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

Need a New Heater? Go Ductless!

Monday, December 18th, 2017

ductless-blowerIn our previous post, we talked about how a heat pump can help you to heat your home with greater energy efficiency.  We also talked about how our climate here in the Pacific Northwest is particularly well-suited for the use of a heat pump. Today, we want to talk about a specific type of heat pump that can offer even greater, more unique benefits. The system in question is the ductless mini split, and it can revolutionize the way in which you heat your home.

Read on to learn more about what makes the ductless mini split such an innovative heating option, and how it is that the system operates. Then, give us a call to have your new system installed in your home. Regardless of whether or not you choose to use a ductless mini split in Mukilteo, WA, you can count on our experts to install your new heating system properly.  You deserve great comfort, and that’s what we have to offer. 

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Why Take Advantage of Geothermal Heating?

Monday, November 20th, 2017

geothermal diagramOnce you have become a bit better acquainted with geothermal heating technology, you may find yourself wondering why you have not been taking advantage of all that geothermal heat pumps have to offer. When a geothermal heating and cooling system is installed one’s property, it offers a few key benefits that other systems really cannot match. That being said, a geothermal system is not going to be the right option for every home or every homeowner. No heater will be.

Should you decide that geothermal heating and cooling is right for your needs and personal preferences, then you need to schedule your geothermal services in Mukilteo, WA with trained professionals that you know will do the job right. That is as simple as dialing our number. The unique benefits of geothermal heating are made possible by the system’s unique design and operation, so you need a uniquely talented HVAC contractor on the job. Our team really fits the bill perfectly.

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Is Your Heater Ready for Winter?

Monday, November 6th, 2017

chilly-manCertain areas of the country really get nailed hard during the winter season, with heavy snowfalls and temperatures that regularly plummet below the freezing level. When all is said and done, our winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest is fairly mild. For those of you that think this means that your heater is not really that important, though, a rude wake-up call is likely not too far off. We can help you get your heater into fighting shape.

Your heater may not get the workout that it would in Vermont or Minnesota, but it is going to have a lot of work to do during the winter season regardless. If you are serious about ensuring that your heater is able to do that work as effectively and efficiently as possible, then you need to schedule a heating tune-up in Mukilteo, WA — and not just once, either. Heating maintenance is an annual necessity that you should be scheduling each and every year. 

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Breathe Better Air with Our Residential Indoor Air Quality Services

Friday, March 27th, 2015

As much as some homeowners may believe that all they need to live comfortably is a dependable HVAC system, the fact of the matter is that even comfortable temperatures throughout the year are not enough to allow one to live in the total that G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. knows our clients deserve. Maintaining indoor air quality of the highest caliber is equally important, even if it is far too often overlooked. The good news is that we offer comprehensive residential indoor air quality services throughout Mukilteo. With the right IAQ products in place, paired with our exceptional service quality, and you can start breathing the clean, pure air that you desire throughout your household.

Because there are so many different ways in which your indoor air quality may be compromised, it is advisable to work with professionals such as us that offer the diverse array of services needed to tackle any problems head on. Air cleaners and purifiers are where most homeowners. Start. We install and service electronic air cleaners, which are used to give pollutants a static charge. The pollutants are then trapped on collector plates. For biological pollutants, on the other hand, UV air purifier is the solution to seek. By emitting small doses of UV radiation, which are totally safe for residents in the house, these devices, which are installed in ductwork, can destroy viruses, mold, and other such pollutants. We also offer both humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help homeowners successfully regulate the humidity level in their homes.

Our residential indoor air quality services do not end with the installation of IAQ products and systems, exceptional as those may be. We will never simply seek to treat the symptoms of your air quality issues, instead opting to resolve the problem at its root. With our extensive ductwork services, including duct cleaning, repair, sealing, and testing, as well as thorough energy audits, we can ensure that your home is in the condition necessary to help you to maintain great indoor air quality while also heating and cooling your home in the most efficient manner possible.

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. When you work with us, you can count on breathing better air in your living space.

To learn more about all of the residential indoor air quality services that we offer in Mukilteo, contact G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today.

