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There are many decisions to make when considering a replacement heating system. You have to decide on the type of fuel to run the system. That could be natural or propane gas, hot water, electricity, geothermal, solar or wind power. The thermostat you choose can have a strong influence on the performance of the system you end up with as well. Then there's the delivery system. Will you go with baseboard, radiant, forced hot air or forced hot water? All of these considerations are secondary to the needs of the climate. Here in Seattle, heat pumps are popular because the heat pump balance makes them the obvious choice. read more

In most areas of the country, heat pumps are the most efficient methods for providing heating and air conditioning in a home, but they are only efficient if the right features are included based on the home's needs. There are some factors you must consider before choosing a heat pump to be sure it is efficient and effective at keeping a home comfortable. read more

Do you feel like the father in A Christmas Story, always grumbling obscenities at your aging boiler in the basement? Maybe it's not belching black smoke into the kitchen, but if it's more than seven years old, chances are it's inefficient and costing you money. Boilers only run at about 65 to 75 percent efficiency, but you can take some steps to waste less energy warming water for your Seattle home. read more

In moist climates like Seattle, rust is an especially common problem. It's the bane of all things iron, resulting when oxygen and moisture encounter the metal. Rust weakens metal, presenting a danger when parts of your heating system that create heat begin to corrode. read more

Your first winter with a heat pump may surprise you. You'll find that the outside coils tend to frost over in cold, damp weather. While it's entirely normal for some frost to be there, ice shouldn't take over the unit. Learn how to manage your heat pump during the winter so you know what to expect and when to call for service. read more

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