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Heating: Sealing Your Homes Thermal Envelope

Before a G & G Heating HVAC engineer begins to service or recommend replacing a heating system, we often carry out a thermal survey of the home or office.

A building has what is commonly referred to by the HVAC community, as a thermal envelope; all leaks break the envelope causing higher home heating bills and also go towards promoting rot in some some dwellings.

In older houses the way that cold air can enter buildings is obvious. Doors and windows that don’t seal properly can make your heating system work overtime. Heat rises, so a lack of insulation in attic spaces is one of the most immediate things that can be rectified. Older buildings also have open fireplaces and the heat goes straight up and out the chimney. All very obvious up to now and easily rectified, either by employing an appropriate craftsman or, if you are that way inclined, as a do-it-yourself project.

One of the less noticeable ways the thermal envelope is broken, and the reason we decided to write this short article, is recessed lighting. This is an often overlooked but important way that heat can escape the envelope.

Even in a new-build, recessed lights fitted into ceilings can allow warm air to escape from the house. If you see that your lights aren’t properly sealed, then there are three options.

The first is to replace them with lights that have a proper seal between the can and the ceiling.

Secondly, you could caulk around where the unit meets the drywall; this may not be ideal as there could also be leaks around the bulb fitting.

Thirdly, you can insulate on top of them. Be aware though that most lights do not allow insulation to be put directly on top of them as it causes heat to build up. A simple fix is to build a box over the light and insulate around that.

We hope that this has made you aware of the importance of sealing the envelope. If you have any questions regarding this, or any other concerns regarding heating your home economically then please don’t hesitate to call us on 360-943-0964.

Serving the heating needs in Olympia, Yelm, Dupont, Centralia, Lacey, Tumwater, Rainier, and Tenino, WA

#heating #olympia #home #thermalleaks #Olympia #Yelm #Dupont #Centralia #Lacey #Tumwater #Rainier #Tenino


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HVAC and the latest in smart home technology

Digital thermostats for homes and offices are continuing to become more sophisticated. Some people feel that the latest in digital thermostats, that can be controlled by a cell phone or tablet, are a fad or just the latest fashion, but there is a lot more to it than that.

The most important part of the role of a smart thermostat is in saving energy, and therefore energy bills. In the past, thermostats would work by checking the temperature in the part of the house it was placed in and heat the whole house accordingly.

By having the new breed of digital thermostats placed around the house, each room can be set to an appropriate temperature. For example, to save on energy bills you may choose to lower the heat around the house; now you can do this but also keep one room, a baby’s bedroom for example, at a constant temperature.

Smart thermostats measure the temperature outside of the building and even learn your movements, and comings and goings, throughout the day. In this way, they tailor heating and cooling cycles throughout the day and night.

The article linked below reviews a selection of the latest smart thermostats. If you have any questions about this or any other HVAC issues, then please call us on 360-943-0964

#internetofthings #IoT #tech #HVAC #Energy,review-2751.html


Now is a good time to evaluate your Furnace’s Performance

Even a furnace that is routinely maintained by one of our HVAC technicians won’t last for ever. The component parts begin to either break down or become less efficient. Obviously, it doesn’t make sense to replace a furnace too soon, but leaving it too long can also have financial implications; due to higher energy costs. Our team of HVAC technicians cover the Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm, Dupont, Centralia, and Washington area and can advise you as to the state of your furnace, but, what are the signs that you should look for yourself?

First of all, the age of the furnace will determine at what point it is in its lifetime. As a rule of thumb, most furnaces operate efficiently for 15 to 20 years. They can go on for longer but at the costs of ultimate efficiency. You should be able to find a label on the furnace giving model number and date of installation.

In the title of this post we said that now is a good time to evaluate your furnace. On cold days, when your furnace is often working to capacity is the best time to judge if your furnace is giving out less heat. When a furnace is beginning to deteriorate, the lack of warmth in the home can often be quite considerable. This may mean that the furnace should be replaced or it could point to a lack of servicing, again, one of our HVAC engineers can help you to decide the best way forward.

