ACI Northwest Blog

Can a Ceiling Fan Improve Heating Efficiency?

November 13th, 2017

wooden ceiling fanThe Deer Park, WA electricians on our team certainly know their stuff. As such, we’re eager to answer any questions you may have about your electrical system, and also please to provide you with tips and advice that can save you money while making you feel more comfortable in your home. Today, we’d like to share with you a little-known fact about ceiling fans: they help improve HVAC efficiency and keep you warmer in the winter (and cooler in the summer).

Keep reading to learn more about the details of how your ceiling fan improves both summertime comfort and wintertime comfort. And if you’d like more information or have any questions, reach out to our team today!

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Why You Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector

October 30th, 2017

close up shot of carbon monoxide alarm near garageCarbon monoxide poisoning impacts thousands of people each and every year, leading to illness—and in severe cases, even death. We want you to protect your home from the possibility of this happening, so you don’t have to concern yourself about the safety and wellbeing of your home’s occupants.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is colorless and odorless. This gas isn’t one you can detect on your own. People within your home could get sick without explanation, but you don’t want it to even get to that point. This is why it’s essential that you have a carbon monoxide detector installed by an expert electrician in Spokane, WA.

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Can Furnace Repairs Be Prevented?

October 16th, 2017

male technician working on the inside of a furnaceWe would imagine that in the middle of winter, the last thing you want to do is waste time scheduling repairs for your furnace system. You may be surprised to learn that a large portion of the furnace problems we see during the heating season are actually preventable. Furnace issues are understandably frustrating, and in some cases if they’re ignored they can even be dangerous. We want to help you prevent the most serious of Spokane Valley, WA furnace repair services (although, we are the team to call when you need them!)

We can’t go any further without first mentioning the benefit of preventive heating maintenance—it is essential to prolonging the lifespan of your furnace, lowering your heating bills, and possibly preventing repair needs altogether. Keep reading for our tips on how to prevent your furnace from breaking down or performing poorly.

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Signs That It’s Time for an Electrical Upgrade

October 2nd, 2017

electrical blueprints with magnifying glass and highlighter sitting on themIt’s not uncommon to have a circuit breaker trip from time to time throughout the years you live in your home. You might see lights flicker here and there, too. While on their own these two factors may seem inconsequential, if they’re coupled with an old home and an even older electrical system, then there might be cause for concern. Electrical problems can be serious, with electrical fires accounting for hundreds of injuries a year—many of them fatalities.

Hiring a professional electrician in Spokane, WA to update your home’s electrical system could reduce your risk of electrical fires or shock. But, how do you know if your home is actually at risk? The truth of the matter is that you can’t always tell. Fortunately, we can. Keep reading for some basic signs you can watch out for.

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Don’t Ignore These Late Season AC Problems

September 18th, 2017

An air conditioner unit outside a brick home in a residential neighborhood. The air conditioner is in a back yard in the hot summer season. Service industry, working class.In our previous blog post, we covered some tips for homeowners to follow in regards to helping their air conditioner last through the rest of our warm weather this season. Summer may officially be over in just a few days, however, that doesn’t mean that your cooling system isn’t still at risk of problems.

You may very well find yourself in need of air conditioning repair in Post Falls, ID within the coming weeks. And you’ll perhaps be tempted to put off such service until next year. After all, you won’t need your AC system for much longer this year, right? Unfortunately, this can be a costly mistake.

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End of Summer Air Conditioning Tips

September 4th, 2017

vent near carpeted floor inside homeWe’re officially nearing the end of summer, which means soon enough we’ll shut off our AC units in favor or our heaters. But this doesn’t mean that now is the time to neglect your cooling system. After all, it’s been through a lot of stress and has built up a good amount of wear and tear from months of steady work.

It could very well be the case that you are in need of air conditioning repair in Spokane, WA. If this is the case, it’s important that you not wait, and tackle these repair needs right away. Avoiding them can leave you without a cooling system when you need it the most—even if that’s the beginning of summer next year! The longer you wait to arrange for AC repairs, the more expensive the eventual repair will likely be.

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Repair or Replace? Assessing Ductless AC Troubles

August 21st, 2017

closeup view about using some appliance such as air conditionerOne heating and cooling option that has become increasingly popular in modern homes is the ductless mini split system. Rather than operating through a network of ductwork connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless systems break up the indoor unit and blower fans to distribute air around the house through mini air handlers mounted on walls in their given rooms.

If you do not currently utilize a ductless system, the first thing you should know is that there are excellent benefits to doing so, including improved efficiency and space saving benefits. However, just like any other air conditioning system, the ductless system can run into problems requiring Post Falls, ID air conditioning repair—some of which are unique to these particular heating and cooling appliances. We’ve covered these troubles below.

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Help! My AC is Blowing Hot Air

August 7th, 2017

red and black thermostat iconWe may have it easier than other parts of the country when summer hits—after all it’s pretty mild and cool here the majority of the year. However, when summer is at its hottest—now—you need your air conditioner to really step up to the plate and do its job effectively and efficiently. You can reduce the risk of anything going wrong with routine maintenance, but beyond that you can’t always guarantee that nothing will malfunction.

All appliances—with air conditioners being no exception—are subject to occasional operational issues. These problems are most likely to present themselves just when you need your cooling system the most. Therefore, learning to recognize potential indications of trouble and knowing when to call for professional air conditioning repair in Spokane, WA is very important.

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How Can You Find the Best Professional Electricians?

July 24th, 2017

find-best-professional-electriciansHave you found that you need to upgrade your electrical panel? Or perhaps you are in need of rewiring, or need to have your smoke detectors hardwired into your home. Whatever your electrical service needs may be, one thing is for sure—this is not a job that should be left to an amateur or an untrained homeowner.

It requires a professional Spokane, WA electrician with the right training, experience, and licensing to get the job done. But do you know how to spot a quality electrician? We’ve provided some insight below as to what you should look for in a professional electrician.

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Sounds That Indicate AC Repairs are Imminent

July 10th, 2017

sounds-indicate-ac-repairs-imminent With temperatures already in the 90’s, it goes without saying that you’re using your air conditioner to keep cool on a daily basis. With that use, are you keeping a close eye out in case any operational problems crop up? AC issues are most likely to occur for air conditioners during the summer season, when system demand is at its highest.

This means that now should be when you’re most watchful for any indications of that air conditioning repairs in Hayden, ID are imminent. Keep reading to learn about a few specific sounds to listen for, which indicate that you should be concerned—and call in a professional HVAC technician to take a look.

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