G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Edmonds’

3 Reasons to Schedule Professional Attic Fan Wiring

Friday, March 13th, 2015

You may have heard at times that heat rises. In the summer, heat rises into your attic, and temperatures can become extreme. As heat continues to build, a layer descends on your home, and you may notice that your air conditioner has to run for a very long time to get the house to an ideal temperature. That’s because in some cases, the temperature in your attic can rise to up to 150 degrees. An attic fan can help to clear up this issue, but only with professional attic fan wiring. Here’s why:

  • Save Money – An attic fan can help you to feel more comfortable by eliminating a large layer of heat that often bogs down your home efficiency. Attic fans move heat out of the attic so that your air conditioner does not have to work so hard to cool your home. This can help you to save money as well since energy bills are likely to fall. The attic fan uses far less energy than an air conditioner.
  • Protect Your Safety – Another reason to choose a professional for the job of attic fan wiring is because electrical work should always be completed by a professional. It isn’t as simple as plugging in a cord. It must be hard-wired directly into your home plumbing system in order to operate properly. And because of its location up near the roof and its potential to attract lightning, grounding is also necessary—a job that should always go to an electrician.
  • Ensure a Job Done Well – Unfortunately, there are many potential issues that may occur with faulty insulation. If a vent is blocked, for example, the fan may end up sucking up the conditioned air from your home, so that it is no longer really functional and so that you use far more energy than you should in an attempt to cool down your home. Contacting a team of contractors which includes electricians as well as HVAC specialist is a great way to ensure an attic fan runs properly.

If you want professional attic fan wiring in Edmonds and the surrounding area contact the professionals at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. 

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Differences Between Mechanical and Electronic Air Cleaners

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Air cleaners not only improve the quality of your indoor air, they can also improve your health. When it comes to choosing an air cleaner, homeowners have two options: a mechanical air filter or an electronic air filter. Both capture contaminants, but each does so in a different way. Installing a whole-home air cleaner in Edmonds can be much more effective than using room-by-room air cleaners. The experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., have been helping customers improve their indoor air quality since 1977 and can help you choose and install an air cleaner that is right for you.

Mechanical Air Cleaners

Mechanical air cleaners are the most commonly used and recognized of air cleaners. Mechanical air cleaners are named as such because they use a filter media stretched in a frame to capture the contaminants in your home. Mechanical filters are rated by a system known as MERV; the higher the MERV number, the better the filter. Whole-home air filters have a MERV range typically between 5-12; any higher than a MERV of 12 can restrict the airflow in your HVAC system. Depending on the MERV rating, mechanical filters can capture dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, some mold and mildew spores, some bacteria and some viruses.

Electronic Air Cleaners

Electronic air cleaners use electricity to clean your air. There are two types of electronic air cleaners: ion generators and electronic precipitators. Ion generators use negative ions to capture contaminants in the air. The process is simple: the generator disperses negative ions into the air of your home. The negative ions attach themselves to the contaminants in the air, becoming one particle. The negatively-charged particles are attracted to the surfaces in your home and land there; they are removed when the surfaces are cleaned.

Electronic precipitators draw air into an ionization chamber with a fan. Once inside the chamber, the contaminants in the air are charged; as the newly-charged particles move through the precipitator, they are collected on oppositely-charged metal plates.

If you need help determining which type of air cleaner will fit best in your Edmonds home, call the people who can help: G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

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The Essentials of Circuits, Outlets, and Switches

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

The circuits, outlets and switches in your home get used every single day in order to provide electricity to your lights, electronics and other electric devices. The Edmonds, WA electrical experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. have years of experience working on all different kinds of home electrical projects. We wanted to share just some basic information about circuits, outlets and switches with our customers.

What Are Circuits?

We often throw around the word “circuits” but what does it actually mean in the context of home electrical systems. The Edmonds, WA electrical experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. have years of experience and we wanted to clear up any confusion that there might be about circuits.

