ACI Northwest Blog

Yikes! High Electric Bill? Here’s Why

January 21st, 2019

Scared looking woman hiding picking through dollar banknotesIt’s no secret that this time of the year, energy bills are high. This is particularly true if you have an electric furnace or some other type of electric heating system. But there is the standard “higher bill” during this time of the year, and there are electrical bills that are far beyond the scope of what you’d imagine it should be.

Your HVAC systems do account for over half of all your energy costs, but this isn’t the only contributor to high electric bills. And if your bills are much higher than last year, or in comparison to your neighbors, then something is definitely up. We first urge you to have your HVAC systems inspected in case a neglected repair need or some system inefficiency is what’s causing this spike. In the absence of an heater problem though, we urge you to consider the following possibilities:

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Solve the Dry Air Problem in Your Home for Good!

January 7th, 2019

Image of young woman relaxing and using digital tabletLiving in Idaho, we’re pretty familiar with the experience of dry air during the winter. This lack of moisture can cause a variety of problems such as dry, itchy skin and static electricity. But what’s even more frustrating than dealing with dry air outside is contending with it inside your home.

This is where Coeur d’Alene, ID humidifier services come in. There is no bad time to have a humidifier installed, therefore there’s no time like the present to give us a call! But of course, we don’t expect you to rush out and buy a whole-house humidifier or any home comfort device without knowing the benefits of doing so. Keep reading to learn more about humidity and the problems that too little of it cause.

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What a GFCI Outlet Is (And Why You Should Care)

December 24th, 2018

A new GFCI electrical outlet.In our previous post, we delved into what exactly can cause your electrical system to get overloaded when you add holiday lights, and talked about the outlets that would most likely be affected by this overload—the GFCI outlet.

The fact is, there have been many changes in the electrical usage of homes throughout the country, with most households consuming at least double the electricity than ever before, even without adding on holiday lights during this time of the year. It’s vital, then, that your electrical wiring and system stays current with this rise in consumption—and this includes outlets.

Should you discover or suspect you need an outlet upgrade or some other type of electrical work, don’t hesitate to contact our team of professionals for electrical services in Coeur d’Alene, ID. In the meantime, read on to learn more about this GFCI outlet, and why you should care about it.

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Could Your Holiday Lights Be Threatening Your Electrical System?

December 10th, 2018

woman sitting in her home with holiday lights on a tree in the foregroundThe holiday season is well upon us, and if you are like many homeowners in our area, you are likely decorating your home, if you haven’t done so already. Quite often, this means putting up holiday lights in and around your home.

You may be surprised to learn that one of the most frequent calls received by our professional electricians is in regards to outlets and wall switches failing to operate, and tripped circuit breakers. This may include areas such as your bathroom, garage, or even outdoors. And the most common reason for these components not working is due to holiday lights overloading the electrical system. We are, of course, always happy to help you out with professional Coeur d’Alene electrical services should something like this occur in your home, but we’d also like to help you understand what’s going on and what you can do about it.

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Whole-House Generators: Do You Have One?

November 26th, 2018

A home generator that provides electricity during a power outage. It is connected to a propane gas supply.With winter well on its way, you probably are thinking about a lot of different things—the holiday season, your kids getting out of school for winter break, if you scheduled maintenance for your heating system yet, and if your generator is ready in case there’s a power outage.

Wait, what’s that? You don’t have a generator in place? Or you do, and you haven’t had it maintained or checked to make sure it can handle a sudden winter power outage? Either way, you can contact our team for quality, reliable Coeur d’Alene generator services. In the meantime, read on to learn more about these systems.

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One Simple Way to Improve Your Heater’s Efficiency

November 12th, 2018

stagnant vent on wall near floorOne simple way to improve your heater’s efficiency is… to use your ceiling fan!

Sure, this may seem counter-intuitive. After all, aren’t ceiling fans used for cooling? Well, actually…

Ceiling fans cannot be used to actually cool the air in the room where they are installed. People do leave their ceiling fans on in their homes all day during the summer thinking this helps, but really the room they come home to isn’t any cooler than when they left it.

So wait, does this make ceiling fans pointless? No, not at all! Read on…

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Don’t Underestimate the Danger of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

October 29th, 2018

gas jets of a furnace ignitingDo you have a gas-powered furnace in your home? We wouldn’t be surprised if you do. It is, after all, the most popular heating system found in homes throughout the country, particularly in areas like ours that get significantly colder than other states during the winter.

Furnaces are cost-effective, and a great choice for most homeowners. But, while they are not dangerous in nature, when you use natural gas in your home you do run the risk of toxic gas leaks and combustion problems. The main concern in avoiding this is taking good care of the heat exchangers.

A cracked heat exchanger in your furnace is never something you should ignore. If you suspect you have one or have been told you have one, please be sure to shut off your heater and call for Coeur d’Alene, ID heating services ASAP.

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Should Your Smoke Detectors be Hardwired?

October 15th, 2018

Common plastic white home smoke detector alarm, preventing an abnormal smoke in the room from perhaps a fire with a sound very loud. In the image, there is a big fire in the room and there is smoke that rises to the ceiling where is placed the equipement. This one is mounted on wooden ceiling. For example in France country, those smoke detector are required since march 2015. On the sensor is written that we should not paint it, and direction to open or close it, there is the test button because we need to check it regularly, and a red led indicating that the battery inside is always good.Hopefully, you already understand how important it is to have a functional smoke detector, a.k.a fire alarm, in each room of your house. This isn’t just one of those “good idea to have” kind of things—it is absolutely essential to the safety of your family and the protection of your valuables.

What many homeowners often don’t realize, however, is that they can and should have their smoke detectors hardwired into their electrical system, too. When it comes time to schedule this service, be sure to get in touch with expert electricians in Sandpoint, ID.

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Do You Have Faulty Outlets in Your Home?

October 1st, 2018

American electrical outlet and cover plate, with screwdriver and wire nutsWith the exception of 1 day a month when you pay your electric bill, chances are that you don’t give a lot of thought to your electrical system at all. In fact, you may even take it for granted, absentmindedly plumbing in items like your hair dryer, phone, and laptop charger all at once, never expecting that it will be an issue.

So, if you find an electrical outlet not working, it’s likely pretty frustrating. Additionally, it could be the sign of a serious Spokane, WA electrical repair service need. But what exactly is it that causes failed or faulty electrical outlets?

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The End of Season is No Time to Neglect These AC Repair Needs

September 17th, 2018

woman writing appointment in a scheduleTemperatures are cooling, and the official start of fall is just a few short days away. So, we can turn off our air conditioners for the season and just forget about them until next year, right?

Not so fast! Has your air conditioner been making funny noises in recent weeks? Or perhaps it seemed as though it wasn’t cooling as powerfully as it used to. If you had any sort of problem with your cooling system this summer, then the time to call for air conditioning repair in Post Falls, ID is now, rather than waiting until next year and hoping for the best.

Letting an already malfunctioning AC system sit in waiting all fall and winter long could mean a completely broken down system when spring comes back around. The following are some end of season repair needs that you really shouldn’t wait to call a pro for.

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