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Problems that May Be Detected with an Energy Audit

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Heating and air conditioning bills account for a large percentage of your utilities very month, and these systems can contribute greatly to greenhouse gases that pollute the air. Many homeowners would love to “go green” and cut back on spending, but they’re not always sure where to start. That’s where an energy audit becomes important. When you call on professionals to perform an energy audit in your home, they’ll perform the following tests to find out which areas of the home could use some improvements.

  • Inspecting HVAC Equipment: Technicians will thoroughly search your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment for worn down or loose parts, dirty components, and leaks.
  • Blower Door Testing: Blower door testing involves placing a device called an infiltrometer in the doorway to change the pressure in the home so that technicians can detect any leaks or areas of inefficiency throughout the home.
  • Evaluating Insulation for Effectiveness: Professionals will make sure you have an efficient amount and type of insulation throughout the home, and that you’re not missing any crucial insulation around the ducts or in the attic.
  • Assessing the Ductwork: The ducts should be checked for any leaks or cracks that could cause your HVAC equipment to run inefficiently.

Issues that May Be Uncovered in Your Home

Not only will technicians find areas that make your HVAC equipment run inefficiently; you may also find out about potential health and safety effects.

  • Inadequate Insulation: Poor insulation can allow heat to easily escape from your home in the winter or infiltrate your home in the warm season.
  • Cold or Warm Spots: Cool or warm spots in the home force you to crank up your HVAC system unnecessarily, so you may find that you need to seal door or window leaks.
  • Improper Ventilation for Gas Appliances: If gases don’t vent properly from your home, you risk a fire hazard or carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Leaky or Inefficient Duct Design: Leaky ducts can hinder efficiency, reduce the indoor air quality, and heat or cool the home unevenly.
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality: A technician will also look for other factors that may affect the air quality such as high humidity and poor air ventilation.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to schedule an energy audit in Mukilteo and start taking the right steps towards a more efficient home.

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Seattle Geothermal Guide: Problems Caused by Poor Water Quality in Open Loop Systems

Monday, September 10th, 2012

As geothermal heating systems go, an open loop configuration can be an excellent choice, provided the environment supports it. Open loop systems work very effectively and efficiently because the deep water is held at an almost constant temperature year round. This property makes it a very good source of heat for the geothermal system.

However, an important factor to consider before choosing an open loop system is the quality of the water coming from the source. Although you won’t drink the water, the quality still matters a great deal, as poor water quality can cause serious problems in your geothermal system.

Let’s take a look at some common water quality problems and the damage they can potentially do to an open loop geothermal system in Seattle.

Mineral Deposits

If the water is filled with minerals — frequently called “hard water” — those minerals can be deposited within the geothermal coils. As they build up on the walls over time, they can slow the flow of the water or even clog it completely.

Hard water does not necessarily preclude the use of an open loop system. It just may call for extra maintenance, such as periodically flushing the system with a mild acid solution to remove mineral build-up.


Impurities in water, especially metals like iron, can also cause clogs. Most frequently this occurs in the return well of the geothermal system. Again, these impurities do not necessarily mean an open loop system can’t work for you, but you should consult with the contractor prior to installation for solutions to this problem.

Particulate and Organic Matter

If you plan to use surface water such as a pond or spring as the source for your open loop system, make sure to test the water composition thoroughly. An excess of sediment or organic matter can clog up your geothermal system very quickly.

Ideally, these are all situations that your Seattle geothermal contractor will anticipate and discuss with you ahead of time, so that your open loop system can be installed in such a way as to preempt any problems with water quality.

For more information about geothermal installation in Seattle, give G & S a call!

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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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Seattle HVAC Tip: How Often Should I Have My Geothermal System Checked?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The beauty of a geothermal system in Seattle is that is requires very little maintenance. They have fewer mechanical components are than other heating systems – and most of these components are underground or inside, shielded from the outdoor elements. The underground tubing usually is guaranteed to last 25-50 years and inside components are easily accessible for servicing.

Nonetheless, keeping a geothermal system working at peak efficiency is very important. If the geothermal system loses some of its efficiency, it will cost home and building owners money in energy costs, which makes little sense since geothermal system installation costs are higher than most other heating systems.

