S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog: Archive for May, 2018

How Are Heat Pumps Different from Standard Central ACs?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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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