S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Seattle’

You May Not Have Enough Insulation in Your Home

Monday, 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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What Can I Do for Better Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, 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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Duct Services Means Better Air Quality and More!

Monday, 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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A Healthier Household for Winter with a UV Air Purifier

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

Monday, 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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Why It’s Important to Schedule Heating Maintenance in Fall

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

We all know that tense moment when we first turn on our heating system: will it start up? One of the best ways ensure that this moment isn’t so tense is to schedule heating maintenance in Seattle, WA. There are multiple benefits to scheduling heating maintenance, and doing it in the fall season helps get you and your system ready for the cold winter weather that’s coming. It’s best to hire trained and certified professionals for all heating work, so if you are ready for fall maintenance, call the people you can count on: the NATE-certified technicians of S&L Mechanical.

What Happens During a Heating Maintenance Appointment?

Here is a general overview of what happens during a routine heating maintenance appointment: 

  • Check thermostat settings
  • Tighten all electrical connections; measure voltage and current on motors
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Inspect the condensate drain in your furnace or heat pump
  • Check controls of the system to ensure proper and safe operation
  • Check all fuel connections, the burner assembly and heat exchanger
  • Conduct safety checks
  • Test system’s performance

What Are the Benefits of Scheduling Maintenance?

There are several benefits you can gain from scheduling fall maintenance for your heating system:

  • Prevents premature aging – a system that operates for long periods of time without maintenance usually operates under pressure. Why? The components are dirty and worn, and as such, cannot operate optimally.
  • Increases energy efficiency – when your components are not clean and have a level of wear and tear from usage, it can be hard for your system to operate as efficiently as it should. The cleaning, adjusting and lubrication that these components receive during routine maintenance allows them to run optimally, so your system can, too.
  • Reduces repairs – during maintenance, your system is thoroughly inspected by the technician. This inspection allows the technician to detect any problems that may have developed. Early detection helps you get ahead of repairs that can become large and costly.

Maintenance helps prepare your heating system for the winter. To schedule your fall heating maintenance in Seattle, call S&L Mechanical today!


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3 Benefits of Going Ductless

Friday, September 26th, 2014

If your home does not have any ducts installed, you could call a contractor to add ductwork onto the home before installing your new heating and air conditioning system. However, this can be quite a hassle, taking up too much of your time and disrupting the daily activities around the house.

One alternative that is gaining popularity these days is a ductless mini split system. These systems use the same type of outdoor compressor unit as other central air conditioners, but without requiring a forced air system. Instead, air is distributed to the home via indoor air handlers that blow air directly into the rooms.

Learn more about the benefits of these high-performance systems below.

No Ducts!

While this point seems obvious, there are many benefits of going ductless that you may be unaware of. Ducted heating and air conditioning systems may be inefficient because air can easily escape through some areas of the ducts. In fact, duct losses are responsible for up to 30% of energy loss in some homes, which means you’re not getting as much heating or cooling as you need, resulting in poor performance and inefficiency.

Comfort for the Whole Family

Sometimes, a member of your family has special temperature needs that requires keeping a certain room cool at all times. Or, someone in the household wants to keep their own room warmer than the rest of the house. Ductless air conditioners come with built-in zone control because there are multiple units around the home. Each indoor air handler has its own thermostat, so you can choose the temperature in individual areas of the house.

Energy Savings

Finally, the money you save will likely be worth the initial investment. Zone control systems are generally cost effective because they allow you to choose to shut off the air conditioning in unoccupied areas of the home, so you won’t pay to cool a space that goes largely unused at certain times. Besides, most ductless units have high efficiency ratings, and many have a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) that is well above the average for AC units today.

To get ductless air conditioning in Seattle, WA, call the cooling experts at S&L Mechanical today!

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Ways to Minimize Air Conditioning Repairs

Friday, September 19th, 2014

As the owner of an air conditioning system in Seattle, WA, it is very likely that, at some point, you will need to schedule an appointment for repair. While there is no way to completely avoid ever having to make a repair to your air conditioner, there are some preventative measures you can take to help reduce the amount of problems you experience. It is important, though, to have a company you rely on for those times when you need repairs, and the trained technicians at S&L Mechanical are available to help you 24/7.