Its key component is the ground loop system, polyethelene tubing which carries refrigerant from below the Earth’s surface and back to an above-ground compressor. When installed correctly, the buried ground loop can last for decades. A leak in the metal tubing is usually the only problem if the ground loop is not installed correctly. In the case of a leak, it may be necessary to dig up the tubing – often installed at least ten feet below the surface – and repair the leak.

Other geothermal system components include its air handling unit, compressor, and pump. These components require periodic system checks by qualified professional heating and cooling technicians. Maintenance normally requires filter changes and component lubrication, to name the most common. It is recommended that an experienced technician perform a multiple-point inspection of the geothermal system components, usually during regularly scheduled annual or bi-annual service calls. To schedule your appointment today, give G & S a call today!

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Signs of a Broken Air Conditioning Compressor in Puget Sound

Monday, May 21st, 2012

The air compressor is a key portion of any air conditioning unit in Puget Sound, and when it is failing it is important to try and catch the warning signs so you do not have to pay to much to replace it.  Here are a few examples of sigs you will notice during air conditioning maintenance, and a few solutions you might be able to apply.

When you start your air conditioning unit, does it start smoothly, or does it sound like it is jerking on, and not everything is turning on in unison?  If the air conditioner jerks on that is called a hard-start, and it is one of the first signs that your compressor is struggling.  Noises coming from your air conditioning unit will always be a good indication of how it is operating.   If there is clanking, buzzing, grumbling, or just anything outside the realm of a fan and electric humming noise there is a good chance that air conditioner repairs are needed.

If you are familiar with how to open up your AC unit, try to locate the compressor motor.  If you can tell that the wiring has shorted out, or the wiring has become irreparably tarnished this is an indication that your compressor, or motor has to be replaced.

A few obvious signs that your compressor is broken, is if the circuit breaker shorts off every time the AC unit turns on, or the unit just hums when it is turned on.  It is important to not completely give up on the compressor though, because if the unit is not turning on there could just be a loose electrical connection.  A professional HVAC technician should really repair these electrical problems.

If you are not receiving optimal performance from your cooling system call G & S Heating and Cooling to have our team of HVAC technicians service your cooling equipment.

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Components of Air Conditioners in North Seattle

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Ever wondered how that amazing machine that keeps you cool in North Seattle all summer actually works? How exactly does that air conditioner use electricity to create cool air and dehumidify your home? It’s actually an ingenious bit of technology developed over a century ago using four major components and a thermostat.

How these parts are implemented may change depending on the type of air conditioner you have and how much space it’s tasked with cooling, but the following components are standard in all AC units:

  • Evaporator – There are two sides to an air conditioner – the warm side and the cool side. The Evaporator is on the cool side and is paired with a fan that blows air over the coils. The air then chills and blows into your home to keep you cool.
  • Condenser – The condenser is the device responsible with transferring heat within the air conditioner. An air conditioner doesn’t actually make anything cool – it just removes heat from one environment and places it into another. By removing heat from one set of coils and transferring it to another, it creates the cooling effect that the evaporator then uses to cool your home
  • Expansion Valve – The expansion valve is responsible for regulating how much refrigerant passes into the evaporator coils. This refrigerant immediately expands when it reaches the evaporator coil due to the pressure drop.
  • Compressor – Once the refrigerant has depressurized and turned back into a gas, it is passed to the compressor which is then tasked with converting it back into a liquid and passing it into the warm part of your air conditioner.

And of course, this entire mechanism is monitored and regulated by a thermostat which tells the air conditioner when to turn on and what level of cooling is needed by your home. The system can also be setup in one of a couple different ways. Self-contained units, like window units, house the entire mechanism in a single box, while a central air conditioner separates the two units – the hot side with the compressor and condenser are placed outside the house.

Because there are so many parts and they work in harmony to create the cool environment you want, your air conditioner needs to be carefully maintained. Regular maintenance is a must for every component.  To schedule a maintenance appointment please contact G & S Heating, Cooling, & Electric

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