G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Archive for the ‘Electrical’ Category

How Owning a Generator Benefits You!

Monday, September 9th, 2019

With Hurricane Dorian making headlines, it’s hard not to think about storm safety. Of course, we are located on the opposite side of the country, so a hurricane probably isn’t going to be a threat anytime soon. But even still, have you thought about how you’re going to keep your home nice and warm during a major storm?

During a power outage, you want to be able to keep the heat on, use the lights, and keep your food fresh–and the best way to do that is with a whole-house generator. In fact, there are many benefits of owning a generator, and below, we have outlined them for you. Keep reading to find out more.

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Wait, There are Different Types of Smoke Detectors? Tell Me More!

Monday, August 26th, 2019

They’re loud, they’re annoying, but they’re super important! We are talking about smoke detectors. These nifty little devices are by far the most effective and necessary ways in which to protect yourself within your home. When you have your smoke detectors professionally installed, you are ensuring that you and your family are safe against the threat of fire.

However, what many homeowners don’t realize, is that there are many different types of smoke detectors for you to choose from. Ultimately, the best way to choose is by consulting with a professional electrician in Lake Stevens, WA, but in the meantime, you can just keep reading below to find out more!

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Is It Time for Generator Repairs?

Monday, August 12th, 2019

residential generatorOwning a generator certainly puts you at an advantage–one big storm can wipe out your power, leaving you without power, light, and heat. But, in order for your generator to do its job properly, it needs to be ready to go on a moment’s notice. That means getting it tested on an annual basis and having it repaired at the first sign of trouble.

There are quite a few signs that suggest it is time to schedule generator repairs, and below, we have listed a few of them for you. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more (and, of course, remember to contact our team when you need electric repair in Shoreline, WA).

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Here’s Why You Need Surge Protection

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Chances are, you have plenty of surge protector strips plugged into the outlets around your home. Though they’re helpful little devices, they’re not a permanent solution against powerful electrical surges. Surge protector strips, or power strips, are great for protecting against small surges in your electrical system. However, if you wish to protect all the appliances in your home, you need a whole-house solution.

A whole-house surge protector is a great way to protect your entire home against power surges, and below, we have listed some of the many reasons why homeowners are opting to have one of these systems installed. So, keep reading to find out more!

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Home Safety 101: The Electricity Course

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

Welcome to the Electricity Safety Course, brought to by your friends here at G & S Heating, Cooling, & Electric. In today’s course you’ll learn:

  1. Basic electrical safety tips
  2. How to protect your home against electrical emergencies

You want to be sure that all of the electrical components in your home are safe, and there are plenty of things that you can do around your home to ensure the safety of your appliances, your home, and most importantly, you and your family. If you wish to learn more, you’ve come to the right spot. Below, we have provided our comprehensive guide to electrical safety in the hopes that our valued customers will benefit from our favorite tips and tricks.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading below! 

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Could I Benefit From an Attic Fan?

Monday, March 25th, 2019

relaxed-manSure, you may only use your attic for storage. And, what’s the point of keeping it comfortable if you only go up there twice a year: to pull out your holiday decorations and to swap your winter clothes for summer clothes. Okay, yes, many of you might use your attic more than that, however, the same principle applies: what is the point in spending money on an area that you almost never find yourself in? Well, we are here to tell you that your attic, although you might not use it for much, greatly impacts the rest of your home in terms of climate control and comfort.

Installing an attic fan is a great way to keep your attic cool, as it tends to retain a lot of heat.  Attics are typically highly insulated, and although this is great during the winter, it can pose a real problem in the summer. Below, we will discuss exactly what the purpose of an attic fan is and the benefits of installing one. So, keep reading to learn more! 

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Do I Need to Replace My Circuit Breaker?

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Like any system in your home, your electrical system requires attention to ensure that it is both safe and effective. When components of your electrical system become worn out or obsolete, it is important to make the necessary upgrades in order to keep you, your family, and your home safe.

One component of your electrical system that you definitely should not ignore is your circuit breaker. Over time, circuit breakers begin to wear out, which can be quite problematic in the event of a power surge or other electric anomaly. Therefore, it is important to have these systems replaced as needed. Be sure to hire a professional electrician to thoroughly inspect your circuit breaker to determine if you need an upgrade. Keep reading below to learn more. 

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Protect Your Home Against Power Surges

Monday, December 17th, 2018

powerstripWe know how important it is for you to protect your home and property from damage. Today, we depend so much on our electrical devices and appliances to get through the day. We can’t imagine not having access to our washers, dryers, microwaves, computers, or our overhead lights. So, what were to happen if all these appliances stopped working at once?

A power surge is a very real threat to your home’s electric system, so it is important to invest in protecting your home against them. In the blink of an eye, all your favorite devices could be destroyed, and replacing them can cost you and your family thousands of dollars. It is better to invest now to avoid the destruction that a power surge can cause.

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Does My Home Need New Wiring?

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

stripping-wiresWe won’t try to sugar coat it for you: rewiring your home is a major undertaking. It is one that you may find yourself faced with at some point because, frankly, even the best electrical wiring systems are not going to last forever.  It doesn’t matter if you have ancient knob and tube wiring in your home or if your system is pretty modern but old and/or damaged nonetheless. Once you need rewiring, it is just is not the type of job that you can put off.

It is also certainly not the type of job that you can hope to have completed by a novice or by yourself and a few buddies, either. Every step of the electrical wiring process must be handled by trained, professional electricians—as is the case with any electrical repair in Lynnwood. That is why you should always keep our number handy! And now, let’s take a look at some of the warning signs that you need electrical repair in Lynnwood, WA.

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Why Are Whole-House Generators So Important?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

whole-house-generatorYou cannot prepare for everything. There are situations in life that will blindside you, and there are situations that you thought you might encounter eventually that will actually arrive much earlier than expected. That being said, we are big proponents for at least preparing for situations that are likely, and using a whole-house generator is definitely one way to do so. It is only a matter of time before your power goes out and stays out for more than a brief window.

When these power outages happen, is your home prepared? What does being prepared for such outages actually mean? If you ask our electricians, it means having a great whole-house generator in place. Why? We’ll get into that more below, but basically, it comes down to convenience and reliability. There is no situation in which a portable generator is better in the event of a power outage when it comes to keeping a whole house up and running.

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