ACI Northwest Blog

Happy Holidays from ACI Northwest: Special Events

December 5th, 2016

Here at ACI Northwest, we strive to help our customers with all of their home comfort needs and concerns. However, we also want to express how thankful we are for our customers—and for our community—by staying involved in what’s going on around the areas we serve, and wishing you a safe and happy holiday season.

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4 Reasons You Should Have a Generator Installed

November 28th, 2016

Winter may not be here officially, but the temperatures certainly have dropped enough to signal that it is well on its way. Over the years, we’ve heard countless news stories about homes and families in the Midwest and on the east coast losing power for days, due to inclement weather taking out power lines.

When these events happen, crews work tirelessly to restore power, however they can only work so fast and sometimes the weather simply does not allow for power to get back up as quickly as we would like it to. This leaves homeowners stranded without heat, refrigeration, or the use of other appliances in their homes—that is, unless they have a backup generator. Keep reading to discover 4 reasons why it’s a great idea for you to have a whole-house generator installed.

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Can Your Thermostat Help You Save Money This Winter?

November 21st, 2016

One of the best ways to save money on your heating costs is by upgrading to a digital or—even better—a programmable thermostat. Most homeowners don’t take this into consideration, but the thermostat serves as the control panel—the “brain”—of their home’s heating and air conditioning system, and allows you to maintain comfort in your home all day long.

But if you don’t know how to use your thermostat efficiently, then you could actually be doing yourself a disservice—paying high utility bills for no reason. Using your thermostat correctly can result in significant savings on your monthly heating bills this winter. We’ve shared a couple reasons why this is so, below.

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How Can UV Lights Improve Your Health?

November 14th, 2016

When it comes to your health, you may think about how outdoor air impacts your body. Smog, cigarette smoke, pollen, and dust are all threats to your health. But do you ever think about your indoor air? Maybe you believe that your air filter is fully effective at eliminating all contaminants from your air.

While a high-efficient air filter, when changed or cleaned as often as needed, will be effective at removing some pollutants from your home, there are others that a standard filter simply cannot combat. We’re talking about mold, mildew, and spores.

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Are You Experiencing Heater Trouble?

November 7th, 2016

Temperatures are quickly dropping, necessitating the use of our heating systems. Even if you aren’t using it on a daily basis yet, now is the best time to watch your system for early signs of trouble. It may already be cold, but you still have time to have problems addressed before winter hits.

Of course, only a fully trained and experienced HVAC technician should be trusted to pinpoint the exact cause of your heater problems so they can effectively resolve it. However, it doesn’t hurt to know what to look for so that you can shut your heating system down—to prevent further damage—and give our pros a call.

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Is Your Furnace Air Handler in Good Shape?

October 31st, 2016

It is almost time to start using our heating systems on a regular basis, and if you are anything like the average homeowner throughout Washington, you likely have a forced-air heating system, such as a furnace, tasked with the job of warming your home this coming winter. Furnaces are highly reliable and efficient system, so long as each of their components is cared for properly.

One of these essential components is the air handler—responsible for the movement of air through your ductwork. Air handlers are different from heating system to heating system, so the air handler used in a heat pump will have different repair requirements than the one in your furnace. Fortunately for you, our team can handle any air handler troubles you may have. Keep reading for a few of the most common problems with this component.

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Don’t Ignore These Furnace Noises!

October 24th, 2016

ACI NorthwestWith temperatures now down to the 50’s during the day, there is definitely no denying that fall is here and winter is well on its way. As such, you’re very likely beginning to use your furnace on a regular basis. As you begin to use your furnace, pay attention to the noises that it is making. True, all furnaces make noise, but there are some sounds that are not related to the normal operation of your heating system—and you should heed warning.

When odd sounds come from your furnace, they are typically the early signs of developing problems within the system. These issues can lead to expensive repairs or even premature system breakdown, which nobody wants—particularly in the dead of winter. So as our weather gets colder, pay attention to your furnace and give our repair professionals a call if you notice any of the following furnace noises.

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The Dangers of High Humidity

October 17th, 2016

When you think of humidity, you probably think about how much hotter it makes you feel during the summer. The excess moisture that high humidity levels bring is not just a once-a-year problem though—fall and winter can present some extreme humidity levels as well. This is particularly true when we have rainy weeks like the one we just experienced.

Air conditioning systems help remove some moisture from the air through condensing excess moisture along the indoor coil. However, not only are AC systems very limited on how much dehumidifying they can do, that doesn’t help at all when temperatures are as low as they are currently and you wouldn’t even think of using your cooling system.

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What Can You Do to Prep Your Heater for Winter?

October 10th, 2016

Cooler temperatures are here to stay for fall, with winter falling shortly behind. While we don’t get the blizzard conditions that states in the Midwest and the east coast do, you still need a reliable heating system to get you through some pretty chilly nights and cooler days. Now is the time to get your heating system properly prepared for winter.

Keep reading to learn more about what you can do to fully prep your heater for winter.

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Ductless System FAQ: Your Biggest Questions, Answered

October 4th, 2016

If you don’t already know, there are numerous benefits to having a ductless mini-split system installed in your home, both for cooling as well as for heating. We’d like to address some of the common questions that homeowners often have about this technology, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. Keep reading for answers to your burning questions.  

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