What are the differences between ductless heating and a standard unit?

Are you thinking about having Ace install a new furnace before colder weather arrives? If so, you might want to at least consider getting a ductless heating and cooling system. In this blog, we’ll provide you with some information about these systems, so that you can make an informed decision about which one to upgrade to.

If you’re in Lake Charles, Sulphur, or surrounding communities, contact Ace for all your heating needs. Our experienced and friendly technicians are ready to help!

What is ductless heating, and what makes it different?

Standard HVAC versus ductless heating and cooling

A ductless system has both an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, connected by a thin line. You can have multiple indoor systems all connected to one outdoor compressor.

For heating, the heat is distributed through the indoor unit(s) directly to the rooms. These systems are typically wall-mounted. As you can imagine given the name, no ducts are used to transport heated or cooled air.

Precise control

Here’s an advantage: You can control the temperature of individual rooms with a ductless heating system, since each room has its own system. Thanks to this, ductless heaters offer more control over room temperature.

Further, that type of precise control helps you cut down on your monthly energy bills—all year. That’s because only selectively cooling / heating rooms as needed is more energy-efficient than pumping your entire home full of cooled or heated air via ducts.

No need for ducts

Of course, there’s another reason that ductless systems are popular: for homes without existing ductwork, ductless heating is cost-effective, since the cost of even multiple units is far less than the renovation work needed to put in air ducts. Especially for historic homes, which might lose value through such destructive remodeling.

Which is better? Ductless or standard heating?

That depends on your home, whether you have ducts, and a number of other factors. The best place to start? Call your local HVAC specialists for a free in-home estimate on a new system. That’s what Ace offers, and our technicians help people here in Lake Charles, Sulphur, and surrounding communities get the heating or cooling system that’s right for them.

The case for ductless heating

You should select a ductless air conditioner if:

  • You want to set individual temperature in each room.
  • There is no room for ducts inside the house.
  • You want to add a heating device to new space in the home, such as the garage. In such a case, a ductless heater will be less costly.
  • You want improved air quality. Ducts can harbor dust and mildew decreasing the air quality.

The case for standard heating

On the other hand, a standard heating system might be a better option if the following applies to you:

  • Humidity is a problem. Standard systems are better in removing humidity from the room.
  • The room has existing ducts that are in good condition. In such a case, it might be less costly for you to install a new standard heating.
  • You want improved air circulation. Ducted heaters are better in circulating the air. As a result, there is an issue of stagnant air or low air pressure.

It’s important that you consider your budget and heating requirements before selecting a heater. That’s why you should always start your shopping by calling our team for a free in-home quote.

Call Ace to learn more about ductless heating systems

For experienced help in heating installation, you should contact us at Ace Air Conditioning. We have a team of experienced technicians ready to help you. Contact us online, or give us a call at (337) 477-4530.

Autumn is the perfect time to schedule a seasonal HVAC tune-up

This time of year, the weather turns fast here in southwestern Louisiana. Summer is nearly over, fall is coming, and you have to start thinking about starting to turn that thermostat toward the “heating” setting on cooler nights. That’s why right now is the perfect time to schedule a seasonal HVAC tune-up.

Pictured: Ace technician performing a seasonal HVAC tune-up on a local furnace.Just like in the summer, a fall furnace tune-up can help your heating system run right, all winter long. Here are just a few of the things that Ace will look for when you call our team for your heating checkup and maintenance this autumn.

#1. We’ll examine the air filters

The air filter is an essential component that should be examined during your autumn heating tune-up. The U.S. Department of Energy states that cleaning or replacing your filters can result in energy savings around 5-15%. That could really add up over the course of an entire season.

As part of our seasonal HVAC tune-up, Ace’s technicians will look at your air filters and confirm that they’re clean and ready to go for the winter ahead.

#2. We’ll check the coil fins

Another important check during a seasonal HVAC tune-up is checking the coil fins. A bent furnace coil can prevent the proper heating of the room. It will make the system strain to generate heat, resulting in increased wear-and-tear. So, it’s important to get the coils checked to avoid issues with the heater later on.

#3. We’ll check out other essential systems

Your furnace has many moving parts and systems. We’ll check the mechanical and electronic systems of your furnace to make sure that everything is running right. As part of your seasonal HVAC maintenance, we’ll conduct air flow and temperature testing to make sure you’re getting warm air out of the furnace and into the living spaces of your home.

#4. We’ll take proactive steps to protect your other HVAC system

Autumn is a time when you transition from the use of air conditioning to the heater. When you turn the cooling device off until spring, you should take proactive steps to ensure protection of the system. Consider having us switch off the breaker to the air conditioner if you know you’re done with it for the season. If you own a cover for your air conditioner, we can place it over the system to prevent moisture from entering it during the winter.

