conditioners can never be truly 100% reliable. You will likely require ductless AC system repairs in Everett at some point. When you do, you can count on the technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to guarantee that they are completed promptly.

Learning to recognize the warning signs that your ductless AC is in trouble is the best way in which to ensure that any necessary ductless AC repairs are completed in a timely fashion. Trouble regulating temperatures in any particular cooling zone is one of the most common indicators that there is a problem with your system. It could be that the blower servicing that area of your home is compromised in some way, or that your thermostat is malfunctioning. Only a trained professional can determine the exact cause of the problem.

You may also find that your ductless air conditioner, which can utilize heat pump technology in order to both heat and cool your home, is stuck in its heating mode. If you are certain that you’ve switched it over to the cooling function, but it is still blowing warm air, contact us right away. We’ll have it back to cooling your home effectively promptly.

An inexplicable rise in your cooling costs is another sign that your ductless AC is in trouble. You probably use your ductless AC enough to have a general idea of just how much it costs to maintain comfortable temperatures throughout your home during the cooling season. If it is costing more and more to do so, professional ductless AC system repair in Everett may be necessary. Again, there are many different reasons as to why  your cooling system may be working at reduced efficiency levels.

By working with the pros at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., you can ensure that any problems with your system are resolved completely so that your ductless AC one again operates at peak performance and efficiency levels.

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Why Professional Indoor Lighting Services Are Necessary

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Of course, you cannot run a home or business without any lights. But if your home or business does not have adequate lighting to illuminate each room to your satisfaction, now is the time for an upgrade. When you choose to change up your lighting design, it is always best to work with a trained contractor for the job. A licensed electrician is more likely to find the lighting design that best suits your need and install your lights properly the first time.

Licensed electricians follow proper safety protocol and up-to-date techniques

Installing new lighting is certainly not a simple job for an amateur. Without the proper training or experience, a lot of what goes into the installation is guesswork, and you may become frustrated if your lighting does not work properly or if it trips the circuit breaker. Besides, unless you feel completely confident operating electrical equipment, the potential safety risk is too high to consider installing lighting on your home. Lighting experts attend training sessions regularly and always follow proper safety procedures when it comes to wiring and installing fixtures.

Professionals are familiar with what makes a quality lighting design

Professional electricians have plenty of experience in the field, and may actually recommend fixtures or arrangements you had not even considered. A quality lighting professional takes the time to work with you and learn about your needs, arranging the lights in such a way that they not only brighten the room but provide adequate workspace and enhance the design of the home while still fitting into your budget.

Quality lighting benefits households and business needs

Studies show that the proper lighting can boost productivity and even change someone’s mood. Many studies have shown that quality lighting affects sales as well. If you have the right lighting for any situation, the people in your home are happier, the people in your business are less likely to complain, and your home or office may actually be a little safer.

For quality indoor lighting services in the Bellevue area, contact the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

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Here’s Why You Should Consider a Tankless Water Heater Installation

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

There are few acts as enjoyable as taking a nice, hot shower at the end of a long, stressful day, or even as you gear up to take one on each morning. Between showering, doing the dishes after dinner, and washing your whites, you likely go through a pretty substantial amount of hot water in your home. Hopefully, though, you are not hit with sticker shock each time the utility bill comes rolling in. If you are interested in replacing a water heater with a new model, or if you are simply investing in your own water heater for the first time, we advise you to consider your options carefully. There are a number of them out there, and G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is here to help you choose the right one for your home. You just may find that a tankless water heater  installation in Woodinville fits the bill for your water heating needs.

Tankless water heaters, as you have probably figured out from the name, are water heaters which do not utilize storage tanks in order to keep a reserve of hot water at the ready. This in and of itself is something of a benefit, especially for those homes with limited storage space. Whereas standard tank water heaters can take up a pretty sizable amount of space in a basement or other storage area, a tankless model can simply be installed on a wall in even tight quarters, such as a closet. This is far from the only benefit that tankless water heaters have to offer, though.

Another reason why tankless water heaters are well-worth your consideration is the fact that they are not prone to the standby energy loss that tank based models are. Even the most well-insulated hot water storage tanks are subject to standby energy loss, as heat in the water therein transfers to the air surrounding the tank. This means that the water heater must expend energy in reheating  and maintaining the temperature of the water. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, heat only the water that you need, as you need it. By instantly heating the water called for, tankless water heaters can help to boost efficiency in your home and to cut down on energy costs.

We have the information that you need to decide if this is the right system for your hot water usage. If so, we’ll install your system with the greatest of care.

For more information about why you may want to consider the installation of a tankless water heater in Woodinville, give G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. a call today.

