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

What Are My Geothermal Installation Options?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

While geothermal installation may involve quite a bit of digging, the benefits are undeniable. Geothermal heating and cooling systems provide homeowners with the same powerful heating and cooling power of a conventional split system heat pump, but with a lot of money in additional energy savings. That’s because so little energy is used to pump the relatively stable heat from the ground and into your home, or from your home and back to the earth. You’ll use fewer of the earth’s precious resources as geothermal energy is a renewable power source.

Is Geothermal Installation Right for Me?

If there is enough space on the property and a complete duct system in the home, nearly any homeowner can schedule geothermal installation for better energy-efficiency and prolonged HVAC system lifespan. Geothermal units often need fewer repairs and last many years longer than other heating and cooling systems.

How Much Digging Will Take Place?

Many homeowners are most worried about what will happen to their home during geothermal installation. The installation steps that take place inside of the home and directly outside are similar to the traditional AC installation process, though there are a couple of options. In some cases, every component, including the compressor and blower fan, is in a single cabinet. Or you can install a split-system with an indoor coil and an outdoor compressor unit in order to make use of an existing furnace blower.

But the amount of digging that takes place will vary from property to property. There are two basic options for installation: a vertical layout or a horizontal one. Whether you choose vertical or geothermal installation, installing the underground loop system will be an extensive process. However, replacement should not become necessary for decades, and the economic benefits are often well worth it.

Horizontal vs. Vertical Installation: Which Is Better?

One installation method involves digging a trench of only about 4-6 feet and laying the loop system down horizontally. This will take up a lot of space, but it’s generally more cost-effective, and comes highly recommended. For areas where horizontal installation is not possible, vertical installation is recommended instead.

Call on the help of the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to learn more about your geothermal installation options in Monroe and to schedule professional services.

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Why Your Geothermal Cooling System Requires Maintenance

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

It should come as no surprise to those familiar with geothermal technology to learn that geothermal cooling is only growing in popularity. The ability the both heat and cool a home with one convenient system, as well as to do so in a more efficient and eco-friendly manner, is just too great a deal fro many homeowners to pass up. That being said, though, there is just no way that one can hope for his or her geothermal cooling system to function at peak performance and efficiency levels if it is not well maintained. The key to a great performance from your system is routine geothermal cooling maintenance in Monroe. To schedule service with a technician you can trust, G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. is the company to call.

A geothermal cooling system removes heat from the air in a household, and then deposits that heat into the ground. In order to do this effectively, and to cool your home to desired temperatures in an efficient manner, it is necessary that every component in your geothermal cooling system is able to function precisely as it ought to. The routine wear and tear than any HVAC system accrues over the course of a season is more than enough to impede the operation of any component within that system When this happens, the condition of the system and the quality of its performance suffers. Routine maintenance is the best way to address such problems.

During a maintenance service, your geothermal system will be thoroughly evaluated from head to toe, so to speak. Refrigerant levels will be checked to rule out leaks, electrical components will be tested for safe and reliable operation, and the system will be cleaned thoroughly. It only takes one compromised component in order to throw off the performance of a geothermal cooling system, and maintenance helps to prevent such compromises in integrity. Not only that, but it allows your technician a valuable opportunity during which to discover any minor or developing problems with the system. This can help you to get out ahead of any such problems.

Our technicians can be trusted to maintain your system with the expertise the job demands. That way you can cool your home with the confidence that you deserve.

To learn more or to schedule routine geothermal cooling maintenance in Monroe, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today.

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Why Hire a Professional to Seal Your Ductwork?

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Leaky ductwork is the bane of energy efficiency in this homes which utilize a forced air distribution system to heat and cool their interiors. There are a lot of reasons as to why ductwork may leak. It may have gotten wet and corroded or rusted out over time. Perhaps its installation was shoddy to begin with, or years of operation has simply worked connection points loose of one another.

Whatever the cause of any leaks in your ductwork, you need to have them sealed up by trained professionals as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more energy you are going to waste when heating and cooling your home. This is not the type of job that you can handle on your own, either. That is why you should schedule professional duct sealing in Monroe with the qualified technicians here at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

On reason as to why professional duct sealing is necessary is the simple fact that you really cannot see much of your ductwork. It is hidden away in largely inaccessible areas for the most part, making it hard to determine precisely where a leak is located, let alone to access and seal that leaking point. With professional duct testing services, though, our technicians can ascertain with certainty whether or not your system is leaking. If it is, then we can figure out exactly where that leak is so that we seal it up promptly.

