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

Don’t Forget About the Important Role That Insulation Plays in the Summer Season

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

A lot of homeowners associate insulation with cold weather, when we insulate ourselves from the cold temperatures outdoors. While this is obviously a huge part of insulation’s purpose, it is not the only function that it serves. Insulation is also vital during the warmer summer months, when we use it to prevent unwanted heat from infiltrating our homes. If you do not have sufficient insulation in Everett, WA as we move into the warmer time of the year, you are going to encounter a number of different problems. Fortunately for you, our technicians are here to help you to get the most from your insulation.

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The Role that Insulation Plays in the Winter Season

Monday, October 12th, 2015

With the impending winter season just around the corner, you’ve hopefully started to get your heater ready for the coldest time of the year. Scheduling routine heating maintenance and ensuring that you have enough fuel on site are a few ways in which to do so. Just remember, though, that there are more factors to consider if you are hoping to enjoy true comfort throughout the winter season, some of which exist outside of your heating system itself. Your insulation in Everett, WA, for instance, plays a major role in the home heating process. If you have any cause for concern regarding the insulation in your home, remember to schedule your insulation services with the trained professionals on our staff. 

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Why You Need the Right Amount of Insulation

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Homeowners have a lot on their plates when it comes to keeping their homes comfortable throughout the year. You must have a reliable air conditioner and an effective heater, and they must be professionally installed and serviced. However, many homeowners overlook one vital piece of the comfort puzzle: their insulation. If you do not have the right amount of insulation in your home, or if that insulation is not of the right efficiency, measured in R-values, then there is just no way in which you can hope to live in the comprehensive comfort that you deserve. We’ve put together some information regarding the need for proper insulation in Everett, WA. Contact G & S Heating Cooling & Electric with any questions that you may have. 

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Indicators of Insufficient Insulation

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Many people tend to think of cold winter weather when hearing about insulation, but it is important to note that insulation is equally as important during the summer season as it is throughout the winter. This is because insulation is not designed to keep your home warm, exactly, but rather to prevent excessive heat transfer into or out of the home. That being said, it should be obvious that insufficient insulation in North Seattle can lead to serious problems throughout the entire year. Of course, your insulation is hidden away behind walls and above ceilings, so simply looking over your insulation for signs of trouble is not really an option. Read the following tips, and schedule your insulation services with the pros at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

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Is Your Home Sufficiently Insulated?

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Nowadays, with energy costs being as high as they are, homeowners are very concerned about heating and cooling their homes effectively while also doing so in the most affordable manner possible. One of the main factors influencing heating and cooling efficiency is the amount and integrity of the insulation therein. Put simply, without sufficient insulation in your home, you are never going to see the level of performance or efficiency quality that you hope to from your heating and cooling systems. The good news is that great insulation services in North Seattle are never more than a phone call away. Contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today to have your home properly insulated by qualified technicians.

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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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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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Where Do I Need Insulation in My Home?

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Insulation is a really big part of making your home as energy efficient and comfortable as possible. Though you may never see it under normal circumstances, you should devote special attention to getting your insulation checked on a semi-regular basis. Where is insulation actually required in order to do the most good, though? Let’s take a look at some of the places where it is most important to have insulation in your home.

Walls

Remember, the point of insulation is to inhibit the transfer of heat. Heat will always attempt to move from areas of high concentration to areas of low concentration. In a house, those to areas will switch depending on the season. In summer, when it’s really hot outside, all that heat will attempt to enter the home where it’s cooler. In winter, the heat inside the home will constantly try to escape to the cold outside. Insulation inhibits this heat transfer, which means it should be installed in those areas that are otherwise the easiest for heat to move through. Exterior walls are some of the most important of these places. The better insulated the exterior walls of your home are, the harder it’s going to be for heat to actually enter or leave the home.

The Attic

The same rules hold true for the attic as for the exterior walls of your home. Along with moving to areas of low concentration, heat also has a tendency to rise. This makes the attic a prime location for heat transfer, especially for homes that use forced air systems as heaters. You’d be horrified to learn how many homes have excellent wall insulation, but still feel hot in summer and drafty in the winter because they have almost no insulation in their attics. If you don’t properly insulate the attic, you are leaving the entire house open to heat transfer in the most inconvenient ways.

If you aren’t sure about the state of your home’s insulation, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We provide a full range of insulation services throughout Lake Stevens.

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Spray Foam vs. Loose-Fill: Which Should I Choose?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

It wasn’t too long ago that homeowners had one choice when it came to insulating their homes: batt insulation. Batt insulation is very effective, but with four types of insulation now available to homeowners, the ability to use different types in different areas of the home have maximized energy efficiency. Two of the newer types of insulation homeowners may want to consider are spray foam and loose-fill. Each one is effective, but they work very differently. Getting the most from your insulation in Monroe is good for you, your home and your HVAC system, so if you are ready for new or additional insulation, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., today.

Spray Foam

Spray foam has become very popular because it forms an air-tight seal with whatever it comes into contact with. This is because spray foam is an adhesive, and once it adheres to a wall, joist, etc., it is creates a permanent seal. If you’ve ever seen spray foam, you know it expands tremendously – up to 100 times its size – once it meets the air, so it’s important to have a trained expert install spray foam insulation. Like other insulation products, spray foam comes in different R-values, so you can match the R-value you need for the particular geographic area in which you live. One drawback of spray foam is that it can be most costly than other types of insulation, so this should factor into your decision-making process which choosing insulation for your home.

Loose-Fill

Loose-fill insulation is very much as it sounds: loose pieces of recycled material (mostly paper) that is blown into your home’s cavity from a small hole drilled in an outside wall. Loose-fill is excellent for retro-fitting with older homes and can fill areas that may be hard to reach. However, it does not create an air-tight seal like spray foam and will settle after a certain amount of time. Loose-fill is very environmentally-friendly and is less expensive than spray foam.

Need help deciding which type or types of insulation to use with your home?

Call the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., today and make an appointment with one of our insulation specialists.

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How Insulation Improves Efficiency throughout the Year

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

What do you know about the insulation in your home? Many homeowners purchase a home and assume that there is already enough insulation to get by. Insulation is often added with new construction, so most homeowners assume that the existing materials would be adequate. However, it’s possible that your insulation was not installed by a professional technician, and a lack in certain areas may contribute to quite a bit of inefficiency with your heating and air conditioning system. In this guide, learn what makes it so important year-round in Kenmore and why you may want a professional to add or replace the insulation in certain areas of the home.

Insulation Is Vital in Cool Weather

Most people automatically associate insulation with cooler weather because it’s an important factor in keeping the heat indoors. Heat naturally rises, so when you run your heating system, it tends to collect at the top of a room. If you don’t have enough insulation in the attic, or if you don’t have any at all, heat can easily escape through the ceiling, meaning it takes longer for your house to heat up and for your family to be comfortable.

But It’s Just as Important in the Summer

Insulation acts as a barrier through which it is difficult for heat to pass. Heat moves naturally into cooler areas, so in warmer weather, heat may infiltrate your home because the drywall is not enough to keep it out. Even though your AC is working hard to move heat out of the home, it can reenter through poorly insulated walls and from uninsulated ductwork.

Choose Insulation with a High R-Value

The best way to get the most out of your insulation upon installation is to check the R-value, a measure of a material’s effectiveness. Your technician will also make sure you get the right amount of insulation. While you generally want to fill a space completely, too much insulation in a small space may end up fruitless. The best contractors will make sure you are covered in all areas of the home, including the ducts if necessary.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to schedule an energy audit and discover whether your home suffers from insufficient insulation in Kenmore.

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