3 Tips for Maintaining Your Air Conditioning System

September 3, 2019

Having your local cooling technician perform a regular tune-up on your air conditioning system is necessary. But there are a few things you can do on your own to guarantee the functionality and longevity of your unit. An air conditioner that receives the proper care can keep your electricity bill down while making sure your system works seamlessly throughout the hot summer months. Here are three tips for maintaining your air conditioning system that our NATE-certified technicians at advise our loyal customers in the greater Seattle area to perform. Clean or Change the Air Filters Keeping your air filter clean is a matter of health since the airflow through the air conditioner makes sure to trap particles that can wreak havoc on your respiratory system. Also, keeping your air filter clean will ensure that your AC unit doesn’t break down or operate inefficiently. If you’re not sure how to clean or replace your air conditioner’s air filter, ask the technician who performs your maintenance. He or she will be more than happy to tell you what you need to safeguard your indoor air quality. Clean the External Air Conditioner Unit The external unit is exposed to the elements and all...

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Our Company Partners With Hopelink

August 28, 2019

You know us for our timely turnarounds, trusted workmanship, and friendly service. However, did you know that supports local charities too? We believe in improving the lives of local Kirkland residents in any way we can. Our intention is to go above and beyond the great heating and cooling services we already deliver. Giving Back to Our Neighbors We’ve chosen to partner with Hopelink because of its broad-based services. As a nonprofit social services agency, this organization supports food banks, housing services, and family development programs. Hopelink has been serving local low-income and homeless seniors, families, and children since 1971. The goal of this organization is to provide locals with the stability they need to become more self-sufficient. Annual Food Drive Donations Our commitment to giving back and serving our neighbors has led us to create a series of annual food and supply drives. We work one on one with a community engagement specialist to coordinate our events. December is an especially tough month for the folks Hopelink serves. Our recent 5,000-pound food donation right before the holidays fed many local families and individuals. Hundreds of homes and thousands of people depend on the resources provided by Hopelink. Join Us!...

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The Best Way to Cool Older Homes

August 21, 2019

Many people in the Seattle area have beautiful older homes, but dealing with the heat of summer can be a problem. At , we understand their difficulties. Depending on their age, some buildings were not fitted with ductwork when they were built. This makes it less convenient to install the same type of central air conditioning system most homes now have. Fortunately, there are steps these homeowners can take to reduce the temperature inside when it starts to get hot outdoors. There are alternative types of cooling equipment for older homes as well. Keep the Sun Out of Your Home Direct sunlight through your windows can greatly increase the temperature of your home. Taking steps to block it is critical. Awnings can be a great way to block the direct sun while still letting in enough light to see. Planting trees outside of large windows can provide pleasant shade throughout the summer months. Shutters and blinds on your windows are also highly effective at blocking the sun’s rays. You can adjust them to let in the right amount of light for your room. Keep Air Circulating Installing a variety of fans throughout a house can keep warm and cool air...

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Why You Should Inspect the HVAC System Separately Before Buying a New Home

August 7, 2019

The short answer is “yes.” Always arrange to inspect your HVAC system before planning to buy a new house. The normal home inspections that are done when a house changes hands are nothing more than just turning on the furnace and air conditioning systems to make sure that they work. A home’s HVAC system may hide a lot more of which you need to be aware before placing your signature to complete the purchase. Installing a New HVAC System Is Costly If you move ahead with purchasing the home and your HVAC system breaks down, replacing it can be costly depending on how bad the damage is. You need to know beforehand whether the HVAC system is truly in good condition or whether there exists the possibility that you will experience issues with it at some point. At , we take pride in looking out for the health and comfort of our loyal customers in the Kirkland community. We’ll let you know exactly what condition the HVAC system of the house you plan to purchase is in so that you can avoid unpleasant surprises in the future. Awareness of Efficiency and Energy Costs Just because the home you want to...

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Why Choose AC?

August 1, 2019

A ceiling fan alone may not be able to keep your house cool and comfortable on a hot and humid summer night. In some cases, not having an AC in your home could even pose a health hazard for you or one of your family members on a very hot day. An Air Conditioning System Can Help Keep Your Family Safe Without an air conditioner in your home, it will probably be necessary to keep a window or door open to allow in cool air. Leaving windows and doors open may also be the only way to allow fresh air to circulate throughout the interior spaces of your house. Of course, leaving open access to your residence for an intruder is an invitation to crime. With a central air system, you can keep windows and doors closed without sacrificing your comfort. Air Conditioners Get Rid of the Humidity in the Air Your cooling system will keep the temperature in your home at a consistent level whenever it is running. However, it will remove excess moisture from the air as well. As drier air tends to feel cooler, you can use less energy and potentially save money on your utility bills....

