Is Your Thermostat Use Hurting Your Wallet?

August 14th, 2017

Stock image of hand adjusting thermostatThe last couple of weeks has resulted in one of our hottest summers on record. Since we’re so used to cooler weather almost year-round, you may be surprised when you get your next energy bill, considering how much you were probably using your air conditioning system in recent days.

That being said, we’d like to help you absorb some of this shock by offering you a bit of advice to get you through the rest of summer as comfortably and affordably as possible.

And this comes down to your thermostat use. Keep reading to learn how your thermostat use could be hurting your wallet, and if it may be time for you to consider a thermostat upgrade in Gig Harbor, WA. Continue Reading

AC Trouble: The Repair vs. Replace Debate

July 31st, 2017

ac-trouble-repair-vs-replacementFor our corner of the world, summer temperatures aren’t quite as detrimental as you’d find in other parts of the country. Still though, being stuck without a cooling system on one of the hottest days of the years is never pleasant, no matter where you live. Hopefully, you had your air conditioner professionally maintained before summer hit, to fend off any problems. But what if you haven’t yet, or your air conditioner is showing troubling symptoms despite professional maintenance?

One thing is for sure: it’s time to call for professional Seattle, WA air conditioning services. But should you pay for repairs—or replace the system altogether? If you’re like most homeowners, an air conditioning system is a major investment. And you’ll want to make sure you get the best return on that investment, especially if your existing system isn’t extremely old. Keep reading to learn about a few things you should consider when you find yourself in the middle of the “repair vs. replacement” debate. Continue Reading

Could Your Home Benefit from UV Germicidal Lights?

July 17th, 2017

home-benefit-uv-lightsTemperatures may be on the cooler side throughout the majority of the year in our parts, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our share of sweltering days during the summer. But we have to do more than simply address the heat. While your air conditioner can effectively keep your home and its occupants cool, they can’t deal with the germs, bacteria, and allergens that can infiltrate your living space during the summer months.

This is a problem for just about any home, but is particularly concerning for homes with vulnerable family members, such as infants, the elderly, or anyone suffering from conditions such as asthma or severe allergies. It’s important to realize too, that even the healthiest family members in your living space can suffer when exposed to these germs and contaminants, and the air filter within your HVAC system is not enough to combat them.

Fortunately, we do offer indoor air quality products in Tacoma, WA that can help. We’re going to cover one of these products here. Continue Reading

Should You Have a Heat Pump Installed This Summer?

July 3rd, 2017

heat-pump-installed-summerThere are a number of benefits to investing in a heat pump installation in Puyallup, WA—one of the most important being that it can be used to both cool and heat your home. No, it’s not a furnace and a central air conditioner packaged together—rather, a heat pump is a two-in-one system that uses the same component for both air conditioning and heating, for efficient, year-round comfort.

Read on to discover how this works and how you can benefit from this type of installation this summer if you are looking to replace or upgrade your cooling system. Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Know About Zone Control Cooling

June 19th, 2017

zone-control-cooling-everything-need-knowDo you worry about how much energy you use in your home throughout the year, and what the cost of that energy use is? This is understandable. It’s important to take a close look at energy expenditure in your home, but also that you know of ways to lower costs. This starts by working with professionals who will help you improve your home to lower those costs.

One method for lowering your home’s energy use, if you use a forced-air heating and cooling system (a furnace and standard central air conditioner, or a heat pump), is to integrate an Olympia, WA zone control system installation into your HVAC system. Continue Reading

How to Best Avoid Midsummer AC Problems

May 22nd, 2017

avoid-midsummer-ac-problemsWe may still be experiencing cooler temperatures, and in fact most of the year in the Seattle area can be considered the “heating season.” But that doesn’t mean that when summer weather does hit that we want to be stuck with a broken down air conditioner. Imagine being in the middle of a heat wave when your cooling system breaks down.

Midsummer air conditioning repairs are nothing short of a hassle. Surely, you’d rather take preventative measures to reduce the chance that this will happen at all. The main preventive measure you can take is to invest in Seattle, WA air conditioning maintenance. Continue Reading

The Best Way to Fight Off Allergy Symptoms

May 8th, 2017

fight-off-allergy-symptomsSpring is here! Warmer weather means more time outdoors enjoying activities, but if you’re an allergy sufferer, it also means searching for ways to find relief from symptoms, both outside and inside.

The air quality in our area may not be as poor as it is in other parts of the country, where people suffer from the effects of smog and other types of air pollution. But still, this is the season for dust, dirt, pollen, and other debris. Plus, according to WebMD, the quality of your indoor air can actually be worse than that of the outdoors. With the right Tacoma, WA indoor air quality system, however, as well as taking some precautionary steps, you can combat this. We’ve shared these steps below. Continue Reading

Have You Tried Either of These Energy Saving Tips?

April 24th, 2017

energy-savings-tipsWhen it comes to running your heating or cooling system, naturally you want to do so in a way that doesn’t waste energy—and subsequently, money. The good news is, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to save energy. Instead of switching off your HVAC system to reduce energy usage there are many other options to do the same job.

For example, did you know that running your ceiling fan can reduce the energy expended from your air conditioner enough to turn the temperature up as much as 10 degrees? Your cooling system therefore doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job. And in the winter, you can switch it to reverse direction to have the same impact on your heating system. There are many little tips and tricks like this, but today we want to talk about two very specific ways you can reduce your energy usage and cut costs. Continue Reading

Can a Dirty Air Filter Really Affect Your Home That Much?

April 10th, 2017

air-filter-dirty-home-impactIn short, yes. There’s a reason we encourage changing your air filter on a regular basis: 3 times a month during periods of heavy HVAC system use is the general recommendation. Many homeowners might assume a dirty air filter is a problem because it contaminates the indoor air. It’s somewhat true, but only minimally.

The air filter is in place for much more than preventing allergens from moving back into your indoor air. It blocks particles and debris from damaging the inside components of your air conditioner. When the air filter is dirty, it’s no longer able to do this job, and the problem affects your home in many ways. Continue Reading

AC Maintenance: It’s That Time of Year!

March 27th, 2017

ac-maintenance-timeOur recent weather may have you wondering why we are talking about air conditioning systems, but like it or not, warmer weather is only a few short months away. And when it hits, you’ll be grateful for a fully functioning, efficient AC system.

Of course, an air conditioner can only work as efficiently as it’s meant to with quality Gig Harbor, WA air conditioning maintenance. If you haven’t scheduled your annual tune-up yet—or biannual if you have a ground-source heat pump—then now is the time to do so, before your air conditioner’s heaviest period of use. Continue Reading