Ways to Help Minimize AC Repairs

While we don’t recommend performing your own air conditioning repair work, there are a few steps you can take to help minimize the amount and impact of repairs:

  • Change the filter regularly – a clogged air filter can cause a number of problems with your air conditioning system, including restricted air flow, strain to your system and potential breakdown. It’s recommended that your air filter be changed every 3 months to ensure continued effectiveness and to avoid problems.
  • Make needed repairs – are you ignoring the signs or sounds of problems in your air conditioning system? Operational issues usually don’t go away on their own, and typically get worse with time. Making needed repairs as they occur not only takes care of that particular problem, but helps reduce the chances of a secondary problem developing.
  • Schedule bi-annual maintenance – maintenance is one of the best ways to keep your air conditioning system running optimally while also preventing repair. During a maintenance appointment, your system is thoroughly inspected, adjusted, lubricated and repaired as necessary. Maintenance allows the technician to detect problems and fix them, rather than having these issues develop into potentially large and costly repairs.

Having to repair your air conditioner is part of ownership, but following the suggestions above can help you reduce the amount of repairs your system may need. Experiencing problems now? Call S&L Mechanical today and schedule air conditioning repairs in Seattle.

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Why It’s Important to Hire Professionals for Air Conditioning Service

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Some household tasks are great to do yourself, like yard work or indoor cleaning. But there are other household tasks that aren’t good to take on, such as repairs or other services needed for your air conditioner. Air conditioners are complex systems that require extensive working knowledge of both electrical and mechanical components and systems. Unless you have this knowledge, it’s best to hire professionals for all your air conditioning service needs. S&L Mechanical technicians are NATE-certified and available 24/7 to help you with all your AC needs.

Reasons to Hire a Professional

There are several reasons why it’s important to hire professionals for all of your air conditioning work:

  • Mistakes can cost money – one of the main attractions of working on anything in your home yourself is that you can save money. However, if you do not have the experience you need to work on your air conditioning system, it is very likely that you will make mistakes – and mistakes can cost you money.
  • Speed – no one wants to sweat it out on a hot day, especially when there’s a whole-home air conditioner in the property. Certified professionals conduct AC repair work every day; this makes them both efficient and fast. Will you be able to make repairs as quickly?
  • Safety – air conditioners are connected to your home’s electricity; additionally, they use refrigerant, for which you have to be certified. Both of these items can make working on an air conditioner very unsafe if you don’t know exactly what you are doing.
  • Specialized tools – your AC technician will have all the tools he/she needs at the ready – do you have all the correct tools, or do you need to purchase them?
  • You may find other problems – it is not unusual for a technician to begin work on your air conditioning system and find that there are other existing problems. Are you prepared for this possibility and can you make those repairs yourself on a timely basis?

There is household work that is perfect to do yourself, but repairing your air conditioning system is not a good choice. S&L Mechanical has the trained and certified technicians you need for any air conditioning service in Seattle. Call us today and schedule an appointment.

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What Are My Options for Air Conditioning Installation?

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Replacing or installing a new air conditioner is an excellent idea for the fall. As you start to use your old AC less, you’ll have a good window of opportunity to upgrade to a fresh unit with superior efficiency and many years of trouble-free service ahead of it.

You have more choices for ACs than you may think: home comfort technology continues to evolve at a rapid rate. We’ve listed below some of the available options for your new air conditioning system. If the choices feel a bit bewildering, don’t let it concern you too much; you should contact professionals and let them help you make the decision. Afterwards, rely on them for the skilled installation that will take care of the job quickly and accurately.

For quality air conditioner service in Seattle, WA, you can trust to S&L Mechanical. Our technicians are available around the clock in case of emergencies.

High Velocity Air Conditioners

A high velocity AC is an excellent choice for homes that lack sufficient room for large ducts, and they also supply cooling that’s extremely energy-efficient and effective. These systems use small ducts and high-pressure airflow that distributes cooling rapidly throughout a room.

Heat Pumps

The standard heat pump that hooks up to a ventilation system is a great option for replacing an old air conditioner because it solves two problems at once: it delivers cooling and heating using the same process. Heat pumps use less energy in heating mode than most electric and gas furnaces and boilers, and they provide a great way to lower your bills while keeping a home comfortable throughout the year.

Ductless Mini Splits

This is another choice that works well for homes that lack room for ducts. But they are also excellent for remodeling, new home construction, or if you have concerns about indoor air quality. Instead of using standard ducts, ductless mini splits use individual blowers distributed throughout a home to send cooled air directly into rooms. You receive the power of a central AC with the point-cooling ability of window units. They can also be installed as heat pumps.

Geothermal Cooling

People sometimes think that geothermal power is only useful for heating. It’s not true! A geothermal heat pump can also supply a home with cooling at a level even more effective and efficient than a standard air conditioner. Geothermal systems also have immense longevity—and they aren’t as arduous to install as you may imagine.

Not every system is ideal for every house. Call in HVAC experts to look over your home and property so they can tell you what systems rank among your best options. You can count on S&L Mechanical to give you the answers you need… followed by the installation service that will take good care of your home and everyone in it. Look to us for air conditioner service in Seattle, WA.

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