A circuit must be a closed loop of wiring. Electricity flows from a power source, through the circuit to the different outlets and switches, then back to the source. Circuits are designed to handle a certain amount of electricity. There are safety measures in place like fuses and circuit breakers that are designed to stop the flow if there is too much electricity on the circuit.

What Are Outlets?

Outlets have changed in appearance over the years and if you’ve ever been outside the United States then you know that they can take a variety of different shapes. Typically, in homes in the U.S., circuits have two horizontal slots and then a round hole underneath. The round hole provides grounding for the outlet which is a safety feature. Some outlets have a ground-fault circuit interrupter which is a “reset” and “test” button. If there is too much electricity going through the outlet it will break the connection. If you’re having any issues with your outlets call the Edmonds, WA electrical repair pros at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

What Are Switches?

Switches are like manual circuit breakers—the either complete or break an electrical circuit. In the “off” position the electrical contacts inside the switch can’t meet. When you flip the switch to the “on” position, the contacts connect and allow electricity to flow through.

For all your electrical repair, installation and maintenance needs in Edmonds, WA, just call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We are dedicated to the safety of our customers and to the quality of work that we do.

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Edmonds, WA Electrical Improvement Tip: Fuse Box Upgrades

Friday, May 24th, 2013

For most homeowners, the idea of living without electricity is laughable. We are so accustomed to the electricity that we use to power so many appliances and devices in our homes that we simply cannot imagine trying to do without it. While electricity is certainly one of the greatest modern luxuries that we enjoy in our homes, it also has the potential to be very dangerous. That is why working with a qualified, licensed electrician is so important. For any Edmonds, WA electrical services that you may need, contact the pros at G & S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. One service that you may want to consider is a fuse box upgrade.

In order to keep your home up to code and as safe as can be, it is extremely important that your fuse box is up to date and in great working condition. If fuses in your home blow frequently, you should contact your professional electrician immediately. There is no reason to put your safety and the condition of your home at risk with a deteriorating fuse box.

Any signs of rust or burn marks on your fuse box merit inspection by a qualified professional. It is possible that connections within the fuse box have deteriorated as well. No matter what specific issues you may have with your fuse box, a professional fuse box upgrade is a great way to ensure the safe operation of the electrical system in your home.

The function of your fuse box is to interrupt the flow of power through your home when necessary. IF there is a sure on a circuit, a fuse in the box will blow to prevent that surge from coursing throughout your system. If your fuse box is outdated or compromised, it will not be able to provide this integral service properly. Have your fuse box professionally inspected and, if necessary, upgraded. Your safety and your peace of mind are too important to put in question.

To learn more about when a fuse box upgrade may be necessary, call G & S Heating, Cooling & Electrical. Our Edmonds, WA electrical technicians can answer any questions you may have. Contact us today for more information.

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Edmonds WA Electrical Tip: On the Benefits of a Whole-House Generator

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Storms, flooding, and grid outages pose serious threats to the comfort and safety of your homes. While many homeowners have a portable generator for emergencies, they are not necessarily an adequate solution. Not only do they require you to feed them fuel constantly, they are also inefficient and potentially dangerous, as they emit carbon monoxide during operation. They often cannot power the entire home, just a few essentials. If you’re looking for comprehensive home protection against electrical supply problems, you should consider a whole house generator. We’d like to share with you some of the benefits of such a system. When you’re ready to consider one for your home, call the Edmonds WA electrical experts at G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric today!

  • Preparedness. One of the major differences between an ordinary portable generator and a whole-house unit is the way the latter prepares your home for the worse. The truth is that you never know when an electrical outage might occur, even with the advances in meteorological forecasting. There is simply no better way to be prepared than by ensuring that your home has a standby or automatic standby generator ready to go to work.
  • Comprehensiveness. One of the drawbacks of portable systems is their lack of comprehensiveness. If you have a heating and cooling system, electronic gadgets, hot water heater, refrigerator and freezer, electric oven, microwave, among others, then you know how you have come to rely on electricity to operate your home. If you want to ensure that your lifestyle is unfazed by a power outage, a whole-house generator is the way to go.
  • Safety. The very young and elderly alike are prone to serious discomfort and health risks during power outages. Depending on the seriousness and duration of the outage, you may find it difficult to get by without the basics. You may have to leave your home to stay with a relative, or friends. A whole house generator is a great way to ensure that your home is safe, power or no power.

