ACI Northwest Blog

Reasons Why a Boiler Might Not Heat as It Should

January 16th, 2017

When it comes to choosing a reliable heating system for your home, you can’t go wrong with a boiler. These systems have a small number of mechanical parts, and thanks to this they rarely cause as many problems as perhaps a furnace or some other type of heater might. This also means they tend to have a longer lifespan than other heating systems.

That being said, there is no heater out there that’s completely invulnerable to issues. Your boiler might encounter problems that will lead it to stop proving heat, no matter how well you take care of it. Fortunately, the solution is as simple as giving our boiler experts a call. In the meantime, we’ve shared some reasons below that your boiler may not heat your home as it should.

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Should You Invest In an Electronic Air Cleaner?

January 9th, 2017

Were you aware that the condition of your indoor air can actually be worse than that of the outdoors? You might believe that the air filter that came standard with your HVAC system resolves this issue, but that’s unfortunately not the case. That air filter is actually designed to protect the interior components of your HVAC unit and does little to protect the indoor air quality of your home.

This air filter should be changed every three months, at least, to continue to protect the integrity of your HVAC system. Additionally, while it doesn’t help your indoor air quality much, it can make it worse if it gets clogged up. But if you are looking for truly clean air, then you would do well to consider an electronic air cleaner.

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This Winter, Protect Your Indoor Air Quality

January 2nd, 2017

There are a number of sources that poor indoor air quality can originate from. For instance, pollen, pet dander and other allergens can make their way into your home from the outdoors, simply due to an open door or even a clogged HVAC air filter.

Your indoor air quality can also be negatively impacted by the cleaning products that you use, as well as seemingly harmless odors from cooking and baking, something that has been done in excess in recent weeks. Given that it’s winter, you can probably add in the use of your fireplace as well as the use of scented candles as adversaries to your indoor air quality.

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Help! My Heater is Blowing Cold Air

December 26th, 2016

Winter is officially here, and with it has come bitterly cold temperatures and snow showers. As such, it’s vital that you have a fully functioning heating system to get you through the next few months. So, if you’ve turned yours on only to discover it is blowing cold air into your Spokane Valley, WA home, then your natural inclination may be to panic.

Before you pick up the phone to dial our number, however, we have a few things for you to check. Keep these following tips in mind if you encounter cold air this winter. Of course, if you do end up needing repairs we will, of course, be there to help, any time of day or night! Whether your issue is an emergency or it’s not, you can count on our team for quality heating repairs.

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Common Reasons for Furnace Trouble

December 19th, 2016

As the weather cools to the point that daily use of a heater is absolutely a necessity, your furnace is under a lot of stress. Its wear and tear is increased during the winter, and the chance of a serious problem happening goes up considerably. Even if you’ve kept up on professional furnace maintenance, you should stay on top of any repair issues that may arise. Keep reading to learn about some of the most common problems furnaces run into.

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Beware These Heater Problems This Winter

December 12th, 2016

Winter may not be here officially, however our temperatures have certainly dropped enough to begin using our heating systems. Hopefully, you’ve begun using yours without any issues. If you’ve had heating maintenance done within the last year—or the last couple of months if you have a heat pump—your chances of encountering a problem are much fewer than if you were to skip maintenance.

Of course, even a heating system that is well taken care of can run into problems, particularly as it ages. If you spot the following signs, it’s highly advisable that you give the experts on our team a call right away. The faster we pinpoint the problem, the faster we can repair it and help make your home and family more comfortable for the impending winter.

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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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