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.

We’re your Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer in Lake Charles

Ace is proud to be a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer. But, what exactly does that mean, and what is so great about Carrier, anyway?

In this blog, we’ll run through what “Factory-Authorized” means, and why it’s so important to trust a certified dealer with your air conditioning, heat pump, or furnace repairs and installs.

What makes Carrier a great HVAC manufacturer?

Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer in Lake Charles LACarrier is one of the largest and most well-known HVAC manufacturers in the world today. In 1902, their founder, Willis Carrier, invented what many considered to be the first modern air conditioner.

The company has hardly slowed down since, pioneering advances in energy-efficiency, reliability, cooling power, and even sound reduction. They’ve grown from that original invention at the turn of the 20th century to one of the most trusted names in heating and cooling the 21st.

Carrier’s systems are built right. Here’s just a few of the things that sets their HVAC units apart from competitors:

Energy-Efficiency

Carrier designs and manufacturers some of the most energy-efficient air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces on the market today. For example, their Infinity® 21 Central Air Conditioner boasts an almost-unheard of 21 SEER rating, which is why it’s a Consumer’s Digest Best Buy.

Performance

It’s not just about saving money. Carrier systems have designs that improve your home’s comfort. Their Infinity® 19VS Central Air Conditioner has a variable 5-speed compressor that can make small adjustments in speed to get the temperature of your home just right—and keep it there.

Reliability

Carrier systems are designed to last, and keep running efficiently and effectively well past their first decade. Carrier protects your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace with a 10-years parts limited warranty, to guarantee that your system will keep running.

What does it mean to be “factory-authorized”?

It means that Carrier has approved Ace to sell and install their systems. They stand by the quality of our work, have verified our knowledge of the product, and supply us with factory-authorized parts and tools to use in both repairs and installs.

Carrier also has set standards that their factory-authorized companies have to meet. For example, Ace has experienced, industry-certified techs, and we’re a locally trusted company.

Trust Ace with your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace

Ace Air is the trusted HVAC business in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Get a free in-home estimate on your next Carrier system by contacting us online, or calling us at (337) 477-4530.

How heat pumps work and why they’re a good fit for your home

You’ve probably heard the term “heat pump” before, but do they work and what makes them different from a typical air conditioner or furnace? In this blog, we’ll dive into how heat pumps work and explore some of their benefits—and why they’re a great fit for homes here in the Lake Charles area.

At Ace Air, we offer free in-home estimates on new furnaces and heat pumps. If you’re in the market for a new system, our free, no-obligation estimate is a great place to start. Contact our team today!

How Heat Pumps WorkHow heat pumps work

There are two types of heat pumps: air source heat pumps and ground-source systems. We primarily install the air source type here in the Lake Charles area, but let’s break it down and explain the differences between each.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps generate both hot and cool air. Generally, air source heat pumps consist of two units: an inside unit called the air handler and the outside unit called the heat pump.

Unlike furnaces that create heat, heat pumps work by moving hot air from one area to another. In the summer, this means removing heat energy from your living space to the outside, cooling the temperature inside of your home.

In the winter, this process is reversed: heat energy (and it’s there!) is extracted from cold outside air and pumped into your home.

SEE CARRIER HEAT PUMPS

You actually have something like a heat pump in your home already. Your refrigerator uses the same technology to keep your food cool.

As the name implies, air source heat pumps are extracting heat energy from the outside / inside air. This process is energy-efficient compared to traditional furnaces and air conditioners, but not quite as efficient as ground-source systems. Let’s explain why.

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground source heat pumps are another type of heat pump. They work as both a central heating and cooling system transferring heat to and from the ground. The system uses the ground as a heat sink during the summer and heat source during the winter.

Generally, the pipe that carries the air is laid horizontally in the ground about two meters deep. However, it can also be installed vertically at a depth of up to 100 meters in case there is not enough space outside.

While the installation costs of ground source heat pumps are high, you can be able to recover the costs within a few years due to lower energy bills. They’re more efficient than air source heat pumps.

Benefits of heat pumps

Heat pumps are a alternative to traditional HVAC systems. Here are just some of the benefits of this type of system:

  • Heat pumps are capable of both cooling and heating your home, which means you only need one system, instead of two.
  • They’re energy-efficient, and because they handle both cooling and heating, they can save you money all year.
  • While they can’t keep up with sub-freezing temperatures, heat pumps are perfect for mild winter climates, much like the ones here in the Lake Charles area.

Call Ace Air to learn more about heat pumps—and to get a free quote!

At Ace Air, we have a team of highly qualified and experienced technicians who can give you expert advice relating to all heating and cooling systems—including heat pumps.

Whether you need to know more about how heat pumps work or you’re ready to buy, start by giving us a call for a free in-home estimate.