What Is the Best Way to Purify Air?

January 20, 2023

Poor indoor air quality can lead to a variety of health problems, including allergies, asthma, and respiratory infections. Air purification can help remove pollutants and allergens, reducing the risk of these health issues. Air pollution can cause a range of symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Purifying the air can help reduce these symptoms and improve overall comfort. There are several ways to purify air, and the best method may vary depending on the specific situation. Air Purification Methods HEPA filters work by trapping particles as they pass through the filter. They have of a...

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How Do I Find the Right Size Mini-Split for My Home?

December 20, 2022

e process for each room you want to cool. Environmental Factors to Consider When working with your HVAC technician to size your mini-split unit, you must consider external factors and environmental conditions. These include increased humidity, additional heat sources, and ceiling height. If your home has a ceiling height of 8 feet or more, you will want to increase the number of BTUs by 20%. An older home that is poorly insulated requires more power to cool, and you should expect to increase the BTUs by 30%. A house in an area with seasonal temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or...

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The Holidays Are Here: 4 Reasons You Should Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

November 19, 2022

The holidays are right around the corner. If you plan to have guests in your home, you should consider cleaning your air ducts before they arrive. Here are some of the ways in which this task will provide benefits to you and your guests this holiday season. 1. Freshen Your Space If you’re noticing your home has a bit of a musty smell, your air ducts are probably overdue for a cleaning. Musty odors can be caused by pollen, pet dander, dust, and other debris that has been collected in your air ducts. Each time your heat turns on, the...

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Heating Oil Usage and Tips to Keep Your Furnace in Good Condition

October 19, 2022

There are many different ways to heat your home. In addition to natural gas and electricity, heating oil is a proven and popular choice for warming your residence. Read below to learn about oil usage and tips on keeping your furnace in good condition. Fuel Usage The average temperature in Louisiana during winter is 40 degrees, and a typical home will burn about 3.7 gallons of oil daily to keep family members comfortable. A standard home oil tank is 275 gallons, so a full tank will last you for 74 days. Fuel usage, of course, depends on many factors: Number...

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Can a Home Get Air Conditioning If It Doesn’t Have Ductwork?

September 13, 2022

Many homes in Louisiana weren’t originally built with ductwork, so they’re not able to have central air conditioning systems without having extensive work done first. If you live in a home that doesn’t have ductwork, you know that it can be hard to deal with our hot and humid summers. Fortunately, you can still have air conditioning installed. Window Air Conditioners There are smaller air conditioners that can be installed in windows. They’re relatively affordable and are good at cooling down a single room. Plus, they’re portable and easy to install. A variation on a window unit is a portable...

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Mini-Split Air Conditioning Versus Central AC

August 16, 2022

At ACR Air Conditioning & Heating, we are your HVAC specialists in Lake Charles, Louisiana. We take pride in our dependability and reliability. Both central and mini-split air conditioning systems have their advantages, but for efficiency and return on investment, a mini-split AC may be the better choice. Mini-Split AC Design There are two parts to a typical mini-split: an outdoor AC unit and indoor air control units, often called air handlers. The indoor units are wall mounted high on the wall, allowing the cooler air to drift downward. Each unit will have a remote control to support customized cooling....

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Learning More About Multi-Zone HVAC Systems

July 26, 2022

Are you looking for ways to improve your home’s temperature control? Many homes and commercial buildings today are built with single-zone HVAC systems. These systems may be enough on their own. However, your home or commercial building might need additional support if it has multiple floors or rooms with special temperature needs. Here’s what you need to know about multi-zone HVAC systems. Multi-Zone HVAC Systems A multi-zone HVAC system allows you to adjust the temperature in certain parts of your house or other building. You may want your downstairs cooler than your upstairs or specific rooms left without any heating...

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Is My Air Conditioner Causing Air Pollution?

June 13, 2022

Reducing your carbon footprint is a great way to help your local and global environment. Many traditional HVAC systems release a large amount of pollution into the air as they heat or cool your home. Here’s how your air conditioner may be affecting the environment and what you can do to lower your global impact. Air Conditioners and Pollution Air conditioners often release gases like nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide. These gases negatively affect both your health and the planet. Modern AC units also release hydrofluorocarbons, which are more commonly known as greenhouse gasses. Older units may contain Freon and...

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Steps to Clean a Window AC Unit

May 16, 2022

Mold and mildew may grow inside of your window AC if you don’t regularly clean it. The window AC becomes less effective at cooling your home when it’s dirty as well. To clean the appliance, you’ll need to unplug it and gather a cloth, fin comb or soft-bristled brush, compressed air, spray bottle filled with 3% hydrogen peroxide, a screwdriver and a drip tray. Clean the Filter Remove the front panel of your window AC, and take out the filter. If it has a lot of hair or dirt on it, vacuum it. Then, wash the filter with warm, soapy...

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Do Smart Thermostats Save People Money?

April 14, 2022

If you’ve been wondering if a smart thermostat can save you money, the answer is yes. They save energy and money for people who have them installed in their homes. A Smart Thermostat Learns Your Family’s Behavior A smart thermostat learns your family’s behavior and uses that to intelligently heat and cool your home. It will learn when you leave and return to your home, usually through an app you install on your smartphone. It uses this information to only make your home have the perfect temperature when you’re home. You Can Monitor Your Usage Smart thermostats collect data about...

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