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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.

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.

Here are just a few tips for improving your home’s indoor air quality

Many people believe that air pollution is something that only exists outside. However, the reality is that poor indoor air quality can have even more of a negative impact on your health than polluted outdoor air. That’s because we all spend so much more time inside than outside, but also because trapped indoor air can become bad to breathe.

Indoor Air Quality can matter even more than outside air.

So, what can you do to improve your home’s indoor air quality? In this blog, we’ll review five valuable tips that can help you improve your indoor air quality.

1. Avoid smoking inside of the house

First and foremost, try to avoid smoking inside the house. If you are a smoker, take it outside whenever possible. That’s because cigarette smoke contains 3,000 chemicals and 43 separate carcinogens. Even if you do smoke, you don’t want that stuff trapped in your home’s indoor air.

Not only will not smoking in the house improve your indoor air quality, but it will make your home smell better and keep your family healthier. Putting limits on where you smoke might even be the first step to helping you quit.

2. Monitor humidity levels

Here in Lake Charles, we’re no strangers to high humidity. But, if the humidity levels in your home are excessive—even above-and-beyond what the outside is like—there could be consequences. First, excessive humidity can promote the buildup of mold and mildew in the home, triggering health concerns and allergic reactions.

High humidity can also make your home uncomfortably hot, and even pose a heatstroke risk to those living under your roof. Low humidity is less of a problem here in Louisiana, but dryness can cause cracked lips and skin. One study even found that the flu spreads more quickly when humidity levels are low.

Ideal humidity levels should be between 30 and 50 percent. If your humidity is above or below that range, call Ace Air and we’ll talk to you about your options for either a humidifier or dehumidifier. Both can improve your indoor air quality.

3. Open windows for ventilation

You should open the windows for about 10 minutes every day. This will allow fresh air inside the house and allow your air to circulate, draining off any indoor air quality problems. If the days are hot, consider opening your windows at night once the sun goes down and things begin to cool off. In particular, consider opening the window every time you dust or vacuum the house.

4. With indoor air quality testing, tackle pollutants

You can also improve your home’s air quality by eliminating the sources of pollution. For instance, gas stoves should be serviced to prevent the emission of harmful gases; asbestos-containing materials should be enclosed or removed; carpets should be deep cleaned; and HVAC ducts should be cleaned at a regular interval.

The best place to start is by scheduling an indoor air quality test from Ace Air Conditioning. Our experienced technicians will determine what exactly is in your home’s air, and how to best go about purifying your air.

5. Have Ace install air purifiers

Air purifiers can also help improve your home’s indoor air quality. Ace Air can help you find the right air purifier for your home to remove pollutants and improve your indoor air quality.

Call Ace for indoor air quality testing in Lake Charles, Louisiana!

If you’re looking for expert help with air quality here in Lake Charles, Sulphur, or surrounding communities in southwestern Louisiana, call in the pros at Ace Air Conditioning. Our experienced professionals can help you, starting with an indoor air quality test.

To get started, call us at (337) 477-4530 or contact us online.

Here are the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner

You and your family rely on your home’s air conditioner for your summertime comfort. However, an unmaintained air conditioner can be causing adverse health effects that you don’t even know about. In this blog post, we’ll review the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner, and provide some tips for improving your indoor air quality and the healthiness of your air.

Air Duct Cleaning Lake CharlesTo schedule indoor air quality testing, give Ace a call at (337) 477-4530 or contact us online.

#1. Improve your indoor air quality

“How can I have poor indoor air quality?” you may ask. “I dust regularly and my house is spotless!”

Sure, that’s true. But, what about the dust in the areas of your home that you can’t see? For example, your home’s air ducts? Every time you turn on the air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump—in other words, almost every day or night of the year here in Lake Charles—you’re refilling the living spaces of your home with the dust, dirt, and whatever else that resides in your air ducts.

That’s not all. Without regular maintenance from a professional, your air conditioner can also become dusty, and some of that dust and dirt can find its way into your home. Same thing with your furnace or heat pump.

“So, maybe my air is dusty?” you may say. “So what?”

It’s not just dust, unfortunately. Fumes from insecticides and chemicals, mold and mildew, pollution from roadway congestion, and more can all find their way into your home.

People suffering from asthma are highly susceptible to allergic reactions. They need an environment with extra clean air because their lives become miserable if the air is stuffed with pollutants like dust and seasonal pollen.

How to improve your indoor air quality

There are two ways to do this:

  • Call Ace Air and have us conduct an indoor air quality test in your home. This test will help us know what’s in your air, and what we need to treat with either air purification equipment or other forms of cleaning.
  • Call Ace Air and schedule your AC tune-up and furnace tune-up on an annual basis, so that both systems are clean.

#2. Take control of your humidity

Here in Lake Charles, we know what extreme humidity is. Whatever we can do to fight against it, we have to, especially in our homes.

That’s the good part: as a part of how it functions, air conditioners dehumidify the surrounding air, helping to keep your home drier than the muggy outside conditions in the summer. Excess humidity is not just uncomfortable, but can cause fatigue, allergies, and other health conditions. It raises the heat index, making your home feel hotter when it’s really at a lower temperature.

It should also be noted that extreme humidity provides the ideal conditions for the growth of mold and mildew in your home. One of the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner is that it dehumidifies the air, preventing things from growing that might negatively impact your indoor air quality.

An air conditioner that isn’t working right or that hasn’t received a tune-up in ages won’t dehumidify the air as effectively. This is double-whammy for your air conditioner: it has to work harder to keep you cooler, and you’re not even feeling the cooling power as much.

How to deal with humidity

There are two ways to do this:

  • Call Ace Air for an indoor air quality test. We’ll measure humidity. Depending on the situation, your air conditioner might not be enough: you may need a dehumidifier installed in your home.
  • Have the team at Ace Air maintain your air conditioner.

#3. Good air is good for mental health

Apart from all the physical health benefits that you get from a properly working air conditioning unit, it also has positive effects on your mental health. Fluctuations of temperature and humidity can lead to stress and anxiety. You are more prone to irritation.

In an environment conditioned by an AC unit, you feel more at ease and relaxed.

Call Ace and enjoy the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner

To ensure all the health benefits of a maintained air conditioner, get yours routinely inspected and serviced with Ace Air. We also offer indoor air quality testing—call us today at (337) 477-4530 or contact us online.