ACI Northwest Blog

Is It Time for You to Consider Generator Installation?

February 5th, 2018

Big Backup Natural Gas Generator for House Building OutdoorWhile the worst of our weather doesn’t seem like much compared to other parts of the country—particularly on the east coast—this time of year, that doesn’t mean we’re immune to problems. And some might not even be weather related, such as a power outage.

This may not be a huge concern for you given that the majority of blackouts we’ve been through last hours, not days. However, keeping your heating system and other important pieces of equipment on in the case that we do have a major power outage should be a priority for you. As such, we encourage to you to consider the installation of a whole home generator.

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“Help! Why Is My Electrical Bill So High?”

January 22nd, 2018

money folded origami style to look like a houseWhen it comes to saving money, the average homeowner will tend to look at their bills that fluctuate each month. This means their water bill, gas bill, and electric bill. As we are all well aware, energy bills can be staggering—particularly during the peak of summer or of winter, when you are using either your air conditioner or heater on a daily, if not hourly, basis.

As it ends up, your HVAC systems account for over half of all your energy costs. So if you’re using an electric system such as an electrically powered furnace or heat pump, then you’ll be paying even more. But, this certainly isn’t the only contributor to high electric bills. Fortunately, our are Coeur d’Alene, ID electricians here to share with you some of the reasons your electric bill may be too high, and what you can do about it.

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Combat Dry Air and Illness This Winter

January 8th, 2018

Sick woman blowing her noseWhen the coldest of winter temperatures hit, it makes sense that you are most concerned with how warm it is in your home. A lack of sufficient heat can be not only uncomfortable, but hazardous to your family’s health. A perfectly functioning furnace or boiler is only half the equation, though, when it comes to home comfort during the winter.

Dry air can be equally damaging and uncomfortable during the colder months, and most heating systems—at least, those that are forced air systems—only exacerbate this issue. A Coeur d’Alene, ID humidifier installation may be an excellent choice for you and your home, eliminating the problem of dry air before it even has a chance to affect your living space. Now is as great a time as any to have one put in.

But you may be wondering, “Do I really need one?”

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GFCI and AFCI Outlets: What You Should Know!

December 25th, 2017

A new GFCI electrical outlet.Your home’s electrical system is easily one of the most important components of your living space. Almost all of your appliances require this system to work—even gas-powered systems that have an electric starter. So if your electrical system is malfunctioning, you can experience all sorts of problems within your home.

Safety also becomes a huge concern when your electrical system isn’t working properly. Electrical problems of any kind can pose a serious threat to your living space and your family members. Electrocution is a very real threat, which brings us to our topic today—ensuring you have the right outlets in place.

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Don’t Overload Your System with Holiday Lights

December 11th, 2017

glitter vintage lights background. defocusedTis’ the season for holiday lights! You may have already noticed some homes in your neighborhood already adorned with a few strings of white lights or even complex, professional designs aimed to win contests.

Putting up outdoor holiday lights is a fun way to make our homes and our streets look festive, and are especially fun to see on snowy evenings. However, it’s important to keep in mind that no matter how many lights you plan to put up for your home to brighten the season, that you take the proper safety precautions to prevent problems such as shorting out your electrical system, triggering an electrical fire, or even causing a tripping hazard with loose cords. Here are some tips for holiday light safety from our very own Spokane, WA electricians.

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Furnace Repairs to Watch Out for This Winter

November 27th, 2017

furnace repairs watch for winterThere are few appliance problems that are more annoying than that of a broken down furnace in the dead of winter. When you live where we do, it’s vital that you have a fully functional and efficiently working furnace in your home. To accomplish this, you want to make sure that you, first, schedule routine maintenance for your heating system. This is typically best to be scheduled in the beginning of fall, but regularity is more important that time of the year.

After ensuring you’ve had maintenance completed on your heater, you’ll want to make sure you stay on top of any needs for Spokane Valley, WA furnace repair. There are two calls we receive pretty frequently during this time of year—the first is about a furnace that won’t start up, and the second is about a furnace that won’t stop running. Keep reading to learn more about what’s going on inside your furnace if you’re experiencing either of these issues.

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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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