Sunset Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Gig Harbor’

It May Be Time to Replace Your Front Door

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Unless you can’t lock a door that needs to be secured, you probably don’t think about your doors all that much, right? But, front doors deserve a lot more attention than they usually get. They’re important for function, of course, but they also complement the visual aesthetics of your home–and if yours isn’t filling either one of these needs anymore, it could be time to replace.

We’ve shared some more specific signs below, that it is indeed time to replace your front door. Read on to learn more!

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Don’t Let Drafty Doors Empty Your Wallet

Monday, 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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Do You Need New Windows or Doors?

Monday, 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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Why Your Air Filter Matters (It’s Not What You Think!)

Monday, July 29th, 2019

man-holding-air-filterThere’s a fairly common misconception out there about air filters. Many homeowners believe that its only purpose is to prevent allergens and pollutants from entering and contaminating your indoor air—and that’s the reason technicians tell you to clean or replace it once a month. This isn’t the whole truth, however.

The air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is in place to do more than just preventing allergens from moving back into your airstream. It actually blocks dirt, dust, and other debris from the inside of your air conditioner, protecting the system itself! When an air filter is too dirty, though, the impact on your air conditioner can be just as negative. Wondering why? Read on!

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Signs You Should Replace Your Electrical Service Panel

Friday, August 15th, 2014

A faulty electrical service panel in a home places it in danger. The service panel is where the main power line from outside a home enters and is routed throughout the electrical system. The panel also disconnects circuits if excess electricity flows through them by tripping circuit breakers. If the panel starts to malfunction to the point that it can no longer function correctly, not only will it risk shutting down all electricity to the house, it will put it at risk of electrical fires.

If you have an older service panel, you need to pay attention to signs that it may need replacement—before it fully fails. If you detect any of the warning signs below, call an electrician right away to inspect the panel and see if it needs repairs or a complete replacement.

For all your electrical needs, large and small, you can rely on the many years of experience at Sunset Air. We have served the South Puget Sound and Southwest Washington areas with excellent electrical repairs for almost 40 years.

Warnings That You May Need a New Electrical Service Panel

  • Constantly tripping circuit breakers: When a panel begins to wear down, it will be more susceptible to power surges through the wires, and consequently will start to disconnect circuits more often. This can also happen because your home energy needs have surpassed the capacity of the service panel. If you find that you are resetting breakers a few times a week, when before you rarely had to resent them more than a few times a year, then the panel is warning you that it needs serious repairs or a full replacement.
  • Evidence of electrical fires in the panel: Wires that wear down inside an electrical panel can create fires. These often quickly burn themselves out, but they will leave behind signs that they’ve occurred. If you smell an acrid odor from the panel, or notice charring and discolored marks around the circuit breakers, you’ve probably had an electrical fire in the panel. You need to call for professional assistance right away.
  • Breakers will not remain reset: Resetting a tripped breaker should take care of a problem under normal circumstances. But if you discover that a reset circuit breaker in the panel won’t stay reset, or it does not restore power, then you may have a faulty service panel. A professional electrician will be able to determine what the problem is and the best way to fix it.

If you still have an old fuse box rather than a modern service panel with circuit breakers, then you definitely need to have a replacement: fuse boxes are out of date and insufficient for modern electrical needs.

When you have an electrician in Gig Harbor, WA from Sunset Air replace your service panel with a new model, your home will benefit from increased safety and convenience. Contact us for all your electrical needs—we’re available 24 hours a day.

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