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The Science Behind the Anode Rod

What is the Anode Rod? Have you ever wondered how does a big metal tank full of water prevent itself from rusting? The answer is the anode rod. So, what is an anode rod and how does it work? Rust, or corrosion of metal, is created when water, oxygen and metal come in contact with…

Posted in Tank water heaters

Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

As many people have noticed, the air quality is at an all time low due to the raging wildfires in Washington State. The East side of the state has been hit particularly hard and strong winds has blown the smoke into the Puget Sound area. Scientific modeling and consensus shows poor air quality from smoke…

Posted in Cooling, Indoor Air Quality

SecureAire’s Effectiveness on Airborne Pathogens Including COVID-19

Learn about SecureAire’s effectiveness on airborne pathogens, with specific mention of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus. This article will summarize research with SecureAire® technology and its effectiveness at capturing and destroying airborne pathogens in any occupied space.

Posted in Seattle, Indoor Air Quality

Controlling airborne pathogens starts in the home

According to the EPA and the American Lung Association, indoor air can be up to ten times more polluted than outdoor air1. That’s because every home generates and traps millions of potentially harmful airborne particles, pathogens and gases that are constantly breathed and absorbed by everyone in the home. Even as air moves through your…

Posted in Seattle, Indoor Air Quality

Ready for Winter? Stay Comfortable in Any Season

For many people, having a functional space heater in the winter, and a functional air conditioner in the summer is an absolute necessity. In the modern world, this kind of control over the conditions in your home is one of the most empowering aspects of modern technology. Having confidence in the warmth or coolness of your living space, at any point of the year, can give you a great deal of peace of mind. Now imagine for a moment, if you could combine the cooling powers of your air conditioner, and the warming powers of your space heater, into a single machine. This is no far-off science fiction device; it’s a heat pump. 

Posted in Heating, Ductless heat pump, Heat pump

History of Home Heating

Let’s take a closer look at the history of home heating systems, to get a better idea of how people have been warming their homes since the first cities. 2500 BCE – 1400 AD: Ancient Furnaces ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ How does this relate to ancient home heating technology? One word: fireplaces….

Posted in Heating, Air conditioning, Ductless heat pump, Furnace, Heat pump

The Science Behind Energy Efficient Windows

IGU’s have made two major technological improvements.  The first is a microscopically thin, low emissivity layer in the window which is commonly known as Low-E.  This clear coating—Low-E—is specifically engineered to block heat. When the sun’s UV rays enter a home, the Low-E clear coating optimizes light transmission and keeps the heat discomfort of UV…

Posted in Windows, Tips to save money, Home improvement

Windows and Patio Doors⁠ — Summer Hosting in Style

Windows save on energy costs. This is perhaps the most impactful benefit of installing new windows. According to ENERGY STAR, you can save between $101–$583 a year when you replace your single-pane windows with a more energy efficient solution. If you have leaky, aluminum, or single-pane windows, your home loses energy year-round. In the winter,…

Posted in Doors, Windows, Seattle

Facts about World Environment Day

Since 1974 the United Nations has lead the celebration for World Environment Day on June 5th annually. It is celebrated in over 100 countries as a day to encourage awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Each year there is a different theme and host country with 2019’s theme being “Beat Air Pollution”…

Posted in Heating, Cooling, Indoor Air Quality

Severe NW heatwave & drought predictions

Not only are we going into summer with predictions about some of the hottest summers in Washington, but we’re expecting one of the driest. Over the past couple summers we have seen increasingly drier and hotter summers with summer of 2019 keeping that trend alive. The National Weather Service & NOAA is predicting over 60%…

Posted in Heating, Cooling, Air conditioning, Seattle

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