G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Installation’

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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Tips for Making Your Air Conditioning Installation a Success

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

When you find yourself in need of a new air conditioner, regardless if you are replacing an old model or if you are investing in a brand new air conditioner for the very first time, you need to make some careful considerations before investing in a new system. As is the case with any type of investment, you want to make sure that you get the greatest return possible from this one. Guarantee that this is the case by keeping the following tips in mind. If you have any questions, or if you are ready to move forward with your air conditioning installation in Everett, WA, let us know. G & S Heating Cooling & Electric is happy to help you to cool your home with well-deserved confidence.

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3 Air Conditioning Options Worth Your Consideration

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The summer weather here in Everett, WA may not be quite as brutal as it is in other, more southern parts of the country. That doesn’t mean, though, that you don’t need an exceptional air conditioning system installed in your home. If you are investing in a new whole-house cooling system for the very first time, or if you are ready to replace an old air conditioning system, then you are wise to consider all of the options available to you. There are more than you may realize, and each offers its own pros and cons. To ensure that you have the ideal AC for your needs, and that it is installed by a qualified professional, schedule your air conditioning installation with a member of the G & S Heating Cooling & Electric team.

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3 Factors to Consider Before Your AC Installation

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Investing in a new air conditioner is a more involved process than many may realize. Yes, you could choose to just replace your existing system with a make and model in a very similar vein. However, if you are investing in your first whole-house air conditioner, or if you just want to keep an open mind in terms of how may cool your home, then there is a lot to consider. The AC installation pros on our staff have put together a few tips to keep in mind when considering your air conditioning installation options. Contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., if you have any further questions or if you are ready to schedule your air conditioning installation. 

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Air Conditioners to Consider for Installation in Your Home

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Has the time come to replace your old, inefficient air conditioning system? Are you in need of a brand new AC for a brand new home? Whatever your reason for considering your air conditioning installation options, know that G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is here to ensure that your new air conditioner is the perfect fit for your home, its cooling needs, and your personal usage preferences. Give us a call today to get started. When you work with the professional air conditioning installation experts on our staff, you can count on cooling your home in an efficient and effective manner. Contact us for more details or to schedule your air conditioning installation in North Seattle with an experienced team that you can trust to do the job right. 

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Why DIY Air Conditioning Installation Isn’t a Good Idea

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

DIY can seem easy for anyone when you watch it on TV, but the truth is that many home and property projects are not good choices to do yourself. One type of home project that is better left to a professional is air conditioning installation. Since 1977, G&S Heating, Cooling & Electric, Inc. has helped customers with air conditioning installation in Shoreline.  We’ve seen first-hand the many problems that can arise from DIY AC installations. Before you move ahead with installing your own air conditioning, consider the following reasons why it’s better to use a trained professional.

DIY Can Cost You Money

There are a few ways DIY can cost you more money than hiring a professional:

  • You miss out on special savings – professional HVAC companies purchase equipment and components at lower rates, and these savings can be passed on to our customers.
  • Mistakes can be costly – air conditioning systems are complex, which leaves a lot of room to make mistakes. Mistakes can cost you money, which may add up significantly.
  • Incorrect sizing – purchasing the wrong-sized air conditioner is a common problem with DIY due to incorrect cooling load calculations. Trained technicians know how to correctly calculate cooling loads, ensuring you install the right-sized air conditioner for your home.
  • Safety – air conditioning systems are electro-mechanical appliances, meaning they are not just mechanically sophisticated, they are also electrically complex. In addition, they need refrigerant to run, a chemical that requires a special certification to handle. Unless you are extremely knowledgeable about all of these things, you may be putting yourself and your home at risk.
  • Expeditious installation – professional HVAC technicians install air conditioning systems every day. As a result, they have a level of speed with installation you most likely can’t match.

Always Call an HVAC Expert

It’s important to save money, but when it comes to DIY versus hiring a professional, you need to take a very close look at what you’d really be saving when handling certain home-based projects on your own. Air conditioners are complex systems that require a lot of knowledge and experience for proper installation; if you don’t have it, it may be time to consider using a professional.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electric, Inc., today and schedule a consultation with one of our installation experts.

