G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Archive for March, 2016

Why You Need a Properly Sized Air Conditioning System

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

While we are certainly not going to be running our air conditioners nonstop anytime soon, the hot weather is definitely on its way. Is your air conditioner ready to handle the heat of summer once more? If you are planning to replace your air conditioning system this year, or if you are investing in your very first whole-house cooling system, you must keep in mind just how important it is that you have an appropriately sized air conditioning system installed in your home. If your new air conditioner in Everett, WA is not of the right size for your home, there is just no way in which you can hope to enjoy the great cooling performance that you deserve.

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Don’t Let High Humidity Levels Get You Down this Summer

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Surely, at some point, you’d heard someone tell you that it is not the heat that makes you uncomfortable on a hot summer day, but rather, the humidity. Trite and cliche as this may sound, there is actually a lot of truth in that statement. Very humid air can hold heat very effectively, but causing discomfort is just one of the problems that humidity can lay claim to. Don’t worry, though. You can get even the most oppressive of humidity levels under control by using a whole-house dehumidifier in Everett, WA. Just remember that you need to have your dehumidifier installed and serviced by a qualified professional.

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Why Are the Lights in My Home Flickering?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

To say that we rely upon our electrical systems quite heavily in this day and age is to make a huge understatement. We depend upon our electrical systems for countless tasks throughout the day, not the least of which is illuminating our property. If you are serious about going about your days uninterrupted and unimpeded due to problems with your electrical system, you are wise to take any issues with that system very seriously. Something like flickering lights in Everett, WA, for example, may strike some homeowners as being nothing more than a minor annoyance. In truth, though, this could be indicative of a very serious problem with your electrical system.

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What Are My Geothermal Loop Options?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Using a geothermal heating and cooling system can benefit homeowners in a number of ways. These systems are able to heat homes very efficiently and reliably, as they pull heat from the ground, where temperatures are quite constant when compared to those of the air. They are also able to reverse their operation in order to double as cooling systems during the hottest time of the year. They do so by absorbing heat from the air in a house, and then dumping that heat into the ground. In order to function, a geothermal system requires a geothermal loop to be installed on one’s property. Learn more about this part of the system in the following post. 

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Why Might I Need Electrical Rewiring Services?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The electrical system in your home is something that you can probably not imagine living without. Not only does your electrical system allow you to keep your home comfortable throughout the year by powering your HVAC systems, but it also allows you to charge the many gadgets and devices that help you to keep yourself entertained and make your life more convenient. Needless to say, you should take any steps necessary in order to ensure that you are able to use electricity in your home effectively, reliably and safely. Unfortunately for some, that may require the rewiring of one’s home.

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A Few Tips for Ensuring Efficient Cooling This Summer

Monday, March 21st, 2016

We’ve got a stretch of cool weather ahead of us yet, but it’s pretty clear that we are certainly moving into the warmer season. With this in mind, you should be thinking ahead to how your air conditioning system is going to function during the hottest time of the year. The prospect of cooling your home effectively during the summer season is one that you’re eager to make a reality. However, you should also be able to cool your home without an impending sense of doom regarding the cost of doing so. That is why we’d like to give you a few tips to help you to enjoy efficient air conditioning in Everett, WA this summer.

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You’ll Need Your AC Soon. Do You Need Duct Repairs As Well?

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

We don’t have the most extreme winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest, but that doesn’t mean that the warmer temperatures of spring are anything but welcome. Now that we are heading toward the summer season, and will soon be in the midst of the hottest time of the year, you should be sure that your air conditioner is in great operating condition. If you haven’t had it tuned up since the beginning of the previous heating season, now is the time to do so. You also need to be certain that your air ducts are in great working condition too, though. If not, your system is going to struggle to satisfy your cooling needs.

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Should I Use an Attic Fan?

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

With our relatively mild summers, it’s only natural that you want to do everything in your power to save energy and money during this season. You may not realize just how much of a heat trap your attic can be, and how it can hinder the proper cooling of your home during the warmer months. Would you believe that your attic can actually reach temperatures in excess of 120 degrees during the hottest days of summer? Read on to discover how effective attic fans are, and why you should in fact use one.

Lower Living Area Temperatures

Vents can create some passive cooling that may help somewhat, but when temperatures reach over 100 degrees in your attic you need much more than that. For the most effective cooling, you need a fan to create positive airflow throughout your attic. By using an attic fan, you can reduce the temperature in your living area by approximately 10 degrees, meaning that you don’t have to run your AC as long.

Reduced AC Expenses

Since you don’t have to use your air conditioner as often or set the temperature as low with an attic fan, your AC expenses will be lowered. You can also set the operating temperature of your attic fan so that it turns on when needed, never letting the attic get too hot, and preventing your air conditioning system from working too hard or too long.

Extended Roof Life

Many of your household activities, such as showering or cooking, create moisture that rises and stops in the attic. If this moist air sits in the attic for too long, it eventually creates mold in the insulation and the wood structure of your attic. An attic fan will be able to transfer a significant amount of moisture out of the attic before it can create this damage, therefore potentially extending the life of your roof.

To learn more about attic fans in Everett, WA, contact G&S Heating Cooling & Electrical today!

 

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How Do Smoke Detectors Work?

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

A smoke detector is one of those things you hope you’ll never need, but that you’ll be thankful for if you ever do! But how do these devices work? It’s first important to realize that there are two different types of smoke detectors. There is the ionization detector, which houses an ionization chamber with two plates and a source of ionization radiation. The other type of smoke detector is a photoelectric detector, commonly referred to as an optical detector. These aim a light into a sensing chamber at an angle away from the sensor.

Ionization

Ionization smoke detectors house a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, which ionize the air and causes current to flow between the plates. The smoke detector’s battery sends a voltage to the plates, charging one positive and the other negative. If smoke enters the detector, then it disrupts the flow of ions. Therefore, the flow of current is reduced and the alarm is activated. This type of smoke detector is generally more responsive to flaming fires.

Photoelectric

Have you ever walked into a store to hear a bell go off, but don’t see a bell? The store likely has a photo beam detector, or a light. When you cross this beam of light, you block it. The photodetector senses the lack of light and triggers a bell. This is essentially how a photoelectric smoke detector works, except that the light and sensor are positioned at 90-degree angles to one another, so that it won’t take an excessive amount of smoke for the alarm to go off. This type of smoke detector is generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering, called a smoldering fire.

Dual sensor detectors are recommended, as they include both ionization and photoelectric sensors. These are most capable of adequately alerting homeowners of either a smoldering fire or a fire with active flames. In an emergency, you need to be able to rely on your smoke detector. Remember to keep your detector well maintained, and replace the batteries as needed, should the detector you choose rely on batteries alone.

Contact G&S Heating Cooling & Electric today for professional smoke detector installation in Everett, WA.

 

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Spotting a Refrigerant Leak in Your AC System

Monday, March 14th, 2016

You are no doubt excited about the coming of the summer season. While we certainly don’t have the harshest of winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest, the rising temperature is always a respite after the colder time of the year has past. Before you get too excited thinking about the heat of summer, though, you must remember that this can prove to be just as uncomfortable as the cold if you do not have a good air conditioning system that is ready for action. Scheduling routine AC maintenance in Everett, WA will help to keep repair needs at bay, but you may still run into problems from time to time.

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