ACI Northwest Blog: Archive for October, 2016

Is Your Furnace Air Handler in Good Shape?

Monday, October 31st, 2016

It is almost time to start using our heating systems on a regular basis, and if you are anything like the average homeowner throughout Washington, you likely have a forced-air heating system, such as a furnace, tasked with the job of warming your home this coming winter. Furnaces are highly reliable and efficient system, so long as each of their components is cared for properly.

One of these essential components is the air handler—responsible for the movement of air through your ductwork. Air handlers are different from heating system to heating system, so the air handler used in a heat pump will have different repair requirements than the one in your furnace. Fortunately for you, our team can handle any air handler troubles you may have. Keep reading for a few of the most common problems with this component.

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Don’t Ignore These Furnace Noises!

Monday, October 24th, 2016

ACI NorthwestWith temperatures now down to the 50’s during the day, there is definitely no denying that fall is here and winter is well on its way. As such, you’re very likely beginning to use your furnace on a regular basis. As you begin to use your furnace, pay attention to the noises that it is making. True, all furnaces make noise, but there are some sounds that are not related to the normal operation of your heating system—and you should heed warning.

When odd sounds come from your furnace, they are typically the early signs of developing problems within the system. These issues can lead to expensive repairs or even premature system breakdown, which nobody wants—particularly in the dead of winter. So as our weather gets colder, pay attention to your furnace and give our repair professionals a call if you notice any of the following furnace noises.

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The Dangers of High Humidity

Monday, October 17th, 2016

When you think of humidity, you probably think about how much hotter it makes you feel during the summer. The excess moisture that high humidity levels bring is not just a once-a-year problem though—fall and winter can present some extreme humidity levels as well. This is particularly true when we have rainy weeks like the one we just experienced.

Air conditioning systems help remove some moisture from the air through condensing excess moisture along the indoor coil. However, not only are AC systems very limited on how much dehumidifying they can do, that doesn’t help at all when temperatures are as low as they are currently and you wouldn’t even think of using your cooling system.

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What Can You Do to Prep Your Heater for Winter?

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Cooler temperatures are here to stay for fall, with winter falling shortly behind. While we don’t get the blizzard conditions that states in the Midwest and the east coast do, you still need a reliable heating system to get you through some pretty chilly nights and cooler days. Now is the time to get your heating system properly prepared for winter.

Keep reading to learn more about what you can do to fully prep your heater for winter.

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Ductless System FAQ: Your Biggest Questions, Answered

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

If you don’t already know, there are numerous benefits to having a ductless mini-split system installed in your home, both for cooling as well as for heating. We’d like to address some of the common questions that homeowners often have about this technology, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. Keep reading for answers to your burning questions.  

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