September 25th, 2013
We are fortunate to live in a world that offers a multitude of choices in all areas of life. But having numerous choices brings a dilemma: with so many options, which one is the right one for you? If you are considering a new heater installation for your home, you face more options than ever before. But don’t worry: HVAC professionals can help you make the smartest choice to get the most from your new heating system in Seattle. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning has served customers in the northwest with excellent heating installation since 1957. Get in touch with us when you need expert help.
Here are some of your heating choices:
Furnaces: The earliest furnaces used wood for fuel, but today there are many different models that use natural gas, propane, or electricity. A furnace blows hot air through ductwork to warm your house. Furnaces are among the least expensive systems to purchase, and if you already have ducts for central air conditioning, a new furnace is even simpler to get up and running. However, furnaces do not provide as efficient heating as some other options, and they require more energy to run. Electric furnaces in particular can cost more to operate, although they pose no hazard from gas or propane leaks.
Boilers: A boiler heats water and then runs it through pipes or radiators to send warmth into your home. Boilers cost more to install, but they work efficiently and run quietly. You can expect lower heating bills with a boiler, as well as fewer repairs and upkeep requirements. A boiler also provides high air quality because it doesn’t have to blow air through ducts that might become dirty. But water leaks in the tank or pipes can turn into major problems, and a boiler is slow at getting started and giving you the heat you want.
Heat pumps: Heat pumps are essentially air conditioners that can reverse the direction of air flow during the winter to function as heaters. They offer an “all-in-one” solution. However, heat pumps have difficulty handling extreme low temperatures. Because our winters in Washington are less severe than in many northern states, heat pumps are attractive alternatives.
Choosing a heating system isn’t something you should do quickly or without consulting the Seattle heating installation experts at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning. You must consider the size of your home, its insulation, and the space available to determine the right heater for you. For heating installation services in Seattle, WA, trust to Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning and our decades of experience.
September 16th, 2013
In towns like Seattle, heating plays a quiet yet vital role in maintaining our comfort levels. True, we don’t have the icy cold winters of the Upper Midwest and East Coast, but our rainy weather makes for its share of chilly winter nights. A reliable furnace can make for a warm and cozy space to come home to when the storm winds blow. The last thing you want is to encounter some kind of problem with your heating system just when you need it the most. A little forethought and planning can prevent a lot of problems before they start. Here’s 3 ways you can start the heating season on the right foot.
- Take some basic steps. A few simple, common-sense tactics can improve your furnace’s efficiency and lower your heating bills in the process. Set your thermostat to a lower temperature than you used in the summer; you likely won’t notice if it’s five degrees cooler inside when the temperatures outside are so low. Check your doors and windows for leaks and seal them if possible in order to prevent warm air from escaping your home. Considering wearing warmer clothes such as sweaters and sweatshirts around the house.
- Schedule a routine maintenance service. The fall is an ideal time for a professional to go over your heating system and perform any regular services: tightening loose bolts, replacing worn parts and identifying any potential trouble areas before they get out of hand.
- Consider upgrades. Your furnace may be working just fine, but you may want to consider a few additions to help make your fall more comfortable. For example, if your system uses an older thermostat, you may want to replace it with a digital model, allowing you to shut the heat off automatically when you go to work. Or you might want to consider a zone control system, allowing you to turn on heat to individual parts of the house while leaving the remainder untouched.
Regardless of your specific circumstances, the professionals at Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning can help you start the heating season on the right foot. We’re local so we understand Seattle heating needs; we’re also dedicated to your complete satisfaction.
Call our Seattle heating technicians today and let us help you get ready for the cold weather.
September 11th, 2013
Air conditioning repair is something that homeowners expect to happen every once in a while. But eventually, replacing your air conditioning system will become necessary. But recognizing those signs can be difficult. Here at Bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer a full range of Kirkland air conditioning replacement services and we wanted share some of the common signs that could indicate that you need to replace your system.
