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Is Your Cooling System Right for Your Specific Home?

Monday, 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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Watch Out for These Common Air Conditioner Problems

Monday, April 4th, 2016

There is no worse time to experience air conditioner problems than in the summertime. With warmer weather right around the corner, it’s important to remember that the heat of summer truly tests the operation and working condition of cooling systems. Avoiding small problems now could result in a system failure when you need your air conditioner the most. To prevent this, keep reading below for common air conditioner problems you should watch out for.

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All About Heat Pumps

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Are you looking for the perfect home comfort system for a new home or to replace a broken down system? We may have the right choice for your new air conditioning and heating system. Heat pumps are becoming more and more popular in recent years, and we’ll tell you why in today’s guide.  

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The Importance of Changing Your AC Filter Regularly

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The air conditioning filter is a vital component in your home air conditioning system. Many homeowners think of this piece as a component that mainly serves to filter contaminants out of the air they breathe. But this is not its only purpose; in fact, it’s not even necessarily the primary function of the filter.

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Are You Wasting Money on Air Conditioning?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Energy bills can skyrocket in the summer months, but if your bills are already high early on in the cooling season, it could be due to the way you run your system. Many homeowners have some misconceptions about air conditioning systems, which cause them to unintentionally operate the air conditioner inefficiently. Take a look at some of the reasons your bills may be unusually high.

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What to Check before Calling for AC Repair

Monday, June 1st, 2015

While we’d like to think that most HVAC technicians are friendly and professional, we know that calling for air conditioning repair can be a hassle. First, you have to locate a good technician, and then you must find the time to set aside for the repair. While most repairs are far too difficult to complete without the help of a trained technician, there are a few things you should check before calling for repairs to save yourself a little trouble.

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Could Your Air Conditioner Be the Wrong Size for Your Home?

Monday, May 25th, 2015

If you need a new air conditioning system, the size of the unit is more important than you may think. Sizing an air conditioner does not really refer to the amount of space it takes up. When we talk about sizing an air conditioner for new installation, we are referring to its cooling capacity.  The cooling capacity of your new AC system must be just right for your home or else it can require repairs early on and possibly fail prematurely. Professionals take special considerations when sizing an AC; take a look at why.

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3 Benefits of a Ductless Air Conditioner

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Is your home one of many without a working duct system built in? Have you recently added on a room to your home that needs air conditioning, or are you using an unconditioned space like a garage or shed as a workshop? If so, a ductless air conditioner may be just right for your home. Ductless air conditioning systems contain all of the same components of a conventional air conditioning system, including an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor air handler. The difference is that indoor air handlers are fixed on the walls and blow air directly into that room. Here are just a few of the benefits of this system.

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Don’t Wait Too Long: Now Is the Time for an Air Conditioning Maintenance Visit

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Air conditioning systems contain multiple complex electro-mechanical parts which can run into trouble at any time. But it’s far less likely that you’ll have to deal with the unexpected air conditioning problem this summer if you take preventive action now. Air conditioning maintenance helps to ensure that your AC system is in top shape for the cooling season, and you may not encounter any problems for the rest of the cooling season.

The Steps of a Maintenance Visit

An air conditioning maintenance visit involves several steps, which we’ll sort into three basic categories: cleaning, adjusting, and inspection.

  • Cleaning – Some of the parts will gather dirt and debris over time, especially the outside condenser unit since these components are exposed to the elements. And when these parts become too dirty, the air conditioner can no longer efficiently exchange heat. Cleaning essential components such as the condenser coil makes it so that heat can absorb from the air in your home and effectively release outside.
  • Adjusting – You probably ran your air conditioner quite a bit last summer, which means that parts may have become worn down, loose, bent, or otherwise damaged. Making a few adjustments can bring your unit back to peak condition. For example, the technician may use a special comb to straighten bent condenser coils, which can make heat exchange more efficient.
  • Inspection – A problem with an air conditioning system may not always make itself known, but a technician can use experience and training to determine whether there is a repair that needs to be completed sometime soon.

Why Now Is the Best Time

Once the air conditioning season begins, it will be difficult to go without a reliable AC system for too long. During a maintenance visit, the technician may discover some issues with your unit, but it’s better to schedule service now than to wait for a major breakdown. Scheduling service on your own time means that you will not have to worry about staying home on a busy day to schedule a lengthy repair. Besides, the upcoming energy savings alone is worth the call for maintenance.

Call the AC experts at ACI Northwest for air conditioning maintenance or AC repairs in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

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Upgrades That Can Make Your AC More Energy Efficient

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Many homeowners will do anything possible to lower their energy bills. But when you turn off your air conditioner or raise the temperature to save money, you give up your family’s comfort. Fortunately, there are other ways to save on cooling costs this summer without making your family feel the heat.

There are a few simple ways to make your AC more energy efficient, such as cleaning the air filters once a month and scheduling maintenance with an air conditioning technician. Dirty air filters can block airflow, causing your AC to run longer. An air conditioning maintenance technician can clean the components of your system for increased efficiency.

But another great way to increase the efficiency of your AC is by calling a technician to install money-saving upgrades for your system. A new programmable thermostat or zone control system may be the most enjoyable way for you to take advantage of the increased efficiency of your air conditioner this summer.

Thermostat Options

One upgrade you might consider is a digital, programmable thermostat. Manual thermostats are occasionally difficult to read which means your temperature reading is often inaccurate, raising your energy bills. If the temperature is even one or two degrees lower than you needed it to be, it can cause your bills to be significantly higher.

Digital, programmable thermostats have a clear display, so you’ll never set the temperature higher or lower than you want. Furthermore, you can program your digital thermostat to adjust the temperature throughout the day to save money when you are not home or during peak hours. For example, you can set the AC to switch on twenty minutes before you arrive home to avoid spending money on your AC bill when you’re not there.

Zone Control Systems

Another energy-saving upgrade is a zone control system. Zone control allows you the opportunity to choose the temperature in various areas of your home. If your family members rarely use every room at once, zone control is a great opportunity to save money by raising the temperature in unoccupied rooms while keeping others cool.

If you want air conditioning upgrades in Coeur d’Alene, call the professionals at ACI Northwest today!

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