ACI Northwest Blog

If Your AC Isn’t Tuned-Up, It’s Not Too Late

June 11th, 2018

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.When you read any blog post touting the benefits of air conditioning maintenance, we understand that it can be easy for you to dismiss. After all, if nothing is seriously wrong with your air conditioner, why bother calling a professional HVAC contractor in Spokane, WA? This is especially the case if your air conditioner worked just fine all summer long last year, right? Well, similar to maintenance for your automobile, routine air conditioning maintenance is important not so much to fix issues but to prevent them to begin with.

As air conditioning professionals, we feel that it is our responsibility to inform you on the “why” of air conditioning maintenance. If you haven’t scheduled yours yet, no problem. Hopefully what we have to say here will convince you to get it on your schedule now.

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“Do I Really Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector?”

May 28th, 2018

close up shot of carbon monoxide alarm near garageAll you need are a few facts to know the answer to this question. For instance, did you know that carbon monoxide poisoning affects thousands of people each and every year? It leads to hundreds of illnesses and even death. If you want to protect your home and family from the possibility of this happening, then yes, you really need a carbon monoxide detector. With one, you won’t have to worry about the safety and well-being of your home’s occupants.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. In other words, you will not detect its presence without the right equipment in your home. People in your household could get sick without any explanation, and you’d never know what was really wrong—we don’t want it to get to this point! That’s why it’s vital that you have a carbon monoxide detector installed by a professional electrician in Spokane, WA.

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What Condition is Your Wiring in?

May 14th, 2018

electrician's hands working with wiresOf all the issues that can negatively impact your home, electrical problems are probably the most dangerous. Think about it—a plumbing problem can cause mold growth and property damage while an HVAC issue can leave you uncomfortable for a few hours while you wait for emergency repairs to get your system back in shape. But electrical problems can cause electrocution and house fires.

It’s essential that you have a professional electrician inspect the wiring in your home at least once every few years to see if you need Spokane, WA electrical repair. Otherwise, you could very well find yourself facing a problem or even an electrical emergency. Keep in mind, though, that even with regular inspections there’s still a chance that electrical issues can happen, so be sure to contact an electrician right away if you notice any of the following signs.

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Maintenance and Repairs: Getting Your AC Prepped for Summer

April 30th, 2018

Front elevation of a large contemporary home.In our previous post, we talked about how now is the perfect time of year to get air conditioning maintenance in Coeur d’Alene, ID on your schedule. We’re talking about it again because, it’s just that important. Once temperatures begin to trend upwards, you’ll want to know you can run your AC system for hours a time without a problem.

The last thing you want is your cooling system to break down on you when you need it the most, and the best way to make sure your cooling system is ready for anything summer can bring is to get that maintenance session on your schedule, and follow up with any repairs deemed necessary.

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Is It Ever Too Early to Schedule AC Maintenance?

April 16th, 2018

hands filling out planner on an isolated white backgroundTemperatures are pretty cool in our little corner of the world, when compared to other parts of the country—even in the spring and summertime. Still though, given how warm it does and can get, a fully functional air conditioner is absolutely essential for the season change. And now is the best time to arrange for maintenance for this system. Your Spokane, WA HVAC maintenance appointments should be scheduled twice a year: once for your cooling system and once for your heater.

Now, there are a couple maintenance jobs you can do on your own. For instance, you should change your air filter every 1-3 months depending on the level of contaminants in your home and depending on what type of air filter it is. But full, professional maintenance requires the services of a trained HVAC technician.

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How Much Will My New Air Conditioner Cost?

April 2nd, 2018

outside unit of an air conditioner sitting on pile of moneyThe short answer to this is “it depends.” We understand, with it officially being spring and all, that you are eager to purchase your next air conditioner if you’re in need of one this year. However, rushing into this kind of purchase can be a mistake. A Couer d’Alene, ID AC installation requires careful consideration about a number of factors, which each of those factors playing a part in how much your new cooling system will cost.

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How Ceiling Fan Usage Can Help (Or Hurt) Your Energy Usage

March 19th, 2018

ceiling fan What? A blog post about ceiling fans when it’s only 40 degrees out this week? Why would we be talking about ceiling fans?

We get it, this isn’t a normal topic of conversation this time of the year, but it could be. As a comprehensive HVAC and indoor air quality service company, we’re always happy to share efficiency and money saving tips with our clients year-round. And there’s one service our Deer Park, WA electricians can help you with, that will benefit your energy usage and HVAC efficiency—and that’s the installation of a ceiling fan.

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Tips for Taking Care of a Commercial HVAC System

March 5th, 2018

air conditioning installation on rooftopTemperatures may mostly be on the cooler side in our little corner of the world—particularly during this time of year. But with spring approaching, now is the best time to start talking about air conditioner maintenance—for your business. Scheduling routine maintenance is one of the best ways to care for your commercial Spokane, WA HVAC system, as it helps you avoid major repair issues, saves energy, and improves equipment life.

Maintenance is one of those HVAC services that are important for residential spaces, but even more so for commercial buildings, no matter their size or function. Efficient air conditioning not only manages the comfort of employees, customers, clients, tenants and guests, but is essential to protecting equipment from overheating, too. In a residential space you need only worry about the comfort of a few, while in a business setting you have much more responsibility.

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When Is It Time to Replace Your Heater?

February 19th, 2018

cute dog under the warm grey blanketIf it were up to you, your Spokane, WA heating system would last forever. You’d be able to get by with repair after repair and never need to replace it. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case. Sooner or later, you will need a new heater. But how do you know when that time has come? You certainly don’t want to wait until it just shuts down on you all together, in the middle of one of our coldest winter days.

Fortunately, our team is here to help you make an educated decision on the matter. You can contact us any time when you think your furnace or heating system is reaching the end of its lifecycle. Our team will look at a variety of factors, help you decide if you can get by with another repair for now or if replacement would be more economical, and suggest system models that fit your lifestyle and needs.

Without further ado, some signs that it is, in fact, time to replace that old heater:

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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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