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

Save Money and Energy with a Heating Tune-Up

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

There are a number of ways in which homeowners may choose to heat their homes, and each heating method has its own unique lists of pros and cons. One of the facts that is true across the boards, though, is that getting the best performance possible from any heating system requires routine heating maintenance services. That is why you are wise to schedule your heating tune-up in Kirkland with the fine heating technicians here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. Not only do we know our way around heating systems of all makes and models, but we offer the quality services necessary to guarantee that your heater is functioning at peak performance and efficiency levels. Contact us today to start saving energy and money by scheduling your heating tune-up with a qualified professional.

As a heating system runs in order to heat your home during the chilliest time of the year, its many different components will accrue some general wear and tear. This is true of any mechanical system, and it is cannot be avoided. This is not to say that there is nothing that you can do to minimize any adverse effects that this wear and tear may have on your heating system, though. When you schedule a professional heating tune-up with a member of our staff, every component in that system will be carefully inspected. That way, we can make any adjustments necessary and clean components as needed to keep your system as efficient as it can be. The easier that it is for your heater to do its job, the less energy it will use when heating your home.

Saving energy by boosting efficiency is not the only way in which routine heating tune-ups can protect your budget, though. By keeping your system in fine working condition, you can minimize the risk of problems developing with your heater. This reduces the frequency with which repairs are needed, though there is no way to completely eliminate the need for occasional repair work. By cutting down on your repair expenses at the same time as boosting efficiency, a heating tune-up really makes a lot of financial sense.

We are certain that you’ll understand why this service is so beneficial after speaking with a member of our staff. With our fine technicians on your side, your heating tune-up is a surefire success.

If, for any reason, you still have questions regarding the necessity for heating tune-ups in Kirkland, just give G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. a call today.

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Tips for a Quality Water Heater Performance

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

There are a number of different appliances that modern homeowners depend upon each and every day in order to go about their lives in a convenient and comfortable manner. One of the most important and frequently used of these appliances, of course, is the water heater. Assuming that you do not heat your water over a stove or open flame, you depend upon your water heater each and every time you wash the whites, take a shower, or clean the dishes. Make sure that you are able to do so with complete confidence. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the best performance possible from your water heater in Kirkland. If you require any water heater services in the area, remember to call upon the pros at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

The first tip that we have to give you, and it is one which we cannot stress enough, is to take the time to get to know all of your options before investing in a new water heater. Different water heaters have different pros and cons. There is no such thing as any one perfect system, but there is surely one which best suits your needs. Because there are so many different makes and models available today, it is trickier than ever to determine which will best satisfy your expectations. We carry tank, tankless, and solar models ourselves. We also take the time to work closely with our clients, answering any questions that they may have, so that they make the right decision when it comes to investing in a new water heater.

Another important tip we would like to share is that nothing else even comes close to routine maintenance in terms of keeping your water heater in great working condition. Even the best systems on the market will accrue some general wear and tear over time. There is nothing that you can do about it, and in all likelihood you are going to require repairs at some point. With routine water heater maintenance, though, you can keep those repair needs as simple and infrequent as possible, while also enjoying the most efficient and reliable performance that your water heater has to offer.

For more water heater tips in Kirkland, just call up the pros on the G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. team.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. When you work with us, you can expect a quality performance from your water heater.

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Are Solar Water Heaters Really Reliable?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Solar technology is seeing more and more use in homes across the country, as homeowners try to cut the operating costs of their homes. This is all well and good for electrical systems, but what about water heaters? Demand for hot water is more infrequent than demand for electricity in most homes, but heating water takes quite a bit of energy when compared to a lot of electrical appliances. So the question becomes: are solar water heaters actually reliable? Let’s examine the answer to that question, starting with how solar water heaters actually work.

Anatomy of a Solar Water Heater

There are two kinds of active solar water heating systems: direct and indirect. Direct solar water heaters circulate water through the solar collectors of the system, where they are directly heated by the sun before being pumped into the house. Indirect solar water heaters use fluids like refrigerant to absorb heat from the sun, which is then directed through a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is what heats the water in this type of system. Both systems have their pros and cons, but the rule of thumb is that direct solar water heaters work better in warmer climates while indirect solar water heaters are suited to colder climates.

Reliability

The reliability of any solar module is dependent on the amount of direct sunlight it can collect. The more sunlight your solar collector is exposed to, the more water your solar water heater will be able to heat. Persistent cloud cover, long periods of darkness (in regions like Alaska), and other environmental conditions can provide obstacles to your solar water heater keeping up with demand. However, most properly installed solar water heaters are more than capable of providing just as much hot water as any other system. As with all systems like this, there is going to be a wide variance in efficiency depending on individual circumstances. It is best to contact a professional before making a decision.

