S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog

Is a Heat Pump Your Perfect Spring HVAC Installation?

April 8th, 2019

heat-pump-cabinetIf you’re reading this, it’s likely that you have plans to make big changes to your home’s HVAC system this spring. It’s a great season for heating and air conditioning improvements, since it comes in between the hottest and coldest times of the year. You’ll have an opportunity to think through your options, work with professionals who don’t have a hundred emergency calls on their plate, and have the new installation finished before the first heat wave arrives.

A heat pump is almost certainly on your list for a possible new installation. But is a heat pump in Bellevue, WA the right choice for your home? Let’s dive deeper into that question…

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Don’t Ignore Late Season Furnace Repair Needs

March 25th, 2019

wrenchesTemperatures are hovering around in the 50s as we move into the spring. Of course, we expect plenty of rain during the spring as well as chilly days that will require our heating system to come on. Even with warmer weather on the horizon, we recommend you stay on top of any furnace repair in Kirkland, WA you might need. Ignoring problems with a furnace so you can “deal with them” in the fall can lead to even bigger problems!

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Should You Replace BOTH Your Heater and AC?

March 11th, 2019

hot-and-cold-homesSpring is almost here, and although that doesn’t mean an automatic switch to warmer weather, it is the best time to start making plans about any big changes in your home heating and AC. Spring weather hovers pleasantly between too hot and too cold, which is an ideal situation to call on an HVAC contractor in Kirkland, WA to install new comfort systems.

This leads us to the question in the title … if you think you’re ready to replace the heating system or the air conditioning system, should you have both replaced? Let’s take a look into this.

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Cold Spots in Your House? Let’s See What We Can Do…

February 25th, 2019

cold-sweater-manHere’s a cold-weather irritation you might have pestering you: a house with cold spots scattered around it. Uneven heating can happen in a home for many reasons, and one of the basic ones is poor air balancing. This means the air coming from your furnace or heat pump isn’t being distributed equally through the ventilation system.

There are ways to improve this, and we’ve put together a few things you can try. If the problem persists, you’ll need the assistance of a professional Kirkland, WA, HVAC contractor—sometimes the cold spots and poor air balance are issues that only repairs or a replacement can fix.

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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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