Is a Zone Control System Right for You?

June 27th, 2016

We may not live in too hot of a climate compared to some of our east coast neighbors; however summer can still pack quite the punch. Without the right kind of air conditioning system, you can definitely suffer. But when you do utilize an air conditioning system, you want to make sure you are making the most of your cooling experience and utilizing your system as efficiently as possible.

If you have a traditional central air conditioning unit, at one time or another you may have been frustrated by the fact that you need set just one temperature to condition air throughout your entire home. The good news is, you don’t actually have to do this. You just need to invest in a zone control system! Continue Reading

Why Ice on Your Air Conditioner Is a Huge Sign You Need Repairs

June 20th, 2016

As summer very quickly approaches, you’ll be relying on your air conditioner more and more to keep your home cool throughout the season. When you do, you might notice ice forming on the coil of your system. This may seem normal, or even like a good thing. After all, an air conditioner is providing cold air, so isn’t ice okay?

Unfortunately, ice on you air conditioner is actually a sign that the system is in trouble, and you should call for repairs as soon as you can. Below, we’ve shared some information on why air conditioners ice over at times, why it’s a problem, and what you can do about it. Continue Reading

Should You Replace Your Traditional Water Heater with a Tankless Model?

June 13th, 2016

Have you owned the same water heater for a decade or longer? If so, you probably have the popular, standard, tank model. This type of water heater is comprised of a large cylindrical tank, which keeps a constant supply of water stored at a consistent temperature. This hot water is ready for use whenever you turn on a tap in your home. Water heaters of this kind are effective and can sometimes be the best option for your home. However they are certainly not the only option.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioning System?

June 6th, 2016

Summer is on its way, and while we don’t necessarily experience the stifling heat that many parts of the country do, it’s still not a season you want to attempt to get through without a properly functioning air conditioning system. Now is the time to decide if your air conditioner is ready for another season or if it might be time to upgrade to a newer model.

By deciding this now, you’ll have time to schedule a replacement before we reach the peak of summer heat and technicians are out on emergency service calls. Do remember that every system is different, and only you can decide if it’s worth it to keep repairing, or if you should invest in a replacement. Here are a few tips to help you make an educated decision. Continue Reading

Have You Scheduled Air Conditioning Maintenance Yet?

May 30th, 2016

We’re right in the middle of spring, and chances are with the cooler weather we typically experience, you haven’t given very much thought to your air conditioning system. However, you won’t want to get to the first day of hot weather only to realize that your AC needs repairs, or worse, needs replacement.

If you haven’t scheduled air conditioner maintenance within the last year, then right now is the best time to do so. Continue Reading

Be Aware of Common AC Condensate Drain Issues

May 23rd, 2016

One of the air conditioning components you probably think the least about is the system’s condensate drain. In fact, you might even now be asking yourself what a condensate drain is. This component is one of the most important, yet most ignored parts of your air conditioning system.

The condensate drain connects to a pan located below the evaporator coil, which collects the condensate that drips off the outside of the coil as warm, moist air passes over it. Dealing with moisture brings inherent problems, a few of which we’ve outlined below. Continue Reading

Is Hydronic Heating Right for Your New Home?

May 16th, 2016

Summer may be well on its way, but as any Tacoma resident knows, the heating season never truly ends. We definitely experience some chilly nights even after the warmest of days. On that point, it’s important to always be on the lookout for heating systems and be aware of what options are available for your home.

In fact, if you are constructing a new home in the area, hydronic heating could be a great choice for you. Also commonly referred to as radiant heating, hydronic heating uses tubing to run a hot liquid either beneath your flooring, along baseboard heaters, or through radiators to heat your home.  While the concept of hydronic heating is not new, it’s become a very popular heating choice in recent years. Continue Reading

AC Maintenance: What Does It Involve?

May 9th, 2016

We all know how important it is to take care of appliances and electronics, but it’s easy to ignore or neglect maintenance tasks, or even not see the value in maintenance. In order to ensure a properly functioning system, however, it’s necessary to schedule AC tune-ups at least once a year. But what does air conditioning maintenance actually involve? Continue Reading

Energy Recovery Ventilator: Your Solution to Humidity Control

May 2nd, 2016

Excess indoor moisture is not a huge problem for most Olympia residents. While we are certainly in a rainy state, humidity levels generally stay under 50%, which is the maximum humidity level for comfort. However, this time of year we do certainly experience our share of high humidity. Those days make your home feel uncomfortable, and can also make your air conditioner work harder to cool down your home, meaning that it’s not working as efficiently as it should. Continue Reading

Ground Source Heat Pumps vs. Traditional Air Conditioning

April 25th, 2016

When most people think about heat pumps, they think about their heating capabilities in the wintertime. And yes it’s true, ground source heat pumps are a revolutionary and very reliable source of heating. However, in the summer, these systems have the capability of pulling heat from your home’s air and depositing it into the ground outside in order to provide you with adequate cooling, making ground source heat pumps an excellent alternative to a traditional central air conditioning system. Continue Reading