ACI Northwest Blog

Tips to Help Your Air Conditioner through the End of Summer

August 22nd, 2016

Summer may officially be over next month, but we still have plenty of warm weather to contend with ahead. Perhaps your concerned that your air conditioner won’t make it to the end of the season without suffering from a breakdown—whether it be due to age or numerous repair needs over the past season.

There’s no need to worry. We’ve shared some tips below to give your air conditioning system a fighting chance of lasting through the rest of summer. And when you need professional services done on your air conditioner, just give our experts a call.

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How Does Professional Duct Sealing Work?

August 14th, 2016

One of the main problems that homeowners contend with in regards to their ductwork is the risk of air loss. In fact, 30% of an HVAC system’s air loss can come from breached air ducts. The best way to combat this and reduce costly air loss is with professional duct sealing. This may seem to you like something the average homeowner can accomplish with some simple duct tape. However, duct tape is not appropriately named and will not get the job done. Professional duct sealing involves a lot more than you may realize. We’ve summarized below.

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How Can Soaring Temperatures Make Your Air Conditioner Fail?

August 8th, 2016

The cooling season here in Coeur d’Alene, ID may almost be over, but we still have a few weeks of intense heat to contend with yet. Hopefully, your air conditioner has served you well the last couple of months. One thing is for certain—it’s hard to get through summer without a fully functioning AC system!

Air conditioners are designed to stand up to high temperatures and many years of use, including periods of soaring heat. However, the end of summer is typically when these systems are most likely to suffer breakdowns. This is particularly true if you have an aging system and/or you haven’t had your air conditioner professionally maintained in the last year.

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Air Conditioner Replacement vs Repair: Which Makes More Sense?

August 1st, 2016

As summer continues on, we don’t need to be reminded of how important it is to have a fully functioning and efficient air conditioning system. Temperatures have soared lately, and hopefully you’ve had a properly working AC system to get you through, with no problems.

If you have had problems though, you may be wondering if it’s time to replace your air conditioner, or if you should invest in repairs instead and hold off buying a new system until next spring or later. No matter what, it’s important to confide in our professionals, as attempting AC repairs on your own can cause additional damage to your air conditioner.

But how do you know for sure when repairs are needed or replacement makes more sense?

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Are You Using Your Ductless System Efficiently?

July 24th, 2016

When summer hits, you could very well find yourself dealing with high utility bills and you run your air conditioning system more and more often in order to stay comfortable within your home. In order to use your cooling system as efficiently as possible, we recommend investing in a ductless mini-split system.

This has the potential to drastically reduce your bills and make your home as energy efficient as possible. However, this is only true if you utilize your ductless cooling system in the right way. We’ve provided a couple tips below on how you can do just that.

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Does My Air Conditioner’s Refrigerant Need to Be Refilled?

July 18th, 2016

One of the most common questions we get about refrigerant is whether or not it needs to be refilled in the beginning of summer to help the system run more efficiently. While a refrigerant leak would necessitate the refill—or recharge, rather—of refrigerant, this is not something that should occur often. It certainly shouldn’t be happening every summer. Keep reading below to learn more about your air conditioner’s refrigerant and why you shouldn’t need a refill.

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3 Indications that Your AC System Needs Repair

July 11th, 2016

One of the most vital things you can do for your air conditioning system is call for repairs as soon as you notice a problem. However, many homeowners aren’t sure of how to recognize and identify such an issue. How do you know if it really needs repair right away, or if can wait?

How do you determine if your air conditioner is truly in danger? We’ve shared 3 indications below that signal your AC unit needs to be checked out by a professional HVAC technician.

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How Do UV Germicidal Lights Work?

July 4th, 2016

Are you concerned about the amount of biological contaminants present in your indoor air? If so, the best way to fight them off is with ultraviolet (UV) lighting. Referred to as either UV air purifiers or UV germicidal lights, UV lights act as air purifiers, and eliminate harmful particles such as mold, mildew, and other microorganisms from your HVAC system.

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How Often Should You Change Your AC Air Filter?

June 27th, 2016

Summer is officially here, and this week we are expecting to see our temperatures increase. As such, you want to make sure that your air conditioner is ready as it can be to handle the work you’re about to put it through. If you haven’t already scheduled your annual maintenance appointment, now is the time to do so!

In the meantime, there is one maintenance task that you can do on your own: changing the air filter. Air filters, which are designed to protect the inside components of your HVAC unit, can become congested with dust, lint, dander, and other debris that not only will make your air conditioner less efficient but also negatively impact your indoor air quality.

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How Do HVAC Professionals Determine the Right Air Conditioner Size?

June 20th, 2016

When it comes to purchasing a new air conditioner for your home, you likely approach it just like you do any other appliance purchase. While staying within your budget, you want the biggest unit available. This might work for other appliances, but it’s not the right way to go about your AC system purchase. In fact, an AC that is not properly sized by a professional can run into numerous problems.

When air conditioning technicians size an AC unit, they look at the correct BTUs needed, or British thermal units. This is a measurement of the cooling capacity of an air conditioner. This is not all, though; there are many other factors that a HVAC professional looks at. If any of these factors are missed and your HVAC technician does not appropriately size your unit, then you’ll likely be paying for a replacement system prematurely.

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