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

It’s Important That Your Heater Is Properly Sized

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Washington gets cold in the winter, but we don’t have the extreme weather that the northeast or midwest encounters. Relatively mild as our winters may be, there is no reason to take any chances when it comes to the performance of your heater in Marysville, WA. If you want your new heater to excel, you need to know that it is of the right size for your home.

There is a lot to consider when shopping for a new heater. If you’re looking for a new installation in January, it’s likely because your heater has unexpectedly broken down. Even so, don’t rush the process. Dial our number, and we’ll make sure that your heater is appropriately sized, whichever make and model you may choose.

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Why the Size of Your Heater Matters

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

When you make as major an investment as purchasing a new heating system, you rightly expect to get a great return on that investment. That is why it is so important that you take every precaution to ensure that your new heater in Everett, WA, is of the right size for your home. No matter how great your system may be, no matter how well-regarded its manufacturer, the fact of the matter is that your heater is not going to function at peak operational levels if it is not a good fit for your home. By scheduling your heating installation with a member of the G & S Heating Cooling & Electric team, though, you guarantee that you’ll have no such worries.

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Get a Head Start On Your Heating Installation

Monday, September 7th, 2015

The most intense heat of summer may not be quite far enough behind us to qualify as a fading memory yet, but the nights are certainly getting cooler, and our days are following suit. It really won’t be long now before homeowners throughout the area start firing up their heaters in an effort to sufficiently warm their homes for comfortable living. If you are in need of a heating installation in Everett, WA, or if the time has come to replace your existing heater with a newer, more efficient, and more reliable model, then now is the time to schedule service. Contact the heating professionals at G & S Heating Cooling & Electric to do so with a technician that you can trust.

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Why Does Size Matter When It Comes to Heating Installation?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

There are some areas of life where “going big” is a good thing; this is not the case when it comes to your heating system. Having a system that is too small is an equal problem, although for different reasons. Properly sizing your heating system requires more than just knowing the square footage of your home, which is one of the reasons it’s important to work with trained professionals for your heating installation. Our G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., technicians bring over 30 years of experience to every job they perform, so if you are ready for a new heating installation in Marysville, call us today.

Problems from Incorrect Sizing

Having a heating system that isn’t correctly sized for your home can cause several different problems:

Too Big

When your system is too big for your home, your home can heat up too quickly. For some, this can be very uncomfortable. A second problem that can develop with a system that is too big for your home is short-cycling. Short-cycling occurs when your system turns on and off rapidly. The reason an oversized system short cycles is that it heats your home too fast. Short-cycling can cause multiple problems, including overheating and serious wear and tear to your system. Lastly, because an oversized system can operate too often, you may see your energy bills begin to climb. At the end of the day, an oversized system can cost you both money and time.

Too Small

The main problem with a system that is too small for your home is that it will have a hard time achieving your heating needs. This is because a system that is too small will not have the capacity to heat your home properly. As such, the heating system will run fairly constantly in order to meet your heating needs. This can result in serious wear and tear, premature aging and potential breakdown. Additionally, the extra amount of operation will result in greater energy usage, which will be evident in monthly energy bills.

Calculating Heat Load

The best ways to ensure that you install a heating system that fits your home is to hire a professional to calculate your home’s heat load. The factors that go into this calculation are:

  • Your home’s orientation
  • Daytime heat gain
  • Number of occupants
  • Floor plan
  • Number of rooms
  • Number and type of windows and doors
  • Square footage
  • Insulation levels

A trained professional can assist with the heat load calculation, choosing the right system for your home, the installation process and the on-going maintenance. If you need heating installation in Marysville, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Key Factors to Consider with New Heating Installation

Friday, February 7th, 2014

If you are planning to have new heating installation in Everett, WA, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is you have many different options from which to choose. The bad news is you have many different options from which to choose. Navigating your way through the shoals of choices toward the ideal heating system for your home may seem impossible, but if you keep a few key factors in mind and seek expert advice, you should make it through safely.

When it comes to expert heating advice, G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. can provide it. We’ve been warming up Puget Sound homes since 1977.

Important factors to keep in mind:

  • Your home’s heating requirements – To effectively and efficiently heat your home, you need to know its heat load, i.e. how much heating power is necessary to warm it to the temperature you want. A home’s heat load is more than just a factor of its square footage; everything from the amount of windows to the number of people living in the house will affect it. You will need professionals to perform a heat load calculation to find out what size heater will offer you the optimal heating.
  • The year-round climate – In different parts of the country, there are some heating systems that will work better than others. For example, regions with harsh winters can cause problems for boilers (freezing pipes) and heat pumps (reduced efficiency). For the Puget Sound area, most heating systems will do the job, and heat pumps are a particularly good fit.
  • Your fuel supply – Heaters can run from electricity, natural gas, or heating fuel (propane and oil most commonly), and your local supply will affect which type of systems will work best for you. Electrical-powered heating systems (heat pumps, some models of furnaces and boilers) are always options, but if you have a natural gas line, you will probably want to take advantage of this less expensive fuel source.
  • Heating system efficiency – “How well does a heating system convert its energy supply into heat?” This is one of the key questions you should have at the forefront of your decision-making process, since it will have an impact on your long-term budget. Although heating efficiency shouldn’t be your sole basis for selecting a system (it’s possible for a high-efficiency system to provide you too little heat), it is one of the most important. Learn all you can about efficiency ratings to help you make a smart choice.

