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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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One Simple Way to Improve Your Heater’s Efficiency

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Maintenance and Repairs: Getting Your AC Prepped for Summer

Monday, 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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“Help! Why Is My Electrical Bill So High?”

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

money folded origami style to look like a houseWhen it comes to saving money, the average homeowner will tend to look at their bills that fluctuate each month. This means their water bill, gas bill, and electric bill. As we are all well aware, energy bills can be staggering—particularly during the peak of summer or of winter, when you are using either your air conditioner or heater on a daily, if not hourly, basis.

As it ends up, your HVAC systems account for over half of all your energy costs. So if you’re using an electric system such as an electrically powered furnace or heat pump, then you’ll be paying even more. But, this certainly isn’t the only contributor to high electric bills. Fortunately, our are Coeur d’Alene, ID electricians here to share with you some of the reasons your electric bill may be too high, and what you can do about it.

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Who Should Invest in a Ductless System?

Monday, June 12th, 2017

ductless-system-investWhen it comes to heating your home during the winter, forced-air systems—furnaces—are still a very popular way to do so. But often, forced air systems can be inefficient, or can take up too much space in your home on top of your already existing air conditioner, too.

But what if we told you there was another option for forced air cooling and heating, that not only would save you money due to its efficiency, but will take up far less space in your home? We’re talking about investing in a Coeur d’Alene, ID ductless system installation. But, just like any other HVAC system, a ductless system—ductless mini-split—isn’t right for every home.

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Is This the Summer for a New AC System?

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

new-air-conditioner-summerOur temperatures may still be on the chillier side, but with spring officially here, warmer weather is not far behind. When it hits in earnest, you’ll want to ensure that you are prepared with a fully functional and efficient air conditioning system in Coeur D’Alene, ID.

We know you have many options when it comes to choosing the right air conditioner for your home and family. You’ll want to consider the size of the system (going too big or too small can be detrimental to its performance) as well as other factors such as the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. And if you truly want an AC system built to last, we highly recommend choosing a TRANE® air conditioner.

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Schedule Your Spring AC Tune-Up Now

Monday, March 6th, 2017

ac-tune-up-schedule-nowThough it may not feel like it quite yet, springtime is just a couple short weeks away. Before you know it, temperatures will begin to warm and you’ll once again be turning on your air conditioner to keep your living space comfortable. This makes right now the perfect time to start thinking about investing in a Couer d’Alene, ID AC tune-up.

There are a number of ways to ensure that your air conditioning system works efficiently all summer long, year after year. It starts with investing in an AC unit that is properly sized for your home, and has a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, which is a measurements of the system’s cooling output against the amount of energy it consumes.

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Should You Invest In an Electronic Air Cleaner?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Were you aware that the condition of your indoor air can actually be worse than that of the outdoors? You might believe that the air filter that came standard with your HVAC system resolves this issue, but that’s unfortunately not the case. That air filter is actually designed to protect the interior components of your HVAC unit and does little to protect the indoor air quality of your home.

This air filter should be changed every three months, at least, to continue to protect the integrity of your HVAC system. Additionally, while it doesn’t help your indoor air quality much, it can make it worse if it gets clogged up. But if you are looking for truly clean air, then you would do well to consider an electronic air cleaner.

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