S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog

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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How Are Heat Pumps Different from Standard Central ACs?

May 21st, 2018

sun-and-snowflake-badgeThe best way to describe a heat pump to somebody who is unfamiliar with them is to explain that a heat pump is similar to an air conditioner—with the important difference that a heat pump can switch the direction it works so that it will also heat the interior of a house. An air conditioner operates by evaporating refrigerant indoors to absorb heat and then condensing the refrigerant outdoors to release heat. A heat pump can do that, but it can also reverse the process so it releases heat inside.

That’s the difference in how the two operate. But what is the difference in the actual systems? What allows a heat pump to be able to change the direction it runs with only a single adjustment on the thermostat? We’ll go into those details below.

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We Recommend the Air Scrubber Plus

May 14th, 2018

tulips-in-springOne of the trickiest parts of maintaining a pleasant home environment today is managing the indoor air quality. People know how to warm up a cold house. They also know how to cool down a warm house. As long as they work with the right professional HVAC contractor, they’ll have the comfort they want. But indoor air quality is a bit trickier with so many products designed to target different types of contamination.

Our IAQ professionals know how best to solve your home’s air quality issues. One product we highly recommend is the Air Scrubber plus. We install the Air Scrubber Plus in Bellevue, WA and the surrounding areas, and we know firsthand all about the advantages of this great system.

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Watch Out for Offers of Low Cost AC Repairs This Spring!

May 7th, 2018

hand-holding-wrenchWhen the spring warmth comes along, air conditioners all around the Seattle area turn on for the first time of the year. The sound of the whirr of the AC compressors brings out a certain strange figure from the shadows: the sneaky “repair” guy who drives a van with stenciled lettering and who offers to repair air conditioning troubles for a super cheap rate.

We know it’s tempting to take a low, low cost offer to repair an air conditioner that isn’t working right, or even to have it maintained. If you’re stuck with an overheated house and you’re stressed about scheduling the work, going with the fellow who says he can do the work now and not make a big dent in your coming vacation budget may be an appealing route.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch to Cooling Mode?

April 23rd, 2018

heating-and-cooling-housesThe weather is still cool and rainy in Washington, but soon you’re going to switch your heat pump over to cooling mode for the warm middle of the year. What if that first hot day arrives and you find you aren’t getting cooling from the heat pump when you turn it on? Don’t worry, we’ll go through some of the possible reasons for this, and what to do about them. We’re here to help with any heat pump services in Bellevue, WA and the surrounding areas.

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