The third sign is often the most obvious; higher energy bills. If possible, try to compare your bills against those of the last few years. A steady increase shows gradual deteriorate of the furnace whilst a sharp increase could show imminent critical failure.

If you are seeing any of the above signs then please don’t hesitate to call us on 360-943-0964
book a visit from one of our engineers scheduling your day here

#HVAC #furnace #GasElectricFurnaces

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Heat Pumps, whether they are ground source heat pumps or air source heat pumps, use conventional refrigeration technology to extract heat from the outside environment. They use the same basic systems to take heat from the sun or the heat stored in the ground. Some air source heat pumps can take energy from the air when the temperature is as low as -25°c. Regardless of the source of the heat, heat pumps can be used to heat the home and make hot water.

There are differences in the types of tubes used for air or ground extraction but the principle is the same. A mixture of water and antifreeze is circulated around a loop of pipe. Heat is absorbed into the pipe and then passes through a compressor and a heat exchanger, which is connected to the heat pump.

The length of tube needed is dependent on the size of the home and the amount of heat and hot water required. G & G Heating's qualified HVAC technicians can calculate the size of system that is required and tailor to suit your individual needs. Longer pipes obviously need more space to be buried in. The pipes are usually buried in a loop in the garden but if space is limited then a vertical borehole can be used.

Unlike other types of heating system, gas and oil for example, heat pumps tend to deliver lower heat temperatures but over a much longer time period. Radiators don’t feel as hot to the touch but they are constantly warm.

Air source heat pumps are more easily installed as there is no need for heavy machinery to dig the trenches or drill a borehole. The downside is that they aren’t as efficient as ground source heat pumps.

Benefits that both systems share are the potential to lower fuel bills, particularly if they replace an electric heating system. Also, they can lower carbon emissions and require minimal maintenance.

If you live in the Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm, Dupont, Centralia, Tenino or Rainier, WA areas then please don’t hesitate to contact us. Let one of our qualified engineers help evaluate the best system and potential savings for your unique heating needs.

#heating   #heatpumps   #heatpumprepair   #olympia   #HVAC

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G&G Heating would like to thank all of our valued customers for helping to make us a trusted leader in providing area homes and business with services ranging from fireplace inserts to water heaters, from air conditioning systems to heat pumps and a leader in many other HVAC services.

We hope that the new year brings you the very best of years!

G & G Heating
8140 Old Hwy 99 SE Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 943-0964

Providing the very best HVAC services in the following areas: Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm, Dupont, Centralia, Tenino, Washington.

#holidays #heat #hvac #olympia

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It almost seems like yesterday that we were wishing everyone a “Happy 1984 Holiday Season”.

We are so grateful for the many, many holidays we have shared since then, and the many more ahead.

When we first opened our doors here at G&G Heating, we made a commitment to provide the Olympia area with only the best HVAC solutions. From water heaters to our fireplace inserts, we can provide you with heating and cooling systems that are set and tailored to your exact needs.

The commitment made by us in 1984, is still very much a part of G&G Heating today; we are always ready to help our Olympia area neighbors with any heating and cooling need.

Everyone here at G&G Heating is wishing you the merriest of holidays!
#holiday   #hvac  

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Tips to Prepare Your HVAC for Winter

As winter begins and the temperatures outside begins to drop you may notice an increase in your utility bills due to a higher heating cost. There are several things that should be done to your heating ventilation air conditioning system to prepare it for the winter. Preparing your HVAC for winter can possibly cut your electricity usage, lower your bill, and extend the overall life of your HVAC system.


#HVAC   #energysaving  

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Hope that everyone has enjoyed their weekend.

Today, we celebrate our freedom and remember and honor those who have given so much...

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There are easier ways to beat the heat...

G & G Heating & Air Conditioning
8140 Old Hwy 99 SE Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 943-0964

Air Conditioning / Furnace Repair and Installation
HVAC Services at Reasonable Prices!

Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Yelm, Dupont, Centralia, Washington.


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Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13.

Don't Forget!

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