Is a Whole House Generator Worth it?

April 17th, 2023
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Power outages in Washington state are becoming more and more frequent. In fact, according to the Department of Energy (DOE), Washington was #5 on the list of states with the most power outages in the first half of 2021. Many homeowners have begun to realize that portable generators just aren’t cutting it anymore with the frequency of power outages we experience not just in the winter, but over the summer as well.

Aside from the convenience factor, many homeowners wonder if a whole house generator installation is worth it in terms of increasing the value of their home. The answer is a resounding yes. Let’s take a look at how adding a whole house generator is considered a sound investment and should increase the value of your home.

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Sunset Air Will Be at the BIG Home & Garden Show in Lacey, WA

April 11th, 2023

Sunset Air is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Olympia Master Builders BIG Home & Garden Show. This event will be held April 22-23, 2023 at the Marcus Pavilion At Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA.

If you’re planning to attend this event, be sure to drop by our booth! We’ll be there to answer any questions that local homeowners may have about heating, air conditioning, water heaters, generators, solar, and even EV charging stations. 

We always look forward to the opportunity to talk to customers about their home’s systems. Have you been curious about heat pumps? Are you dying to add an air conditioner to your home? Want to know about PSE rebates that are available to WA state residents? This is your chance to “pick our brains” and get those burning questions answered by our courteous and informed team members. 


Admission is only $7 ($5 with a coupon) and parking is free. We’re especially excited about the Kids Lego Brick Building contest happening on Saturday, 4/22. Will we see you there? Stop by and say hello!

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3 Reasons To Always Turn to a Professional AC Contractor

April 3rd, 2023
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Have you ever complained about problems with your HVAC system to a friend, family member, or neighbor? We’d wager that a lot of the time, their response will be, “I know someone who can help with that.” You might be tempted to let an amateur take a look at your HVAC system. You reason that after all, it might not hurt.

Well, we feel like it’s our duty to tell you that doing so can result in a lot of hurt. Not only could tinkering with your expensive HVAC system result in damage to it or voiding your warranty, but it could also result in physical harm to you, your family, and your well-intentioned friend. Let’s go over the reasons why you should always turn to professional, licensed, and insured AC contractors

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What’s The Difference Between Heat Pumps & Mini Splits?

March 20th, 2023

We don’t get to say this very often, but it’s an especially exciting time in the world of HVAC! There have been so many innovations in technology and incentives being offered that you might’ve seen some HVAC headlines in the news recently.

If you’ve done any research lately about these “new” HVAC systems that are available, you might be incredibly confused by all the terminology. Central heat pumps, ductless heat pumps, mini splits, and geothermal heat pumps are just some of the terms you’ve undoubtedly encountered in your search.

Combine this with the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the state rebates that are available and savvy homeowners will want to learn about their options and why there’s never been a better time to upgrade your HVAC system.

To be an informed consumer, you need to know all your options. Let’s break down the terminology you’ve been hearing about so you’ll have all your ducks in a row when it’s time to upgrade. 

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5 Tips On Increasing Water Heater Efficiency

March 6th, 2023
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Just like your heating system, your water heater is an investment in your home’s comfort systems. When its performance suffers, your home comfort levels suffer. Lukewarm showers and low water pressure are things no homeowner wants to suffer through.

You know to replace your air filter and schedule routine maintenance to help your heater run at peak efficiency. But what can you do to help your water heater out? By following these 5 tips to boost your water heater’s efficiency, you’ll also reduce the need for repairs or water heater installation.

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Signs Your Heat Pump Needs Repair

February 20th, 2023
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Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve been known to use our heating systems through the spring until “Juneuary.” That means that in February, we’re quite often only halfway through the heating season.

If you use a heat pump to heat your home, by now you’ve probably got a good idea of how it’s been performing. 

If your heat pump’s performance has been lackluster, it might be time to call us for heat pump repair in Olympia, WA. It’s easier to ignore mediocre performance than it is to ignore a flat-out breakdown in service.

Those small issues can become large problems if they’re not addressed right away. Let’s go over the signs that mean your heat pump is struggling and when they warrant scheduling service.

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Why Ductless Heat Pumps Are Perfect for Pacific Northwest Homes

February 6th, 2023

Ductless heat pumps are an ideal 2-in-1 heating and cooling option for our mild climate here in the Pacific Northwest. If your home is due for a new heating system, and if you’ve been thinking about adding an air conditioner for our increasingly hot summers, these systems could be exactly what you need for year-round comfort. If you’re not aware of the many advantages of heat pumps, read on to learn what makes these systems so special.

It helps to know how a traditional HVAC system works in order to know how heat pumps are different. 

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When To Call For Water Heater Repair

January 23rd, 2023
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If we were to ask you which home comfort system you depend on the most, you’d probably say your heater. Although you rely on your heating system throughout much of the year here in Washington state, your water heater works just as hard.

Think about how many times in a day you depend on having hot water flow from your taps. Your water heater is a real workhorse, one that you depend on to do its job 24/7, 365 days a year. When the slightest things start to go wrong with your supply of hot water, you immediately notice. Imagine having lukewarm water when washing your hands, cold water when taking a shower, or even worse–no water at all.

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Why Your Olympia Home Needs Generator Installation

January 9th, 2023
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If you lost power in the latest storm that blanketed the Pacific Northwest with several inches of snow, perhaps you’re giving serious thought to finally having a whole home generator installed. It’s no secret that snow and wind storms that are severe enough to knock out power to thousands of Puget Sound homes are becoming more frequent.

Being without power is bad enough, but losing power during a storm that brings freezing temperatures and powerful wind gusts is even worse. A whole house generator can help get your family safely through our increasingly troublesome, bothersome, and downright dangerous winter weather.

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Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems

December 26th, 2022
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When it comes to potential energy sources for your home, most people are familiar with natural gas, solar, oil, and electricity. While these are the most well-known options, many homeowners aren’t aware that geothermal energy is an option for heating and cooling their homes.  

If you haven’t considered the benefits of a geothermal heat pump in your Lacey, WA home, listen up! The benefits of geothermal systems are numerous, especially for those who are interested in the ultimate eco-friendly method of heating and cooling a home. Keep reading to learn about these systems and how they’ll benefit your home.

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