In addition, water should not be kept standing in the drain lines and pans of the air conditioner. Not only will it result in mildew and mold formation, but it will also attract insects and pests. The drain lines should also be checked for blockages. This will ensure that there are no water leaks or other problems when you turn on the air conditioner during the spring.

Call Ace Air for your furnace checkup and seasonal HVAC tune-up

Choose Ace Air for NATE-certified HVAC technicians right here in Lake Charles, Sulphur, and throughout southwestern Louisiana. We’re autumn furnace maintenance experts. To get started, give us a call at (337) 477-4530 or contact us online.

How Often Should You Get Your Furnace Filter Cleaned?

Furnace Filter CleanedThe furnace circulates warm air throughout the room. In order to ensure that the air moves without any obstruction, you should have the furnace filter checked regularly by a qualified technician from Ace Air.

The furnace filter blocks dirt and debris from getting inside the system. A clogged filter will make the system strain to circulate the air, leading to high energy bills and mechanical failure.

How often should the furnace filter be cleaned?

Most homeowners are in the dark as to when or how often they should clean or replace the filter. There is no simple answer to this question.

Several factors determine the time when you should service your furnace filter. A simple rule of thumb is that if the filter looks dirty, you should have it changed.

That being said, you should not wait till the filter has become completely clogged as it may cause damage to the system.

Here are some key points that will help you to know how often you should clean or replace the filter.

Is the furnace fan always on?

If you have the furnace fan on at all times, you should consider having one or two-inch filters cleaned or replaced every month. On the other hand, if you turn on the furnace fan occasionally, the filters need to be changed every two months.

Also, keep in mind that a three or four-inch filter should be changed about three to six months depending on the usage. Larger filters will require less frequent cleaning or replacement.

Are there pets inside the house?

Homes that have pets will require frequent service. If you have one pet inside the house, you should have the filter cleaned every two to six months. The more pets in the house, the more frequently the filter should be serviced.

Are there smokers inside the home?

Smoke can easily clog the filter and will make you have the filter changed or serviced more frequently. Even if only one person smokes inside the house, you should have the filter changed every two to six months. The more smokers are inside the house, the more frequent should you clean or replace the filter.

Does the area get a lot of dust?

Dust tends to affect the filter performance. If you tend to get a lot of dust inside the home, you should have the filter changed more often. The one or two-inch filter will need to be changed every month, while a four inches or more filter should be changed after three months of usage in dusty areas.

Call Ace Air for a furnace tune-up and furnace filter check

In the end, the state of air filter will determine the quality of air as well as energy efficiency of the system. Regular cleaning of the system will ensure that the system works efficiently in heating the room.

If you want to get the help of expert furnace technicians in southwestern Louisiana, you should contact Ace Air Conditioning.

High Heating Bills? Here Are 5 Common Reasons You’re Seeing Them Rise

High Heating BillsHigh heating bills are annoying. Not only do they mess up the bank account, but it also make you wonder whether there is something wrong with the furnace.

In this article, we will tell you about some of the reasons for unusually high energy bills, and what you can do about it.

1. You have a poorly maintained gas furnace

The most common reason for a high heating bill is a furnace that has not be tuned up properly. A poorly maintained furnace takes more heat to warm the room.

A regular furnace tune-up ensures that the furnace works efficiently without jacking up the heating bill. If you haven’t had the furnace serviced for more than a year, you should strongly consider contacting an experienced technician for a tune-up.

2. You’ve been toying with the thermostat

During the winters, you should set the thermostat to 68oF or above. Keeping the thermostat at a lower temperature will result in high heating bills. For every degree you set the thermostat lower, you can expect about 5 percent increase in your heating bill.

Consider installing a programmable thermostat as you can have the furnace consume less power when not at home resulting in great savings in bills.

3. Air is leaking out of the home

Air leaks inside the house can make the system work harder to heat the home, leading to high heating bills. You can have a professional check for air leaks inside the house.

In case an air leak is present, the professional will seal the area or advise you to insulate the house depending on the extent and area of the leak.

4. You have a dirty furnace filter

A dirty furnace filter can also make the system work harder, leading to high heating bills. The filter keeps dirt and debris from entering the system. When the filter becomes clogged, the system is not aerated properly.

As a result, it will heat up and malfunction resulting in higher heating bills.

5. Error in meter reading

Human error in taking the meter reading can also result in unusually high energy bills. It is very possible that your energy company has made an error when taking the meter reading that resulted in an inaccurate bill.

You should check the reading on the bill with the actual meter reading. In case you suspect that the bill does not reflect actual meter reading, you should contact the energy company. You will be issued a new bill with the corrected amount in case the company acknowledges of making a mistake in reading the meter.

Call Ace for help with your high heating bills

The final advice to keep the heating bill down is to have your furnace serviced regularly by a qualified technician.

