Sunset Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Tacoma’

AC Repair Vs. Replacement: Where to Draw the Line

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Summer is progressing right along. Sure, we’re all looking forward to fall temperatures, but you know as well as we do that you’re going to need your air conditioner for a bit longer. We’re pretty reliant on these systems, especially this year!

So if yours is showing any signs of trouble, you may be wondering what’s going on, and what to do about it. Repair often seems like the obvious choice, but sooner or later you’ll have to replace/upgrade your system. Read on as we explain…

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How Can You Ensure a Successful Window Installation?

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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Why do you want to replace your current windows? Perhaps it’s because they aren’t efficient–they’re letting warm (or cold, depending on the season) drafts in which means your HVAC system has to run longer to do its job of reaching your desired temperature. Or maybe it’s because your windows simply look old and you’d like to freshen up the aesthetics.

It could be both of these factors combined–you have old, inefficient, and degrading windows and giving them an upgrade would increase the curb appeal and resale value of your home.

Whatever your reason, it’s understandable! And our team is here to help make sure your window installation goes off without a hitch. But what is it, exactly, that goes into a successful window installation? Read on to find out!

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Signs That Your Windows Need Replacing

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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Whether you’re embarking on a remodeling project or just considering a couple home upgrades, you have a lot of factors to consider. One of these factors may be whether or not you need to replace the windows in your home. Not many people think about this unless they’re looking to improve the look of their living space. But if you have an older home, there are a lot more benefits to new windows than just simply aesthetics.

Combined with proper insulation, weatherstripping, and keeping those windows and doors closed during times that you’re running your HVAC system, new windows do a lot to keep you comfortable and save energy. On the contrary, old and drafty windows that are likely losing their seal could result in your losing out on a lot of your conditioned air. This means that while temperatures are still cool as they are not, you might keep turning up your thermostat to compensate—forcing your heater to run longer than it should have to in order to keep you comfortable.

This same concept applies in the summer with your air conditioner. To keep your home efficient, comfortable, and visually pleasing, consider the following signs that you need window replacement

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Can Window Replacement Keep Your Home Cooler?

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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First off, why does this question matter so much?

Well, think about it. You use your air conditioner a lot in the summer, right? And HVAC systems are almost always the costliest electrical appliance in a home. In fact, HVAC costs account for half of all energy costs in the average home.

What if you could use your air conditioner less, though? What if it stayed cool in your house long enough that your air conditioner didn’t need to cycle on until hours later than usual? This is possible, with a window upgrade!

So, window replacement can keep your home cooler, and there’s a great benefit to this. Read on to learn more!

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Don’t Forget This DIY AC Maintenance Task!

Monday, July 13th, 2020
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It’s not every day that we recommend a homeowner does maintenance on their own. In fact, we never recommend it—at least not when we’re talking about professional maintenance This is where our technicians come in and thoroughly clean your system inside and out while making adjustments and repair recommendations.

But there is a maintenance task you can, and should, be doing on your own. And that is changing your air filter every 1-3 months.

Your HVAC system’s air filter plays a vital role in the overall performance of your air conditioner (and your heater, for that matter). So, it’s important that you pay attention to it. Read on as we uncover what exactly an air filter does and why it matters.

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Have You Scheduled This Important AC Service Yet?

Monday, May 18th, 2020
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There’s one particular AC service we recommend to our customers each and every year that’s easy to dismiss, but we really encourage you not to—maintenance! And unless your air conditioner has broken down to the point that it’s beyond repair, it’s not too late to schedule it now.

Like auto maintenance, routine air conditioner maintenance is essential to the performance of your cooling system, and vital to repair prevention. As a trusted resource for HVAC services in Tacoma, we’re happy to share with you the many benefits of routine maintenance.

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Increase Your Home’s Value with This Simple Replacement

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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In today’s cost-conscious society, homeowners are always thinking of ways to save money. Well, what about ways to make money—that is, when you go to sell your home? Many people don’t necessarily want to go through the hassle of huge remodeling projects to increase their home’s value, but the truth is you don’t have to.

There is one replacement in particular that can help increase your home’s value, for a number of reasons. And that is your windows!

If you have older windows in your living space, they might not seal up as they should when closed, and could be letting drafts in or conditioned air out. They might be single-paned and incapable of preventing heat transfer. They also might be really outdated looking and unappealing to a future homebuyer. Window replacements offer a lot of benefits, each of which can increase your home’s value. Read on as we uncover some!

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Troubling Furnace Symptoms: Beware!

Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way for you to completely avoid the need for furnace repair throughout the lifespan of your heating system? Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Eventually, you’ll encounter some kind of problem with your system and you’ll need a trusted technician to come make repairs. The best thing you can do to mitigate how bad these repair needs get is learning to recognize the signs that your system needs repair (and get them on your schedule right away), which we’ll get to below.

Severe furnace problems can also be prevented with routine maintenance. Every fall, before you need your furnace the most, you should be scheduling a tune-up. During these maintenance sessions, our technicians thoroughly inspect your system, clean it, adjust components that need it, and—you guessed it—alert you to small repair needs before they grow bigger. If you haven’t scheduled maintenance yet this year, please give us a call to schedule that service right now. In the meantime, read on to learn several signs of furnace troubles.

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Signs of Furnace Problems You Should Be Aware Of

Monday, November 18th, 2019
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You probably at least have a general idea of when your furnace is showing signs of wear and tear—it may not be able to keep you warm enough, your bill may be spiking, or your airflow may not seem powerful enough. But, do you know which problems are actually putting your safety at risk?

Furnaces, particularly gas-powered furnaces, can be hazardous if not properly cared for. No, they’re not inherently dangerous, but natural gas is nothing to mess around with. If you don’t get your furnace the tune-ups it needs each year to stay in good shape, you could find yourself facing health hazards and operational problems. So, what are the signs that something is terribly wrong?

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Biggest Threats to Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, October 7th, 2019

stylish-home-interiorDid you know that without the right indoor air quality products and services in place, the quality of your indoor air can be worse than that of outdoors? This is especially true if you have a home that was built in the last few decades. Homes today are built very “tightly,” allowing for no conditioned air to escape out.

This is great news for your HVAC use, as it helps your air conditioner and heater work more efficiently. But it’s lousy news if you’re an allergy sufferer—with no air escaping it means that contaminants such as dust, dirt, pollen, and pet dander get trapped inside with you. Even the healthiest person can feel ill due to poor indoor air quality!

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