ACI Northwest Blog

Can Better Indoor Air Quality Help my AC System?

July 8th, 2019

question-mark-on-blue-backgroundThe short answer to this is, “yes.”

But, please let us elaborate! The type of indoor air quality problem we’re thinking about here is humidity—the excessive moisture that we are well familiar with. In the summer, that humidity makes us feel even less comfortable and the only way to really dissipate indoor humidity is to lower the temperature. So, you’d likely turn on your air conditioner and set the thermostat to the lowest temperature possible.

But, not only is this inefficient, but it also strains your air conditioner and causes it to accumulate wear and tear faster than it should. Additionally, you’re not actually removing the humidity in an effective way. Read on to learn more!

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“Does My Fuse Box Need to Be Upgraded?”

June 24th, 2019

electricians-hands-fixing-electrical-panelThe short answer to this is, “yes.” And the reason the answer is “yes” is because if you’re still using a fuse box in your home, it is outdated—homes built after the 1960’s no longer use them and there is likely much more of electrical demand on your home now.

Instead, what your home needs is a professionally installed and serviced electrical panel with circuit breakers. This is where incoming electricity is routed into different circuits, and each of the circuit breakers is designed to shut off circuits if there is a voltage overload.

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Is Your Cooling System Right for Your Specific Home?

June 10th, 2019

woman-sitting-on-couch-operating-ductless-air-handlerOr, should you go ductless?

Let’s say you have always had a central air conditioner in your home. It works “just fine” and you’ve been paying what you would expect for its use throughout the years. Sure, you could use the space your ductwork is taking up for storage or other means, but having air ducts is just a part of staying comfortable each summer, right?

Well, have we got news for you! A traditional central air conditioner is NOT your only option, and although it may be “okay” for your home, there might be a better option—such as the aforementioned ductless system. Keep reading to learn more!

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For Optimal Efficiency, Schedule AC Repairs ASAP

May 27th, 2019

technician-working-on-ac-outdoor-unitHave you scheduled professional maintenance for your air conditioner yet this season? If not, it’s not too late! In fact, it is more important that you have maintenance done on a regular basis than it does the time of year you have it done—though we typically recommend springtime since it’s right before you’ll need your cooling system the most.

Why is maintenance so important? Well, it’s during this service that our technicians thoroughly inspect your air conditioner. We’ll clean the system inside and out, while checking for any components that need adjusting and checking for any repair needs. The latter is what we want to discuss today.

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Remodeling Your Home? Beware These Safety Hazards!

May 13th, 2019

outlet-on-wall-with-cord-plugged-inWhen remodeling your home, there are so many factors to take into consideration. For instance, if the renovation includes your kitchen, you have not only appliances and cabinetry to think about, but also your plumbing fixtures and lighting. Or if you’re redoing a family room, you may need to do some rewiring to move an entertainment system.

The one thing many remodeling jobs have in common is that it may require at least a small change to your electrical system. And if you’re doing your remodel without a professional helping, then you could very well run into some safety hazards. For this reason, we highly recommend working with a trained and experienced electrician for a job of this caliber.

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How to Best Prep Your AC for Summer

April 29th, 2019

two-fenced-in-air-conditioning-condenser-unitsWith temperatures still fairly cool for now, it’s hard to imagine those hot, humid days of summer in our future. But the future is closer than you think. And the last thing you need this summer is to be stuck with a malfunctioning or inefficient air conditioning system.

Now is actually the perfect time to start prepping your air conditioner for summer. The reason for this is because then you have plenty of time to take care of any pending repair or performance needs well before temperatures start rising. It’s convenient for you as you won’t have a disruption in service, and it’s convenient for your schedule as well, since you’ll probably have to wait longer for an appointment in the busier days of summer.

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Common End-Of-Season Electric Heater Repair Needs

April 15th, 2019

heater-ventAs Mother Nature has proven time and time again, weather can be unpredictable. Sure, we’re officially in the spring season, but does that mean we’ve seen the last of our heater usage? Well, no. Still though, many homeowners are looking forward to warmer temps and as a result, getting ready to shut down their heaters for the season. But, what if repairs are needed for your electric furnace in Coeur d’Alene, ID? Can you just ignore them for now and wait until next fall to take care of them?

We really wouldn’t recommend it. Ignoring any type of heating system problem can cause it to turn into a much bigger issue, leaving you with a broken down heater next fall when you need it the most. Or depending on the circumstances, it could at least be malfunctioning. But, how do you know if you have repair needs that require attention now? Read on to learn some of the sins of a heater malfunction.

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Factors to Consider with a Furnace Replacement

April 1st, 2019

checklist-animationSpring may officially be here, but we’re still dealing with cooler temps for now. Hopefully, your heater has served you well this winter and you’re still keeping warm and comfortable in your home. If it hasn’t, or if you’ve decided this is its last winter, you may be considering a replacement. This is a huge investment and it’s important that you consider it carefully. When you contact our team for any sort of furnace service in Spokane, WA, you can count on us to help you make an educated decision.

We believe that selecting a new heater doesn’t have to be complicated or scary, so long as you work with an HVAC pro who is aware of your home’s specific needs. Keep reading for our brief guide on selecting a new heater. And don’t hesitate to reach out for more information!

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It’s Time for Spring Cleaning!

March 25th, 2019

daffodils-in-a-fieldWith the start of spring officially here, homeowners throughout Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding communities have a lot on their plates, preparing for the warmer weather.

This can include clearing your yard and gutters of debris, cleaning out your garage and tool shed, and last but not least—cleaning your air conditioner!

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Do Ductless Systems Have Unique Repair Needs?

March 18th, 2019

close-up-view-of-ductless-systemWhen customers ask about options for new heaters and even new air conditioners today, we’re fast to recommend the ductless system. Reason being, these systems are extremely efficient and very effective in their operation. Rather than function by using a network of air ducts connect to an indoor air handler (like a traditional central air conditioner), a ductless system has an outdoor unit to which you can connect up to 4 indoor air handlers. These air handlers are mounted up high on the walls of the rooms where they’re installed, and can be controlled independently from one another.

There are a variety of advantages to going ductless in your home. But it’s important to remember that these systems are not immune to the need for heating repair in Spokane, WA, especially if you don’t have yours professionally installed or maintained. Given that, we’re going to discuss some unique needs that can come up for your ductless system, if you neglect it.

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