Sunset Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating Maintenance’

Here’s Why You Should Schedule Your Heating Tune-Up Today!

Monday, September 20th, 2021

The official start of fall is upon us. Temperatures have already begun to cool down. And while Mother Nature might still have a couple of heatwaves up her sleeve, there’s no denying that it’s almost time for you to start using your heating system on a regular basis, but is it ready for that?

Maybe you aren’t worried about your heater’s ability to keep you warm this fall and winter. Perhaps you have no concerns about efficiency or whether your heater has repair needs that could lead to premature system breakdown. However, unless your heater is brand new, maintenance is vital.

And fall is a great time for you to arrange for a professional tune-up! We’ll thoroughly inspect your system, clean it inside and out, make adjustments as needed, and alert you to small repair needs before they grow into much bigger ones. Read on as we uncover the benefits of timely maintenance!

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How to Get Your Home Ready for Heating Season

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Snow-HomeHeating season is here, which means it’s time to start getting your home ready for the next few months of cold weather if you haven’t already. There are a lot of different things that you could do to ensure your home is properly prepared for the heating season, but we’re going to cover a couple of the most important steps to take below. Follow these tips, and you should be well-prepared for anything the winter cold can throw at you this year.

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Make Sure to Schedule Heating Maintenance in the Next Month

Monday, August 29th, 2016

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Summer is slowly coming to a close, and before long the cold weather will start to set in. Before the temperature outside drops too low, it’s important that you have your heating system examined by a professional. Read on to find out why it’s so important to schedule heating maintenance services during the fall season.

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Why You Need to Schedule Heating Maintenance This Fall

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Summer is over, and the days are starting to get colder. You may not have to run your heater to keep your home comfortable just yet, but that time is approaching soon. If you want your heater to be ready for winter, you are going to want to schedule maintenance for it this fall. Read on to find out more about the benefits of arranging for fall heating maintenance.

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7 Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

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7 Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

One of the biggest causes of poor energy efficiency in an HVAC system is leaving the heating or air conditioning on when no one is in the house. If you find that you are constantly leaving the heating or cooling on in your house, chances are you could benefit from changing to a programmable thermostat. Here is a list of 7 ways a programmable thermostat can help your HVAC system.

  • You can schedule the heating or cooling to only turn on while you are gone. This makes a huge difference in your utility bills at the end of the month.


  • Programmable thermostats do not contain toxic chemicals such as mercury. Most outdated thermostats use mercury inside the unit. It’s important to keep this in mind when disposing of it.


  • You won’t ever forget to turn off you heating or cooling system.


  • You don’t have to enter a cold home after a long day. The thermostat can be used to heat the room just before your arrival.


  • You can also adjust your thermostat to turn on just before you wake up in the morning.


  • You can set the temperatures to be different on different days of the week.


  • A programmable thermostat is a year round advantage. You can use all the same features to control heating AND cooling using only one unit.

Sunset Air wishes you a safe and warm winter. For more information on programmable thermostats, contact us by calling (360) 456-4956

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The Benefits of Switching to a Ductless System

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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The Benefit of Switching to a Ductless Heating and Cooling System Increased comfort:

Ductless heating and cooling systems are extremely efficient at distributing heat evenly throughout your living space. One indoor unit is enough to regulate the temperatures in a large space. Ductless systems are suitable for any open floor plan and are easy to control. With a duct system the air has more distance to travel before entering the room it will be heating or cooling. Duct systems can waste an average of 40% of your heating and cooling energy.

Monthly savings:

Ductless systems can replace the primary heat source in all electrically heated homes. Ductless systems heat homes for a fraction of the cost of a baseboard, electric furnaces, or wall and ceiling heaters.

Heating and cooling all in one unit:

This allows you to control your comfort no matter what season it is. With a ductless system, the heating and cooling is all done from one unit making it a great choice for controlling the temperature of your home all year round. No more external air conditioners and the maintenance that comes with them.

