G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Archive for February, 2017

Time for a New Heater? Consider a Gas Furnace

Monday, February 27th, 2017

furnaceChances are that you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the spring season. Well, it’s going to be a while before things really start to warm up, and longer yet before the time comes to switch on your air conditioning system. Truth be told, your heater is going to be in action for the immediate future. Now that we are at least approaching the end of the heating season, though, it’s a good time to think about how your heater performed this year.

Now, if you failed to schedule the routine heating maintenance that your system needs to succeed, then you really cannot blame a subpar heating performance on anyone other than yourself. If, however, your heater failed to meet your expectations despite having been tuned up and repaired as needed, then it may be time to consider a replacement. If so, you should give some serious thought to using a gas furnace in Marysville, WA.

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Why Did My Heat Pump Freeze Up?

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Winter weather can be plenty cold here in the Pacific Northwest. That being said, we don’t really deal with the subzero temperatures or icy tundra conditions that other states in the union do. So why is it that your heat pump in Lake Stevens froze up when last you were using it to heat your home on a very chilly night?

The development of ice on a heat pump is definitely an alarming situation for homeowners new to the phenomenon. However, it is not exactly an uncommon occurrence. In fact, icing up is something that your heat pump manufacturer has already taken into account!

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Are There Cold Spots in Your Home?

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

As we move deeper into February, many homeowners are doubtlessly looking forward to the arrival of Spring. It may be just around the corner, but remember that the heating season is going to be sticking around for a number of weeks yet to come. Don’t ignore any signs of trouble with your home heating system, or it could break down before the warmer weather gets here. Remember too, though, any certain problems you are experiencing when heating your home could carry over into the summer season as you try to cool it.

If you have cold spots in your home, there are certain issues that could relate directly to your heater in Everett, WA. Others could have to do with components shared by the AC, though, or even with the structure of your home itself. Here are a few potential causes of those pesky cold spots.

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3 Benefits of Central Air Conditioning

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

If you are trying to cool down your dorm room or studio apartment, then you just may be able to get by with a window air conditioner. However, if you are serious about cooling your entire house in a successful manner, then a central air conditioner in North Seattle, WA is a much better option to consider. Central air conditioning simply offers benefits that point of use window units cannot match.

Of course, you must also understand that a central air conditioner is not a system that you can install on your own. To guarantee that your central AC is installed properly and that it is ready for the cooling season ahead, you need to schedule service with a trained professional. When you work with us, the job will be done right.

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Don’t Forget About Your Ductless Mini Split Tune-Up!

Monday, February 13th, 2017

ductless-min-splitThere is no way that you’ve not heard about how important routine heating and cooling maintenance is if you’ve been following this blog at all. The long and short of it is this. Your heating and air conditioning systems will never function as well, reliably, or efficiently as possible if you fail to schedule routine maintenance service. Now, that’s all well and good, but what happens when you use just one system throughout the entire year? We’ll tell you what should happen. You should schedule routine maintenance for it twice!

A system that is functioning as a heater and as an air conditioner, such as your ductless mini split, is doing the twice the amount of work that a designated heater or AC system would be doing. If you fail to schedule ductless mini split tune-ups twice a year, that is the equivalent of scheduling furnace maintenance only every other year. You are really just asking for trouble if this is the attitude that you take. Contact us if you have any questions, or to schedule ductless mini split services in Everett, WA.

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Why Bother with a Maintenance Plan?

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

I know, I know, you may be thinking, I need to have my HVAC systems tuned up. Well, since you already know how important routine heating and air conditioning maintenance really is, you may be wondering why we’re talking about it today. The focus of this post is about why you should actually enroll in a heating and air conditioning planned maintenance agreement with our team. Trust us, there is a lot to recommend it.

Life is busy, and you tell yourself now that you’ll remember to have your systems tuned up as needed. What happens when that first really hot day of the year arrives, though, and you turn on your AC before you’ve had it tuned up? Are you going to shut it off and have it serviced when the heat passes? Or are you going to convince yourself you’ll remember next time around? A maintenance plan can take the risk out of your scheduling habits.

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Heat Pump FAQ: Isn’t Electric Heating Expensive?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Electric resistance heating is certainly nothing new. Many homeowners use electric space heaters to warm a single room — while paying careful attention to safe usage practices, we hope — while whole homes may be heated with electric furnaces or electric radiant heating. Now, electric resistance heating is 100% efficient in that no thermal energy is wasted to flue gases or incomplete combustion. However, the relatively high price of electricity still means that electric heating will usually cost more than using a gas heater.

So why all the buzz around heat pumps? Well, heat pumps are incredibly efficient. However, they also operate affordably. In order to better understand how a heat pump is able to perform this balancing act, you must understand how it is that a heat pump generates heat. Here’s a hint: it doesn’t.

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Have an Attic Fan Installed Before Summer Arrives

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

We are still entrenched in our cold winter weather at the moment. Like most homeowners, you are probably looking forward to the weather warming up a bit in the coming months. As we move out of the coldest time of the year, it is a good idea to start thinking about your air conditioning system. Specifically, you should take some time to really consider its overall performance the last few seasons.

If you are eager to start cooling your home more efficiently, but you are not ready to replace your entire AC in order to do so, then you should seriously consider the installation of an attic fan in Snohomish, WA. An attic fan can be hugely beneficial as you cool your home — but only when properly installed and serviced.

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