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It’s Time for Spring Cleaning!

Monday, March 25th, 2019

daffodils-in-a-fieldWith the start of spring officially here, homeowners throughout Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding communities have a lot on their plates, preparing for the warmer weather.

This can include clearing your yard and gutters of debris, cleaning out your garage and tool shed, and last but not least—cleaning your air conditioner!

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Yikes! High Electric Bill? Here’s Why

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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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Whole-House Generators: Do You Have One?

Monday, 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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How to Survive a Summer Power Outage

Monday, August 6th, 2018

summer sunWe can’t start this blog post off without first mentioning that the best way to survive a summer power outage—or at least, feel comfortable during one—is by preparing for it. Okay, so you never know when a widespread blackout will occur, or if one even will occur this summer—after all, aren’t they more common in the wintertime? That may be the case, but we are certainly not immune to summer blackouts!

And when they do occur, all of the sudden you’re stuck without an air conditioning system, without refrigeration, and typically without a way to keep cool. At least, you’re without all this without a whole house generators in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

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How Much Will My New Air Conditioner Cost?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

outside unit of an air conditioner sitting on pile of moneyThe short answer to this is “it depends.” We understand, with it officially being spring and all, that you are eager to purchase your next air conditioner if you’re in need of one this year. However, rushing into this kind of purchase can be a mistake. A Couer d’Alene, ID AC installation requires careful consideration about a number of factors, which each of those factors playing a part in how much your new cooling system will cost.

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Is Your Home Prepared for the Warmer Weather Ahead?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

When the weather outside is still chilly, it’s difficult to think about the warmer weather ahead. But sooner than you know it, we will be dealing with the heat of summer once more, and you will need your air conditioning system to run smoothly if you want to stay comfortable. The people at ACI Northwest would like to offer a few pieces of advice to those who want to use the lull of springtime (as AC technicians are usually more readily available at this time) to prepare for their homes for the heat of summer.

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5 Indoor Air Quality Systems and Services to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

Monday, April 13th, 2015

One of the most important things that you can do for your family members is to improve the condition of the air in your home. You run your air conditioning system to keep everyone in the home more comfortable, and you try to change the filter as often to filter out some of the harmful particles that move through the air. But are you really doing all you can to reduce allergens? Take a look at some of the products and services you can bring into your home to make your air a little bit healthier.

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3 Ways Attic Fans Benefit Your Household

Monday, March 31st, 2014

If you’ve ever ventured into your home’s attic during a warm summer day, you know that this shaded, enclosed spot can turn into an oven. Attics can reach 120°F easily on hot days, and this turns the region into a massive heat sink that will affect the rest of your home.

One way to protect your house from the extra heat is with proper attic insulation. But you can go a step further with installation of attic fans that equalize the temperature between the inside and the outside of the attic. These fans are also effective at decreasing the moisture that rises into the attic year-round from kitchens and showers.

If you are interested in attic fan installation, contact ACI Northwest and ask about our electrical services in Coeur d’Alene, WA.

3 benefits from attic fans

  1. Increased comfort and energy efficiency: The basic function of an attic fan is to reduce the temperature in the attic, and subsequently keep it from seeping down to heat up your home even more during hot weather. With the fans in operation, the attic averages 50 degrees cooler, and this translates to a drop of 10 degrees inside the rest of your home—a significant difference. You will end up using your air conditioner less during the summer to combat extra heat, and this means a reduction on your utility bills.
  2. Extended roof life: The high levels of heat and trapped moisture inside the attic will shorten the lifespan of your roof, which is one of the most expensive parts of a home to repair or replace. Water moisture that becomes trapped inside the roof will encourage the growth of damaging molds. When the temperature drops in winter, the moisture will freeze, expanding and causing cracking to roofing material. Attic fans pull down the temperature and dissipate the moisture that can ruin your roof.
  3. Storage protection: Most households use the attic as a storage place for items only needed a few times a year, or for valuable keepsakes and heirlooms. The intense heat inside an attic during the summer can cause damage to many of these items, especially if they are exposed to it year after year. Moisture will also cause severe harm, particularly to wood and precision objects such as musical instruments. Attic fans regulate these problems, making the attic a safer place to store your important possessions.

Attic fan installation is a large project, but with the right Coeur d’Alene electrical service contractor on the job, you should have no difficulties. ACI Northwest provides excellent attic fan installation, as well as any repairs you might need. Don’t suffer from unnecessary heat in your home this summer: call ACI Northwest today.

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Uneven and Inadequate: Common Residential Boiler Problems

Monday, November 18th, 2013

In general, when a residential boiler is working in peak condition, it’s one of the best ways to heat a home: energy-efficient, low maintenance, quiet operation, and an effective an even distribution of heat. Boilers usually outlast other residential heating systems, making them a long term-cost effective solution for winter heating.

Boilers can and do malfunction, however, even ones that receive the best regular maintenance. If you notice that your boiler is struggling to provide sufficient heat for your home, or that the heat isn’t distributed evenly through the rooms, it may be time for heating repair service in Couer d’Alene from a professional HVAC technician. ACI Northwest wants to help you enjoy the beautiful winters in Washington State: call us when you need help getting your boiler back to working at its best.

Boiler problems we frequently encounter

There are a number of different reasons that your boiler may run into trouble giving you adequate and even heating.

  • Pressure loss: If your boiler starts to lose water pressure inside the tanks or pipes, it will struggle with providing you adequate heat. This could be happening because of leaks (which may occur in places you can’t see) or trouble with the pressure relief valve.
  • Thermostat problem: If the thermostat malfunctions, it will sense heat incorrectly in your home or activate the boiler at the wrong times. Always check your thermostat when you encounter poor heating in your home, since the problem may originate there—and it’s one of the simpler fixes for an HVAC professional.
  • Corroded and blocked pipework: If the boiler seems to be working fine, but certain rooms aren’t getting warm, there may be blockage in the pipes. Corrosion can sometimes cause debris and sludge to build-up in the pipes, blocking them from getting to certain parts of your house.
  • Incorrectly sized boiler: If the boiler seems to have no other issues, but it still cannot provide you adequate heating, the problem may be that the boiler is too small. This is often an issue from amateur installation: boilers need to have professionals size them for a home. You need to consult with an expert to see if a new installation will fix this.

Whatever your boiler troubles, don’t let them go without repairs. The poor heating will not simply fix itself, no matter how advanced a boiler you have installed. The longer you let malfunctions go without repairs, the worse the problems will become—especially leaks! Don’t try to handle the repairs yourself, since you might end up causing further damage. Call trained professionals who can perform the work fast and effectively.

ACI Northwest has more than 85 years of experience with heating repair in Couer d’Alene, and we are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you.

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