What’s Going on When Your AC System Blows out Warm Air?

June 29th, 2020
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It might not get as swelteringly hot here as it does in other parts of the country, but nonetheless it is almost the hottest time of the year. So, your air conditioner is going to go through a lot of work to keep your living space cool and comfortable.

So of course, when something goes amiss, you want it fixed right away. However, an AC seemingly blowing out lukewarm air isn’t always alarming to homeowners at first—they chalk it up to it “just being a hot day” and turn their thermostat down a bit to compensate. Unfortunately, all this does is cause the air conditioner to run even longer to try, unsuccessfully, to meet the desired temperature on the thermostat. There are some troubleshooting steps you can take, which we’ll get to below, but you may need to ultimately call in a pro for AC repairs. Read on to learn more!

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Signs That Your Home Needs an Electrical Panel Upgrade

June 15th, 2020
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The electrical panel, also called the circuit breaker panel, is responsible for keeping your home’s entire electrical system running smoothly and safely. You probably don’t think much about your electrical panel, unless you have to constantly reset breakers—which is one of the signs that your home needs an electrical panel upgrade, which we’ll cover below!

If you’ve lived in your home for a few decades and have never had an electrical inspection, then this blog post is for you. Older service panels require care and attention to ensure they’re not operating in a way that’s a threat to your home or your family’s safety. If you do discover you have an urgent electrical service need, we’re the team to call! But we’d like to help you avoid electrical problems altogether, and so we have these signs to share with you:

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Don’t Ignore These Signs of Cooling System Failure!

June 1st, 2020
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Your household’s central air conditioner is one of the most important appliances there is when it comes to your comfort and quality of life, right? Well, it’s also one of the most specialized—while a homeowner can deal with some minor plumbing downtime, having a broken down air conditioner could be quite the inconvenience in the middle of summer! So taking care of your cooling system properly is imperative.

One way to do this is with routine maintenance. During maintenance, your air conditioning technician fully inspects, cleans, and adjusts your air conditioner to ensure it’s working as efficiently and effectively as possible. This helps you avoid the biggest repair needs. Of course, even with regular tune-ups, it’s important to be aware of the signs that your air conditioner might need repair work. It’s good to know these signs so you can act quickly rather than waiting for your cooling system to just completely fail on you. So, what are these signs?

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Have You Scheduled This Important AC Service Yet?

May 18th, 2020
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There’s one particular AC service we recommend to our customers each and every year that’s easy to dismiss, but we really encourage you not to—maintenance! And unless your air conditioner has broken down to the point that it’s beyond repair, it’s not too late to schedule it now.

Like auto maintenance, routine air conditioner maintenance is essential to the performance of your cooling system, and vital to repair prevention. As a trusted resource for HVAC services in Tacoma, we’re happy to share with you the many benefits of routine maintenance.

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Don’t Let Drafty Doors Empty Your Wallet

May 4th, 2020
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Drafty doors are one of the biggest threats to your indoor air quality. Without the right solutions in place, your indoor air quality can actually be worse than that of outdoors, and this is especially true if your home was built a few decades ago, or longer.

Modern homes are built very tightly, allowing for no conditioned air to escape—which is great news for your HVAC efficiency but leads to other problems of its own. We’ll get into that more below. The bottom line is, your indoor air quality threats, and solutions, have a big impact on your comfort, and your wallet. Read on to learn more!

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Have Kids? Follow These Window Safety Tips!

April 20th, 2020
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One of the many specialties we have here at Sunset Air is window installations and replacements. Many homeowners are choosing to upgrade their windows to improve the aesthetics of their living space, curb appeal, and the value of their home. This is all fantastic!

If you have kids though, there is another important factor to keep in mind—safety.

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How to Stop Your Ducts from Ruining Your Indoor Air Quality

April 6th, 2020
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There are actually a few ways to stop your ducts from ruining your indoor air quality. First off, when they’re first installed you should ensure they are done so by a highly trained and experienced team, so the job is done correctly.

Of course, most homeowners inherit their ductwork when they purchase their home. In that case, you can stop your ductwork from ruining indoor air quality by having them repaired, or replaced, when necessary. Unsure if you have an air duct problem? Call our team for an inspection!

There’s one last thing you can do that will help with this debacle, and it’s something that not a lot of homeowners consider. That’s air duct cleaning! Professional duct cleaning from an experienced team like ours keeps you from breathing in contaminants that could make even the healthiest person sick—let alone someone who already suffers from allergies and asthma.

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Increase Your Home’s Value with This Simple Replacement

March 23rd, 2020
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In today’s cost-conscious society, homeowners are always thinking of ways to save money. Well, what about ways to make money—that is, when you go to sell your home? Many people don’t necessarily want to go through the hassle of huge remodeling projects to increase their home’s value, but the truth is you don’t have to.

There is one replacement in particular that can help increase your home’s value, for a number of reasons. And that is your windows!

If you have older windows in your living space, they might not seal up as they should when closed, and could be letting drafts in or conditioned air out. They might be single-paned and incapable of preventing heat transfer. They also might be really outdated looking and unappealing to a future homebuyer. Window replacements offer a lot of benefits, each of which can increase your home’s value. Read on as we uncover some!

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Do You Need New Windows or Doors?

March 9th, 2020
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When you think about everything that goes into making your home as comfortable and healthy as possible, not to mention energy-efficient, how often do you think about your windows and doors?

The thing is, homes today are built tightly, disallowing any conditioned air to escape. Many different factors contribute to this, like the right level and type of insulation, proper weatherstripping, and keeping your windows and doors shut while you run your HVAC systems.

But, what if those windows and doors are in bad shape? Do they not close all the way? Are they old? Drafty windows and doors losing their seal can cost your home a lot of its air-conditioned or heated air. No matter the season, you may be adjusting your thermostat way more than you need to, and therefore using your HVAC systems inefficiently.

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Here’s Why You Should Maintain Your Generator!

February 24th, 2020
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There are a number of reasons you may experience a power outage. A power pole can be struck by a vehicle, in rare cases. In more common cases, stormy weather or even excessive heat requiring extended use of your AC can do the trick.

Chances are, you might not have to deal with many power outages over the course of your homeownership. But if you have to live through even just one, you’ll appreciate the convenience and reliability of a whole-house generator system. Of course, the only way to ensure its reliability is with routine generator maintenance. Why’s that?

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