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Does Everyone Need UV Germicidal Lights Installed?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

While it is, of course, very important that you are able to heat and cool your house in an effective manner, it is also very important for you to understand that the successful regulation of temperatures alone is not enough to ensure that you live comfortably within your home. To do so, you must also maintain indoor air quality of the highest caliber. That is why some people opt for a UV germicidal light installation in Everett. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. installs and service UV germicidal lights, and we do so with the same quality workmanship that we bring to every job that we take on. Here is some information to help you better understand why it is that some homeowners decide that UV germicidal lights are the right fit for their homes.

First of all, it is important to note that not every homeowner is going to require that UV germicidal lights be installed in his or her house. While most homes can certainly benefit from air purification of some time, the fact is that UV germicidal lights have very specific uses. They are utilized in the fight against biological pollutants in the home, such as viruses, bacteria, and mold. Such substances can aggravate allergy and respiratory illness symptoms, as well as lead to sickness and the proliferation of mold throughout the house. If you never encounter any such problems, then you may not require the use of UV germicidal lights in your home.

If you do, though, keep in mind the fact that UV germicidal lights are a great supplement to air filtration systems, not a replacement for them. UV germicidal lights depend upon pollutant destruction in order to purify the air. They do not trap dirt, dust, and other pollutants which can bring down indoor air quality. Chances are that if you find the need for UV germicidal lights in your home, air filtering devices of some sort are a good idea as well.

These devices must be integrated into your HVAC system directly, so their professional installation is a must. Call to get started.

Contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. if you’d like to learn more about UV germicidal lights, or to schedule your UV germicidal light installation in Everett with a skilled member of our staff.

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How Upgrading Your Outdoor Lighting Benefits You

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

A very strong argument can be made for the lights in your home being the ultimate convenience. As vital as it is for you to illuminate your property within, of course, it is just as important that your outdoor lighting system is of the highest quality. Just as there are many different types of interior lighting products, so to are there different applications for outdoor lighting. When you work with the outdoor lighting professionals at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., you can count on getting the right lights for your needs and for that lighting system to be expertly installed, designed, and serviced. Here are a few suggestions about why you should consider some outdoor lighting upgrades in Camano Island.

First of all, upgrading your outdoor lighting is a great way in which to make your property safer. There are a number of ways in which you may accomplish this. Simply better illuminating paths and walkways can help you to navigate your property more safely. The installation of motion activated flood or security lights, or, alternatively, lights on a timer system, can help to deter any prowlers in the yard or other unwanted guests. Just remember that leaving lighting fixtures open to the elements in such a manner means that you must have the right type of equipment installed properly. Our electricians will see to it that this is the case.

Don’t think that upgrading your outdoor lighting only has such purely practical benefits, though. Outdoor lighting can also be used to beautifully accentuate architectural flourishes of your home, as well as to enhance landscaping designs. When you pull upo to your home at night, you should be struck by what you see. With a well-designed outdoor lighting system, you can make your property hospitable aesthetically speaking, as well as safe and secure. Contact us for further details.

Any time you are having lighting upgrades installed, or any other electrical work completed, for that matter, you must enlist the services of a skilled, trained professional. That is why we suggest that you give our staff a call when you decide that the time has come for outdoor lighting upgrades in Camano Island.

When you work with G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., you can count on your outdoor lighting system satisfying you entirely.

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Why Your Geothermal Cooling System Requires Maintenance

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

It should come as no surprise to those familiar with geothermal technology to learn that geothermal cooling is only growing in popularity. The ability the both heat and cool a home with one convenient system, as well as to do so in a more efficient and eco-friendly manner, is just too great a deal fro many homeowners to pass up. That being said, though, there is just no way that one can hope for his or her geothermal cooling system to function at peak performance and efficiency levels if it is not well maintained. The key to a great performance from your system is routine geothermal cooling maintenance in Monroe. To schedule service with a technician you can trust, G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is the company to call.

A geothermal cooling system removes heat from the air in a household, and then deposits that heat into the ground. In order to do this effectively, and to cool your home to desired temperatures in an efficient manner, it is necessary that every component in your geothermal cooling system is able to function precisely as it ought to. The routine wear and tear than any HVAC system accrues over the course of a season is more than enough to impede the operation of any component within that system When this happens, the condition of the system and the quality of its performance suffers. Routine maintenance is the best way to address such problems.

During a maintenance service, your geothermal system will be thoroughly evaluated from head to toe, so to speak. Refrigerant levels will be checked to rule out leaks, electrical components will be tested for safe and reliable operation, and the system will be cleaned thoroughly. It only takes one compromised component in order to throw off the performance of a geothermal cooling system, and maintenance helps to prevent such compromises in integrity. Not only that, but it allows your technician a valuable opportunity during which to discover any minor or developing problems with the system. This can help you to get out ahead of any such problems.

Our technicians can be trusted to maintain your system with the expertise the job demands. That way you can cool your home with the confidence that you deserve.

To learn more or to schedule routine geothermal cooling maintenance in Monroe, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today.

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