Our summers here in Seattle are shorter than in other parts of the country, but they can be just as intense. Especially over the last few years, summers have been getting hotter and hotter. The difficult thing is the heat that comes into your home does not distribute itself evenly throughout the house. People with multi-level homes find that their basements are too cold and the upstairs rooms way too hot. As a homeowner, what can you do about this? There are a few different options available to you, and you may as well try the free ones first! What can you do about your hot bedroom in Seattle If you have a forced air furnace in the house, the first thing that you’re going to want to try is setting the fan to run 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. What this can sometimes accomplish is taking…..
A question people often ask us is: in the Seattle area, is it worth it to buy a “tankless” hot water heater (also known as a “hot water on demand”), or an instantaneous hot water heater? It’s a great question to ask, and the answer differs depending on what area of the country you live in. If you live in any of the northern states which have colder ground water temperatures, including Washington State, you are on average, going to spend more money on heating the hot water in your house compared to people who live in southern states. The reason for this is that before going into the tank or the tankless, ground water is colder, and therefore the water heater has to work harder to raise the temperature in your tank or tankless. A conventional gas hot water tank has an approximate AFUE rating of around 55%. What…..
People in Seattle ask us: is it better to put in a tankless water heater or a hot water tank in the area? Hot water tanks and tankless hot water heaters have different advantages and disadvantages. Pros and Cons The Pacific North-West, in the Seattle area specifically, has relatively inexpensive utility rates for gas. So, even though, there is less potential money to save for tankless, there is still a strong case to be made for putting in a tankless water heater instead of putting in a hot water tank. The main advantage of a tankless hot water heater is also another commonly known name for ‘tankless’ which is hot water ‘on demand’. The advantage is: the water never ends. You can literally keep the taps running forever and it will never run out. However, the flip side of that advantage is that you are limited to the total number…..
So, you think you are ready to get a new furnace and you live in the Seattle area. What are the key factors you should consider when getting a new furnace? One of the most important factors to consider, which is not something that the homeowner should figure out themselves, is getting the right size of furnace. The Size The Pacific northwest, as a very rough rule of thumb, requires about 20 or 21 BTUs per square foot of home, but there are dozens of factors that can adjust the numbers significantly up or down like the age of the house, the insulation, having a crawlspace, the exposure of the house and many other things. So, the size of the furnaces going in there is very important. Also, important is that it’s completely not relative to the size of the previous furnace in the house. Oftentimes, furnaces in the house…..
In the Seattle area, residents are much more likely to buy heat pumps than some other parts of the country. The reasoning behind this is it's not as cold in the winter as other parts of the northern United States, like in the East or Mid-West. With a heat pump what happens is, the colder the temperature gets, the less the heat pump is able to deliver into a house. But if it continually drops below freezing all winter long, heat pumps effectiveness is greatly diminished or become much too expensive to run. To give you a brief description of what the heat pump does, it collects heat from outside the home right down to relatively cold temperatures and brings that heat into the home, thereby, in a sense, producing free heat. The issue is, and why it's not free, it takes electricity to absorb and extract the heat out…..