Easy, low-cost installation:

Ductless systems do not require costly and complicated ductwork. This allows you to set aside your worries of duct cleaning and expensive maintenance. A ductless installation can usually be completed within a couple of days.

Breathe cleaner, healthier air:

With a ductless system you can say goodbye to dirt, dust, germs, mildew, and odor causing gases. A ductless system will continuously be circulating fresh air into your living space, making it a prime choice for people who suffer from allergies.

Incentive opportunities:

Many local utility companies such as Puget Sound Energy offer cash incentives up to $1,500 for changing to a ductless system. This can make it a whole lot easier on your pockets when making the transition.

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Why Is It Important to Schedule Heating Maintenance?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The leaves are turning, and with autumn comes cool days and even cooler nights. You may not have turned your heating on yet, but winter is coming, and one of the best ways to prepare for winter is to schedule heating maintenance in Olympia, WA. Heating maintenance provides a number of benefits for you and your system, but to truly gain the benefits, maintenance should be performed by a trained and certified professional. For over 35 years, Sunset Air has helped hundreds of customers with their heating maintenance, repair and installation, and we can make sure your heating system is ready for winter this year. Call us today!

What Happens During a Heating Maintenance Appointment?

Here is a quick overview of what your technician will do during a heating maintenance appointment: 

  • Conduct thorough inspection of entire system
  • Clean, adjust and lubricate all parts as needed
  • Check burner assembly/pilot light
  • Conduct safety checks
  • Test system for performance
  • Inform customer of any problems or issues discovered during appointment

What Are the Benefits of Heating Maintenance?

Heating maintenance offers several important benefits: 

  • Better energy efficiency – when your system is dirty, dusty and has worn parts, it can’t operate at the level of energy efficiency it was made to. During a maintenance appointment, components are adjusted, lubricated and cleaned, allowing them and your system to operate optimally.
  • Helps prevent future repairs – the thorough inspection your system undergoes allows the technician to discover any existing or developing problems. Additionally, small items like worn fan belts and frayed or corroded wiring are repaired during the appointment. These actions help you get ahead of potential problems, as well as to prevent small issues from developing into big issues.
  • Extends life of equipment – when any mechanical system operates for a long period of time under stress due to lack of maintenance, premature aging can develop.  When your system is in good working order, it runs as it should, which helps elongate the life of the equipment.

Heating maintenance helps improve the overall operation of your system. Schedule your heating maintenance in Olympia, WA, call Sunset Air today!

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Why is Heating Maintenance Important?

Friday, September 26th, 2014

You probably already know that it’s a good idea to keep your heating system in good condition. Poorly maintained heaters cost you money, efficiency, and can even be dangerous to your health. What you may not know, however, is the reason why fall is the best season to get your heating maintenance done.

Let’s take a look at a couple of benefits associated with seasonal heating maintenance:


With any appliance or system, the best time for maintenance is right before heavy use. With regard to heating, this would be right before the winter months. In especially cold areas like Washington the heat is likely to be on practically every day. The last thing you want is for your heat to break under the strain of continuous use when you need it most. If for no other reason, the timing of fall maintenance is ideal.


It is far less expensive to repair a small issue with maintenance, than to replace the entire system when it breaks. The longer your system goes without regular heating maintenance, the more likely that some undiscovered problem could compromise the integrity of the entire unit. When that happens, your only choice is often to replace the unit at a heavy cost. At that point, you are both losing money and having to deal with the inconvenience of a cold house while the heating is replaced.


The lifespan of your heating system depends on a number of different factors including climate, usage, and maintenance. If one or two of those factors is favorable enough, it can compensate for poor conditions in other areas. However, neglecting things like maintenance always unnecessarily shortens the life of your heating system. The better care you provide for your heating, the longer it will last and the more money you will save. Since maintenance is one of the most important considerations for any HVAC unit, keeping up with regular heating maintenance will ensure that your unit lasts much longer.

