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How Often Should You Change Your AC Air Filter?

Monday, 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 Can the AirScrubber Plus® Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Homes today are built with tight construction, as to not let any air escape from your living space. This is extremely beneficial for your HVAC system, which is able to work at the highest efficiency possible. However, this is not so great for your indoor air quality.

In fact, your indoor air quality can actually be worse that the outdoor air quality, particularly during this time of year. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) even ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers! So, how can we resolve this?

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Does It Matter What Size My AC Unit Is?

Monday, April 18th, 2016

There’s no mystery behind why a properly functioning air conditioner is essential. While we are experiencing milder temperatures right now, summer is right around the corner. If you are in the market for a new AC, you have a lot of considerations to make. You are probably tempted to go out and buy the biggest air conditioner that will match your budget. However, this would be a mistake.

If your air conditioning system is too big, it will shut on and off rapidly—a process known as short-cycling—and will not effectively cool your home. Too small of a unit, however, will cause your system to continuously run as it attempts to cool down your entire living space. Purchasing a correctly sized system is essential, but how do you know what the right size is?

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Sealing Your Ducts Can Save You a Lot of Money

Monday, March 14th, 2016

What do you know about the air ducts in your home? You probably have some sort of a picture in your head, likely involving a sheet metal path that loops to various areas of your home. Of course, most homes have the air ducts hidden since they don’t exactly add to the décor in a home (though they may be exposed in commercial and industrial usage).

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Top 3 Reasons to Switch to Ductless Heating and AC

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Want to get the same level of whole-home comfort as everyone else in the neighborhood? Don’t think you can without any air ducts? Think again. A ductless heating and air conditioning system is an excellent choice for many homeowners without any ducts. This works like a heat pump to move heat from the air inside to the air outside in the summer, and vice versa (from outside to in) in the winter. Here’s what makes this so beneficial.

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Why 7 Out of 10 Homeowners Prefer Generac Generators for Backup Power

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Dealing with a power outage is a major hassle when you have no form of backup power in your home. You may have no idea of when the power will be restored to your home, and candles and flashlights are not enough to help you go on with your daily routine. Some homeowners have to find alternative shelter in order to have AC or heating, and all of the extra money spent on recovering from an outage can really add up. The best solution we can think of is a home generator, and Generac is the most trusted brand in the country.

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How UV Light Can Clean Your Air

Monday, November 16th, 2015

You may hear about ultraviolet (UV) light more often in reference to tanning—or getting a sunburn. But UV light can do a lot of good when it’s not touching your skin. A small amount of UV light can actually kill tiny organisms that float around in your air. Airborne contaminants like bacteria, viruses, and mold spores are no longer harmful with the help of a UV light air purifying system.

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Keep Your Generator Maintained with Professional Services

Monday, October 12th, 2015

If they are working properly, whole-home generators only power on when there is no electrical service in your home, which means it can be difficult to tell if there is an issue with the unit. Many generators do have a self-test feature, which could alert you if there are any problems with the unit. However, we still recommend that homeowners schedule regular professional maintenance for their generators in order to prevent problems from occurring when you really need the system to work. Here’s what you can do on your own to keep your standby generator maintained, and how to tell you should call in a professional.

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How Much Could You Lose During a Power Outage?

Monday, August 24th, 2015

When the power goes out in your neighborhood, you usually cannot tell how long you will have to go without it. A crew may be able to get it up and running in a matter of a few hours. But it’s not unusual for neighborhoods to be without any electricity whatsoever for an entire day and night, or even for longer.

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What is Kettling, and why is it Dangerous?

Monday, March 9th, 2015

The sound of a kettle boiling over has the potential to be quite comforting. When that same sound it coming from a large boiler, however, it is considerably less comforting.

In fact, it can be downright unsettling. If you’ve ever heard a deep rumbling sound coming your boiler, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Sometimes it can seem as though the boiler might explode! Well, don’t worry. It won’t do that (at least it shouldn’t). What actually causes that sound, though? We’ll, that’s going to take some in-depth explanation. Let’s take a look at what that sound actually is, and why it’s so dangerous to your boiler.

What is Kettling?

That sound you hear is called “kettling”, and it’s a very bad sign for the health of your boiler. Its cause can be traced back to hard water, which is water with a very high mineral content. As hard water flows through the boiler’s heat exchanger, it deposits small amounts of minerals on the inner walls of the pipe. Over time, this mineral buildup can get so severe that it restricts or blocks the flow of water through the heat exchanger. This causes the water in the heat exchanger to evaporate into steam, putting massive pressure on the pipe and causing the rumbling sound you’re hearing.

Why is it Dangerous?

Did you know that most boilers are not actually designed to boil water? It may seem odd, but it’s true. When water boils, it evaporates into steam and expands many times over. This expansion puts the heat exchanger under an incredible amount of stress that it was not designed to handle. If the stress is not relieved, the heat exchanger may rupture and your boiler will break down. There are usually safeguards in place in the boiler to prevent this from happening, but it is a serious problem, nonetheless. If you notice your boiler kettling, shut it down immediately and call a professional.

If you find yourself in need of boiler repair, call ACI Northwest. We provide boiler repair services throughout Post Falls, ID.

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