Now’s the time to start thinking about your spring AC tune-up

You probably know that annual maintenance is important for your HVAC system. But, do you know why it’s important? Here’s what you need to know: a spring AC tune-up increases your summer energy-efficiency, helping you keep costs low all year long. Plus, regular maintenance increases the lifespan of your HVAC unit.

It's that time of year again: time to schedule your spring AC tune-up with Ace Air.

Schedule your spring AC tune-up with the professionals here at Ace Air.

Don’t take just our word for it! The Environmental Protection Agency and EnergyStar both encourage consumers to have an annual tune-up for optimal performance. A spring tune-up prepares your unit for the summer months, so you’ll be ready as the temperature goes up.

To schedule your tune-up, contact us today!

Here’s what our spring AC tune-up includes

If you were going to go on a long trip, you’d have your car tuned up before you left, right? In a similar way, it’s your AC that’s gearing up for a long, hot trip through the humid Louisiana summer season. It deserves the same care.

Trust your AC tune-up to the experts here at Ace Air. Here are just some of the things we look at when we inspect and tune up your air conditioner or heat pump:

  • Lubricate motors and moving parts that might be covered in dust, reducing the stress on the system.
  • Check refrigerant levels to ensure that there are no leaks, offering you confidence that your system will keep you cool as the days get hotter. It also protects the environment from release of toxic gases.
  • Tighten electrical connections that might be loose, which is one of the most common issues that we see each year.
  • Clean the evaporator coil. This coil picks up dirt and grime in the air throughout the year. Cleaning it in the spring helps the unit work more efficiently.
  • Check the thermostat for proper calibration. If your thermostat doesn’t read the right temperature, the AC won’t work properly.
  • Clean the condensate pan and drain. Stagnant water can cause algae, mold and mildew to grow in your system, which can cause the drain to clog, leading to water damage. The AC will also switch off.

Schedule your AC tune-up and maximize your summer comfort and savings

A spring AC tune-up can save you time and money in the summer. On the hottest days of the year here in South Louisiana, you can rest easy knowing that you made the smart decision to have the professionals at Ace Air take a look at your system. Ensure that your air conditioner, heat pump, or ductless system is ready for the summer ahead by calling us to schedule your tune-up.

How to tell if a heat pump is a good fit for your home

Here in South Louisiana, where summers are hot and winters are chilly but relatively mild, a heat pump offers the best of both worlds. These versatile systems can pull double-duty by heating your home in the winter and cooling it down in the summer. Thanks to how heat pumps work, they’re an especially efficient choice for our region’s climate. A heat pump is a good fit for your South Louisiana home.

In this article, we’ll dive into exactly how heat pumps are able to do this, and why this type of system might be a good fit for your home here in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

A heat pump is a good fit for homes here in South Louisiana.

A heat pump is a good fit for homes here in South Louisiana. Call us for a free in-home estimate!

A single system that heats and cools your home

Heat pumps are essentially reversible air conditioning systems capable of switching the direction of heat flow. During the summer, the pump extracts heat from inside and forces it out. In the colder months of the year, the system reverses operation, extracting heat from the outside air and bringing it inside.

The refrigerant used in heat pumps has a very low boiling point, enabling the system to draw heat energy from outside even when it’s cold. While heat pumps don’t do well in regions that see a lot of below-zero weather, they’re an effective, energy-efficient choice for homeowners in the South, who are faced with relatively mild winters.

Heat pump cost efficiency

Using a single system to heat and cool cuts down on heat pump maintenance and repair costs while also reducing your household energy use. Unlike HVAC equipment that relies on gas, oil, or electrical resistance to generate warmth, heat pumps simply move heat energy that’s already there. That’s efficient!

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an efficient unit can lower the amount of electricity used for heating by about 50 percent compared to an electric furnace or baseboard heaters. Heat pumps can also offer better dehumidification than air conditioners, making them ideal for our humid Louisiana summers.

Ground-source heat pumps

While most homeowners install air source heat pumps, ground-source systems are even more efficient. These units use relatively stable ground temperatures as a heat sink in the summer and as a heat source in the winter, and they can reduce overall energy use by 30 to 60 percent.

To see if a heat pump is a good fit for your home, call us for a free in-home estimate!

If you’re considering installing a new heat pump, we can help! Our experienced technicians can answer all your questions about how these efficient systems work and help you decide whether a heat pump is right for you. We also offer free in-home estimates here in the Lake Charles area.