From the moment you decide on new heating system installation in Everett, WA, call up G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. and talk to one of our HVAC experts. You’ll have knowledgeable help from the start to make sure you end up with a great installation of the correct heating system.

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A Complete Guide to Energy Efficiency Ratings for New Heating Systems

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Because modern heating systems are complex devices, they come with an intricate and often lengthy list of statistics. This can be tricky for non-specialists to navigate, but knowing exactly what a heater can deliver, how much it can deliver, and how efficiently it delivers it is an important part of figuring out which type and size of heater will work best for your needs.

In this post, we will give you a concise guide to efficiency ratings for new heating systems. These ratings explain how efficiently a heater converts fuel into heat (and, in the case of heat pumps, cooling). There is more technical data behind what we’ll explain here, so if you want additional information to help with your North Seattle, WA heating installation service, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.


The initials AFUE stand for “annual fuel utilization efficiency.” The percentage is the amount of fuel that the heater converts into heat. For example, if a furnace produced 80 units of heat (usually measured in BTUs, “British thermal units”) for every 100 units of energy put into it, it would have an AFUE rating of 80%. Most heating systems today score between 78% and 98%.


This is one of two ratings given to heat pumps, which work as both air conditioners and heaters. SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency,” and is a ratio represented by a whole number that determines how effectively a heat pump cools. It is the amount of BTUs of cooling produced over a season, divided by the energy consumed in watt-hours. The higher the number, the better the efficiency. You should look for a heat pump with a SEER of 14 or higher.


HSPF stands for “heating seasonal performance factor,” and is the other rating given to a heat pump, this time to represent its heating efficiency. It’s the ratio of the total amount of heat needed over a season to the energy consumed in watt-hours—similar to SEER. Again, a higher number is better. Most heat pumps do not have an HSPF greater than 10.

Although getting a furnace or heat pump with high efficiency is important, it isn’t the only factor to consider when selecting a heater. Consult with professionals to help you make a decision that will get you the most effective heating power coupled with efficient energy performance. Turn to G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to help you start out your North Seattle, WA heating installation right—with expert selection of the right heater.

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Why Professional Heating Installation Is Important in Lynnwood

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

If you’re considering getting a new heater installation for the coming winter, now is the time to call for professional assistance. The heating installation process begins before a single tool comes out. Our Lynnwood heating installation specialists can give you invaluable aid in picking the right heater type for your home, as well as perform a heat load calculation to determine the correct size that will keep you warm without overworking.

However, the actual installation is where you need professionals the most. G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has installed heating systems in Lynnwood, WA for thirty-six years, and we can tell you from our experience exactly why this isn’t a job left to amateurs.

Consider trying to install a geothermal heat pump on your own: would you even know where to start? Geothermal systems need to have coils buried in the ground where they can extract the earth’s heat, but only certain spots are suitable for this task. How deep should the coils be buried? How do they connect to the house? Is just a shovel good enough for getting them into the ground?

It does sound overwhelming, even for the most extreme DIY hobbyist, doesn’t it? You’ll need professional installation to get the job done right. This applies to heaters that seem less complex than a geothermal heat pump, like an electric furnace. Today’s effective and efficient heaters are complex devices, and it takes years of training and experience to know how to repair and maintain them—let alone install them. Professionals not only know how to get the installation done, but they have access to specialized tools that will speed up the process and make it go smoothly.

A proper installation will mean fewer repair problems in the future. You may think that doing the job yourself or finding a friend or relative to take it on will save you money, but improper installation can cause years of headaches from expensive repairs.

There’s also the issue of safety to worry about. A shoddy installation job can leave you with a heater that will lower the quality of your indoor air. Even worse, if it is not properly hooked up to a power system or has bad wiring, the heater will turn into a fire hazard.

Make sure you start off life with your new heater the best way: with highly-trained technicians helping you through each step of the installation. In Lynnwood, WA, heating installation experts like those at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. can make sure the job gets done right the first time, leaving you with fewer worries for years to come.

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Your Heating Options This Season

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

If the title of this post grabbed your attention, then you may be debating a new heating system installation in your home to prepare for the fall and winter chill. Living in Washington can get uncomfortable during the late part of the year if you don’t have a sturdy heater to keep you toasty. Fortunately, heating technology has long advanced beyond primitive wood- and coal-burning stoves. You have many options for heating in Woodinville, WA. This list contains some of the most popular.

