Air Conditioner & Heater Contractor Serving Lake Charles, LA

History and Modern Growth

Originally incorporated in 1861 as Charleston, Lake Charles was given its current name in 1867. Prior to this time, the area saw its first influx of European settlers in the 1760s and was in fact named after an early French immigrant Charles Sallier. Timber interests predominated the slowly growing region until the mid-1800s, after which Captain Daniel Goos expanded both lumber and trade with nearby ports in Texas and Mexico. The population exploded during the 1880s leading to the building of ornate Victorian homes in what is now the Charpentier Historic District. Despite a devastating fire in 1910, the city recovered and saw further growth with the arrival of the petrochemical refining sector and, more recently, gaming and tourism.

A City for All Ages: Population Data

Census information indicates that the population in Lake Charles was 71,992 for 2010 but grew to 73,474 by 2012. The city has caught the attention of a national audience in recent years not the least for achieving a spot on the 2011 CNN Money list of 25 Best Places to Retire. With a mean one-way commute time of 17.3 minutes and a median home value well below $200,000, Lake Charles offers great value and quality of life to its working-age population as well. With roughly a quarter of its residents below 18 years old and about 14 percent aged 65 or older, the city boasts a vibrant mix of people ready and willing to enjoy its many attractions.


Lake Charles is located about 30 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico on flat land about
13 feet above sea level in Calcasieu Parish. Defined by its many waterways, it sits beside the Calcasieu River, borders both Lake Charles and Prien Lake, and features several bayous as well as the adjacent Calcasieu Ship Channel. Lake Charles comprises a total of 42.06 square miles with a population density of 1,711.8 per square mile.

Attractions and Events

A sandy lakefront beach connected to nearby waterfront parks is the perfect venue for many of the city’s over 70 festival each year that include boat parades, Cajun festivals, fireworks and much moreIts historic downtownis likewise a thriving hub with restaurants, great shopping and a lively arts scene as well as the Charlestown Farmer’s Market.

Climate and Weather

Lake Charles has the dubious distinction of being among the most humid places in the mainland US. With average relative humidity that begins at 90 percent early in the day and drops only as far as 72 percent by afternoon, staying comfortable can be challenging. Average temperature highs range from about 60 degrees Fahrenheit in January to over 90 degrees in July and August. Average winter lows reach the low 40s while summer nights typically drop into the low 70s.

Ace Air Conditioning in Lake Charles, LA

We at Ace Air Conditioning are dedicated to offering the best in air conditioning service, repair and installation to our Lake Charles customers. Our highly trained and certified technicians are ready to handle all kinds of heating and air conditioning repairs no matter what brand of system you own. We offer free estimates, new installations, emergency air conditioning repairs and plenty of in-stock parts and equipment all for your convenience. Our air conditioning service contracts are also a great way to keep your system running well year after year. We invite you to give us a call and let Ace Air Conditioning can take care of your air comfort needs.