Why you should switch to a programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat gives you the freedom and flexibility to adjust the temperature in your home to fit your lifestyle. That’s why many homeowners here in Lake Charles are making the switch to programmable or “smart” thermostats. In this blog, we’ll review some of the benefits of upgrading, and why you should call Ace to have one of our certified technicians install your new thermostat.

4 reasons to switch to a programmable thermostat

#1. It works with your routine

With the ability to program your thermostat, you have the option of setting a schedule that coincides with the hours you’ll actually spend in the house. If you work weekdays from 9-5, there’s no reason to have your air conditioner blasting for eight hours attempting to keep your home cool at 74 degrees.

If you tend to get chilly in the evenings, you might also program your nighttime setting to adjust the temperature on the warmer side, so you’ll be comfortable while you sleep.

Even without considering your personal needs, you can set the temperature to adjust based on normal fluctuations throughout the day. Choose a lower temperature for the midday hours when it’s typically the warmest.

No matter what your schedule, a programmable thermostat will adjust to your personal needs. Set your preferences once, and you won’t have to touch it again unless you want to make a change.

#2. It reduces energy costs

When you no longer have to run your system at odd times, you immediately reduce the amount of energy you’re using to heat or cool your home. At Ace Air Conditioning, we install programmable thermostats that work with a wide variety of air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces.

Advanced technology also lets you access your home’s temperature settings from a mobile device while you’re away. Let’s say that you have a housesitter coming over for a few days during your winter vacation. From your smartphone on the ski slopes, you can adjust the thermostat to heat up your home for them when they arrive.

#3. It prolongs your HVAC’s life

Here’s something you probably already know: using your furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner less will reduce its wear-and-tear over time. A programmable thermostat helps reduce the overall use of your HVAC systems by turning them off when you’re not home and only when you need them.

Many programmable thermostats also come with neat options that alert you to problems in your system that you need to take care of, such as swapping out your air filter—a major impact on your energy-efficiency.

#4. The transition is easy

Contact Ace Air today and we’ll help you plan your new thermostat installation. Our factory-trained, experienced technicians can install your new thermostat, configure settings, and confirm that everything is working properly with your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace.

Here are the benefits of scheduling a heat pump tune-up this fall

You’ve made it through another sweltering summer, and now it’s time to think about heating your home during the winter. Luckily, if you have a heat pump, you have a system that can both cool and heat your home. However, all that wear-and-tear throughout the entire year means that you need to keep your unit in working order. That’s where we come in. Ace Air offers heat pump tune-up services here in Lake Charles.

In this blog, we’ll run through the top 5 reasons to schedule a heating tune-up this autumn.

Here’s why you should schedule a heat pump tune-up

#1. Compliance with your warranty

Heating and cooling systems are expensive, which is why manufacturers provide customers with warranties to protect the system from defects and problems for years after purchase. However, these warranties often have a very specific catch: you have to have your system inspected regularly by a certified technician from a trusted HVAC company.

This actually makes sense: since a heat pump tune-up can help you avoid the need for repairs by minimizing the risk of a breakdown, the manufacturer sees them as a way to ensure that the system is running at its best for the life of the warranty.

#2. Boost energy-efficiency

Since you’re using electricity to heat your home, you’ll want to get maximum value out of every kilowatt, and a fall heat pump tune-up can help you boost efficiency. It’s easy for components to rattle loose over the course of a year, and our technicians will make sure everything is secure in its place. Plus, the buildup of dirt and grime within the heat pump can cause minor inefficiencies that lead to big costs over the course of the winter.

#3. Help your system recover

Heat pumps work differently than other HVAC systems because they use the same equipment for both heating and cooling. Since your pump works on a year-round basis, it’s a good idea to schedule service whenever the weather transitions from hot to cold.

#4. Increase your system’s lifespan

Like any other piece of machinery, a furnace’s components experience wear-and-tear through normal operation, and an annual service can help identify failing parts. If you put this important maintenance off, you’ll potentially shorten the serviceable life of your heating system.

#5. Find problems before it’s too late

When you turn your furnace on for the winter, you expect it to heat your home. By getting a fall tune-up for your heat pump, you can ensure the system is ready to go. You’ll also avoid the long wait for a repair appointment if it fails on a cold day.

