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

Why Do My Lights Flicker?

Monday, November 5th, 2018

an-incandescent-bulbWhen the lights flicker in your home, what do you think? That it adds a bit of spooky flair for the Halloween season? That it’s just a minor annoyance? That it’s time to buy a new lamp and leave the overheads alone? Too many homeowners fail to recognize flickering lights for what they really are—a sign that something potentially serious is wrong with your electrical system.

Is this always going to be the case? No, of course not. There are not any guarantees in life, positive or negative. Is it a chance you should be willing to take, though? Hoping for the best and ignoring the worst? Again, of course not. If you ignore this sign of trouble with your electrical system, you could be in for very costly repairs down the road—or even a dangerous situation. Contact our electricians in Lynnwood, WA, instead.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

Monday, June 20th, 2016

We may not have the hottest summer weather in the country here in Washington, but that doesn’t mean that you can afford to tolerate a subpar performance from your home cooling system. There are a number of fairly common customer concerns that we hear from time to time. Among them is that of an air conditioner blowing warm air.

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What Does My Central Air Conditioner’s Compressor Do?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Chances are that you don’t really give the actual operation of your air conditioning system all that much thought. You set your thermostat go about your business, and enjoy the cool, comfortable temperatures that your air conditioner allows for. While you certainly don’t need to be an expert on AC systems, and you should definitely never attempt to service yours on your own, it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of how your system actually cools your home. If nothing else, it can help you to spot signs of trouble and to schedule repairs in a timely fashion. Today, we’ll look at the compressor.

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Get Your Whole-House Surge Protector Ready for Summer

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

If you have a whole-house surge protector on your property, then you have already made a great decision in protecting the comfort and convenience in and with which you live. However, you must remember that whole-house surge protectors are indeed electrical systems and, like any other such system, they may run into operational problems from time to time. The concern here is that, since you don’t really use your whole-house surge protector with any regularity, it may have slipped into disrepair without you knowing it. The last thing that you want is to learn the hard way that your whole-house surge protector in Everett, WA has failed. If you have any such concerns, contact us right away.

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Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

Monday, April 4th, 2016

When the heat of summer is at its peak, the last thing that you want is to encounter problems with your home cooling system. However, it is important to remember that your air conditioner is a mechanical system, and that all mechanical systems are subject to operational problems from time to time. If you are concerned about your air conditioner, it’s always best to schedule professional air conditioning repairs in Everett, WA at the very first sign of trouble. The longer that you wait, the more likely serious problems with your AC are to develop. One concern we hear from time to time is that water is leaking from an air conditioning system.

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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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Prepare Your Home for Spring Allergens

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

With spring just around the corner, many homeowners are undoubtedly looking forward to the change of the season. What fewer are probably looking forward to, though, are the aggravated allergy symptoms that tend to come hand in hand with spring. If you are one of those people that has just always put up with this problem, why not make this the year that you finally do something about it. We may not be able to make sweeping environmental changes that will completely eliminate allergens, but we can help you to make your home a more hospitable place during the spring season. The key is to achieve and maintain great indoor air quality in Everett, WA.

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What Type of Air Cleaner Should I Use in My Home?

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

During the winter season, you’ll depend upon your heater to keep your home warm and comfortable. While maintaining comfortable temperatures throughout your home during the coldest time of the year is certainly a priority, though, you must remember too that the quality of the air filling your home really cannot be overlooked. If you hope to enjoy great comfort, then great indoor air quality is a must.  That is why you may want to consider the use of an air cleaner in Everett, WA. Read on, and let us know if you think that an air cleaner is right for  your home. G & S Heating Cooling & Electric will make sure that your new air cleaner is the perfect fit.

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Why the Size of Your Air Conditioner Matters

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

You want to make it through the hottest time of the year in consistent comfort, yes? That is why you are planning on purchasing a quality air conditioning system from a trusted manufacturer. Well, you must keep in mind the fact that a great product alone is not enough to guarantee your comfort, nor its successful operation. The size of your air conditioning system in Everett, WA will also play a major role in informing the overall quality of its performance. Bigger is not inherently better, as you’ll learn below. Make sure that your air conditioner is of the right size for your home, so that you can live in the comfort that we know you deserve. Contact G & S Heating Cooling & Electric to schedule outstanding air conditioning services.

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Lupercalia: The Origin of St. Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Many people may think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday essentially created by card and gift companies, but the truth is that the holiday has long-standing roots going back to the Roman Empire. The name “Lupercalia” has its origins in the word “lupus”, which means wolf, and the reason for this is that according to Roman pagan religion, the she-wolf Lupa nursed the two orphaned infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

 

The Festival

The Festival of Lupercalia spanned two days each February, from February 13th to 15th. The festival was about fertility and was led by Luperci priests, known as “brothers of the wolf”. The festival was serious with intention (fertility) but was executed as quite a romp for both the priests and citizens of Rome. The process was this: two male goats and a dog were sacrificed at the beginning of the festival by the priests; two young Luperci were then anointed with the blood from the animals, and the hides of the animals were cut into straps. As food and drink flowed, the male priests would run around the city wearing nothing but thongs made from the animal skins, and they also carried a strap from one of the sacrificed animals. The strap was used to strike the palms of Roman women waiting for the priests in the city, as it was believed that being hit with the strap could help with infertility issues and a safe, healthy labor for women who were pregnant.

 

The Transition to St. Valentine’s Day

The Christian influence of the holiday came around the 5th century. The Roman Empire was still strong, but Christianity was rapidly taking hold throughout the world. It is believed that to try and remove the paganism from the holiday, the deaths of two men, supposedly both named Valentine, were added into the mix. During the 3rd and 4th centuries, a law created by Claudius II forbade young men eligible for military service to marry, because Rome wanted a strong army. The two men named Valentine were priests, and married young couples in secret. Both were found out and executed on February 14th, although in separate years. The Church made Valentine a saint (they chose one), and Lupercalia became St. Valentine’s Day.

 

Here’s wishing you and your loved one a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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