Keep in mind that no matter how wonderful a particular system sounds, it might not be the right fit for your home. Contact our expert technicians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for professional help selecting and installing a new heater. We’re one of the top companies for heating in Woodinville, WA.

Furnaces: The good ol’ furnace is still the most common heater found in residential homes. Chances are good you grew up with one. Furnaces offer flexibility in size and fuel source, and are ideal for homes that already have ductwork. Add in a lower initial price, and you’ll see why furnaces continue to be popular with homeowners. Consult with a professional to see which of the many kinds of furnaces fit your specific needs.

Heat pumps: A device that can give you both warm and cold air is an attractive option. A heat pump functions like just like an air conditioner, except it can change the direction of heat exchange so that instead of drawing heat from your home to the outside, it moves heat from the outside and puts it in your home. During spring and summer, you can switch back to the AC. Heat pumps don’t have as much heating power as furnaces or boilers, but they usually suffice for Washington’s weather.

Geothermal heat pumps: If you want significant savings on your energy bills, geothermal heat pumps are a great solution. Using loops of pipes in the ground around your home, a geothermal system draws heat from the earth itself to warm your home. And, just like a standard heat pump, the process can be reversed to cool you down in hot weather. Many homeowners in Seattle have turned to this safe and clean way of controlling their house’s temperature.

Don’t dash off now and get the system that sounds the most appealing to you… every location has specific requirements to take into consideration before heating installation. Avoid getting hasty with your heating. Let the Woodinville, WA heating installation experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. put their 36 years of experience to work for you when choosing a new heating system.

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Kirkland Heating Tip: Should I Wait Until Fall to Replace my Heating System?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

At G&S, Inc., our Kirkland heating experts want to help our customers get the heating and cooling systems that match their needs. This means finding cost-effective solutions to their heating needs. If it is finally time to replace that old furnace or heat pump, deciding the best time to do this will involve a few factors, including making sure your home is properly insulated and sealed. We can help you out with most any heating service in Kirkland, WA, so call G & S any time.

Meanwhile, this week’s blog post should help you get started in thinking about the right time to replace your heater. While waiting until fall seems practical, you may also want to consider cost and whether or not you want to install a heat pump, which provides both heating and cooling. If this is the case, you may want to get installed in the spring, before the cooling season begins. This way you get more efficient cooling all summer long, and then you get the same savings when you switch to heat in the fall.

Another factor to consider is cost. Keep checking our monthly promotions on our website. We may have an installation promotion that matches exactly what you need, whether it’s a new heat pump, furnace, geothermal heat pump, ductless mini split, zone control, new thermostat, or an insulation service. While it may not be as straightforward as some decisions about home efficiency, installing a new high-efficiency heater is a sound decision if you’ve already made other improvements to your home in order to save energy and money on utility bills. Let us help you select the right one for your needs.

If you aren’t sure when the time is right for your next Kirkland, WA heating installation, call us and let us help you make the right choice. Call G & S, Inc today!

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Heating Installation in Kirkland WA: Can I Install My New Heater Myself?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Unless you are happen to be a fully trained and certified Kirkland WA heating technician, you have absolutely no business attempting to install your own home heating system. That may sound abrupt, but trust us: this is for your own safety and the safety of your heating system. At G & S Heating we understand that there are a lot of handy homeowners out there. We applaud you and encourage you in your endeavors around your home. When it comes to a heating installation in Kirkland, WA, though, it is your responsibility to hire a heating professional.

Whenever you are dealing with a mechanical system that consumes fuel to operate there is the possibility of dangerous operating conditions. Scheduling professional heating installation in Kirkland, WA will help ensure that your heating system operates safely. Failure to do so puts your home and family at risk.

It does not matter what fuel your heater runs on. Gas, electricity and all other fuels pose potential safety risks. An improperly installed gas furnace, for instance, can lead to a carbon monoxide leak in your home. Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas produced during the combustion process. It is also odorless, colorless and tasteless, making it impossible to detect without a quality CO detector. Electric heating systems, if installed improperly, create a risk for fire. Keep safe and heat your home with confidence by scheduling professional heating installation.

In addition to safety concerns, a poor heating installation can also result in lower efficiency levels from your heater. You may think that you’re saving a few bucks by handling your heating installation yourself. The truth of the matter, though, is that your heater likely will not operate as efficiently as possible without a professional installation. Saving money on your installation service is not worth the years of inefficient, expensive heating performance ahead.

If you still have questions about why you cannot perform your own heating system installation in Kirkland, WA,  call the heating professionals at G & S Heating. We have the answers to all your questions. When you are ready for a new heating installation, give our expert technicians a call. Contact G & S Heating today!

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