If you’d like to know more about solar water heaters, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We provide water heaters throughout the Kirkland area.

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Kirkland WA Electrical Tip: Common Electrical Repair

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Our electrical system runs behind the walls and in our ceilings and floors. It is invisible, except for outlets and fixtures. Electricity is intrinsically counter-intuitive to think about. In fact, despite recent technological developments, we’ve only known how electricity works since the turn of the 20th century. So, you can be forgiven if even common residential electrics seem somewhat mysterious. Moreover, repairing these electrical systems requires the professional knowledge of a Kirkland electrician, who knows how to properly handle and harness electrical energy and run it safely through your home. In this post, we’d like to examine a few of the most common electrical repairs, so that you might be able to identify any problems and call for assistance.

For Kirkland WA electrical services, contact G & S Heating, Cooling & Electrical today!

  • Intermittent power. If your fixtures and powered appliances are drifting in and out of power, or seem to shut off for no apparent reason, then you have an intermittent power problem. This is often an issue with the integrity of the electrical wiring itself; your wires may be damaged or loose.
  • Power surges. Electrical overloading, commonly known as a power surge, can be caused by a variety of reasons: lightning strikes, use of high-powered devices, and others. They can quickly ruin the fine circuitry of expensive electronic devices, so while you may already have a portable surge protector bar for your computer or TV, you may also wish to consider installing whole-home surge protection, which integrates directly with your electrical box. It will not only be more comprehensive, but will also be able to protect a higher surge.
  • Dead outlet. If you find that one of your electrical outlets, also known as receptacles, stops working, there is probably a problem with the wiring between the outlet and the circuit supply. Make sure that such repairs are taken care of quickly, because it may evidence of a damaged wire within your walls.

Handling electrical wiring and devices is dangerous. Make sure you hire a certified Kirkland, WA electrician to perform any electrical repair, no matter how minor.

For more information about your Kirkland, WA electrical system, contact the pros at G & S Heating, Cooling & Electrical today!

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Kirkland WA Heating Tip: Should I Be Concerned About My Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

While we often hear various calls to action about the effect of pollutants on our outdoor air quality, and how important it is to reduce ozone-depletion and global warming, we hear much less about indoor air quality. But, in fact, poor indoor air quality is among the top 5 health hazards in this country. When we hear customers ask whether they should be concerned with their air quality, we always reply yes. We offer comprehensive indoor air quality services, from air cleaners to humidifiers and UV germicidal lights, we offer a host of options to homeowners looking to boost their indoor air quality. These are great auxiliary components that can be integrated with your existing heating system. For Kirkland heating service as well as air quality services, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical today!

Let’s take a look at some indications that you may have an air quality problem in your home:

  • Dry, uncomfortable air. Low humidity levels in your home often lead to dry skin irritation and increased recovery and healing times when you have the cold or flu. Installing a whole-home humidifier is a great way to solve this problem, but just be sure it integrates properly with your existing heating system and that it’s appropriately sized.
  • Mold. Increased moisture levels within your ductwork or throughout your home provides a breeding ground for microbial growth. Mold spores can quickly become airborne when circulated throughout your ductwork with your heated air. While you can eliminate visible mold in your home with various products and techniques, systemic mold issues need to be dealt with before that air reaches your ductwork. Ultraviolet germicidal lights destroy mold, and other pollutants at the source. They can be quickly integrated into your system.
  • Cracked or leaky ductwork. If you have leaky or improperly sealed ductwork, then they can begin to bring air from the attic or outside into your system without first passing through the air filter. This is not only an indoor air quality issue, but also dramatically impacts the energy efficiency of your heating system.

If you notice any of these warning signs for poor indoor air quality in your home, call your local Kirkland, WA heating professional at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical. We offer a wide variety of heating and air quality solutions. Contact G&S Heating today!

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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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Kirkland WA Air Conditioning Tip: Why Get Your Ducts Tested Before Spring?

Monday, March 4th, 2013

During the winter you likely run your heating system every single day. When the weather starts to warm up in the spring, you may start to use your air conditioning system more often. With all the use that your ductwork gets, it is likely a good idea to have them tested before you begin a new season of cooling. Call the Kirkland air conditioning experts at G & S Heating, Cooling and Electrical for any repairs or maintenance that you might need. We offer complete duct sealing, duct repair, duct cleaning and duct testing in Kirkland, WA. We wanted to help out our customers by assembling a short list of some of the reasons why they may want to consider having their ducts tested during the Spring.

