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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.

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.

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!

Join our Silver Club this spring and save!

All homeowners like saving time and money. As a member of our Silver Club, you can do both. Plus, spring is the perfect time to join: if you were thinking of getting an AC tune-up, anyway, you can get that and so much more as a Silver Club member.

For just $14.95 per month, you’ll get an annual tune-up, a 20% discount on repairs, and much, much more. Read on to learn more about this offer from Ace Air!

Dangers of DIY Furnace Repair#1. You receive a free precision tune-up this spring

Were you planning on scheduling an air conditioning tune-up this spring? If so, you can get a free precision tune-up with a Silver Club membership. If you’re the type of homeowner who gets AC tune-ups every year (and you should be!), then Silver Club is for you.

Members get regularly scheduled maintenance every spring. No need to write it down, either: we’ll call you and schedule at your convenience every spring.

Whether you’re the owner of a new or old air conditioner, a precision tune-up can help your system run better in the summer, saving you money and helping you avoid needing repairs. And our Silver Club takes all the hassle out of having to remember to schedule preventive maintenance.

#2. Members take 20% off any AC repairs this summer

We believe in treating our Silver Club members right. Give us a call when you need fast, emergency AC repair here in Lake Charles and Sulphur. We’ll not only give you a guaranteed appointment within 48 hours of your call and a flat, low diagnostic cost (more on that in a second), but we’ll also take 20% off of your repair costs.

It’s just our way of saying ‘thank you’ for your Silver Club membership. We appreciate you choosing Ace Air Conditioning for your HVAC services, and doing business with our local company.

#3. You get guaranteed appointments within 48 hours of your call

Our Silver Club members come first. No matter how busy or how hot it is outside, we’ll provide you with guaranteed appointments with 48 hours of your call. We provide our Silver Club with priority service from dedicated, friendly techs.

If you need AC repair in the summer, you’ll now know the right team to call for fast, reliable service, right here in Lake Charles and Sulphur. Call your friends at Ace Air Conditioning.

#4. Your diagnostic service only costs $29.95

Need an Ace Air technician to inspect your air conditioner this summer? As a Silver Club member, your diagnostic service only costs $29.95. For less than it costs to take your family out to dinner, you can now have a certified, experienced HVAC technician inspect your air conditioner.

This is a service that gives you and your family peace of mind. Paired with the air conditioning tune-up you’ll already have received from Ace in the spring, this low diagnostic charge takes some of the scariness out of needing AC repair on the hottest days of the year.

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.

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.

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.