Kirkland Air Conditioning Replacement Tip: Recognizing the Signs
Make sure that you keep an eye and ear out for any of the following issues that could indicate that you need to call a Kirkland air conditioning replacement expert:
- Age – One thing to consider for air conditioning replacement is the age of your system. Older AC units tend to require more repairs, to operate less efficiently and provide you with less comfort. If you have an old air conditioner in your home, you may stand to benefit quite a bit from replacement.
- Frequent repairs – Usually, air conditioning systems shouldn’t require that many repairs as long as you keep them properly maintained. If your AC has to be fixed several times each year, you may be able to avoid those repairs by getting Kirkland air conditioning replacement services.
- Inefficiency – We all like to stay comfortable in our homes, but if your air conditioner is using a lot of energy, then you might be discouraged from running it. New air conditioning systems are incredibly efficient—especially if you get a new system that is Energy Star certified.
- Humidity problems – Your air conditioning system naturally dehumidifies the air in your home through the process of condensation. But if your home starts to feel muggy and humid or if you notice condensation forming on your toilets, mirrors or sinks, it might be time for replacement.
- Not enough cooling – If you aren’t comfortable in your home, then what’s the point of running your AC? While insufficient cooling can sometimes be caused by issues that can be repaired, it could also be a sign that a replacement is necessary.
For all your Kirkland air conditioning replacement services, call the experts at Bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning.
September 2nd, 2013
On every project that we complete, we ensure that our customers are satisfied. We take pride in the work that we do every day, and this level of diligence and attention to detail has allowed us to grow over the years. On the first Monday of every September, our country celebrates Labor Day as a way of recognizing the hard work that has made this country great. Because making your home more comfortable and convenient is our business, we want you to have an enjoyable and pleasant Labor Day.
Labor Day is a time of good BBQ, the start of the professional and college football seasons, entertainment with family and friends, and, most importantly, taking a day off from work. Labor Day emerges as a federal holiday in the wake of the Pullman Strike of 1894. It was designated as such by President Grover Cleveland and Congress as a way to reconcile the damage done by the faceoff between the Federal government and the Pullman Palace Car Company workers and other railroad workers. But over a decade before it became official, Labor Day began as a workers’ picnic and demonstration suggested by either Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor, or Matthew Maguire of the Central Labor Union of New York.
From our family to yours, we wish you all the best on this Labor Day.
August 28th, 2013
When your air conditioning turns on its main job is to remove heat from your home and exhaust it outside. If you have a central air conditioning system then you likely have an indoor unit and an outdoor unit that work in unison to accomplish this. Each of these units has in it a series of copper coils that allow for the transfer of heat out of your home. Here at Bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning we offer a full range of air conditioning repair services in Seattle and we wanted to share some of the common issues that can happen if these coils get dirty. Give us a call if your air conditioning system isn’t producing enough cooling or if you’re having any problems with your system.
Seattle Air Conditioning Repairs from Dirty Coils
Your central air conditioning system is often referred to as a “split” system because it has an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The indoor unit is referred to as the evaporator because it contains the evaporator coils. The outdoor unit is called the condenser because it contains the condensing coils.
In the indoor unit, a large fan pulls in warm air from your home and passes it over the very cold evaporator coils that are filled with a refrigerant. The refrigerant absorbs heat out of the air and is then circulated to the outdoor unit where another fan and the condensing coils exhaust the heat.
You can see now that if either sets of coils get dirty it will restrict the movement of heat between the coils and the air. Here are a few of the most common problems that result from dirty coils.
- Not enough cooling – Obviously, if the evaporator coils are coated in a layer of dirt and dust they won’t be able to absorb heat out of the air as effectively; and if the condensing coils outside are dirty they won’t be able to effectively exhaust heat from your home.
- Inefficiency – If it is difficult for your air conditioning system to remove heat from your home then it will have to work harder which reduces the efficiency of your system.
