ThermAll Heating, Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Ellensburg’

How a Heat Pump Can Get Stuck in One Mode

Monday, January 15th, 2024
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We love heat pumps here in Washington State. They’re an ideal way to provide comfort for a home around the year. During our summers, they have the power of the best air conditioning systems to cool down a house without excessive energy waste. Then, during our winters, heat pumps always have enough thermal energy outdoors to pull into a house to keep it cozy—and with far less electrical power than a furnace uses.

Because heat pumps can switch between heating and cooling modes, they can also run into a malfunction where they get stuck in one mode or another. You may run into trouble during the winter and discover your heat pump will only work in cooling mode when you turn it on. Not a good situation in cold weather! We’ll take a look at why a heat pump might have this problem and when you’ll need to call us for heat pump repair in Ellensburg, WA.

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5 Best Reasons to Consider a Ductless Mini Split Installation

Monday, January 1st, 2024
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As heat pumps become more popular as options for home heating, there’ll be an increase in interest in the ductless version of heat pumps: ductless mini splits. These systems have been popular in Japan (where they were first used) and Europe for decades, and now they’re getting into more businesses and homes in the US. 

Does your home have a use for ductless heating and cooling? It’s a good question to ask. Not every house will benefit from ductless mini splits in Ellensburg, WA, but many will. Today, we’re going to look at the five best reasons to consider installing one of these systems in your home.

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How to Make Your Winter Heating Less Costly This Year

Monday, December 4th, 2023
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As the winter season approaches, keeping your home warm for your family will become one of your top priorities. However, using energy to heat your home doesn’t come for free, and sometimes the cost of running your central heating system will take a large toll on your budget. You don’t have the option to simply leave the heater off—not with our winters—but you do have ways to cut down on those high utility bills.

In this post, we’ll explore practical tips to make your winter heating more cost-effective, with a special focus on the valuable assistance our heating services in Ellensburg, WA can provide. We’re your home comfort hero, ready to make your winter both warm and budget-friendly!

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Why Won’t Your Heating System Turn Off Regularly?

Monday, November 20th, 2023
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Once you turn your heating system during the fall, you’ll expect it to follow a standard pattern. When the temperature becomes cold enough, the heater will turn on and run in cycles around 15 to 20 minutes long, then shutting down for around 10 minutes and turning back on if the temperature is still low. 

But you may run into a problem with your heater turning on and off at odd times. Maybe it’s running for too long, not turning off when you expect it to and making the house too hot. Or maybe it’s turning off too frequently, starting and stopping throughout the day so that it never keeps on long enough to properly warm the house.

We’re going to look into the reasons you’ve got a heating system that isn’t turning off with its normal regularity. In some cases, you can solve the problem on your own. In others, you’ll need to call professionals for heating repair in Ellensburg, WA.

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The Secrets of High-Efficiency Furnaces

Monday, October 23rd, 2023
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The energy efficiency of natural gas furnaces continues to improve as technology advances. Once, standard furnaces had an AFUE rating of 70, which means the furnace would convert 70% of its fuel source (natural gas) into direct heat, losing 30% to exhaust. Today, many standard furnaces have 85 AFUE, and special high-efficiency furnaces can score in the high 90s. That’s an enormous change in efficiency that can mean significant savings for a household over the winter.

If you’re considering a new furnace installation in Ellensburg, WA or elsewhere in our service area, we recommend you look into high-efficiency furnace models. They cost more than mid-efficiency furnaces, but the long-term savings will help these furnaces pay for themselves in a few years. 

If you’re curious about what allows high-efficiency furnaces to use so much less power to do the same job, follow us below.

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Do You Need an Air Purifier for Your Home?

Monday, September 25th, 2023
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The indoor air quality (IAQ) of both residential and commercial buildings can be shockingly low. In fact, the US EPA estimates that indoor air quality can be three to four times worse than outdoor air quality, which is the exact opposite of the way people usually think it is!

If you’re worried about the air quality in your home, you may want to look into professional IAQ services. One of the most common IAQ devices for homes are air purifiers. Will your home benefit from an air purifier? We offer air purifier services in Ellensburg, WA and the surrounding areas, and we can provide you with some insight into this question.

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Ways You Can Use Ductless Mini Splits in Your Home

Monday, August 28th, 2023

Ductless mini splits have made major inroads into home in the US over the past decade. Originally designed to meet the needs of small Japanese homes, the ductless mini split (a.k.a. ductless mini split heat pump) has spread globally to address many different comfort needs.

Not everyone knows how flexible ductless systems are. They don’t just have a single use; they offer a range of benefits that will help out in different situations for homeowners. You may not realize the ways that installing ductless mini splits can help your home. We’d like to change that in this post! Below are several of the ways you can use ductless heating and cooling to your advantage.

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Surge Protection: It Doesn’t Work the Way Many People Think It Does

Monday, August 14th, 2023
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Surge protection. What does that mean to you? Don’t worry, there isn’t a wrong answer to this. What you’re thinking of almost certainly counts as surge protection. But that isn’t the whole story.

Okay, did you think of a power strip that you plug into an outlet and which you can then plug various appliances into? That’s what most people think of as home surge protection. These power strips do offer a level of defense against a sudden increase in voltage, since they have a built-in circuit breaker that will trip if too much power runs through it. 

We absolutely recommend you use power strips for sensitive equipment like computers, monitors, sound systems, etc. Power strips not only offer protection to the equipment, they allow you to safely plug in a lot more devices into a wall socket.

However, there’s more to surge protection, and we want to talk more about it as well as why we recommend installing a whole-house surge protector in Ellensburg, WA.

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Some of the Best Benefits of Heat Pumps

Monday, July 17th, 2023
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We’re big proponents of heat pumps, and we’re definitely not alone. The last few years have seen a big push for heat pumps as an alternative to the standard combination of air conditioners and furnaces (either gas or electric), and more and more homes are discovering the numerous benefits of making this change.

If you’re considering a heat pump installation in Ellensburg, WA or elsewhere in our service area, we want to encourage you. Below are some of the best advantages of making the switch to a heat pump for your home comfort.

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Should You Upgrade Your Home’s Electrical Panel?

Monday, May 22nd, 2023
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Think of the electrical panel in your home as a “central switching station” for all the electricity flowing through the wires in your house. The current from the grid enters the panel, where it divides into the different circuits that spread to outlets, light fixtures, and hardwired appliances. This panel needs to be in top shape and up-to-date to handle a home’s electrical load or else it will result in electrical problems and possibly safety hazards.

Is your house due for an electrical panel upgrade in Ellensburg, WA? It’s a good question, and we’ll explore it more below.

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