Call Ace to schedule your heat pump tune-up this fall

If these benefits sound good to you, turn to the experienced professionals at Ace Air Conditioning for service on your HVAC system this fall. Why void your warranty or risk premature equipment failure? To schedule a heat pump tune-up, or to learn more about our other available services, contact us online today.

Is a ductless HVAC system right for your Lake Charles home?

If you’re due for a new air conditioner soon, have you thought about getting a ductless HVAC system? You might not have heard of this type of air conditioner, but it’s perfect for many homes and situations, and offers several advantages over traditional cooling and heating systems.

For a free in-home estimate on a new ductless system here in Lake Charles, contact our team today.

AC EfficiencyWhy have a ductless HVAC system installed in your home?

#1. Save money

One great thing about ductless systems is the fact that you can save a lot of money with them during the hottest months of the year. This is because a ductless system doesn’t use as much energy as a traditional system, which means you aren’t spending as much money to stay cool and comfortable in your own home. Don’t be surprised if you save as much as 30 percent on your monthly cooling bills.

#2. Boost your comfort

With a traditional air conditioning unit, you have to think about where you can place the vents throughout your home, which can limit your possibilities. You have much more freedom with ductless cooling, though.

This means you don’t have to worry about cooling down rooms that are already cool. That, and everyone in your home is comfortable; no one is complaining about it being too cold or too hot, which can make it nearly impossible to find a temperature where everyone is satisfied.

#3. Quiet operation

Ductless air conditioners are also noted for their quiet operation, meaning you can get comfortable without enduring the droning of a working air conditioner. If you work from home, are trying to enjoy the peace and quiet, or you’re sleeping, you’ll definitely want an air conditioner that’s whisper-quiet.

This silent operation is contributed to the fact that most of the moving parts of a ductless air conditioner are placed outside your home rather than inside.

#4. Good for a variety of residences

If you have an older home, it might not be well-suited for ductwork, or ductwork installation might be far too pricey to even be taken into consideration. Your property might also have rooms and areas that never seem to cool down no matter how much you adjust the thermostat. In either case, going ductless is a great option.

Call Ace to learn more about a ductless HVAC system

Interested in learning more about a ductless HVAC unit, and whether this setup is right for your home? For a free in-home estimate here in Lake Charles, Louisiana, contact us here at Ace Air Conditioning today.

Why you should improve your indoor air quality

Did you know that the quality of your indoor air is just as important as the quality of outdoor air? Just like outdoor air pollutants, indoor air contaminants can affect your health. In this blog, we’ll review just some of the reasons why you should improve your indoor air quality.

A professional indoor air quality test is a great way to assess the quality of the air inside your home or building. To schedule yours here in Lake Charles, contact the team at Ace.

Why should you improve your indoor air quality?

Here are four health benefits of improving the quality of your indoor air:

Pictured: Your living room might look immaculate, but there could be unseen contaminants in your air. Just another reasons why you should improve your indoor air quality!

Your living room might look immaculate, but there could be unseen contaminants in your air. Just another reason why you should improve your indoor air quality!

1. Decrease allergens

Common indoor allergens include pollen, mold spores, and (yuck!) cockroach debris. These allergens float through the air and accumulate on surfaces, and they cause symptoms like eye irritation, a scratchy throat, and sneezing.

Maintaining the IAQ in your home reduces the number of indoor allergens and alleviates the symptoms of allergic reactions.

2. Sleep more soundly

Indoor air quality matters, even when you’re asleep. As your body moves through the sleep cycle, your breathing rate changes, so it’s important that the air is clean and easy to breathe while you sleep.

Better air quality means the body doesn’t have to work hard and interrupt sleep to get the right amount of oxygen. This causes less sleep disturbances and helps prevent or improve breathing-related sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.

Cleaner air will have you waking up feeling rested and refreshed.

3. Breathe better

Air that is filled with contaminants puts a strain on your body when you breathe. Your breaths become shallower, and your lungs and heart have to work harder to take in enough oxygen. If it continues, this unnecessary stress on your body can cause health problems in years to come.

However, improved indoor air quality lets you take deep breaths and give your body the oxygen it needs without all the extra work. Our technicians at Ace Air Conditioning can test your air and help you breathe easier.

4. Regulate humidity

The right amount of humidity is important and can affect your health. Air that’s too dry can trigger nosebleeds and skin irritation. On the other hand, high humidity (hello, Louisiana!) promotes mold growth and makes your home feel musty, which causes heavy breathing.