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Advantages of Air Purifiers

July 30, 2019

Children, the elderly and adults can benefit when you install an air purification system in your home. Indoor air can be filled with all kinds of pollutants that have a detrimental effect on our health. The EPA states that many pollutants are found indoors in larger concentrations than what is found in outdoor air. You can breathe in these contaminants and not even know it. These are a few advantages that air purifiers can bring to your home. Clearing Away Harmful Substances Mold, second-hand smoke, volatile organic compounds, and carbon dioxide can find their way into your home’s ventilation system. As the air flows through the ductwork, it delivers these substances into the room. Some air purification equipment filters the air and removes these poisons before they reach your living environment. Freestanding purifiers can remove certain types of pollutants after the air exits a ventilation system. The purifiers then recirculate the clean air back into the room. Lowering Asthma Triggers Asthma-inducing substances such as dust, dirt, allergens and seasonal pollen, can float right through your indoor environment. Air filtration systems are designed to help reduce these irritants and improve the lives of asthma sufferers. Using an in-duct air purifier in...

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Why Do It Yourself Electrical Work Isn’t the Best Option

July 15, 2019

Doing electrical work on your own may seem like a great way to save money. But is it really worth the risk? Perhaps you should consider hiring a professional electrician to get the job done. Here are three reasons you may want to consider a licensed contractor. 1. You Want to Be Safe Working with electricity on your own can be very dangerous and unpredictable. Hiring a professional greatly reduces the potential for any major accidents or serious damage. Skilled electricians are capable of producing quality work and keeping all hazards to a minimum. Thanks to proper training, electricians know how to follow the proper safety procedures for a smooth experience. 2. You Don’t Want to Waste Time If you haven’t had previous training in electrical work, you’ll likely be very confused as to what exactly you’re supposed to do. Electrical wiring can be quite complicated, and you’ll likely spend too much time trying to figure out what to do and what you’ll need for the job. There’s also the possibility that you could do everything completely wrong and will have to start all over. Skilled electricians know how to do the job correctly the first time and will ensure...

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How to Fix Uneven Cooling in Your Home

July 5, 2019

Uneven cooling in your home means that there are differences in temperature across different rooms. You may also feel a difference in air pressure and airflow throughout your home. There are some ways that you can make cooling more uniform throughout your house, but you may need to have your AC unit checked out by a helpful technician from in Kirkland, Washington. Controlling the Air Vents Did you know that you can close off certain air vents in particular rooms and redirect the airflow to other areas of the house? It is best to do this in the lower portion of the house because hot air rises. Also, be sure to uncover and remove obstructions from any vents upstairs so that the air can flow freely out of them. Fixing Attic Insulation Gaps in the attic insulation in your home can allow hot air to get in the upper levels of your house. Cool air will flow right out of those spaces, too. Cleaning Air Filters Air filters accumulate dust when they are not changed frequently enough. If you allow one filter to clog up, the air will not flow adequately in that room. Repairing Cracked Ductwork Any leaks in...

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3 Easy Ways to Be More Energy Efficient

July 1, 2019

Of course, you want your home in Seattle to be as comfortable as possible, but at what cost? It’s no secret that the demands the scorching summer months have on your HVAC system can make your energy bills add up quickly. Luckily, there are some things you can do to combat this. Use these tips below to become more energy efficient. Update Your System How old is your actual air conditioning unit? If it’s more than 10 years old, you may want to consider updating it to a more energy-efficient model. Modern air conditioners are designed with low power usage in mind. In fact, the money you spend replacing your unit is almost outweighed by the money saved on energy bills over time, making it an even wiser investment financially. You can replace the AC unit or your entire HVAC system, depending on your needs and your budget. Check the Filters and Registers Dust and debris can accumulate over time in the air filters and registers of any HVAC system. Over time, this will block the airway, making it harder for the system to distribute cold air around the house. This causes your system to have to work harder, using...

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Will Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Save Money?

June 30, 2019

If you want to save money on your utility bills, you might try closing the air vents in rooms you don’t use. In theory, this sounds like a way to avoid paying for heating and cooling costs in parts of the house that aren’t utilized. Unfortunately, it isn’t going to work out the way you might think. How Closing Vents Affects Your System Individuals tend to close vents because they believe an AC system will just ignore the closed-off part of the house. However, the reality is that an HVAC unit is designed to work with all the ductwork and vents in the home. It will still try to put out the same level of cooled or heated air. The only difference is that there will be more pressure in your ducts since some of the vents will not release that air properly. Closed Vents Reduce Efficiency Does this mean that closing vents just results in the same utility bill you would get with all the vents open? Not exactly. It turns out that your HVAC system actually has to work harder when vents are closed. It senses an increased pressure, so the blower motor will ramp up in an...

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