Another reason to schedule your duct sealing services with a trained professional is that only such individuals have the materials and training to do the job properly. If you think that we’re just going to slap some duct tape over a leak in your ductwork, think again. Sealing air ducts requires the use of mastic sealants that will harden and provide a seal that will stand the test of time. We’ll make sure that your air ducts are sealed with the quality materials necessary to protect the efficiency and performance quality of your HVAC system.

That way, you can cut down on energy usage and take some of the strain off of your HVAC system, all without compromising your comfort at any point of the year.

Don’t make the mistake of attempting to seal your ductwork on your own. Instead, make the smart move and schedule duct sealing in Monroe with G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

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What Exactly is a HEPA filter?

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

If you have done some research regarding residential air filtration systems, you may have run across the acronym HEPA and wondered what it meant and if it was something to consider installing for your home. HEPA is a type of extremely effective air filter, but whether it will work with your home and its HVAC system or not is something you need to take up with indoor air quality experts. It’s important to have the right type of air filtration installed for your house, or else you may end up with either poor quality air or a heating and cooling system put under too much strain.

The best way to make sure that you have air filtration that meets the needs of your household is to contact the indoor air quality team at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We provide a variety of indoor air quality installations and services, including HEPA filters, in Monroe, WA and throughout the Puget Sound Area.

Details of the HEPA filter

HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particular Air, and designates a filter that has passed U.S. Department of Energy tests to prove that it can trap at least 99.97% of particles less than 0.3 microns in size that attempt to pass through it. HEPA filters usually consist of a mat of randomly arrange fibers that trap particles.

Because of the high efficiency of HEPA filters, they work very well at preventing the circulation of allergens and asthma-triggering particles. HEPA filters are often found in hospitals and other health care buildings for this reason.

Although a HEPA filter’s power at trapping pollutants makes it sound like an excellent choice to install in your home, you must move with caution. If a filter is too powerful for an HVAC system, it will not only block pollutants, it will block airflow as well. If you have a HEPA filter put in without professional assistance to make sure that it will work well with your heating and cooling system, you could end up causing extra stress on the heater and AC that will run up your bills and may even shorten your comfort system’s lifespan.

To find out if a HEPA filter is right for your home, or if another type of filter or air purifier will do a superior job, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.

We install HEPA filters in Monroe, WA as well as other types of filters and devices that will help you achieve better indoor air quality.

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How to Get Zone Heating in Your Home

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

If your family is like many of those in the United States, it’s likely that you’ve had a few small disputes about the temperature in the home. Perhaps one person in the household likes the air to be a bit cooler at night so they can layer on the blankets. Someone else in the house may prefer warmer, more efficient temperatures. However, most homes are equipped with a thermostat that controls the entire home at once, and zone control may not appear to be a possibility.

But zone control is possible in nearly any home with ductwork and multiple rooms or zones. In fact, it may even be possible without any ducts at all. Consult our helpful guide, and call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to ask how you can get zone heating and cooling from installation experts in Monroe.

Ducted Zone Control

If your home has a set of ductwork already, zone control is not as simple as installing a couple of new thermostats. The technicians will have to spend quite a bit of time in your home, as they’ll need to access the ducts. The technician must first cut a hole into the ductwork in order to install dampers in the various zones for which zone heating and cooling is desired. Each damper connects to a thermostat in the zone it controls. And when someone in the home lowers or raises the heat, the dampers open and close in order to let more air in or out. There’s often also a master thermostat that operates every thermostat at once or each one individually.

Ductless Mini Splits

Homes without ducts may also receive zone control, but it does involve installing a new heating and AC system. A ductless mini split consists of an outdoor unit that connects to up to four inside blower units. Refrigerant runs through all of the components. As a fan sucks in the indoor air, it absorbs heat from the home to move to the outside. In heating mode, refrigerant absorbs heat from the air outside and brings it into the house. One of the best features of this system is the built-in zone control, as each indoor blower unit is operated by a separate thermostat.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to schedule zone heating and cooling installation in Monroe from our team of skilled technicians today!