If you want to get in touch with professional and experienced technicians for a furnace tune-up in southwestern Louisiana, you can contact Ace Air Conditioning.

Considering DIY Furnace Repair? Here Are Some Of The Dangers

Dangers of DIY Furnace RepairWhen the furnace develops an issue, some people find it tempting to fix the problem without calling a professional. After all, who would not want to save money through a DIY repair task? While this may be true for some of the tasks around the house, you should never try DIY furnace repair yourself, as it is an extremely dangerous task for anyone without furnace repair training.

No one of sane mind would want to put his or her head inside a lion’s mouth. However, when you try to repair the furnace yourself, you are doing just that. Instead of saving money, trying to repair a furnace yourself will cost you more trouble, more money, and even put your life at risk.

Here are some of the reasons why you should never treat furnace repairs as a DIY task.

1. Danger of carbon monoxide poisoning

One of the prime dangers of trying to perform furnace repair by yourself is that it could expose you to the deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas. CO gas, when inhaled, can result in death due to hypoxiation. The gas can leak out when you perform the furnace repair yourself.

In contrast, a professional technician will know how to perform the job safely without resulting in the release of a gas that can be deadly for you and your family.

2. Danger of damaging the furnace

Another risk of a DIY furnace repair is that you can badly damage the unit. The loss of replacing a damaged furnace can amount to thousands of dollars.

By letting a professional take care of the furnace repair task, you will not only save time but also money as there is no chance of damage to your unit. The money that you pay to the professional will be much less than the cost of having to replace a damaged unit.

3. Danger of a fire hazard

A fire hazard is present when you try to repair the unit yourself. A fire can start if you do not take proper precaution when repairing the unit.

A woman in Massachusetts accidentally set her house on fire when she was trying to repair her gas-fueled heater and removed the gas shut-off valve. This clearly illustrates the danger of attempting to repair the furnace yourself.

You should always contact a professional and experienced technician when it comes to furnace repairs.

Skip the DIY furnace repair and call the professionals at Ace

Furnace repair task should never be done yourself. The risks involved in a DIY furnace repair are high. That’s why only licensed and qualified technicians should repair the furnace. An experienced technician will use the right tools and take proper precautions that ensure that no accidents occur while repairing the furnace.

Whether you want to service your old furnace, or install a new one, you can contact Ace Air Conditioning.

We serve Lake Charles and other areas in southwestern Louisiana with complete integrity and professionalism.

5 Tips From Ace For Lower Energy Bills This Winter

Winter months in most parts of the United States are long, dark, chilly, and, well, expensive. While southern Louisiana doesn’t get as cold as some places, the cooler temperatures here do make people turn on the heat to keep cozy and warm. However, sometimes it happens that the heating unit does not properly heat the room, making one chill to the bone.

5 Tips to Ensure Optimal Heating During the Winters

Winters in southern Louisiana may not look quite like this, but it’s still important to save money on your energy bills.

Thankfully, you can take a number of steps to ensure optimal heating during winters. Here are 5 steps that you can take to ensure that your rooms remain perfectly warm during the cold months.

1. Draft-proof your home

The drafts around the windows and doors prevent optimal heating of the rooms. They also make the heating system work harder, resulting in increased energy bills. You must consider sealing the area around the door and window to ensure optimal heating during the winters.

2. Place area rugs

Placing area rugs will not just add style and color to the room. It will also help keep it warm. Rugs add increased insulation to the floor by trapping the cold air. This will result in optimal heating of the room and reduced energy bills. The area rugs will keep your feet warm as well.

3. Insulate the ceiling and walls

To drastically reduce the energy bills, you should consider insulating the ceiling and walls. This will prevent hot air inside to be released outside, and also prevent cold outside air from penetrating the room. You should consider insulating the area between the attic and the inside walls as heat losses from the area can add to about 30 percent to the heating bills.

4. Avoid covering the air vents

Air vents can be an eyesore in the room. That’s why some people cover up the vents by placing furniture in the front. However, obstructing the vents of the heaters obstructs the air flow. This will prevent optimal heating of the room. The furnace will require more power to heat the room that will result in increased energy bills. Keeping the vents free of any obstruction will ensure optimal heating.

5. Clean the fireplace

Cleaning the fireplace is another effective way to ensure optimal heating during the winters. Consider having the inside of the fireplace cleaned with a wire brush. Also, you should keep the fireplace damper closed unless using it to heat the room. Keeping the damper open is similar to having the windows open, due to the air will flow out of the room.

Other ways to lower your energy bills

Apart from following the above tips, it’s essential that you have the heating system regularly serviced by an experienced technician. The technician can also detect and resolve the problems with the heating system before they do major damage.

To get in touch with an experienced heating technician in the areas of Lake Charles, Sulphur, and Moss Bluff, call Ace.