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Should I Also Install a New Thermostat with My New Air Conditioning?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

You’ve planned the installation of a brand new, higher-efficiency air conditioner to replace the aging one in your home. Are you also planning to install a new thermostat along with it? The installer (if you are already thinking of hiring one) has likely suggested that you take this step and make a new thermostat part of the package. This is advice to which you should definitely listen, as we’ll explain.

We’ve seen many types of thermostat in our 37 years of work here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., so we know all about the benefits of upgrading a thermostat as part of air conditioning installation in Shoreline, WA. Let us assist you with selecting the right new unit for your home so you will receive the most energy-efficient and comfortable performance from your new AC.

Reasons to Upgrade the Thermostat Along with Your Air Conditioner

If you are installing a new air conditioning system, the chances are high that many years have passed since your current one was installed; it may have come with the house when you moved in. Enough time will have gone by for the thermostat to fall far behind the times. The technology of thermostats today is huge strides ahead of where it was only a decade ago. The current programmable thermostats have moved far beyond the models that only had two programming settings, one for day and one for night; now thermostats can provide you with readouts about how much energy you are saving and can even “learn” from your setting history to find the perfect program. The advent of wireless thermostats allows for freer placement of the units and easy remote control. And Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats take control to a whole new level.

But the advantages of an upgrade to a thermostat are about more than the “gee-whiz” features. On a basic level, newer thermostats have better temperature precision; they are certainly superior to the manual models that were once the only option when it came to temperature control. (And if you currently have a manual thermostat, then there’s no question about whether you should have a replacement. Replace it.) More precision means better comfort and better energy efficiency.

Finally, you want to receive the best out of your new air conditioner. The system going into your home will have increased energy performance over the previous one (AC technology has advanced as well), but you won’t receive the full benefits unless you have a thermometer that can take advantage of them.

Our Shoreline, WA air conditioning installation team at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. can help you match up the ideal thermostat upgrade with your new AC. Whether it’s programmable, wireless, “smart,” or Wi-Fi enabled, we will make sure you end up with the best thermostat for your comfort needs.

 

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How to Prepare for a New Air Conditioning Installation in Shoreline

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

You’ve made the decision to move ahead and purchase a new air conditioning system for your property. But whether you are installing an air conditioner for the first time or replacing an outdated unit, there are a number of factors that need to be reviewed, considered and calculated before deciding which system is the best one for your home. Many people believe the main consideration is the square footage of your property, and while square footage is part of the overall picture, it is only one aspect of all that should go into your decision. Your air conditioning installation is for the long-term, so it’s important to work with a specialist from G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., to ensure you install an air conditioning system that meets your needs.

Factors to Consider

There are a number of things to review before installing a new air conditioning system in your home:

Ductwork

Does your home have ductwork? If so, what kind of shape is it in and can it handle the load of a new air conditioning system? Having your ductwork thoroughly inspected by a professional for adequacy, faults, leaks and cleanliness is important to do before installing a new air conditioning system.

Cooling Load

Do you know exactly how much cooling your home will need to be comfortable throughout the day? The cooling load takes into account many factors, including insulation levels, the orientation of your home, daytime heat gain, floor plan, etc. Determining how much cooling you need for your property can be a complicated calculation, so it’s best to do it with a trained professional.

Energy Efficiency

Today’s air conditioners are far more energy efficient than they were just 10 years ago. With new environmental standards in place, whole-home air conditioners now have a range of energy efficiency levels as detailed by SEER numbers (SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency rating). The scale for SEER starts at 0 and goes as high as 23. Since 2006, air conditioners have had to be manufactured with a minimum SEER of 13, but you can choose to purchase a system with a higher rating. Determining what SEER number is best for your property requires some calculation, something with which a professional can help you.

Don’t Go It Alone – Call an HVAC Expert

The more time you take to figure out exactly what you need from your new air conditioning system, the better off you and your property will be. The best way to do this is with a trained expert, like the ones we have at G&S Heating, Cooling and Electric, Inc. Your air conditioner is going to be with you for a long time so make sure your air conditioning installation in Shoreline goes just as you want it to.

