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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 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!

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.

Here are 5 signs you need heating repair this winter

You and your family rely on your heating system to stay warm this winter. Even though our winters are mild here in Lake Charles, nights can still get cold. That’s why it’s important to watch for signs you need heating repair, so that you know when you need to call in the professionals at Ace for furnace repair.

In this blog, we’ll review these signs of impending furnace trouble. Remember: the best way to prevent furnace or heating problems ahead of the winter season is by scheduling a professional seasonal tune-up with Ace. This service greatly reduces your chance of a breakdown.

5 signs you need heating repair

Contact the team at Ace for fast heating repair in Lake Charles!

1. Your system has stopped working

Okay, this is an obvious sign that something is wrong. But, if your entire system shuts off, it could indicate either a problem with the system itself or an issue with the data it’s receiving from the thermostat. After all, if your furnace is getting data that says your home is a fine temperature, it might not start up.

This is why you should call Ace. Our expert technicians work with all heating makes and models (and types of systems) and can expertly diagnose the problem, saving you time, money, and hassle.

2. You’re hearing strange noises from your furnace

Yes, strange noises from your furnace—from groans and creaks to squeaking or banging—are typically a sign that something is wrong. But, diagnosing exactly what that “something” is can be tricky, and requires an experienced HVAC technician’s help.

If you’re woken up in the night by your furnace making strange sounds, don’t hesitate to call us for repairs. You just might be able to catch the problem before it gets worse.

3. Your system isn’t effectively heating your home

A furnace will not be able to heat up the room properly if it’s not working right. The improper heating is generally due to a problem with the fan or the motor. It can also be due to a major fault in the heat exchanger. A qualified technician from Ace should inspect the heater to find out the reason for inadequate heating.

4. Your heating bills have been on the rise

If your heating bills have gone through the roof this winter, it may be due to a fault in the system. When things go wrong with your furnace or heat pump, the system strains to generate heat. As a result, it draws more power to warm up the room.

Getting the heating system checked by a professional furnace technician is needed to resolve the problem and get your heating back to normal.

5. Your system is constantly starting and stopping

Lastly, a short heating cycle indicates a problem with the furnace. If the system shuts down frequently without properly warming up the room, it indicates a fault that needs to be resolved by a professional technician.

You should not ignore this problem, as it can result in higher energy bills and more wear-and-tear on your system over time.

Trust Ace to keep your heating system running right

Here in Lake Charles, Ace Air is the top choice for heating services—including furnace maintenance and repair. Contact our team to get started.

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

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.