Sunset Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Lakewood’

How Clean Is the Air You Breathe?

Monday, August 24th, 2020

We can’t answer this question through a blog post, but what we can do is offer some advice and tips on how to make your home’s air more healthy and breathable in general.

After all, preventing germ transmission is a hot topic these days! Amid the Coronavirus outbreak and related news, families are seeking ways to keep their homes as healthy as possible.

Of course, we cannot guarantee that the products and services we offer will significantly reduce this kind of risk and we urge you to follow CDC guidelines as well as our state mandates in this case.

Additionally, we can inform you of our products and services that will help keep your home’s air cleaner and your family healthier and more comfortable in general. By implementing the right practices in your living space, including covering your mouths when you cough or sneeze and washing hands, you and your family can improve your immunity and ideally limit your risk of germ and virus transmission. Read on to learn how!

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Here’s Why You Should Maintain Your Generator!

Monday, February 24th, 2020

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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Ductless Heating Problems You Should Watch for

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

ductless-mini-splitNow that the daily temperature is hovering around the mid-40s, you’re probably relying on your ductless mini split system quite a lot to keep comfortable. More demand on the system will increase the wear and tear it accumulates over time. That means that you have a higher chance of malfunctions occurring during the winter than at other times of the year. While you’re relying on your ductless mini split that often, it’s important that you keep an extra-sharp eye out for signs that the system is struggling with something. The faster you can identify a problem with the system, the faster you can have it repaired and the more damage you can prevent. Let’s have a look at some of the more common ductless heating issues you should watch for this heating season.

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Air Conditioning Problems to Know About

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

air-conditionerWe may be getting close to the end of summer, but you’re probably still relying on your air conditioner on a regular basis to keep your home comfortable. As long as you’re using your air conditioner for multiple hours a day, you still need to keep an eye on the system for any developing issues. Have a look at some common air conditioning problems you may have to deal with over the next few weeks, and their warning signs.

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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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7 Steps to Save Energy Through the Winter Season

Thursday, October 30th, 2014


7 Steps to Save Energy Through the Winter Season

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What’s at Risk with Amateur Window Service for Installation

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

You may not consider installing a window a job that requires professionals. Certainly, professional service sounds nice… but it isn’t 100% necessary. After all, it’s just a window: set it in place, make sure it’s attached, and that’s it.

But let us assure you, based on our many decades of professional work with numerous types of windows and doors, correctly installing a window—and installing the right type of window—requires far more professional skill than you think. The consequences of poor window installation are also high, and any money you might save upfront by choosing to have a non-professional handle the job will soon vanish and you’ll find yourself suffering from discomfort, higher bills, and a generally unpleasant looking new installation.

For quality window service in Lakewood, WA from an experienced team, look to Sunset Air. We will help you dodge these pitfalls of amateur window installation:

Energy Inefficiency

Windows have many energy efficiency ratings on them that explain how well the window stops the movement of heat, blocks UV radiation, and reflects back light. But none of these ratings will mean much if the window goes into place poorly, with ineffective caulking and numerous air gaps, or bad placement where the window allows in too much direct sun. This will mean a house that permits too much heat to enter in warm months, and too heat to escape in the cold months. The house will lose a great deal of energy, and your utility bills will start to mount from overuse of the heater and air conditioner. And it isn’t only poor fitting of the window into place that can cause this. If the installers select the wrong type and material for the window, it will also create energy efficiency problems.


Going hand-in-hand with energy inefficiency is the way a badly installed window will make your house less comfortable. A drafty window can be miserable during winter, and a window that allows in too much direct sunlight along with humid air in the summer can make your house unpleasant and stuffy. (Direct sunlight will also affect your furnishings, leading to fading.)

Windows That “Don’t Work”

A sloppy installation job can result in windows that don’t open and close well, whether shuttered windows, sliding windows, or crank window. The windows will stick and close unevenly, as if they were already warped and excessively worn. With the extra strain placed on the moving parts, the new window will not last long before it need to either be fixed or replaced.

When you have skilled window installers on the job, you can expect to have an attractive window effectively placed so that that will contribute to a comfortable and energy-efficient home—as well a beautiful home. Call on the more than 35 years of experience at Sunset Air when it comes to window service in Lakewood, WA.