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3 Possible Upgrades for Your Air Conditioning System

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

If your current air conditioner still runs effectively and without excessive repair needs, you probably don’t want to replace it just yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it work better with a few upgrades. There are a number of options available to you for getting the most out of your current AC. We’ll look at three of the more common ones.

Whether you want to increase your AC’s performance or simply replace it with new air conditioning system installation in Everett, WA, contact the staff at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We’ve helped homeowners in the Puget Sound Area receive quality home comfort since 1977.

1. New Thermostat

If you have an old manual thermostat or a basic digital thermostat without programming, then you are missing out on some fantastic benefits. The current digital thermostats available have precision settings and a full range of control options. Programmable thermostats allow you to set the system to turn on and off in your absence, so you can have the air conditioner turn on a half hour before you return home to cool down the house for you—no need to waste energy keeping it on all day or to come home to a stuffy house. You can also install a wireless model for greater convenience and ease of placement.

2. Zone Control System

Using zone control, you can change what parts of your home receive cooling. A standard central AC must cool down all the rooms connect to its ventilation system when it turns on. But using the dampers and separate thermostats installed for zone control, a homeowner only needs to send conditioned air to rooms that require it. Zone control not only means savings on utility bills, it also allows greater comfort for more people, since individuals can control the temperature wherever they are to suit their needs.

3. A New High-Efficiency Outdoor Compressor

If you want to benefit from better compressor technology for high-efficiency performance, you don’t necessarily have to replace the whole AC. You can instead have the outdoor compressor changed for one that runs 30%–50% more efficiently.

Keep in mind that sometimes your best choice is to have a new AC installed. If you are thinking of upgrading an air conditioner that is already at or beyond its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan, then you should look into a replacement instead as a more cost-effective and long-term option. Talk to your HVAC technicians about whether upgrades or new installation is the best option.

G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. takes pride in the work we do for air conditioning system installation in Everett, WA as well as the variety of upgrades we offer. Contact us today to find out how you can have better air conditioning this summer.

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Bellevue AC Guide: Indoor Air Conditioning Components

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Cool air on a hot day is a precious commodity, but modern technology has made it as basic in our lives as a part of most homes, businesses and the places we visit.  Often taken for granted, the process of air conditioning has many components to help perform the cooling process.

Air Conditioning 101

Utilizing a process of rapid evaporation and condensation, air conditioning is a process which involves the rapid evaporation and condensation of chemicals called refrigerants.  These are compounds that have properties allowing them to change from gas to liquid and back again at low temperatures.

When evaporating into a gaseous state, the refrigerant absorbs heat.  Compressed tightly together again, it condenses back into liquid, releasing that heat in the form of condensation which can be evacuated to the outdoors. Air is blown over the cooled liquid in the circulating system and distributed to the rooms through a system of duct works.

Round and Round

The refrigerant circulates through a closed loop system and maintains a delicate balance of pressure to compel its transformations. There are four components to the system:

  • the compressor
  • the condensing coil
  • the expansion valve, and
  • the evaporator coil

Starting with a compressor, the molecules are packed together tightly, creating and absorbing heat and becoming liquid.  The heated liquid enters the condenser coils, a series of delicate fins which allow the heat to dissipate to the outside.

The expansion valve controls the amount of liquid entering the evaporator coils.  If too much refrigerant is allowed at once, the system “floods” and is too dense to evaporate.  If there is too little, it idles inefficiently.

The evaporator coils are similar to the condensing coils with a series of fins, only these absorb heat from the conditioned space as the expanding refrigerant returns to gas and heads towards the compressor.

Inside and Out

Unlike the closed loop refrigerant system which is all about containment and control, the distribution system is about sending the heated and cooled air in different directions.  Employing two fans and extensive duct work, the heat is absorbed at one point and released to the outside at another.

Warm air from the conditioned space is blown over the evaporating coil where the heat which is needed to fill the expanding spaces between molecules gets absorbed by the gas.  The same blower that draws the heated air blows the cooled air back into the home, office or business.

Along the condensing coils, during the process of returning to liquid, the heat is released and blown to the outdoors by a second fan.

For more information about your Bellevue air conditioning system or to schedule a service call, contact G & S today!

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