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

Your Heater and Your Home’s Humidity: What You Should Know!

March 13th, 2017

heat-and-humidityJust a couple short weeks ago, the National Weather Service declared this winter as one of the coldest in 32 years for our area. Of course, if you’ve lived in the Seattle area for even just a few years, you probably don’t need to be told that it’s been pretty darn cold! And more cold weather is on its way—are you prepared?

Hopefully, you are well equipped with a fully functioning and well-maintained heating system that’s gotten you through the season so far. But what is your heater doing for your Seattle, WA indoor air quality? Continue Reading

How to Heat Your Home More Efficiently

February 27th, 2017

heat-home-efficientlyIt’s no secret that we’re still dealing with some pretty cold temperatures this winter season, and as such our heaters are getting a good amount of use. Of course, it’s only natural that you want to ensure you are heating your home as efficiently as possible, to help ease your energy costs.

From Tacoma, WA heater maintenance to investing in a high-quality zone control system, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure this is the case. Keep reading to learn how caring for and/or upgrading your heater can help it function more efficiently, and thus help you heat your home more efficiently. Continue Reading

Keeping Your Boiler System Functional and Safe this Winter

February 13th, 2017

boiler-system-functional-safeWe may be about halfway through the winter season, but that doesn’t mean we’re done with chilly temperatures (not by a long shot!) Therefore, if you’re using a boiler system to heat your home, now is a good time to think about just how well you are taking care of it, and if the care you are giving it is enough for it to continue functioning efficiently and safely throughout the rest of winter.

Of course, investing in professional boiler maintenance services in Puyallup, WA is the first step to take toward this effort, and hopefully you already had this service done before the heating season started. Maintenance is not only vital for boiler efficiency, but also to ensure the safety of your heating system. Although extreme boiler-caused incidents such as the scenarios found here are rare, the fact is that they do happen. In addition to scheduling a professional tune-up, the following tips will help keep your boiler running smoothly throughout the rest of winter. Continue Reading

Heater Maintenance: It’s Never Too Late!

January 16th, 2017

If there was ever an appliance in your home that needs regular care, your heater is it. It requires at least once-a-year maintenance to continue operating at its peak performance. As we progress into winter, if you haven’t already scheduled a tune-up, now is the time! Do so now to keep your heating system in good condition for the years to come. Plus, if you have a gas-powered furnace, you’ll be contributing to the safety of the system, your home, and family. Continue Reading

Finding the Source of Furnace Issues

January 9th, 2017

Discovering that your furnace has failed this time of the year is a problem that no Washington homeowner wants to face. The best way to prevent this is by scheduling routine heating maintenance each year, to ensure that the system is fully inspected and cleaned to avoid any breakdowns.

But even with diligent care, a furnace may still run into issues. We’ve mentioned a few of the most common below, including what the sources of such issues might be. Continue Reading

Signs of Furnace Problems

January 2nd, 2017

Winter is here, and although we may not get as bitterly cold weather as the Midwest or the East Coast, our weather is nothing to scoff at during this season. As such, it’s imperative that you have a fully functional heater to help you and your family stay warm.

When something goes awry with your heater, it can certainly send you into a frenzy. Preventing emergencies like this begins with staying on top of heater maintenance—these should be scheduled once a year for standard systems and twice a year for heat pumps. However, even a system that is well maintained may eventually need a repair. How do you know, however, when it’s time? Continue Reading

How Can Your Thermostat Impact Your Heating System?

December 26th, 2016

When it comes to your heating system, the “brains behind the operation” is the thermostat. This component enables you to choose when the heater turns on, and what temperature your home will be. In some ways, it doesn’t interact with your furnace at all. Meaning, the individual components that make up your furnace will function as they’re supposed to regardless of what the thermostat does.

However, if something goes wrong with your thermostat, then you won’t be able to control when your furnace operates. Faulty thermostats can be pretty problematic, even when temperatures aren’t frigid. Imagine what a malfunctioning thermostat would cost you in the middle of the coldest day of the year. Continue Reading