S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog

Heating System Malfunctions Can Strike Early—Be on the Lookout!

October 8th, 2018

surprised-womanIt’s cooling down as we settle into Seattle’s fall season. Heaters will start turning on in the evenings and maybe stay on longer and longer during the days. But just because your home’s heating system isn’t yet doing its full workload—that will have to wait until January—doesn’t mean it will run without any problems. Your heating system may need repairs at any time, especially if it hasn’t had its regular fall maintenance.

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Install a High-Efficiency Furnace This Fall

September 24th, 2018

house-dollar-signsWelcome to the first official week of fall!

What are you planning this season to make sure your family stays comfortable during the upcoming cool weather? You may have suspicions about your current furnace’s abilities. Maybe it needed repairs last year, or it’s starting to cost a small fortune to run. It might be so old you’re concerned it will fail on you the next time you need it (which will be in a few months, maybe earlier). If any of these are the case, we recommend calling us for help. The situation may only call for furnace repair in Bellevue, WA—or it might be time to put in a new furnace.

When it is time to replace your furnace, we advise you give some serious consideration to a high-efficiency unit.

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Ways HVAC Pros Can Help Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

September 10th, 2018

woman-with-allergiesIf you’ve been on our homepage, you’ll notice a big button that reads “I Want Cleaner Air.” You may not know this, but along with providing excellent service for air conditioning and heating to the Bellevue area, we also help with indoor air quality improvements. IAQ is connected to the ventilation in your house, and our technicians have many ways to add air quality devices and make other adjustments to deliver cleaner air all around the rooms.

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Air Conditioning Repairs Are Still Crucial at the End of Summer!

August 27th, 2018

technician-checking-on-ac-pressureWe can’t say for certain how many remained days of summer warmth to expect. Summer has a calendar end date, but the summer weather doesn’t. For this reason, air conditioner repairs don’t have a calendar end date either. As we move toward the last full month of official summer, the ACs in our homes will continue to perform an essential service—and keeping up with repairs is an essential part of ensuring they can do this service!

No matter the type of late-season air conditioning repair in Bellevue, WA you might need, rely on our team of HVAC technicians. We have emergency services available 24 hours a day, and we have certification from leading industry organizations such as NATE (North American Technician Excellence). We’ll treat you as if you’re our only customer—that’s how important your satisfaction is to us.

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Did You Have Your AC Maintained in Spring? Here’s How You Benefited!

August 13th, 2018

money-into-piggy-bankTaking care of your air conditioning in Bellevue, WA is a big part of our job. One of our strongest recommendations for our customers is to sign up for our regular maintenance program to take care of their cooling and heating systems. During spring AC maintenance, our technicians inspect and tune-up a home’s air conditioning system to help it perform its best over the coming summer.

“Hey, that’s great—but I already signed up and had my AC tuned-up.” That’s great—and we’d like to share with you how you benefited this summer because you took this important step. After all, we want you to keep current with your regular maintenance appointments: it’s good business for us and great comfort and savings for you.

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How Technology Has Pushed Energy Efficiency in the Last 5 Years

July 30th, 2018

air-conditioner-on-leavesThe air conditioning system has been around for over a century. The first electro-mechanical model was installed in a Chicago paper plant in 1902. But people tend to think of air conditioning technology as static—current ACs are pretty much just the same as the air conditioners from back in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Thankfully, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, over the last 5 years of development, we’ve gone from having 16 SEER air conditioners (SEER is a measure of energy efficiency) as the highest in cooling efficiency. Now it’s common for homeowners to purchase 25 SEER air conditioners.

What got us to this point? How has technology increased air conditioning energy efficiency so high in so short a time?

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What to Do If Your Air Conditioner Stops Working

July 16th, 2018

woman-in-front-of-fan-hand-on-headOn a hot summer day, the last thing you want to happen in your home is to have the air conditioning system stop working on you. Maybe the air coming from the vents has turned to room temperature, or maybe no part of the AC is coming on at all. Whatever the case, when this happens you’ll be trapped with a hot and stuffy house until the problem is solved.

And it can be solved, so don’t worry. You can take a few steps to see if there’s a simple solution to this air conditioning dilemma. If there isn’t, we recommend you call for air conditioning repairs in Bellevue, WA or the surrounding areas with our experts. We’ll get to the bottom of the AC malfunction fast and have your cooling restored to you, whatever it takes.

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Are There Good Reasons to Install Ductless Air Conditioning?

July 2nd, 2018

ductless-unit-blowing-cold-airYou may have heard about ductless air conditioning systems, also known as ductless mini split heat pumps. (There are “cooling only” models, but most are heat pumps capable of working in heating and cooling modes.) Ductless mini splits are common in many parts of the world, such as Japan and throughout Europe. They’re becoming more popular here in the U.S. as an alternative to either using a central system with ductwork or window air conditioning units.

You may not have considered going with a ductless system for your next HVAC installation simply because you don’t know much about them or haven’t seen them in action. We think you should give them some serious thought, because there are some good reasons to have them installed. Here are situations where ductless mini splits are an excellent choice:

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4 Best AC Practices for Increasing Energy Efficiency in Your Home

June 18th, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverSavvy homeowners know that the best way to cut costs is by reducing their bills. Naturally, running your air conditioning system as efficiently as possible is one way to save a little extra every month.

Many efficiency issues can be resolved from the very outset—your HVAC contractor in Bellevue, WA should install a unit that works best for your needs.

But after that, the rest is up to you and how you choose to run your unit. Here are four things you can do to increase energy efficiency in your home.

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Is a Heat Pump Always a Better Choice Than an AC?

June 4th, 2018

air-conditioner-unitYou’re thinking about getting a new cooling system installed for your home. It might be a new house getting its first cooling system, or it be might a replacement for an AC system you’ve had for years. Whatever the case, you’ll face a few important choices. One of those is whether you should have a standard air conditioner installed or a heat pump. A heat pump is essentially an air conditioner that can switch the direction it works so it can change over to heating a home as well.

“That’s neat,” you might say. “I’ll get the heat pump!”

Heat pumps are great, but it isn’t always as simple as that. Let’s delve deeper into the choice between a standard air conditioning system and a heat pump system.

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