ACI Northwest Blog: Archive for May, 2013

Memorial Day

Monday, May 27th, 2013

During the final Monday of May every year, we commemorate those military personnel who have died in service to their country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, probably because of the way that graveyards were decorated with flowers, Memorial Day came to prominence in the wake of the American Civil War, which left the country war-torn, with many casualties on both sides. Since that time, it has been a day of remembering those who have given up the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

As you go about town on your day off from work, you’ll probably see an abundance of flags and flowers, as well as public commemorations such as parades. While this day has been turned into the last leg of a three-day weekend, it’s important to reflect on the way that our military personnel have shaped our country, and to remember their contribution to the way we live today. We at ACI Northwest wish you all the best on Memorial Day.

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Air Conditioning FAQ: What’s the Best AC for My Home?

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

New homeowners investing in their first air conditioning system, or those homeowners looking to replace their existing AC, may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of air conditioning system options available to them. Choosing the right home cooling system can be a daunting task, but it is much easier to make an informed decision about your air conditioning options when you work with a qualified air conditioning professional. The Spokane air conditioning technicians at ACI Northwest have the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that you get the right air conditioner for your home. Call today to discuss your air conditioning installation options in Spokane, WA.

Split central air conditioning systems are still the most popular AC option, and with good reason. Modern central air conditioners are able to cool homes with outstanding efficiency and effectiveness, and their durability allows you to keep cool with the confidence you deserve. However, traditional central air conditioners also rely on ducted forced air distribution systems in order to circulate conditioned air throughout your home. While ductwork can be quite efficient, poor design, installation and air duct condition can lead to energy losses resulting in reduced efficiency.

With a ductless mini split air conditioning system installation, you can enjoy the convenience of central air conditioning without risking the energy loss commonly associated with poor air duct condition and performance. Ductless mini splits connect and outdoor condenser to individual, wall mounted blowers using a simple conduit containing power and refrigerant lines. This design eliminates the risk of energy loss via air ducts, allowing for great efficiency and zone controlled cooling for outstanding comfort.

Should you be interested in an alternative cooling option, a geothermal system may be right for you. By using an underground geothermal loop system and a geothermal heat pump, you can transfer heat between your home and the ground outside. This allows for year round comfort and an incredibly efficient, environmentally friendly air conditioning performance.

For more information about your air conditioning options, contact the Spokane air conditioning professionals at ACI Northwest. We are always happy to answer any questions that you may have. Call today to get started.

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Air Conditioning FAQ: What is a Ductless Mini Split?

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

If you are in the market for a new air conditioning system, remember that it is always a good idea to consider all of your options. Just because you have always used a traditional ducted split central air conditioner does not mean that you cannot try something new. There are a lot of air conditioning options available for installation in your home, and the air conditioning professionals at ACI Northwest can help you sort through them all. One great system to consider for installation in your home is a ductless mini split air conditioner. Contact us today to learn more.

When properly installed and professionally maintained, ducted forced air distribution systems can be a very efficient and effective way to circulate air throughout your home. Of course, it is difficult to know when there is a problem with a ductwork system, and in many homes air ducts are a serious cause of energy loss. By eliminating the need for air ducts altogether, ductless mini split air conditioning systems also eliminate the risk of this energy loss.

Ductless mini splits feature an outdoor unit much like central split systems. Rather than using ductwork to distribute cooled air throughout your home, though, ductless mini splits instead rely on individual, wall mounted blowers to do so. This means that you can cool different rooms in your home directly, without the use of air ducts. In doing so, you can cool your home more efficiently. All that is needed to connect the indoor and outdoor components of this type of system is a conduit containing refrigerant and power lines.

The individual wall mounted blowers used by ductless mini splits also make zone controlled air conditioning quite simple. This allows you to different areas of your home to different temperatures, increasing comfort while reducing the amount of energy that you use. With a ductless mini split installation, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort in order to cool your home with great efficiency.

To learn more about the operation of ductless mini splits and the many benefits they have to offer, contact ACI Northwest today. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Call us for any Spokane, WA air conditioning services you need completed.

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Furnace Tip: Take Care of Your Furnace Before the Heating Season Ends

Monday, May 6th, 2013

During the heating season in Spokane, WA, you put your home heating system under a lot of stress. All of that use can really take a toll on your heater. Many people understand that they should have their furnace inspected and maintained regularly. What many homeowners fail to realize, though, is that their furnace should be serviced at the end of the heating season, as well as beforehand. If you think that your furnace can just be shut off and forgotten about after a season of operation, think again. Contact the furnace pros at ACI Northwest to learn more.

Towards the end of the heating season, your furnace has seen a lot of action. Over the course of operation, some general wear and tear has no doubt built up. While it may be tempting to think that you’ll just take care of it at the start of the next heating season, this is just not a good idea. What happens if a sudden cold snap hits after a week or two of mild temperatures? Have you ever gone for a long run or bike ride without stretching before or after? Getting up the next morning may not have been a pleasant experience. If your heating system is compromised and then given some time off, you cannot expect it to jump right back to action again, whether it has been a week or an entire season.

Plus, there are a number of components that your heating and air conditioning systems share, such as your thermostat and ductwork. By having any damages that may have developed over the course of the heating season resolved, you can begin the process of getting your cooling system ready for summer. Not to mention the fact that, if there is a problem with the gas supply or pilot in your furnace, you should not be waiting months to have it addressed. You may not notice it in the off season.

For more tips on how to care for your furnace, call the Spokane, WA heating experts at ACI Northwest. We have all the information you need. Let us help you protect your comfort and your HVAC equipment.

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