Having cleaner air with less contaminants makes it easier to achieve the ideal balance of humidity (usually around 45 percent) and keep everyone comfortable.

Contact Ace Air Conditioning

The better your IAQ, the happier and healthier everyone will be. Contact the team at Ace Air today for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Here are some common issues with older AC systems

If you want your house to be comfortable during the hot weather this summer, make sure older AC system is in optimal condition by scheduling a tune-up. The average unit lifespan is 1015 years, but there are many signs that an aging AC system is breaking down prematurely. In this blog post, we’ll review the signs of an older AC system going out.

Inefficiencies cost you money

As AC systems age, natural wear-and-tear occurs. As a system works hard to keep the temperature comfortable indoors, it is exposed to the elements. Years of exposure and wear damage components such as the fan, coil, or refrigerant lines, making the system work harder to cool your home and increasing your home energy costs.

There are other issues with aging systems:

  • Older systems are less efficient, taking longer to cool your house, which contributes to higher energy bills.
  • Older AC units need cleaned more often and if they aren’t, your indoor air quality will decrease. Dust, pet fur, mold, and mildew can all travel through HVAC systems and into your home.
  • As components deteriorate, your air conditioner is more likely to need frequent repairs, which can be pricey and can leave you sweating when you need your system to be working its hardest.
  • Electrical issues also become more prevalent with age, which can lead to the system shorting out or catching fire.
  • Problems like broken motors or damaged belts can lead to issues with one or both of your AC unit’s fans, which can result in limited airflow and, eventually, compressor failure.

Regular maintenance is important

Regular maintenance is a great way to increase the lifespan of your AC unit. Catching these common problems early may make it easier to fix and cut costs in the long run. Also, having your system cleaned annually helps it run more economically.

As technology advances, new systems become more efficient, and a technician can tell you the ideal time for repair versus replacement.

Experts can help work with your older AC system

If these issues sound familiar, it may be time to replace or tune up your older AC system. Contact us today to schedule a service consultation. Experts will assess how much life is left in your unit and help you make the best decision for your household.

How to tell when your AC needs to be serviced by a professional

Imagine: It’s 85 degrees outside, and you’re out there working in the hot sun until you’re dripping with sweat. When you come inside, it’s to cool off and wind down, but that’s pretty hard to do if your air conditioning system is not working properly.

To keep your home and family comfortable through the brutal summertime heat, it’s important to identify certain AC repair signs indicating your unit needs professional maintenance.

Know the warning signs

There are several warning signs that AC repair needs are evident in your home:

  • Loud and disturbing noises coming from the unit (grinding, squeaking, etc.)
  • Spike in electric and utility bills
  • Strange smells coming from your AC unit
  • Your unit expels warm air instead of cold
  • Evidence of moisture or water leaks around the unit
  • Decrease or disruption in air flow
  • Thermostat malfunction

If your air conditioner is acting up, it’s a good idea to have it serviced by a reputable company. Problems detected earlier and addressed sooner rather than later can help save costs down the road, as there may be less chance of having to replace the entire unit or perform more expensive repairs.

If you are frequently needing maintenance and repairs to your AC unit, then it may be time to consider replacing it altogether. If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, this is also a good time to invest in a replacement.

Watch for chemical leaks

There is a refrigerant chemical called freon which is commonly used in AC units. Any moisture leaking from or found around your air conditioner could be a sign that there is a freon leak.

Freon is a relatively toxic gas that could be harmful, so if you think this might be a problem, you should call in a professional service or local AC repair company right away. Dramatic increases in energy and utility bills may also indicate a problem like this.

Contact Ace Air

Having trouble with your air conditioning unit? Call Ace Air today at 337-477-4530 for professional services and maintenance.

Our trained technicians provide both installation and repairs to help keep your home cool and comfortable for everyone who lives there.

It’s time to schedule a professional AC tune-up with Ace Air

Spring is a busy time of year, and many homeowners are caught up in cleaning, school graduations, weddings, and planning for summer vacation. However, this spring, you don’t want to let your air conditioner maintenance fall off the to-do list. It’s time to call your friends here at Ace Air for a professional AC tune-up.

Ace Air is your source for expert HVAC services and advice here in Lake Charles, Louisiana. To schedule your tune-up or learn about our other services, call us today!