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Understanding the Heat Efficiency Numbers for Windows

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

A window is more than glass or other transparent material in a frame. A window forms a part of the energy system in your home, and the right selection and placement of new windows can make a difference in how well your home is heated and cooled.

A key part of understanding the role of windows in energy efficiency is knowing how to read the energy-performance labels from the National Fenestration Rating Council, a nonprofit industry-recognized certifying body for windows and doors. NFRC labels appear on all windows that have met the council’s standards, and contain a list of efficiency numbers. There is also an ENERGY STAR label from the U.S. Department of Energy that identifies the climate for which the window is certified.

If this already sounds like it’s too complicated, you don’t need to worry: if you hire experience professionals for your new window installation, they will guide you toward the energy-efficient window for your construction project that will reduce your costs for heating and cooling. Sunset Air offers quality window services in Lakewood, WA that combine experience and professionalism to make sure that you receive precision window installation.

The Efficiency Numbers to Look For

  • U-factor: This is the measure of the heat loss through a window. The lower the number, the more the window inhibits heat flow and the higher its insulating ability. Generally, the U-factor for a window will be between 0.2 and 1.2.
  • Solar heat gain coefficient: The SHGC indicates how well the window blocks radiant heat; i.e. the heat produced from direct sunlight on the window. The SHGC number is the fraction of the radiant solar energy that passes through the window. It is expressed as a number between 0 and 1, and the lower the fraction, the better the window restricts heat.
  • Visible transmittance: The amount of visible light that enters the window. Like SHGC, it is measures from 0 to 1. The higher the number, the more visible light enters your home.
  • Air leakage: A measure of the cubic feet of air that passes through a window per square foot of window area. The lower this number, the less air will escape through the window. Keep in mind that poor installation will increase air escape, so the air leakage number is only meaningful with skilled installation.
  • Condensation resistance: This rating expresses how well the window stops the development of condensation formation on its interior surface. The higher the number (expressed between 0 and 100), the better the window is at preventing condensation.

Your professional window installers will help you with each of this efficiency numbers, and they will know the ratings that a window must score for NFRC certification. They also will identify the proper ENERGY STAR windows for your climate. Best of all, the professionals will make sure that the window is set and sealed into place so that it can live up to its efficiency numbers and do the job it is supposed to.

Since 1976, Sunset Air has helped homeowners with in Lakewood, WA with window services, door and skylight installation, and other home improvements. For all your window needs, contact our team.

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Benefits of Professional Window Installation

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Window installation may seem like a simple job: fit the window into the open space and secure it. But the task requires far more skill than that, and the consequences of a badly installed window can be expensive and inconvenient.

If you are building a new home or renovating your current one, do not try to handle window installation yourself or delegate it to inexperienced amateurs. Call up a professional and respected company like Sunset Air, where we have more than 35 years of history with door and window installation in Lakewood, WA and throughout the South Puget Sound and Southwest Washington areas.

Here Are 3 Reasons to Rely On Professional Window Installation

  1. Speed: If you’ve ever tried to put in a window on your own (and we hope you haven’t), you will have discovered how difficult it is. It’s time-consuming and not a task that you can handle using only one person, and the lengthy time it takes to complete means you’ll end up with a long uncomfortable period in your home with an open gap where the window is supposed to be. But professional window installers who are used to handling multiple jobs every week can have your windows put in place and caulked and sealed in no time at all.
  2. Energy efficiency: A window does more than permit light into your home and allow you a view to the outside. It is also a source of heat and a potential place for heat to escape. The wrong type of window placed in an incorrect location and installed poorly will become a point of energy-waste in your home. You will lose heat through poor sealing and gain excess heat from bad positioning, and end up with an uncomfortable interior and a heating and cooling system that has to work overtime to compensate. Professional installers will make sure that any window they install will help your home’s energy efficiency, not harm it.
  3. Pleasing design: Remember that professional window installation isn’t just about putting the window in place. It’s also about selecting the right window to fit in with your décor. With professional installers on the job, you are more likely to have a window that becomes an attractive part of your home’s interior and exterior, rather than a bland functional item.

Sunset Air does more than professional window installation in Lakewood, WA. We offer installation of interior and exterior doors and skylights. If you are building or remodeling a home, call our door and window experts today, or visit our window showroom to get a direct look at the variety that we can offer your house.

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