- Odors – The evaporator coils in your home naturally create condensation and when that mixes with the dust and dirt on them it can allow for the growth of bacteria. This bacteria can produce odors that will seep into your home when your air conditioning operates.
For any air conditioning repair services, call the Seattle air conditioning specialists at Bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning.
August 21st, 2013
When it comes time to have a new air conditioning system installed in your home there are tons of different things to consider. ere Here
Here at Bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning we offer a full range of air conditioning installation services in Seattle and we wanted to share with you the top 3 things to keep in mind as you move forward with your new air conditioning system. Give us a call if you have any questions.
Seattle Air Conditioning Installation Tip: 3 Things to Remember
There are many different components in your air conditioning system. As you install a new system in your home, keep in mind these 3 things.
- Get professional assistance – Many homeowners think that they just need to call a professional contractor when it comes time to have the actual air conditioner installed. However, there are many decisions that need to be made before and after you actually pick out a new system.
- Size of the system – One of the most important things is the size of your new air conditioning system. One of the mistakes that we see homeowners make is they go out and buy the biggest AC system that they can. If your air conditioner is too big or too small for your home it can lead to big problems for the efficiency and comfort of your home. When you work with a Seattle air conditioning installation professional like us here at Bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning, we will perform all of the necessary calculations to determine exactly how big of an AC system you need for your home.
- Get it maintained – Finally, once your air conditioning system is installed in your home, it’s usually a good idea to set it up with regular maintenance visits. When you sign up for a maintenance program, you get a number of benefits. First, you get annual visits from your contractor. During these visits, the technicians will look for any small problems that could be developing with the system. By fixing those problems early our could be able to reduce the need for repair, increase efficiency and also extend the life of the system.
For any Seattle air conditioning installation services that you need, call the air conditioning experts at bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning.
August 14th, 2013
Split central air conditioning systems have long held a dominant position in the residential cooling industry. This was problematic for homeowners whose home cannot accommodate bulky ductwork or for those unwilling to disrupt their home with such an installation. In recent years, though, more and more homeowners have caught on to the many benefits that ductless mini split cooling systems have to offer. If you are interested in the comfort and convenience that central air conditioning has to offer, but do not wish to install air ducts in your home, contact Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning today. Our Seattle air conditioning experts will help you determine if a ductless mini split cooling system is right for your home.
Ductless mini splits completely eliminate the need for a ducted forced air distribution system. They feature an outdoor condenser unit, much like traditional split central systems. However, this unit is directly connected to individual, wall mounted blowers within the home which cool air directly. A simple conduit, containing power, refrigerant and drainage lines, connects the indoor and outdoor components of the system. Thanks to this unique design, there is no risk of energy loss en route as there is when using air ducts to distribute air.
The individual blowers that ductless systems utilize also make zone controlled cooling simple to enjoy. Just adjust temperatures at the independent thermostats as you wish. You no longer have to cool your entire home just to keep a room or two cool for company. This is also a great way to keep everyone in your home comfortable and happy. Different people are comfortable at different temperatures. By utilizing zone controlled cooling, different members of your family can set different areas of your room to different temperatures with ease. Eliminate the bickering about thermostat settings in your home with a ductless cooling system.
For more information about the installation and operation of a ductless mini split air conditioning system, give Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning a call. We have all the answers you need to determine if ductless air conditioning in Seattle is right for you. Start taking greater control over the comfort in your home with the help of our skilled Seattle air conditioning technicians.
August 7th, 2013
Are you no longer satisfied with the quality of air in your home? Do you suffer from asthma and are looking for some way to clear up airborne contaminants in your home? Indoor air quality is a serious issue, and one that warrants your attention, particularly if you have a forced-air distribution system that uses ducts to circulate air throughout your home. Such systems are prone to the accumulation of dust, pollen, dander, and other debris that become airborne as soon as your cooled or heated air comes through. While your HVAC system is equipped with an air filter, this is primarily utilized for capturing debris before it can reach sensitive system components and does not have the same capture ability as a stand-alone whole-house air filtration device. Call Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning today for quality air filtration services in Tacoma, WA, from the installation of a new system to repair and maintenance.