Air Conditioning RepairHere are the benefits of a professional AC tune-up:

#1. Greater energy-efficiency = more savings

Every homeowner is looking for ways to save money, and one of the largest bills in the summer are your energy costs. To put it simply, running an inefficient air conditioner, over the course of an entire season, can cost you.

An Ace Air tune-up can get your air conditioner running right, which reduces its energy use and saves you money. Call us today to schedule yours!

#2. Lowered breakdown risk

A tune-up can help reduce the risk of an AC breakdown on the hottest and most humid days of summer here in Lake Charles. Our professional AC tune-up helps catch issues before they become full, breakdown-causing problems.

In our 2016 blog post about AC tune-ups, we discussed another benefit of a lowered breakdown risk: peace of mind. You’ll be able to go to work, or to sleep, with greater confidence that your air conditioner will be fine, specifically because you’ve had an Ace Air technician inspect and maintain it.

#3. Longer system lifespan

A tune-up, done right by an experienced technician, can help extend the overall lifespan of your air conditioner. That’s probably not all that surprising: after all, a car with a regular history of oil changes, tire rotations, and maintenance is more likely to last longer than a car that goes without. The same is true for your air conditioner.

By the way, maintaining a consistent year-over-year maintenance history for your air conditioner is easy! Just join our Silver Club! Members get annual maintenance and a number of other perks.

Why hire a professional for maintenance?

You should always hire a professional HVAC technician— employed by a trusted, honest company—for your AC maintenance. Your neighbor Bob may say he knows how to maintain your air conditioner, but you’re taking a risk. The same thing is true if you decide to take on a tune-up as a DIY project.

Not only do you risk breaking your air conditioner, but you could also injure yourself if you’re not sure about what you’re doing. If those reasons aren’t enough, you could void your manufacturer’s warranty by trying to fix or maintain your air conditioner yourself.

For a professional AC tune-up here in Lake Charles, Louisiana, contact Ace Air!

Join our Silver Club this spring and save!

All homeowners like saving time and money. As a member of our Silver Club, you can do both. Plus, spring is the perfect time to join: if you were thinking of getting an AC tune-up, anyway, you can get that and so much more as a Silver Club member.

For just $14.95 per month, you’ll get an annual tune-up, a 20% discount on repairs, and much, much more. Read on to learn more about this offer from Ace Air!

Dangers of DIY Furnace Repair#1. You receive a free precision tune-up this spring

Were you planning on scheduling an air conditioning tune-up this spring? If so, you can get a free precision tune-up with a Silver Club membership. If you’re the type of homeowner who gets AC tune-ups every year (and you should be!), then Silver Club is for you.

Members get regularly scheduled maintenance every spring. No need to write it down, either: we’ll call you and schedule at your convenience every spring.

Whether you’re the owner of a new or old air conditioner, a precision tune-up can help your system run better in the summer, saving you money and helping you avoid needing repairs. And our Silver Club takes all the hassle out of having to remember to schedule preventive maintenance.

#2. Members take 20% off any AC repairs this summer

We believe in treating our Silver Club members right. Give us a call when you need fast, emergency AC repair here in Lake Charles and Sulphur. We’ll not only give you a guaranteed appointment within 48 hours of your call and a flat, low diagnostic cost (more on that in a second), but we’ll also take 20% off of your repair costs.

It’s just our way of saying ‘thank you’ for your Silver Club membership. We appreciate you choosing Ace Air Conditioning for your HVAC services, and doing business with our local company.

#3. You get guaranteed appointments within 48 hours of your call

Our Silver Club members come first. No matter how busy or how hot it is outside, we’ll provide you with guaranteed appointments with 48 hours of your call. We provide our Silver Club with priority service from dedicated, friendly techs.

If you need AC repair in the summer, you’ll now know the right team to call for fast, reliable service, right here in Lake Charles and Sulphur. Call your friends at Ace Air Conditioning.

#4. Your diagnostic service only costs $29.95

Need an Ace Air technician to inspect your air conditioner this summer? As a Silver Club member, your diagnostic service only costs $29.95. For less than it costs to take your family out to dinner, you can now have a certified, experienced HVAC technician inspect your air conditioner.

This is a service that gives you and your family peace of mind. Paired with the air conditioning tune-up you’ll already have received from Ace in the spring, this low diagnostic charge takes some of the scariness out of needing AC repair on the hottest days of the year.