Sunset Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Olympia’

3 Signs That Your Furnace Needs Help

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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If you are like many homeowners in the Tacoma area, you are likely using a furnace to heat your home and keep it comfortable during the cooler months. Furnaces are the most popular type of residential heating systems out there after all. Boilers and heat pumps certainly have their upsides, but furnaces are what we typically get the most calls about.

If you are one of these furnace owners—which we’re guessing you are since you came across this blog post—then you know they can provide powerful heating and reliable operation. But you might also know that just like any other important appliance or home comfort system, it can experience problems.

Fortunately, you don’t have to look very far to get repair services. Of course, spotting repair issues can be hard for the average homeowner. We are here to help you detect problems early on, so you know when to call us! It’s best to dial our number before you get stuck with a completely broken down or horribly malfunctioning heating system. Read on for some of the most common signs of disrepair in a furnace.

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Signs It Is Time to Call a Professional Electrician

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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If you live in an older home, it means you have older components within it. This includes your electrical wiring! Something our electricians manage a lot is the rewiring of aging homes that have outdated systems. This not only helps keep your property up to code, but also protects the safety of your home and your family.

But how would you even know if you need rewiring or any type of electrical work for that matter? The age of your home isn’t always the best indicator, since a previous homeowner may have made upgrades, or in a newer home may have added electrical components incorrectly. Fortunately, we are here to share with you a number of signs that it may be time for you to call an electrician for wiring work. Read on!

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What’s Going on When Your AC System Blows out Warm Air?

Monday, June 29th, 2020
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It might not get as swelteringly hot here as it does in other parts of the country, but nonetheless it is almost the hottest time of the year. So, your air conditioner is going to go through a lot of work to keep your living space cool and comfortable.

So of course, when something goes amiss, you want it fixed right away. However, an AC seemingly blowing out lukewarm air isn’t always alarming to homeowners at first—they chalk it up to it “just being a hot day” and turn their thermostat down a bit to compensate. Unfortunately, all this does is cause the air conditioner to run even longer to try, unsuccessfully, to meet the desired temperature on the thermostat. There are some troubleshooting steps you can take, which we’ll get to below, but you may need to ultimately call in a pro for AC repairs. Read on to learn more!

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Signs That Your Home Needs an Electrical Panel Upgrade

Monday, June 15th, 2020
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The electrical panel, also called the circuit breaker panel, is responsible for keeping your home’s entire electrical system running smoothly and safely. You probably don’t think much about your electrical panel, unless you have to constantly reset breakers—which is one of the signs that your home needs an electrical panel upgrade, which we’ll cover below!

If you’ve lived in your home for a few decades and have never had an electrical inspection, then this blog post is for you. Older service panels require care and attention to ensure they’re not operating in a way that’s a threat to your home or your family’s safety. If you do discover you have an urgent electrical service need, we’re the team to call! But we’d like to help you avoid electrical problems altogether, and so we have these signs to share with you:

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Have Kids? Follow These Window Safety Tips!

Monday, April 20th, 2020
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One of the many specialties we have here at Sunset Air is window installations and replacements. Many homeowners are choosing to upgrade their windows to improve the aesthetics of their living space, curb appeal, and the value of their home. This is all fantastic!

If you have kids though, there is another important factor to keep in mind—safety.

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How to Stop Your Ducts from Ruining Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, April 6th, 2020
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There are actually a few ways to stop your ducts from ruining your indoor air quality. First off, when they’re first installed you should ensure they are done so by a highly trained and experienced team, so the job is done correctly.

Of course, most homeowners inherit their ductwork when they purchase their home. In that case, you can stop your ductwork from ruining indoor air quality by having them repaired, or replaced, when necessary. Unsure if you have an air duct problem? Call our team for an inspection!

There’s one last thing you can do that will help with this debacle, and it’s something that not a lot of homeowners consider. That’s air duct cleaning! Professional duct cleaning from an experienced team like ours keeps you from breathing in contaminants that could make even the healthiest person sick—let alone someone who already suffers from allergies and asthma.

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“Help! My Heat Pump Is Blowing Out Cold Air in Winter”

Monday, February 10th, 2020
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We may not get as bone-chillingly cold weather as other parts of the country do, but still, our winters pack quite the punch. And to get through these winters, we need powerful, reliable HVAC systems. If you’ve discovered that your heat pump is blowing out cold air, it’s obvious you have a problem, but what does it mean?

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Drafty Windows and Other Threats to Your Home’s Heating Efficiency

Monday, December 30th, 2019
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If there were an easy way to increase your home comfort and lower your heating bill at the same time, you’d do it, right? Well, the good news is, there are many simple steps you can take to do so this winter! When you need residential heating services, we’re certainly the team to call—but we do even more than that!

We also replace windows and doors. Did you know a large part of your HVAC efficiency can actually be lost due to drafts? And old windows are one of the biggest threats to lost efficiency. What happens is that you run your heater, but that heat starts escaping through drafts, and as such your home never reaches the temperature you have set on the thermostat—you try to turn your thermostat up to fix the problem, but your home never reaches that temperature either. So, the heater keeps running inefficiently since you don’t know what else to do.

Drafty windows certainly aren’t the only threat to heating efficiency, however. Read on as we explore some other opportunities you might be missing.

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Is Going Ductless Worth It?

Monday, December 16th, 2019
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Weather in our area stays relatively steady throughout the year in comparison to other parts of the country. However, our HVAC systems are almost always in use. We tend to get the most use out of our heaters but our air conditioners get a workout as well in the warmer weeks of summer. With that, it’s vital that you have an effective and efficient air conditioner, and heater in place.

What if we told you that you can have both, all in one system? If you’re looking to replace or upgrade both your heating and cooling systems, a ductless system is well worth your consideration. They’re not right for all homes, but they’re the right choice for many. Read on to learn more about these systems and whether one will fit well in your home.

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Don’t Let This Electrical Problem Haunt You

Monday, October 21st, 2019

electrical-panel-being-worked-onYou’re sitting in your home, minding your own business—maybe reading or watching TV. Suddenly, your lights flicker. And we’re not just talking about one or two—we’re talking about the lights in a whole section of your home.

What’s going on? Is your house haunted?!

Probably not.

What’s likely going on in this scenario is that your electrical system is trying to tell you something—that it’s overwhelmed. This is a common sign of an outdated electrical panel. Homeowners in our area often don’t think about this, but we’ve been steadily increasing the demand on our electrical systems with the addition of high-efficiency appliances, computer systems, and rechargeable devices over the last couple of decades. If your home is older than this, it’s likely you need an upgrade!

An outdated electrical panel can lead to a number of problems, with some of those problems being potentially unsafe. In addition to flickering lights, you should watch for:

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