A whole-house air filtration device integrates directly into your HVAC system near your air handler. You can work with an HVAC professional to find a filter with the correct MERV value. This acronym, which stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value is a numeric scale that determines the effectiveness of the particle capture on the physical medium. Having a MERV that is too high can lead to problems with energy efficiency as your conditioned air may have trouble getting through.
There are some of the benefits of having a professionally installed air filter in your home. Depending on whether you have a respiratory condition, allergen, or a particularly noxious contaminant, the degree of improved comfort will vary considerably. But because our homes are so tightly shut during the summer and winter months, as we try to keep cold and hot air out and moderate temperature inside, our indoor air quality suffers. A filtration device captures particles as they pass through your HVAC system, whose blower motor is constantly recycling the air throughout the home.
Call Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning today for air filtration services in Tacoma, WA. We can make certain that your home is a more comfortable and convenient place at all times.
July 30th, 2013
Do you hear a hissing sound near your air conditioning system? Do you find that your energy bills are on the rise? Or that your system overheats? There are several causes for low refrigerant, but a leak is the most prevalent. In order for your cooling system to be effective and efficient, you need to make certain that it has enough refrigerant at all times. During its installation, it was charged with a certain amount of refrigerant and this amount should technically stay the same for its entire life. Unfortunately, however, this is only a theoretical ideal, and in reality, there are problems that arise which can lead to inefficiency, poor performance, and system damage. Call Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning today for air conditioning repair service in Seattle.
There are two major causes of refrigerant leaks, and they can both adversely affect your AC’s operation.
- Puncture. Your coils are subject to physical damage just like any other part of the system. While they are made out of copper or aluminum, they are still capable of being punctured should the opportunity arise. Your outdoor unit, which contains the condenser coil, is particularly subject to damage from free-floating debris, and also erosion caused by sand and other particles.
- Corrosion. A chemical reaction can occur between copper piping and the surrounding environment, depending on the humidity levels and off-gassing of other compounds. Whatever the reason for corrosion, it can seriously affect your AC’s ability to keep your home cool and comfortable.
The best way to minimize the risk such refrigerant problems pose to your home is to discover refrigerant leaks before they cause any serious damage to other aspects of the system. Our best advice would be to enroll in a system of routine maintenance so that a technician can keep an eye on your system. At Bob’s Heating & AC, we understand how critical your system is to you, which is why we offer excellent air conditioning repair services throughout the Seattle area should your AC have a refrigerant leak. Call us today.
July 30th, 2013
Many homeowners express surprise when their air conditioning system starts to leak water. However, it is actually a very common issue that we often get called to fix. If you need Seattle air conditioning repair services just call the experts at Bob’s Heating and Air Conditioning. We wanted to shed some light on what causes your air conditioning system to leak water. Take a look below and then give us a call if you’re having any issues with your AC.
Seattle Air Conditioning Repair: Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?
If you’ve ever taken a cold glass outside on hot day, then you’ve likely noticed that water will start to form on the outside. This is called condensation. As your air conditioning system pulls in warm air from your home it will push it over a series of very cold coils. Because warm air can hold more moisture, it will deposit that moisture on the coils as the air cools.
Under normal operation, this condensation will drip from the coils into a pan and then drain away. However, this pan and drain can sometimes get clogged which will cause the condensation to overflow. This is usually the cause of your air conditioning system leaking water.
Not only does this mean that your air conditioning system isn’t working well, but this water can actually cause tremendous water damage to your home. If you notice that your air conditioner is leaking water make sure that you call the Seattle air conditioning repair specialists at Bob’s Heating and AC immediately. These types of problems won’t fix themselves and will likely only get worse.
Our experts can fix any kind of issue that you might be having and we can also set you up with regular maintenance visits which could potentially reduce the need for AC repair, increase efficiency and extend the life of your system.