Posts Tagged ‘Tacoma’

This Is Why You Should Change Your Air Filter

Monday, April 9th, 2018

man holding an air filterNot many homeowners give much thought to how important an air filter is to the operation of their HVAC systems. A filter does little to protect against many of the allergens and pollutants that can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms (for that you’ll want a high efficiency air filtration or purification system). Rather, the air filter is there to protect the inside components of your Tacoma, WA HVAC system from contaminants that can restrict airflow and cause a host of other problems.

You can always reach out to anyone on our staff if you have questions about the impact of your air filter or are worried about HVAC performance. In the meantime, we’ve shared below some reasons you should always stay on top of changing out your air filter every 1 to 3 months. (more…)

Is My Heater Drying Out My Indoor Air Too Much?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Sick couple catch cold. Man and woman sneezing, coughing. People got flu, having runny nose.Even though our area doesn’t get as bitterly cold as other parts of the country, our winters are nothing to scoff at. That being said, when you seem to have a problem with your heating system, chances are you want to get scheduled Tacoma, WA heating repair right away. One of the common complaints that Tacoma area homeowners have is about the dry air that results from their heating system being used on a daily, and even hourly, basis.

The assumption that a heater causes dry air is true, but only partially. When the level of moisture outdoors drops, which it does in the winter time, then your indoor relative humidity drops too. Anything below 30% relative humidity is considered too low and will cause discomfort as well as potential illness and even damage to your home. Your heating system, no matter how efficiently it works, only exacerbates this problem. (more…)

It’s Never Too Late to Prevent Major Heater Repairs

Monday, January 15th, 2018

standard wall clock isolated on white backgroundJust like any other big appliance or major piece of equipment in your home, your heating system needs a certain amount of service to be able to continue functioning as best it can. An integral part of this is making sure you stay on top of your annual maintenance appointments (or bi-annual, if you have a heat pump).

We may be well into winter, but it really is never too late for this service—in the absence of a complete system breakdown—and scheduling your heating maintenance appointment as soon as you can if you haven’t done so in the last year will help keep your heater in good working order throughout its lifespan. (more…)

Watch for These Furnace Troubles This Season

Monday, September 25th, 2017

man standing by thermostat looking coldAs the weather cools down for fall, we’re preparing to use our furnaces on a more regular basis. As such, it’s imperative that they be ready for the work ahead. Hopefully, you’ve already had your fall tune-up completed. Regardless of whether you did or not, it’s important to keep an eye out for any Tacoma, WA furnace repair needs that may arise.

The most serious of these, at least in a gas-powered furnace, is a cracked heat exchanger. Heat exchangers are essential to the operation of your furnace—without them, heat from the gas jets would never reach the air, and you’d feel nothing more than room temperature air coming from the room vents. But a damaged heat exchanger can do a lot more harm than simply not providing you with warm air. (more…)

Could Your Home Benefit from UV Germicidal Lights?

Monday, 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. (more…)

The Best Way to Fight Off Allergy Symptoms

Monday, 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. (more…)

How to Heat Your Home More Efficiently

Monday, 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. (more…)

Protect Your Health with This Important Indoor Air Quality Product

Monday, November 7th, 2016

There are a number of things that can influence comfort inside your home. It’s possible, though, to get so caught up with your HVAC system that you overlook an important factor to comfort: the quality of the air in your home. Poor indoor air quality can negatively affect not only your comfort, but your health as well. If you want to prevent such issues within your living space, you need the right type of indoor air quality system in place.

One of the best ways to protect your health and the health of your family is with a UV air purifier, also referred to as UV germicidal lights. These differ from your standard air filter or even an electronic air cleaner. They don’t remove dust and dirt from the air in your home. Rather, they destroy the biological pollutants within your home that put your health at risk. (more…)

Is Your Ground Source Heat Pump Fully Prepared for winter?

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

If you use a ground-source heat pump—also referred to as a geothermal heat pump—to heat and cool your home, then you are already equipped with one of the most efficient home comfort systems available on the market today. Ground-source heat pumps are highly effective, reliable, advantageous for the environment, and have lifespans that leave traditional heaters and air conditioning systems in the dust.

However, it’s important that you not let the long service life of this system trick you into thinking that you don’t need to take care of it with routine preventive maintenance. Just as with a standard heat pump or some other home comfort system, your ground-source heat pump must receive a maintenance inspection from trained professionals—such as the experts on our staff—twice a year, once in the spring and once again in the fall. (more…)

Why You Should Consider a Programmable Thermostat

Monday, July 25th, 2016

It’s no secret that summers here require a fully functioning and efficient air conditioning system. However, just as equally important as a good air conditioner is the ability to maintain control over its use. For this reason, we recommend upgrading your thermostat to a programmable option. Keep reading to learn about the numerous benefits of doing so. (more…)