Sunset Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Olympia’

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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Benefits of Upgrading Your Windows

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

window-sill-of-a-houseHow often do you think about the windows of your home? If you’re like most homeowners, it’s probably not very often, unless you’re cleaning them or noticing how warm they feel on an exceptionally hot day. The fact of the matter is, your windows play a vital role in your home—allowing you access to fresh air and views while keeping heat out during the summer and cold air out during the winter. That is, if they’re efficient windows!

If your windows are old, they may not seal up properly when closed, and could be letting drafts in (or conditioned air out). They may also be single-pane and incapable of keeping heat in or out of your home, depending on the season. The truth is, a window upgrade can benefit you in a number of ways. Curious to learn more? Keep reading!

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When Were Your Ducts Last Cleaned?

Monday, September 9th, 2019

dirty-ductA common question that HVAC professionals receive from homeowners is, “do I really need to have my ducts cleaned?”

Well, if you’re okay with breathing in contaminants, feeling colder in the winter and warmer in the summer, and paying more than necessary for your HVAC services, then no, you don’t need a duct cleaning. If you’d like to avoid those problems, however, it’s a good time to call for your next duct cleaning appointment.

The fact of the matter is, your indoor air quality impacts the quality of your home, health, and comfort. It’s always a good idea to have a professional duct cleaning from a trained and experienced technician. But, why?

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