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Spray Foam vs. Loose-Fill: Which Should I Choose?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

It wasn’t too long ago that homeowners had one choice when it came to insulating their homes: batt insulation. Batt insulation is very effective, but with four types of insulation now available to homeowners, the ability to use different types in different areas of the home have maximized energy efficiency. Two of the newer types of insulation homeowners may want to consider are spray foam and loose-fill. Each one is effective, but they work very differently. Getting the most from your insulation in Monroe is good for you, your home and your HVAC system, so if you are ready for new or additional insulation, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., today.

Spray Foam

Spray foam has become very popular because it forms an air-tight seal with whatever it comes into contact with. This is because spray foam is an adhesive, and once it adheres to a wall, joist, etc., it is creates a permanent seal. If you’ve ever seen spray foam, you know it expands tremendously – up to 100 times its size – once it meets the air, so it’s important to have a trained expert install spray foam insulation. Like other insulation products, spray foam comes in different R-values, so you can match the R-value you need for the particular geographic area in which you live. One drawback of spray foam is that it can be most costly than other types of insulation, so this should factor into your decision-making process which choosing insulation for your home.

Loose-Fill

Loose-fill insulation is very much as it sounds: loose pieces of recycled material (mostly paper) that is blown into your home’s cavity from a small hole drilled in an outside wall. Loose-fill is excellent for retro-fitting with older homes and can fill areas that may be hard to reach. However, it does not create an air-tight seal like spray foam and will settle after a certain amount of time. Loose-fill is very environmentally-friendly and is less expensive than spray foam.

Need help deciding which type or types of insulation to use with your home?

Call the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., today and make an appointment with one of our insulation specialists.

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How a Zone Control System Benefits Your Heating

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Despite their popularity, central heating and air conditioning aren’t perfect. The most common complaint with central forced air systems is that they offer a one-size-fits-all solution, and those rarely ever work well. Central air systems are often connected to one thermostat, usually located on an interior wall, which can only sense temperature changes in the immediate vicinity. When the system turns on, it heats or cools the entire house at once, regardless of whether or not people are occupying one room or many. It’s broad, inaccurate, and wasteful. That’s where zone control comes in. Read on to find out more about zone control systems, and why you should consider installing one.

What is it?

A zone control system consists of a series of dampers, installed in the duct junctions leading to each room in the house. A damper is essentially a large valve that opens or closes to allow air to travel down that section of ductwork. A thermostat is installed in each room, which corresponds to the damper leading to that room. When the temperature in a room provokes a response from the thermostat, the damper in the ducts opens to allow air to be circulated into the room.

Why Should I Install One?

Zone control systems offer much finer control over the environment in a person’s home. As each room has its own thermostat, it can choose whether it receives warm or cold air from the central system instead of being subjected to it every time the system turns on. This eliminates the hot and cold spots that often happen when the whole system is relying on one thermostat, which cannot sense the temperature in every room of the house.

Zone control systems also eliminate energy waste, by directing the air only where it is needed. If you and your family are all sitting in the living room, there is no need for the heater to warm the guest bedroom across the house. This way, you only spend money heating or cooling the areas that you are actually in.

If you’d like to know more about zone control systems, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We install zone heating systems throughout Monroe.

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What Are these Noises Coming from my Furnace?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

If you notice noises coming from your furnace, you may initially be alarmed. However, some homeowners decide that the unusual noise is not worth the stress of finding a heating service for repairs; they can deal with the noise as long as there is still a bit of heat coming from the vents. But this can be dangerous ideology, as a furnace that is in need of repair could actually break down, even if you still feel some heat in the home.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for expert advice, repairs, installation, and maintenance for heating in Monroe.

Furnaces may make noises for any of several reasons, but it usually indicates a pretty serious heating issue. And when one part of your heating system is in a state of disrepair, any of the other parts may struggle as a result. You may hear any of the following from your heater this season, all of which require immediate repairs.

