November 6th, 2019
The United States has committed to reducing ozone-depleting substances to help protect the environment. As part of this commitment, chemical refrigerants made from hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are set to be completely phased-out from use by January 1, 2020—only a few months away.
What does this mean for you? If you have an older air conditioning system that uses R-22 refrigerant, a.k.a. HCFC-22, it means plenty. For many decades, R-22 was the most common refrigerant blend used in air conditioning equipment. Newer AC models built since the start of the phaseout use an ozone-safe refrigerant blend call R-410A. You can check which type your air conditioning system uses by looking on the metal plate on the back of the condenser cabinet. It will have either R-22 or R-410A clearly marked.
If you have an R-410A air conditioner, then you’re in good shape for the future. If you have an R-22 air conditioner, there’s more you need to know.
November 4th, 2019
One of the biggest changes in our daily lives over the last three decades was a quiet and gradual one: we started to use more electricity than ever before. Once upon a time, a few outlets scattered around a house were used to power lamps, the refrigerator, one television set, and a few appliances plugged in for short periods, like vacuum cleaners. Today, multiple outlets are occupied around the house, usually with power strips, to supply electricity to entertainment systems, computers and printers, charging stations for phones and laptops and Bluetooth devices.
This has required a change in the electrical capacity of homes. Where the average house once had 60-amp service (and many had only 30 if built pre-WWII), that’s not enough. Many homes now have 100-amp service—but we recommend a service upgrade to move your house to 200-amps.
October 21st, 2019
At Resicon, we’re focused on helping homes enjoy the best possible ventilation. This is a challenge because modern residential buildings have tight construction that permits little circulation of fresh outside air. Opening the windows of the house is rarely a beneficial choice, especially during the cold and rainy Washington winters. The house may receive fresh air, but it rapidly loses indoor heat.
There are options for better ventilation for homes with standard ducted HVAC systems, such as air purifiers, air filters, and heat recovery ventilators. But what about homes that don’t have space for ductwork? Some homes use boilers for heating and don’t have ductwork or an AC system, and others have no central HVAC system at all and use space heaters for winter.
There are options for these situations: ductless systems like ductless mini split heat pumps and ductless HRV systems.
October 7th, 2019
We are big proponents of heat pumps for our customers’ homes. These HVAC systems are a fantastic two-in-one way to enjoy comfort around the year. During the summer, a heat pump operates just like an air conditioner: refrigerant circulates to remove heat from the house and then release it outdoors. Then, with just an adjustment on the thermostat, the heat pump changes into a heater. Now the refrigerant moves heat from outside the home and brings it inside. Presto! Warmth for the winter.
“Wait a second …” we can hear you saying. “It makes sense that a heat pump can remove heat from indoors on a summer. But how is it drawing heat from outdoors during the winter? It’s cold out there!”
Without a doubt, this is the number one fact about heat pumps customers find confusing. But believe it or not, heat pumps can provide enough heat for a home in Tacoma to enjoy a cozy winter every day and night. We’ll explain this minor miracle of comfort technology.
September 23rd, 2019
One of the most important jobs we do as electricians in Tacoma, WA is to help our customers go green—or greener. We are an eco-friendly company invested in the best in green technology, and providing eco-friendly solutions to our customers is part of our mission. Green technology is not just good for the planet, it’s good for your pocketbook!
One of the simplest ways you can make your house more eco-friendly is to arrange for an indoor and outdoor lighting upgrade to replace old incandescent and florescent lights with new LED light bulbs. Light-emitting diode illumination is becoming common across the nation and for many good reasons. LEDs have almost no downsides at all, and the rewards are tremendous.
September 9th, 2019
… and we’re including you in that statement! Unless you are an electrician licensed to work in the State of Washington, do not attempt to handle electrical repairs, installations, retrofits, or other work more advanced than changing light bulbs. Only trust this work to an electrical professional who can show you proof of proper, current licensing.
August 26th, 2019
Electrical wiring in houses has gone through many changes since electricity first became a regular part of home construction. We understand if you don’t think much about your home’s wiring—after all, it’s out of sight, and as long as the electric fixtures are working and you aren’t experiencing serious trouble, it won’t seem like there’s anything to worry about.
But your home may have outdated aluminum wiring—and this is a potential fire hazard. We strongly recommend you call us for electrical services in Tacoma, WA to rewire the parts of your house with aluminum wiring or create other fixes that will help keep your family safe.
August 15th, 2019
Inc. magazine today revealed that Resicon LLC is No. 3721 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the US economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at Inc.com, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been highly competitive within their markets, but the entire list shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.
August 12th, 2019
The electrical demands in homes are higher than ever before because of the many devices that must be plugged in around the clock. Charging stations, computers, larger entertainment systems, and more require a larger electrical load. We’ve already written about the importance of updating the electrical panel in your house for larger capacity. Today we’re looking into the wiring in your house. You may have outdated or bad wiring that requires electrical services in Olympia, WA to fix.
Many older homes in the area need extensive rewiring, and below are a few signs to watch for that will warn you that your home is one of them.
July 29th, 2019
The Washington State Fair starts at the end of August, and if you’re working on a home improvement project, stop by our Resicon LLC Booth! (Booth #729.) We’ll be at the fair from August 30 through September 22 in the Expo Hall, which features commercial vendors exhibiting a variety of unique products for home and personal use. With more than nine hundred vendor spaces filled and stocked with must-buy goods, you’ll find what you need at the Washington State Fair!
At our booth, we’ll have representatives on-site to provide pricing, bids, as well as to answer any questions you may have about our services. We’ll have brochures, giveaways, and information on…
- Electrical services
- Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
- LED lighting
- Water heating solutions
Resicon LLC has the services you need, whether for planning, rough-end, or finishing!
Resicon LLC is committed to improving the lives of our customers.