Why Get Duct Testing in Kirkland, WA During the Spring?

The Spring is generally regarded as the transition period between the cold, rain and snow of winter and the warmth of summer. It is a great time to have your ducts tested because you will likely be using neither your heating system or air conditioning system. This allows you to be comfortable in your home while the duct testing takes place.

Getting your ducts tested is also a good idea because it can expose any weaknesses, cracks or leaks in your ducts that need to be patched or sealed up. Your ducts will be carrying all of the cool air from your AC system into your home. If holes developed during the winter you want to make sure that they get fixed before you start running your AC. This can help increase the efficiency of your air conditioning system.

Benefits of Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance

In addition to getting you ducts tested in the Spring, it’s also probably a good idea to get your entire air conditioning system tested and maintained. Over time, your air conditioning system will develop small issues and problems that can negatively impact its function. Without repair, those problems will likely develop into larger issues. Especially after your air conditioning system has been dormant for many months during the winter, it’s probably wise to have a professional inspect it to make sure that there aren’t any branches, rust or rodents inside of it.

For all your Kirkland, WA air conditioning services call G & S. Our Kirkland, WA air conditioning technicians have years of experience working with all different types and brands of air conditioning systems.

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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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Kirkland WA Heating Tip: How To Prepare For A Heating Installation

Monday, February 18th, 2013

G&S Heating is here to provide you with all your Kirkland WA heating needs. We offer comprehensive heating services throughout the area. We can help you select a cost-effective solution to your specific heating needs. We install new heating systems to provide efficient results. Don’t hesitate to call us if you are in the market for a new heating system. We install high-efficiency models that are durable and made to last.

In this blog post, we’ve put together a short checklist for things you can do to prepare for a heating installation.

  • Get an Energy Audit: In addition to heating installations, we also provide energy audits to help pinpoint any areas in your home that could use improvement. Adding insulation and sealing off air leaks are just a few ways you can ensure that your home is ready and that you will get the most out of your new heating system.
  • Duct Repair: If you are hiring us to retrofit an older system, you want to make sure your air ducts are in good condition. We offer duct repair and duct sealing services to help you get prepared for a new heating installation.
  • Consider Electrical Upgrades: We are a full service contractor, which means we can provide all your heating and electrical upgrades. Do you know if your fuse box is up to code? Are you interested in a whole-home generator to protect your new heating system from electrical surges? What about a whole-home surge protector? We can provide all of these services for you as well.

Whether you are installing a heating system for the first time or you want to retrofit an older system, call the Kirkland, WA heating installation experts at G&S Heating. Contact G&S Heating today!

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Kirkland WA Heating Installation FAQ: Which Type of Heating System is More Efficient?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

If you’re like most homeowners then you’re looking for every way to reduce your energy consumption. With energy prices rising, many people are taking a closer look at their heating systems. When you live in Washington, you likely run your heating system a lot throughout the year. Examining your heating system and replacing it could be a good idea in certain cases. At G & S, we provide complete heating installation in Kirkland WA for all different types and brands of heating systems. We often get asked which heating system is more efficient than the rest. While that question is difficult to answer, we thought we’d take a crack at it to help give our customers some ideas about which system is right for them.

Heating Systems: Different vs. Better

While there are some heating systems that are definitely outdated and inefficient, like gravity furnaces, it’s actually hard to say which system is more efficient than the others. One of the main reasons for that is because each system is so different from the others. It’s easy to compare one furnace’s efficiency levels to another because they work the same. But when you start to compare furnaces to heat pumps it’s kind of like comparing apples to oranges.

However, furnaces and boilers are both given the same efficiency rating and are very popular for heating installations in Kirkland, WA. Furnaces and boilers are given an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. The AFUE describes what percentage of the fuel consumed is actually turned into usable heat. So with these two systems you actually can compare the efficiency of each system.

Similarly, heat pumps and ductless mini split systems are both given a Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) that measures heat output divided by energy consumed. Since ductless mini split systems are a type of heat pump it makes sense to compare these two systems. Many homeowners prefer this type  of heating installation in Kirkland, WA because you don’t have to burn a fuel source to heat your home.

Budget and Personal Taste

In the end, the efficiency of your heating system that you get will likely be determined by your personal taste and by your budget. Some people prefer boilers and radiant heat to forced air systems like furnaces and heat pumps. However, if you don’t have a radiant heating system in your home it will likely cost a lot of money to rip up your floors and install the heating coils to heat your home.

Call G & S for all your heating installations in Kirkland, WA. We can help you pick out the right heating system that matches your home and your budget. Contact G & S today!

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