February 22nd, 2021
If you’re anything like the average homeowner, then chances
are you don’t think about this on a regular basis, but… modern homes are
constructed with energy efficiency in mind.
What does this mean? Well, they are built very “tightly” so that they do not allow any air conditioning or heating out, or any outdoor elements in. Many factors help with this, such as the right insulation, weatherstripping, and keeping your doors and windows shut while your HVAC systems are in operation.
However, keeping your doors and windows closed won’t do that
much good if they need to be upgraded. Drafty doors and windows losing their
seal could cause your home to lose a lot of energy, leading you to turn the
thermostat lower or higher than it needs to be (depending on the season). Read
on as we uncover a couple of reasons to consider window or door upgrades.
February 8th, 2021
Buying a home for the first time is one of the most exciting
milestones many people go through. One of the other most exciting milestones
there is involves remodeling that home to get the exact vision you wanted when
you moved in.
There are a lot of factors to keep in mind with a remodel, however. You want to ensure everything is up to code. More importantly, you want to make sure everything is safe. This is especially true if you have pets or young kids in the household.
There are no exceptions when it comes to window replacements
during your remodel. Read on as we uncover how you can replace your windows
while keeping safety in mind.
January 27th, 2021
Our very own manager, Bill Krier, was recently interviewed by Thurston Talk, speaking to how much window and door replacements can save homeowners.
We’re honored to have this opportunity to speak to a wider audience and to be a part of this publication. Check out the article here!
Our expertise spans beyond HVAC–we also manage your electrical, water heater, and window and door replacement needs. Contact us today!
January 25th, 2021
Do you ever give much thought to what state your windows are
in? Unless you have obvious damage to them, chances are that no, you don’t
think about them too much. But the thing is, if your home is 20+ years old, and
if your windows are aluminum or wood-framed, you could have some issues you don’t
Windows play a number of roles in your home. First, there’s
curb appeal. Newer windows can increase the value of your home and make it look
more attractive for potential homebuyers. Then, there’s efficiency—windows help
prevent heat transfer so your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the
summer. Lastly, there’s safety to consider—old, shoddy windows can become a
danger, particularly if you have small children or pets who can access them. Read
on as we uncover some of the top signs that your home is in need of new
January 11th, 2021
If you’re like most homeowners in the Olympia area, you want
your household to operate as efficiently as possible. After all, higher
efficiency equals cheaper operating costs. The good news is, there are a number
of ways you can actually improve energy efficiency within your home.
From making sure you’re using your HVAC systems effectively and having them well maintained to upgrading to LED lighting, there’s a lot you can do! One more energy-efficient upgrade you can make that not too many people think about is installing new windows.
How exactly does this improve efficiency? Read on to find
December 28th, 2020
Are you one of the many homeowners considering more
efficient and effective ways to heat or cool your home this year? Then you’d do
well to consider the installation of a ductless system! Rather than functioning
via a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and outdoor
evaporator unit, ductless systems use one small outdoor unit connected to up to
4 indoor air handlers—but these air handlers are very small and can be mounted
up on the wall, out of anybody’s way.
Each air handler is connected to the outdoor unit via a
conduit that runs behind the drywall thanks to a small hold drilled at the top
of the wall. These conduits contain refrigerant, the power cord, and the
Ductless systems are very unique HVAC systems, and due to
this have very unique needs. Not to worry though, this doesn’t necessarily mean
that there are disadvantages to going ductless—it just means that if you’re
going to have one of these systems installed; the job should be done by a pro.
Read on to learn why!
December 14th, 2020
Hopefully, you’ll never run into this problem at all!
Ideally, you’ll have kept up on your annual maintenance appointments for your
furnace to ensure that it works efficiently, effectively, and—perhaps most
importantly—reliably. When well maintained, a furnace can last about 10-15
years. Beyond that point, it’s time to consider replacement, especially if the
system is showing excessive signs of wear and tear or just not working like it
But no matter the age of your furnace, if it fails on you in
the middle of a fall or winter day, you’re going to be pretty miserable, right?
Well, what if that doesn’t have to be the case? When you’re heater fails, the
first thing you should do is call our team for repairs. Then, while you wait
for our techs to arrive, you can work to keep yourself and your household warm
November 30th, 2020
There are a
lot of homeowners stressing about how different the holidays are going to look
this year, which is understandable. Families across the country aren’t able to
get together due to health concerns, traveling is questionable for many folks.
still much to look forward to, however! For example, if you’re like many
homeowners who enjoy decorating your home for the holidays, it’s your season to
you attempt to challenge Clark Griswold outside your house, consider this—is your
electrical panel ready for the increased demand? Also referred to as the breaker
box, this component is tasked with safely touring electrical current to and
from the various electrical appliances and fixtures in and outside your home.
An overloaded electrical panel, however, will lead to expensive problems and
even potential safety hazards.
to learn if you may need an electrical panel upgrade before touching those
outdoor holiday lights.
November 16th, 2020
Winter will be here before we know it, and we would like to
help you prepare! Sure, it might not get as chilly here as other parts of the
country, but our winters pack quite the punch. And that requires a fully functioning
heater that works powerfully and effectively.
Having a great heater in place means many things—it means
having a system you can rely on and a system that doesn’t cost you an arm and a
leg to use. That’s right, you want that heater that works as efficiently as possible. After all, it
is too cold for too long for homeowners to be overpaying for winter comfort.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take towards bettering heating efficiency that will leave you spending less to heat your home this year. Read on to learn more!
November 2nd, 2020
You’re probably familiar with the “three-prong converter.” A house with old two-prong outlets won’t allow for standard three-prong plugs to connect. The solution? Pop over to the hardware store for a small converter that plugs into the outlet and then allows the three-pronged plug to fit. Done.
Except not really. Since the 1970s, major appliances are required to have three-prongs, and for good reason. It allows the appliances to work with homes that have grounded electrical outlets: that’s what a three-prong outlet is. A house with these outlets has been properly grounded. If your house is old enough that it still has two-prong outlets, we recommend you upgrade your electrical service rather than use converters, also known as “cheaters,” as a way around it.