Archive for May, 2016

Have You Scheduled Air Conditioning Maintenance Yet?

Monday, 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. (more…)

Be Aware of Common AC Condensate Drain Issues

Monday, 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. (more…)

Is Hydronic Heating Right for Your New Home?

Monday, 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. (more…)

AC Maintenance: What Does It Involve?

Monday, 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? (more…)

Energy Recovery Ventilator: Your Solution to Humidity Control

Monday, 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. (more…)