All Climate: What Can Solar Energy Do for Your Seattle Home?

If you’re a Seattle homeowner, chances are that you haven’t thought much about adding solar power to your home, due to the Pacific Northwest’s lack of constant direct sunshine. However, this part of the country is actually a great place to make solar power work for your home. What exactly can solar energy do for your Seattle home? Read on to find out.

Why Solar?

Solar power is an excellent investment for adding value to your home while you are living there, and it increases your home’s value if you ever decide to put it on the market. Your solar panel system will begin to pay for itself the moment it is installed by reducing fossil-fuel energy consumption and increasing the value of your property anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000+. In a study conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy, it was determined that a homeowner can expect about a $6,000 property value increase for each kilowatt of solar power.

Also, since you are technically generating your own power right where it will be used, unlike a typical centralized distribution of power that causes quite a bit of energy loss, solar panels are an extremely efficient in generating energy.

Another great benefit of solar panels is that they are fairly maintenance free and have a lifespan up to 30 years depending on the quality of the panels. In fact, a milder Seattle climate actually helps the panels last longer than they would in an area that experiences more severe weather or a great deal of sunshine. The only part that will occasionally need replaced is the inverter. This part converts the energy from the panels into usable power, and these usually come with at least a 10-year warranty. They are also only a small fraction of the overall cost of installing a solar panel system.

Some Things to Keep in Mind

It’s good to have an idea of how much a new solar panel system could save you on energy costs so you know the value you will be adding to your home. Be sure to inquire about how much electricity a new solar panel system will produce annually and compare that figure to your typical annual electricity usage.

Also, be sure to research any local permit requirements for installing a solar panel system in your neighborhood or housing development. Sometimes housing associations have rules regulating the installation of such systems and may require prior approval before install.

For more information on codes and requirements, check out this article all about planning for a home renewable energy system.

Think Solar May Be Right for You?

Our knowledgeable and capable technicians are trained to provide excellent quality solar panel installation that meets all local regulations and guidelines. To determine the best solar solutions for your home’s needs, we provide you with detailed estimate and schedule a meeting to go over any questions you may have before we start the install. We’ve been providing happy customers in the Seattle area with energy efficient solutions for over 25 years, and we pride ourselves on our superb customer service. If you’re considering adding solar panels to your home, give us a call to learn more: 425-746-3077.

5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Summer in the Seattle Area

Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and is home to more than 700,000 residents. It’s no mystery why so many people choose to call Seattle their home. It’s a great place to live, work, and play! We have been serving Seattle residents since 1991, so we know how fabulous Seattle is… especially in the summertime.

There’s so much to do in Seattle, it’s hard to list everything. We’ve highlighted a few of the area’s hottest happenings this summer. Mark your calendars, because these are some exciting summer events you won’t want to miss! From beer tastings to lavender celebrations, there’s a little something for everyone during the summertime in Seattle.

Summer Events Seattle

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We here at All Climate know a lot about home comfort, as we specialize in a variety of home comfort solutions, including air conditioning, solar installation, geothermal units, and more! For updates on home related articles and tips for your Seattle residence, check back often to our blog—and be sure to follow us on facebook and twitter.

The PNW Post Rainy Season Home Maintenance Checklist

To say that it rains in Seattle, is a bit of understatement. If you didn’t batten down the hatches in the fall, you could be dealing with some serious issues on the exterior of your home. With our busy lives it can easy to put off inspecting your property after a harsh rainy season, but to save you some time, we put together this helpful home maintenance checklist of things you won’t want to neglect after a long rainy season.

  • Schedule routine AC maintenance

Not only is it great to inspect your unit for rust and debris damage, but checking your unit
after spring will ensure that it is ready to keep your home cool throughout the summer.
Have a local Seattle HVAC specialist inspect your unit to see if the rain caused any
underlying damage that may be missed by homeowners.

  • Make sure nothing is gumming up your gutters

Quality gutters are a must, even in the summer in Seattle. Make sure that your gutters
are flowing properly to keep the rain away from your home’s foundation.

  • Reinforce your roof

Even if the ocean winds and rain haven’t loosened any shingles, mold is a common
issue that can slowly erode your roof. Power wash and replace any shingles to avoid the
costly replacement of a new roof.

  • Take a close look at sheds and outbuildings

If you have any extra fixtures on your land, you will want to treat them as you treat your
home. Inspect all elements that could have been damaged by the rain and tend to each
issue to ensure that these buildings retain their important function.

  • Inspect your crawl space

If you have a crawl space underneath your home, make sure that it isn’t flooded. This
can impact your home’s foundation, attract pests or prevent certain services that require
access to the home’s crawl space such as cable or plumbing.

  • Solidify your siding

Ideally your home’s siding is built to withstand the rain, but if it isn’t, take a close look at
your siding to identify any rot or mold before it causes further issues to the exterior of
your home.

  • Check your deck

If you didn’t power wash and seal your deck before the winter, do it now! The rain won’t
cease throughout the year, so minimize the damage that the rain can have on your wood
deck.

 

Our mild weather out in the Pacific Northwest don’t relieve us of post winter and spring outdoor maintenance. The rain can take its toll on the outside of your property and if you neglected to prepare for the rainy season in the fall, you’ll want to be extra diligent in your inspection this summer. Following this checklist will ensure that your home isn’t sitting with an issue that goes unnoticed in the nicer weather and certainly won’t go unnoticed again when the rain comes back around. If you find that the rain created issues that are beyond your repair, contact the appropriate contractor in Seattle to fix the issue before it worsens. If your issue is with your HVAC system, we would be happy to provide exceptional AC repair services as well as maintenance to prepare your system for another year of wear and tear.

5 Reasons Why Spring is the Best in Seattle

There are many reasons to love Seattle, from the friendly population to the breathtaking scenery, and this month we’re celebrating how wonderful it is to experience spring in this incredible city. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite reasons as to why we think springtime in Seattle is the best.

What to Do During Springtime in Seattle

There is truly so much to do in Seattle from April through May. From scenic views to hiking trails to scoring some major deals, you’ll never be bored during the spring season. Whether you’re a Seattle native, or just visiting, there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy with our springtime suggestions.

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