  • Banging: A banging noise may be a result of dirty burners. When the burners are too dirty, it could interfere with the way the system operates, causing ignition to be delayed. Delayed ignition can lead to a loud banging noise, something akin to a small explosion. Burners should only be cleaned by professionals for safety purposes and to inspect the heat exchanger for cracks that may have developed.
  • Buzzing: A buzzing noise may be the result of an electrical problem. Yes, even your gas furnace can run into electrical trouble, as it has a motor and several safety devices that all require electricity to operate. On the other hand, it could indicate a loose panel that is lightly rattling or another loose part that needs tightening. In either case, you should have a professional check it out to see if any further damage was sustained.
  • Grinding: A grinding noise most likely indicates trouble with the blower motor. The blower fan uses a motor to operate, but there are a number of factors that may affect its functionality. Whether it’s debris in the motor, an electrical error, or a motor that is simply too old, it could affect the level of heat you feel in the house.

G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. can repair any type of heating system in Monroe. Give our skilled technicians a call today!

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What Is Scaling in a Geothermal System and How Can It Affect My Heating?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Geothermal systems can use either water or the ground to heat your home. Additionally, ground-source geothermal systems may use a water-based solution in the ground loop to facilitate heat transfer. Why does this matter? Because in many areas of the US, water can be “hard”. Hard water is a term used to describe water with high mineralization. While these minerals aren’t harmful to you, they can carry minerals that calcify, i.e., harden, which can affect water flow. What does this mean for your geothermal heating system? Let’s take a look.

Scaling

Scaling can happen to any kind of piping or tubing through which hard water passes. Specific to your geothermal system, scaling is the gradual build-up of mineralization on the inside of the loop or even in your water-source heat pump. The build-up is hard, similar to pieces of concrete, and if left to build over time, this build-up can seriously restrict water flow. If you have a geothermal system, this kind of restriction can affect how the whole system operates. Common results of restricted water flow are a decrease in heating ability and poor performance of your system. But there’s a simple solution for scaling – the acid flush.

Mineral build-up is heavy on alkaline, so the best way to fight it is with acid. The acid used in the flush is safe, but is effective in removing the scale build-up from the inside of your loop. It’s best to have a trained technician perform the acid flush to ensure that it is done correctly and that your loop is thoroughly cleaned.

Water Softener Helps

Your water will be tested before your geothermal system is installed. If the water is found to have high amounts of minerals, you may want to consider the installation of a water softener to minimize the effects the hard water may have on your geothermal ground loop. Check with your geothermal technician to see if installation a water softener is right for you and your system.

Scaling takes a while to develop, but if you have concerns that you may have a scaling issue, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., today and schedule an appointment for heating repair in Monroe.

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Can I Do My Own Heating Maintenance?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Scheduling heating maintenance every year is one of the most important things you can for the life of your system. Heating maintenance is a professional service, which involves a technician adjusting some of the parts of your system that may be bent out of shape and cleaning dirty parts that can get in the way of the efficiency of your system. An inspection also helps you to discover whether any part of your system risks breaking down soon.

Professional heating maintenance can help you to save some money on heating repair bills and your energy bills. But these days, many people hope they can save some more money on the job by skipping calling the expert and doing the task on their own instead. However, we’d like to encourage you to choose professionals who know the proper safety procedures to follow and who care about ensuring the lifespan of your unit.

Professionals have the expertise to follow through with the job in the safest way. Modern gas furnaces are generally very safe, but when they are handled improperly, you still run the risk of electrical danger, gas leaks, and more. A trained technician simply knows what to look for and what may be a potential hazard.

And a technician is trained to recognize when a component of your heater is not quite right. You may not know what to look for or how to recognize a bent component like an out-of-place thermocouple or flame sensor. Technicians also know which parts to clean and the proper methods to use for cleaning.

In fact, even if you plan to read every guidebook on the subject, you would still be unable to perform some key maintenance tasks, such as checking air pressure and measuring voltage, which require special tools. Luckily, professionals already have the right equipment. The cost of a maintenance visit is certainly worth avoiding the cost of these professional-grade maintenance tools.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today to sign up for our maintenance plan. You’ll get two tune-ups a year for your heating system and a 10% discount on parts and service when you join. For complete heating maintenance in Monroe, get in touch with our talented team.

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