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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.

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.

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.

5 tips for improving your home’s summer energy-efficiency

The arrival of the summer season for most means cool drinks, loose clothing, and trips to the beach. This is also the season when energy bills tend to skyrocket due to the increased use of your home’s air conditioner. But you don’t have to spend this much on energy bills. Instead, you can practice good summer energy-efficiency. Here’s how.

1. Install LED lights Summer Energy-Efficiency Tips

According to the Energy Information Administration, the average household energy bill during the summer is more than $400. Any way that you can save is almost certainly worth it.

You can save as much as 80 percent on your energy bills by replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. The savings can be as much as 40 percent in case you replace compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) with LED lighting. Apart from saving you on your monthly bills, LEDs also have a longer lifetime compared to both incandescent and CFLs. This will result in increased cost savings for you in the long run.

What’s more, you will lower your cooling bills by switching to the energy efficient lighting. About 90 percent of the energy from the traditional bulb is wasted as heat. This makes the room warmer. LEDs, on the other hand, gives off less heat. Replacing traditional bulbs with LED bulbs will reduce cooling requirements, thereby saving you money.

2. Installing window screens and films

Window screens can also help improve your home’s energy-efficiency. These screens can block about 70 percent of the sunlight coming in. They are especially effective on the east- and west-facing windows.

Another option is metallized, transparent window films. These can also reflect heat and prevent it from entering the room. However, the films require your windows to be shut to work. Window screens, on the other hand, reflect heat even when the windows are open.

3. Plant trees and shrubs around your home

Planting trees and shrubs around the house will significantly reduce your cooling needs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, plants around the house can increase the air conditioner efficiency by as much as 10 percent.

If possible, consider planting 15- to 20-foot trees near the house. The trees will shade the house from the intense afternoon heat.

4. Unplug appliances when not in use

You should unplug all the electronic appliances in your home, such as TVs and computers, when not in use. Consider plugging the home electronics into power strips. In this way, you can easy unplug the equipment when not in use. Plugged-in appliances draw a small amount of power even when they are not in use. Unplugging the appliances will reduce energy usage.

5. Schedule an air conditioner tune-up with Ace Air

A regular air conditioner tune-up can also ensure summer energy-efficiency. An experienced technician will thoroughly check your AC unit to ensure that everything is in good, working condition. In case any issue is detected, the technician will perform the required repairs. In this way, the system will operate efficiently, resulting in reduced energy bills.

For more summer energy-efficiency tips, talk to us at Ace

If you want to get in touch with experienced air conditioner technicians in southwestern Louisiana, you can contact us at Ace Air Conditioning

What are the benefits of getting a new AC system?

Repair versus a new AC systemIf your current air conditioner is getting up there in age, it may be time to get a new AC system installed. But, how do you know when it’s time for your older air conditioner to go? In this post, we’ll review some of the reasons you should just make the switch.

Reasons to replace your current air conditioner

Here are just some of the reasons you should consider replacing your current air conditioner:

  • It’s entering old age: Most air conditioners last between 10-15 years, so if your current air conditioner is more than a decade old, it may be a good time to start shopping for a new one. It’s not just the fear of a breakdown that should motivate you: older air conditioners are less efficient than newer ones, meaning that replacement procrastination could be costing you every single month.
  • You are done dealing with repairs: If your current air conditioner constantly needs repairs, you may be putting too much effort and cash into keeping it going. At some point, you’ll need to weigh the cost of continually repairing your old system against the expense of a new system. You may be surprised at how much certain repair costs can add up over time.
  • It’s not cooling your home: The bottom line is that the purpose of any air conditioner is to cool your home and keep you comfortable. If your old one is struggling with this, get in contact with Ace. We can either help you maintain your current system and improve its performance and efficiency, or help match you to a new system.

Reasons to purchase a new AC

  • You can benefit from better efficiency: If your air conditioner has struggled to bring you even modest returns on your energy dollar, you’ll be pleased to learn that the systems available today are far more efficient than their cooling predecessors. In fact, the Carrier systems that Ace sells are among the most energy-efficient systems out there.
  • You need a reliable system: When you purchase a new AC system, you know it’s going to work for some time to come. Not so with your current system, which could go out on you any day from now.
  • You need cooling: Let’s admit it. No one likes to be hot in their home during the summer. If the heat and humidity are getting to you and your family, a new air conditioner may be just the solution. Talk to the experts at Ace, and we’ll help match your home to the perfect air conditioner.

Choose Ace Air

For more than sixty years, Ace Air Conditioning has provided the people of Lake Charles, Louisiana with exceptional heating and cooling services. From furnace repair to new AC installation, our experienced, NATE-certified technicians have seen and done it all. We’re also a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer. To schedule your service with us, give us a call. Or, schedule service with us.

How to avoid a breakdown and AC repair

At Ace Air Conditioning, we offer exemplary AC repair services from industry-certified cooling technicians with years of experience. With our 24/7 emergency service, we’re here when you need us. However, we understand that no matter how much stress we take out of the AC repair process, you’d still prefer to not have the breakdown in the first place. While you can’t always avoid needing repairs, you can take several steps to steer clear of a breakdown.