For comprehensive electrical services, including whole house generator installation, call G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric today!

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Edmonds WA Electrical Tip: Why Replace Your Fuse Box

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The electricity in your home comes in from the street and connects to a main distribution hub: your fuse box or circuit breaker panel. From there it gets routed to all of the light switches and appliances in your home. If you have an older house then it could have a fuse box. While fuse boxes work well enough, they do have some pretty serious flaws. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of upgrading to a circuit breaker panel contact the Edmonds, WA electrical experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.  We wanted to put together some of the benefits that upgrading could have for your home. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call today.

How Fuse Boxes Work

Fuse boxes used to be the standard for homes that were built many years ago. Not only do fuse boxes distribute power throughout your home they also protect your home from power surges and fires. The more electricity that flows through the fuse box the hotter the wires get. If it gets too hot the fuse will melt and break the connection thus shutting off the flow of electricity. The fuse then needs to be removed and replaced with a new one. Contact the Edmonds, WA electrical technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling and Electrical to learn more about how we can set you up with a new circuit breaker.

Benefits of Upgrading

Not only is it a nuisance to have to replace your fuses when the blow but it can also be dangerous. When you remove the fuse, the two ends of your electrical mains are exposed. Also, if you don’t have an extra fuse on hand then you have to go to the hardware store to buy one. Circuit breakers use magnetic switches to protect your home from electrical issues. When they flipped all you have to do is go out and flip the switch back the other way.

Another terrific benefit of upgrading your fuse box to a circuit breaker is that they are usually more reliable and less sensitive. While this sensitivity can actually protect your home from electrical issues, it can actually get to be really annoying when your fuse box is always blowing fuses.

Give the Edmonds electrical professionals at G&S a call today to talk with us about upgrading your fuse box. Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today!

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Edmonds AC Guide: Basic HVAC Terminology

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Ever try to look up basic information about your Edmonds heating and air conditioning systems? There are dozens of terms that might as well be Greek for all you know – a mishmash of words and phrases talking about energy efficiency and air flow ratios. To make your next upgrade a little easier and give you a baseline with which to work, here are a few of the most common HVAC terms you’ll hear in the industry:

  • AFUE – Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency – This is a simple measurement of how much fuel a furnace converts into actual heat in your home. So, if a furnace converts 92% of the fuel it consumes into heat, it has an AFUE rating of 92.
  • Watts – A single watt is a measurement of electricity. Commonly, your electricity use is assured in kilowatts or kilowatt hours (kWh).
  • BTU – British Thermal Unit – A BTU is a common measurement of how much energy is produced or consumed by an appliance. When referring to an air conditioner, one “ton” refers to 12,000 BTUs.
  • SEER/EER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio refers to how many BTUs can be produced with a single Watt of electricity per hour. So, an air conditioner with an SEER of 14 can produce 14 BTUs of cooling per watt consumed each hour.
  • HSPF – Heating Seasonal Performance Factor – Refers to the efficiency of the heating elements in your heat pump.
  • COP – Coefficient of Performance – A measurement of how effective your heat pump is at heating a space compared to standard electrical resistance heat. The lower the temperature gets outside, the lower the COP will be. Equipment is usually measured for COP at 47 and 17 degrees to give an idea of seasonal performance of a new heat pump.
  • Refrigerant – Refrigerant is any gas that is used to draw heat from the air in a particular environment through an air conditioner or heat pump. It has a much lower boiling point than water, allowing it to cool despite the temperature outside. Currently, most equipment uses R-22 refrigerant while the new standard will be R-410A (Puron), legally required in all cooling units by 2020.
  • CFM – Cubic Feet per Minute – Used to measure the volume of air passed through an air handler by an air conditioner or furnace.