If you need to schedule your annual heating maintenance in Olympia, call Sunset Air today. No matter where you are in the Olympia, WA area, we can make sure that your heating system keeps you warm throughout the winter.

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What Are the Benefits of HVAC Maintenance During Fall?

Friday, September 19th, 2014

It is officially fall, and many of us have shut down, or are shutting down, our air conditioners for the season. While it may be tempting to wait until spring to schedule HVAC maintenance, it is recommended that your system be scheduled for maintenance bi-annually. There are multiple benefits to scheduling maintenance in both fall and spring, particularly if you use a heat pump to cool your home. If it’s been more than 12 months since your last maintenance appointment, call Sunset Air today and schedule HVAC maintenance in Olympia, WA with one of our specialists.

Benefits of Fall HVAC Maintenance

There are several benefits to scheduling fall maintenance for your air conditioning system:

Puts Your HVAC System in Good Working Order for the Spring

It is a familiar scenario: it’s the first hot day of summer, so you turn on your air conditioner and…. nothing. Maintenance in the fall allows the technician to detect any existing or developing problems with your air conditioner that can be repaired now, not when your AC breaks down.

Helps Increase Energy Efficiency

A worn and dirty air conditioner can’t operate optimally, and as a result, will use more power to achieve your set temperature. Allowing your air conditioner to rest during the winter months when it isn’t being used doesn’t fix or clean the components in your air conditioner. Don’t wait to see your first high energy bill next year before you schedule maintenance – save yourself time and money and schedule it now.

Can Extend the Life of Your Equipment

Replacing an air conditioning system can be a costly endeavor, and one of the main causes of total system breakdown is lack of maintenance. Maintenance keeps your air conditioner and all its components working optimally, and this can help extend the life of the system. Why? Because an HVAC system that isn’t stressed is far less likely to age prematurely.

Fall offers a window of opportunity to schedule maintenance of your heating and cooling system. Call Sunset Air today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Benefits of a Routine Heating Maintenance Plan

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Washington State experiences one of the most balanced climates in the continental U.S.: we have warm summers and cold winters, but rarely lurch into the extremes of a state like Texas or Minnesota. This means that we depend equally on effective air conditioners and heaters, and that neither of them will receive the amount of use they would in states with greater temperature extremes. You may think that because of this you won’t need to get maintenance on your heater before the start of winter each year. Maybe every few years—if you even remember to do it.

However, any use that your heating system receives will cause it to suffer wear and tear. And this will get worse the longer it goes without a proper check-up, cleaning, and tune-up. We’ll discuss some of the benefits you’ll receive from enrolling in a routine heating maintenance plan.

Sunset Air offers excellent heating maintenance in Tacoma, WA, so contact us today to get started.

The main benefit of enrolling in a routine heating maintenance plan is the prevention of breakdowns. Because homeowners push their heating systems to their limits on the coldest days of the year, their heaters are most likely to break down on those days—the worst time possible! To avoid waiting in the cold for a technician to get out to you and repair your heater, have any problems in your system diagnosed and remedied before they threaten a complete breakdown. You’ll also avoid smaller, yet still expensive, repairs in the future.

A tuned-up and well-running heater means a more energy-efficient heater. With routine maintenance, you’ll have a heating system that won’t waste additional power trying to reach its target temperature. Cleaning and adjusting connections, changing filters, and tightening fan belts will all help your heater do its job better—and save you money in the process.

Fending off repairs and keeping your heater running its best will add up to a longer lifespan for it. Routine maintenance will help your heating system live up to—and probably exceed—the manufacturer’s estimated service life.

Finally, if you enroll in a maintenance plan, you won’t have to worry about forgetting to get it done each year. Your HVAC service company will contact you each year when it’s time for your regular inspection.

Sunset Air has a Preferred Service Agreement that not only provides you with heating maintenance, but also air conditioner maintenance, priority service, and a 15% discount on parts. Call us today or contact us through this website to get started with heating maintenance in Tacoma, WA.

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