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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Top Reasons Why You Definitely Do Not Want to Buy a Used Furnace

March 17, 2022

If you think that you will be saving money by purchasing a used furnace, you may want to think again. In fact, not only will you not be saving money in the long run, but it is potentially very dangerous as well. Safety Risks The first reason why you should skip the idea of a used furnace is that it is quite dangerous. When you buy a new furnace, it comes with safeguards such as sealed units that prevent any type of fumes or gasses from leaking out. When you buy a used furnace, you are never sure as to...

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4 Ways to Fix Uneven Heating

February 16, 2022

One of the most frustrating problems people have to deal with is when their heating system isn’t working properly. Uneven heating in your home can be caused by several different factors, including leaking air ducts and dirty furnace filters. To ensure proper warmth throughout your household, here are four ways to fix uneven heating. 1. Clean Your Furnace Filters This step is very important because without clean air vents, the air can’t circulate properly throughout your home. Dirty filters can cause a chain reaction within your heating system. Check your furnace filter every month, and change it if it looks...

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5 Signs You Have Damaged Ductwork

January 10, 2022

Most of your home’s ductwork is hidden, so it’s easy to overlook problems with it. However, there are signs that it’s become damaged. If you see these signs, you should call an HVAC company to perform a thorough examination. 1. High Energy Bills If your energy bills are suddenly much higher than normal, it may be because your ductwork is damaged. Instead of conditioned air getting blown into your home, it’s escaping into unconditioned areas like your crawl space or attic. An HVAC technician can determine whether the problem is your ductwork or your HVAC equipment. ACR Air Conditioning &...

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Why Is My Furnace Noisy?

December 16, 2021

When chilly nighttime temperatures arrive in Lake Charles, LA, you’ll turn to your furnace for prompt relief. If your furnace starts making loud or unusual noises, this is a cause for concern. Here are a few of the common reasons why furnaces are noisy. Damaged Bearings Damaged bearings will make your furnace sound like an off-balance washing machine. The bearings may need to be tightened or replaced in order to eliminate the annoying sound. Loose or Deteriorated Fan Belt Squealing sounds often mean that your furnace has a loose, cracked, or deteriorated fan belt. If the rubber belt cracks, your...

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Ways to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality This Winter

November 18, 2021

It’s very likely that the indoor air quality of your home in Lake Charles is much worse than the outdoor air quality. This especially holds true in the winter, when doors and windows are kept shut. The good news is there are several ways to improve your house’s indoor air quality so that you breathe healthier air. Regularly Vacuum and Mop Keeping your home’s floors clean improves indoor air quality. Vacuum and mop floors once or twice a week. Regularly wash items in your house like bedding and blankets, too. Open Doors and Windows Open doors and windows when it’s...

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3 Reasons Why Your Heater Won’t Turn Off

October 13, 2021

When cold air arrives in Lake Charles, LA, you expect your heater to turn on and warm your home. A normal heating cycle should last for a few minutes. Once the heater achieves the temperature setting on your thermostat, the system should turn off for at least a few minutes. If your heater turns on and won’t turn off again, you may feel concerned. Consider these three reasons why your heater is still running and what you should do. 1. Thermostat Problem The thermostat controls the timing of every heating cycle. A problem with your thermostat may cause your heater...

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The Way to Safely Relight Your Furnace

September 13, 2021

If you own a gas furnace, knowing how to relight the pilot light is important. Pilot lights can go out because of drafts, part failure, or poor maintenance practices. You should always refer to the manufacturer’s manual before attempting to relight your furnace. Find the Pilot Assembly Start by locating the ignition assembly and the reset button that operates the pilot light. These are usually found near the bottom of the furnace. The reset button will be labeled with these settings: on, off, and pilot. Turn Off the Reset Button Turn the reset button to the off position. This position...

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How to Choose the Right AC Unit for Your Home

August 2, 2021

Choosing the right air conditioner for your home can seem like a daunting task, especially with several different choices out there. You will need to choose the unit style that will work best for your home and your budget. Learning all that you can about each style will help you to decide. Central Air Conditioning Central air conditioning is the most common AC system you will see today. It can cool your house efficiently and is usually very quiet. Having a central cooling system can help to increase the value of your home, too. The central system will use an...

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