There are a number of complicated details to keep track of when choosing a new air conditioner in Edmonds. If you have any questions, give G & S a call!

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$650 Off a New Gas Furnace

Friday, April 6th, 2012

G&S Heating of the greater Puget Sound area is now offering this outstanding deal when you purchase a new furnace. Receive up to $650 Off your new system!

The furnaces that we carry are top of the line in every way. They’re compatible with multiple types of air conditioning systems and heat pumps, so you should have no trouble finding a furnace that works with the system you currently have in place. We only carry furnaces that are among the best performing and most fuel efficient available. We are proud to offer a wide range of these great products to all of our Puget Sound area customers. We know they will provide an excellent overall heating experience and help to keep your family comfortable all year long.

Give our Comfort Consultants a call today or request an estimate online today!

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Open vs. Closed Loop Systems in Geothermal in Edmonds

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Even people in Edmonds who are somewhat familiar with geothermal heating systems may not be aware that there are actually two types – open and closed loop systems. The difference, of course, is that the closed loop systems make use of a completely sealed loop of pipe filled with water, antifreeze or some combination of these that cycles through the pipe absorbing heat and transferring it to your home.

Open loop systems, on the other hand, are linked to a well casting and draw water from there to circulate throughout the system as a heat source. Particularly if you already have an appropriate well casting in place, you can often save a lot on your installation costs by putting in an open loop system rather than a closed loop.

If you do not already have a well, however, the Geothermal installation of an open loop system might still be cheaper but not by as much. Also, the costs of operation after the initial installation are pretty comparable, so the relative costs associated with operating one type of system or the other should not weigh to heavily on your decision.

In fact, the best way to decide which type of geothermal heating system is right for you is to talk to an experienced contractor about your particular situation. They will be able to tell you exactly what the installation of each type of system will entail in your specific case and make informed recommendations about what type of system will work best for you.

No matter what type of geothermal heating system you do go with, though, you will be getting an excellent and inexpensive home comfort solution that will keep your indoor temperature at the right level all year round. That is because geothermal heat pumps, just like air source heat pumps, can be reversed during the warmer summer months to actually remove heat from your home. That way, you can stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter without having to pay for heating or air conditioning.  If you have any questions about these methods please contact G&S Heating Cooling & Electric.

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Edmonds HVAC Safety Tip: Clothes Dryer Ventilation

Monday, January 9th, 2012

It’s important to maintain the ventilation system in your Edmonds home for many reasons. Increasing the efficiency of your HVAC system and lowering your utility bills are a few of them, but safety is the best reason to keep your vents clean, particularly your clothes dryer vent.

Clothes dryers are one of the leading causes of house fires each year. Poorly maintained venting systems and improper installation are usually the cause. Protect your home with these maintenance and safety tips.

Even if you clean out the lint trap after each use, lint can still get trapped in the exhaust vent and cause a fire hazard or a potential carbon monoxide leak with gas dryers. Maintaining proper ventilation for a clothes dryer includes cleaning out the exhaust duct and hose. To do this, you just need to unplug your dryer and detach the hose, which can be removed with common household tools. If you already do this regularly and find an abnormal amount of lint and debris, call an HVAC technician to inspect it. There could be something in the duct system blocking the ventilation for your dryer.

At least once a year, you should also have a qualified technician inspect and clean your exhaust duct and make sure you have the proper style hose. If you have a foil or vinyl hose, you should replace it with a flexible metal one that is fireproof. You might want to consider installing a dryer box, which protects the flexible hose and saves space.

Dryers that aren’t properly installed or put in areas that could create hazards are often found in older homes; however, some newer homes are built with designs that create longer ventilation paths and more potential for debris to get trapped inside the ducts.

Don’t wait until a hidden safety issue turns into a fire or carbon monoxide hazard in your Edmonds home. Inspect and clean your exhaust hose and duct today!

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