S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog

You May Not Have Enough Insulation in Your Home

February 11th, 2019

woman-shivering-in-sweaterWe didn’t experience cold weather anything like what recently struck the Midwest and Eastern US. However, the intense cold weather can serve as a warning to everyone—many homes do not have proper levels of insulation. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association estimates that 90% of homes are under-insulated.

Poor insulation means immense amounts of energy go to waste attempting to make up for the heat that escapes through the walls of a home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a house can save around 15% on its annual heating and cooling bills with better insulation.

Newer building codes have improved insulation, but there are many older buildings still around with subpar heat sealing on them. You might be living in one of those and paying higher bills than you should without realizing it.

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Is Your Furnace Not Giving You Enough Heat?

January 28th, 2019

cold-man-with-thermostatAs long as the furnace serving your home was correctly sized when it was installed, you can expect to be able to receive the level of heating comfort necessary no matter how cold the outside weather gets. But at some point you may notice a drop in comfort, with some or all of the rooms not receiving the warmth necessary. You may be tempted to push up the thermostat setting higher than normal to compensate, but please don’t. When your furnace is having trouble keeping up, it likely needs repairs—or even a replacement.

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What Can I Do for Better Indoor Air Quality?

January 14th, 2019

woman-relaxingThis is a question we hear often from our customers in the Seattle area: “Do you have recommendations for better indoor air quality?” We understand why people ask this: indoor air quality in Seattle, WA is often quite poor, and people are becoming more aware than ever of the many pollutants that come from inside their home, rather than from outside. Homes have more insulation in them than ever before, and although this improves energy efficiency for the HVAC system (less heat loss in winter, less heat gain in summer), it also causes a drop in IAQ because there’s scant fresh air circulation to replace the stuffy and pollutant-filled indoor air.

So, back to the question …

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Make the Switch from Tank to Tankless for Your Water Heater

December 31st, 2018

tankless-water-heaterYou’ve got an ancient water heater in your home. It’s more than 15 or 20 years old, it’s unreliable, the water often doesn’t get hot enough or the hot water runs out too early. And it’s costing a fortune to run. Plus, you’ve noticed spots of rust on it. And maybe a leak…

Yes, it’s time to get a new water heater.

Before you start to consider the standard storage tank models you could have installed, we’d like you to know about the multiple benefits of tankless water heaters. You’ve probably heard about them, but do you know the advantage they can bring to a household? Going tankless might be your best way to start the New Year.

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Why Winter Can Be Rough for Your Indoor Air Quality

December 17th, 2018

winter-sceneWe offer many home comfort solutions to our customers, and people often think about quality heating and air conditioning first when it comes to comfort. But we’re also focused on providing the best indoor air quality to our customers, and IAQ is critical not only for comfort, but also for health. Better indoor air quality is part of our larger goal to provide “Quality Service for Quality Living!”

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Duct Services Means Better Air Quality and More!

December 3rd, 2018

inside-an-air-ductYou may have not realized the ductwork hidden in the walls, ceiling, and attic of your house need regular cleaning. Anything that’s disguised as well as the ductwork is something you won’t think about too often, so we understand why duct cleaning may not be a priority that’s popped into your head until now when you started reading this post.

But we’re glad we got you to think about it, because professional duct services in Seattle, WA benefit you with quality living. That’s what were all about here at S&L: Quality Service for Quality Living!

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It’s Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance

November 19th, 2018

checkmark-greenThe official start of winter is a month away, although winter temperatures never obey the calendar exactly. You might think because it’s so late in the fall and Thanksgiving is here that you’ve missed the window of opportunity to have your furnace or other home heating system given a good professional inspection and tune-up. But it’s not!

Here’s what you should keep in mind: skipping heating maintenance entirely for a year is bad news for your heater. It’s better to get it done a bit later than normal rather than skip it outright.

And right now is still not remotely too late in the season. Winter isn’t even here, so call our office and ask about our regular maintenance program. We’ll get you signed up in no time and put you on the schedule for great heating maintenance in Lynnwood, WA.

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A Healthier Household for Winter with a UV Air Purifier

November 5th, 2018

UV-air-purifier-lightNobody wants to get sick at any time of the year, but the winter season is when colds and flus can make life extremely miserable—and it’s also the season when they spread faster and can circulate easily around homes that are closed off to the cold outside air.

You can take many kinds of precautions during the winter to help keep away illness. But you may have skipped over one of the most powerful tools available to you: air purifiers to remove those harmful viruses, germs, microbes, and other Generally Icky Things™ from moving around the ducts and the spaces in your house. One of the best methods to fight winter sickness is to have an indoor air quality professional in Seattle, WA install UV air purifiers in your home.

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Warning: Never Try to Fix a Gas Furnace Yourself!

October 22nd, 2018

furnace-oldThe gas furnace—it’s probably the type of heating system you have in your home. We say this because the gas furnace is the most popular heater found in homes across the country. Natural gas is readily available (no need to schedule deliveries), less expensive than electricity, and burns hot so furnaces provide a powerful level of warmth able to deal with even the most extreme cold weather.

Another benefit of the gas furnace is its reliability if properly maintained. But a furnace can still malfunction, and during this coming winter you may find yourself in need of furnace repair in Lynnwood, WA. If that time comes, your first instinct might be to pick up some tools from the garage or basement, open the furnace cabinet, and see if there’s any basic trouble you can fix.

But please don’t do this!

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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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