AC RepairSchedule annual maintenance

The number one thing you can do to avoid an AC repair emergency this summer? Schedule a tune-up this spring. At Ace Air, we encourage folks to get tune-ups because they really do help keep systems running all season, and they boost your energy efficiency. It’s a great deal with a ton of benefits. Instead of spending the summer worrying if the strange sounds coming from your air conditioner are a sign of an impending breakdown that will leave you and your family in the heat, schedule a tune-up and maximize your peace of mind.

The industry-certified technicians at Ace will thoroughly inspect your system and ensure that everything is in working order. They’ll also help you get your system to its most efficient state so that you can enjoy the energy savings during even the hottest months.

Reduce your heat production

Summers are hot enough already. By running your oven or dryer during the warmest days and nights, you’re only adding to the burden your air conditioner has to carry. That strain may eventually result in a breakdown. Instead, try timing your dryer use to correspond with the cooler times on weekend mornings. Avoid using the oven or stove and make a fresh salad for the family. By reducing the amount of heat created by appliances in your home, you can really cut down on the amount of work your AC has to do, saving you energy.

Consider other ways to cool your home

AC repairThe air conditioner is a lifesaver, and it’s hard to imagine what summers would be like without it. But, that doesn’t mean that you should use it exclusively. Here are some other ways to cool your home without burning a ton of energy or using your AC constantly:

  • Fans: By turning on the fan in the room you’re in, you can reduce how hot you feel without the need for massive amounts of air conditioning. Just remember: a fan only cools you, not the actual hot air. This means that you should turn off fans that are running in rooms that you’re not in. They’re not doing anything but wasting electricity.
  • Curtains: Everyone loves the fresh feeling of sunlight streaming in through the kitchen while you make dinner. We’re not asking you to give that up: sunshine can actually be healthy. However, when you’re not home or are in rooms that aren’t in use, use sun-blocking curtains and blinds to keep the sun—and accompanying heat—from streaming in.
  • Open windows at night: On less humid nights, open your windows to allow cool air into your home. A combination of open windows and fans may help you avoid using the air conditioner at all when you’re sleeping, saving you money and making the chance of a breakdown less likely.

What happens when you need AC repair?

While your chances of a breakdown would be reduced, you could do all of the things listed above and still end up needing AC repair. If that’s the case, Ace Air is here for you and your family. To schedule your emergency service appointment 24/7, give us a call.

Schedule your seasonal AC maintenance with Ace Air

It’s that time of year again: summer is fast approaching Lake Charles and southern Louisiana. That means long days, lemonade, and your AC system running constantly to keep the humidity and sweltering heat at bay. While it’s still spring, we recommend you schedule seasonal AC maintenance with us. We’ll make sure everything looks okay for the season ahead, so that you can focus on relaxing and enjoying your home.

Why should you get AC maintenance?

AC maintenance Lake CharlesYour air conditioner is a complex piece of machinery and engineering that, not unlike a car or boat, requires regular attention to keep it running the way it should. Here are some of the benefits of having one of the experts at Ace Air inspect your AC system:

  • You’ll save money now: One of the worst things about summer is the high cooling bills. The good news is that the technicians at Ace can help make your AC unit more efficient by removing dust and pollutants that make it work harder to no effect.
  • You’ll save money later: With regular maintenance, you’ll add years to your air conditioner’s life. When you’d be otherwise spending money replacing a broken AC unit, with tune-ups, you’ll know that your AC is ready for the long haul and that you can replace it for a more efficient system on your schedule.
  • You’ll have peace of mind: An unmaintained AC system is asking for trouble, especially once it starts being run in the summer. AC maintenance from Ace can help identify possible issues and make sure everything is running its best, making a breakdown that season much less likely.

Why do I need to get seasonal AC maintenance in the spring?

Ace recommends that you have a certified professional inspect your system prior to the need to turn it on for the season. That allows us to catch problems early before they become major issues. It also means that you’ll catch the best-possible energy savings.

Why choose Ace?

For more than 63 years, Ace has been southern Louisiana’s source for quality heating and cooling advice, service, and maintenance. Our business philosophy is that we want to earn your customer loyalty, and we’re going to provide you with the best in service to make that happen.

Our industry-certified technicians have experience tuning up all makes and models of air conditioners. Schedule your seasonal AC maintenance today!

Join our Silver Club

Interested in a plan that automatically reminds you that it’s time for cooling and heating system maintenance? For a low monthly price, membership in the Silver Club not only entitles you to two annual tune-ups, but it makes you a preferred customer and first-in-line for any repair or installation work. Here are some of the other perks of joining the Silver Club:

  • 20 percent discount on any repairs
  • Guaranteed appointments within 48 hours of your call
  • $29.95 diagnostic service
  • Ability to apply a portion of membership cost to brand-new systems