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Plumbing inspections have big payoff

  Plumbing emergencies never happen at the ideal time.  Nobody wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Hmmm… today seems like a good day to call a plumber.” Plumbing is one of those luxuries that we tend to take for granted until the day that you can’t flush your toilet or take a hot shower….

Posted in Plumbing

Getting your ducts in a row

   Getting yearly maintenance performed on cooling equipment such as air conditioning or heat pumps. Focusing on the air delivery system or ducts. Can you imagine if you tried to eat soup out of a bowl with holes in it? You’d likely go hungry. EnergyStar ® says that 20% of the air that moves through…

Posted in Air conditioning, Heat pump

I want to be cool…

  The Northwest summer is late this year, but when it comes we’ll be scurrying to figure out how to get cool and stay energy efficient too. This month we have ways to cool your house that don’t involve something loud hanging in your window. And a helpful piece about keeping cool by checking your…

Posted in Cooling, Air conditioning, Ductless heat pump

“Tanks” for being safety minded

Corrosion is the enemy: Inside your water heater is a metal rod called an anode. Over time, an electrochemical reaction causes the rod to corrode while the steel tank remains intact. It’s meant to do that – the anode sacrifices itself so the tank survives. But, if the anode has no metal left, well then…

Posted in Tank water heaters, Tankless water heaters

Is it time to re-side?

  What is the condition of your current siding? Is there evidence of deterioration such as sagging, cracking, buckling or discoloration in vinyl siding. Are pieces missing or loose? Is the siding showing moisture or water stains? Water behind your siding can cause mold and rot on your home’s structure, and is a breeding ground…

Posted in Siding

A fitness plan… for your air conditioner

As outside temperatures start reaching 60 degrees or above, it’s the perfect time to “test run” the system. Though many companies will tell you they can check your air conditioner while the outdoor temperature is below 60 degrees, this is false. Almost every manufacturer recommends checking air conditioners when temperatures are above 60 degrees. I…

Posted in Air conditioning, Heat pump

Go with the air flow

I do understand that years ago the utility companies instructed customers to close the registers in the rooms not being used. This was okay for the systems in the 1960’s but not today, not in Seattle. Since about the late 60’s the products installed in homes have been forced air furnaces. These are designed for…

Posted in Air conditioning, Heat pump

What’s hot & cool at this year’s home shows?

A ductless heat pump is an electric heating and cooling system. In layman’s terms, there is a register inside your house that attaches to a wall (click here for info and to see a photo). It can be concealed by installing it into a duct in the ceiling (okay, we said it was ductless but there are ducted options)….

Posted in Ductless heat pump

Time for one resolution you CAN keep!

We are excited for a great new year and have lots of energy saving tips and information for you in our upcoming newsletters. If you have a suggestion and/or would like to see more on a particular topic, please let us know at info@washingtonenergy.com Making a New Year’s resolution is a time honored tradition. If you’re like…

Posted in Ductless heat pump, Insulation

Your furnace tune-up can save lives

The Washington State Department of health concurs and recommends having a trained professional check your gas appliances and fireplaces annually. Carbon monoxide, CO, can enter your home any time you have a defect in your furnace’s heat exchanger. A heat exchanger is the largest part of the furnace, usually made of aluminum or stainless steel, through…

Posted in Furnace

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