Furnaces

Let’s create a warmer, more efficient home.

Heat Pumps

Year-round heating and cooling for all-around comfort.

Ductless Heat Pumps

Go ductless for heating and cooling that’s efficient and quiet.

Electric Air Handlers

Meet the perfect match for your current heating or cooling system.

Gas Fireplace Inserts

It’s time to get cozy… and stylish.

Boilers

Realize optimum efficiency with boilers and radiant heating.

Putting comfort and service first.

It’s not just about hot air and cold air. It’s about comfort, stability, and savings. From each product we carry to every installation we undertake, your needs, budget, and peace of mind always remain at the forefront of our efforts. After all, we’re not just heating or cooling a house. We’re creating a more comfortable place to call home.

Learn more about heating and cooling below, or call us at 800-398-4663.

 

Frequently Asked Heating Questions

Why use Washington Energy Services for heating and cooling?

Washington Energy Services is more than selling, installing, and servicing energy efficient heating and cooling products. We’re about providing you with solutions to make your house feel more like home.

Our passion speaks for itself. We have been heating the Puget Sound area since 1957, growing our services and expertise to offer the largest HVAC service area in Western Washington. Check out our service map to see if we service your area.

In short, heating and air conditioning are what we do best.

Am I ready for a furnace replacement?

The typical lifespan of a furnace is between 16-20 years. While your old furnace may still be running beyond this time, it won’t be operating efficiently. This means increased energy usage and higher energy bills.

If you hear your furnace making strange noises such as popping, banging, rattling or squealing, or if your furnace blower turns on excessively or occasionally blows cold air, it may be time for replacement.

What is the difference between a heat pump and furnace?

Heat pumps and furnaces both turn a source of fuel into heat. A furnace, which is inside your house, takes natural gas or propane fuel (or electricity) and turns it into heat. It then sends that heat through the ductwork in your house with a fan.

Heat pumps, which sit outside your home, use electricity to pull heat out of the outside air, providing both heating and air conditioning for your home. Heat pumps are an ideal choice for our region, as temperatures rarely drop below freezing. For those colder days, a back up gas furnace or electric air handler will ensure year-round comfort.

When looking into furnace replacement, consider adding a heat pump to create a hybrid system. Doing so will allow you to achieve optimal efficiency, low energy bills, and increased comfort.

Still wondering which system is right for you? No problem. Take a look at this additional information about selecting the right heating system.

What is a hybrid heating system and how does it work?

A hybrid system is the combination of your heat pump and furnace working together to keep your energy usage low and your home comfortable—no matter the temperature outside. Known for its efficient and cost saving operation, a heat pump will work as your primary heating and cooling source throughout most of the year. When it gets too cold outside for the heat pump to produce sufficient heat for your home, your furnace will automatically turn on to save the day.

My home doesn’t have ducting installed, what are my options for a heating system?

You have a few options to heat a ductless home. First, you could convert to gas and install ducts, which would be required for a new gas furnace or hybrid system. However, the installation of ducts is typically costly, depending on the layout, number of vents, and permits needed.

A more efficient and cost-effective option is to install a ductless heat pump, which is an efficient electrical heating system. Ductless heat pumps are powerful enough to provide your entire home with sufficient heat and air conditioning. Plus, there are significant rebates available for adding ductless split systems to your electrically-heated home.

Alternative heating methods include installing a gas fireplace insert (yes they heat!) and/or a freestanding stove.

Is a ductless heat pump a good fit for my home?

Ductless heat pumps are an ideal alternative to electric heat, baseboard heat, or for additions and other areas of the home that may not have adequate ductwork.

Converting from electric or baseboard heat to a ductless heat pump can save homeowners 20-50% on their electric heating bill. Plus, no duct work is required for operation. You may even be eligible for utility rebates up to $1200 for converting from electric to ductless. Ductless heat pumps are available in single zone and mini split systems, allowing for sufficient heating options for a variety of home sizes. We install ductless systems in single family homes, condos, and up to 4-plex multifamily homes. 

What is the difference between AFUE & SEER?

AFUE & SEER are national standards used to measure the efficiency of your home heating (AFUE) or cooling (SEER) equipment. The standards are inclusive of all home heating and cooling equipment from furnaces, to energy efficient hybrid heating systems that combine a furnace with a heat pump, to ductless heat pumps.

AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency)

Heating equipment, tankless water heaters, and boilers come in several levels of efficiency, i.e. 80% 90%, 95% AFUE and up to 98% AFUE. Anything that heats with natural gas or propane will be rated using this basis. AFUE tells you the amount of heat you get compared to the amount of fuel (typically natural gas or propane) that you put in. So 80% AFUE means 80% of the fuel becomes heat and 20% is wasted. With gas bills going up, it can pay to have a 95-98% furnace–you could lower your heating costs by 15% or more.

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio)

The SEER rating of a unit is the cooling output during a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same period. It is an equivalent measure of ability to produce cooling using electricity. Why is this on the heating page? Because heat pumps and ductless heat pumps produce both heating and cooling and are electrically-run systems. So when you investigate heat pumps, you will see SEER ratings. You will also see HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor), which is the heating output rating for heat pumps.

 

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Washington Energy works with Puget Sound Energy, Tacoma Power, Peninsula Light, Seattle City Light, Snohomish County PUD, and Cascade Natural Gas to provide local utility rebates for heating products. These rebates vary depending on the product being installed. We can sell and install qualifying heating systems. There is no longer a federal energy tax credit for furnaces and heat pumps.  

What is an HVAC contractor?

HVAC stands for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Washington Energy Services is an HVAC contractor, which is essentially a heating contractor. The ventilation part of HVAC is incredibly important. Ventilation includes duct work, proper venting of heating equipment, air returns, and the safe flowing of air throughout your home.

Washington Energy Services is proud to be a member of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), an association that represents both heating and cooling issues, and advocates for the establishment of codes, standards, best practices, and government policies.

What makes a good heating and cooling installer?

It takes skill and careful preparation to properly install heating and cooling systems. At Washington Energy Services, we call it custom installation because each house is unique and full of its own opportunities and challenges. These challenges might include unusual locations, transitions between the unit and the ducts, and aesthetics. Each job is unpredictable, so expertise and proper preparation is crucial. The ability to diagnose, problem solve, and execute efficient solutions in any given situation is invaluable and the mark of a great installer.


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