How Air Pollution Poses Largest Threat to Children

September 13, 2020

Air pollution is bad for all of us. Poor indoor air quality affects your health in many ways — from lack of sleep to poor work performance. Unfortunately, children are among the most affected. It is key to know how air quality affects children and how the impact can be limited. Why Children Are Most Affected by Poor Air Quality Children breathe much more air than adults since their lungs are not fully developed. Their lungs will fully develop during their teenage years. But until then, children will breathe in higher quantities of pollutants than adults. Thus, their ability to...

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AC Won’t Cool? Here’s Why

August 17, 2020

The hot and humid summers in Lake Charles, LA, mean you depend on your air conditioner for relief. The last thing you want is to wake up or come home to a sweltering house. Consider these three reasons why your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home and what you should do about each of them. 1. Dirty Filter or Coils A dirty air filter hinders the flow of cooled and dehumidified air into the air ducts and living spaces of your home. If you barely feel a trickle of air from the vent, check the air filter first. If it’s...

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How to Read HVAC Gauges

July 16, 2020

HVAC gauges allow technicians to take pressure readings and assess HVAC repair and maintenance needs. This type of gauge set reads vacuum pressure and gas pressure. It can also be used to add refrigerant and discharge or reclaim refrigerant from the system. ACR Air Conditioning & Heating has qualified technicians available to conduct your HVAC maintenance tasks. Our team can service customers in and around Lake Charles. Choosing Between a Digital or Analog Gauge Technicians can choose gauges with a digital or an analog reading. The blue gauge is for low-pressure readings, and the red is for high-pressure readings. With...

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Why Isn’t My Air Conditioner Cooling The House?

June 18, 2020

Numerous problems, some more apparent than others, can be preventing your air conditioner from doing its job. If you’ve noticed issues like warm spots in rooms or longer cycling, then the following could provide an explanation. Clogged Air Filters The air filter in your return vent should be replaced regularly (every 30 days for fiberglass filters and every 60 to 90 days for pleated filters), or else the pollutants that it traps will block airflow, preventing cool air from getting to your rooms. Clogged air filters are one of the leading causes of uneven cooling. Dirty Evaporator and Condenser Coils...

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Why a Spring HVAC Replacement is a Good Idea

May 14, 2020

Before you know it, the heat and humidity will be back in the Lake Charles area. Is your air conditioner ready for it, or did it struggle just to make it through last summer? Did your heater give you any problems this winter? If your heating and cooling system is getting old and unreliable or it needs frequent repairs, spring is an excellent time to consider an HVAC replacement. Springtime Replacements Are More Convenient Spring is probably the best time of the year to replace your heating and cooling equipment. You have greater availability for installation times because it is...

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How Air Purifiers Can Fight Against Viruses and Bacteria

April 17, 2020

Did you know that the more you stay inside, the higher the chances are of you catching a communicable disease via a pathogen? This is because the air in your Lake Charles home isn’t nearly as clean as you think in most cases. This is especially true with viruses because of their small size. If you are concerned about the health of your family in your house, consider purchasing an air purifier. Air purifiers come in a variety of models to suit the needs of just about any homeowner. If you aren’t familiar with them, here is how they work...

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Do Plants Help Indoor Air Quality?

February 16, 2020

The air quality inside your home is an important part of being healthy. Irritants in the air trigger allergies, asthma and feeling unwell in general. Poor indoor air quality also affects your sleep habits and energy levels. Improving the air quality in your home does not mean investing in expensive equipment or devices. Here are four ways to improve indoor air quality naturally. 1. Open the Windows It may seem counterintuitive to open your windows when you want to improve air quality inside your home. After all, you want to avoid the allergens and pollutants outside. The reason why you...

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5 Common Furnace Problems

January 3, 2020

Keeping your furnace properly maintained is important. This basic precaution can increase the equipment’s lifespan and help you avoid expensive repairs. Understanding some of the most common furnace problems will help you remain proactive and enable you to identify some issues before they become more severe. Here are five of the most common furnace problems that people face on a regular basis. 1. Dirty Air Filters Dirty air filters are an all-too-common occurrence with furnaces. These clogged filters minimize airflow and make the furnace work much harder. It’s a good idea to change the air filter on a regular basis...

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What Thermostat Temperature is Best for the Winter?

December 17, 2019

Homeowners often have questions about the best thermostat setting to use during the winter months when outside temperatures drop but they still want to stay warm inside. The answer depends on a balance of comfort and efficiency. It varies based on when people are home and when they’re sleeping. Instead of focusing on finding the perfect number at which to set your thermostat, it’s a better idea to use a strategy that keeps you and your family warm and your heating bills reasonable. The Right Temperature Varies Finding the perfect temperature for your home means more than just setting the...

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The Pros and Cons of Space Heaters

November 6, 2019

People often have strong opinions on space heaters. Some praise them for saving them money on heating, and others warn they’re too dangerous. Here’s the truth on space heaters. Save Money on Heating When you use a space heater in the right way, it will save you money on heating bills. If used incorrectly, however, you may have more expensive heating bills. Space heaters aren’t designed to be the sole source of heat in your home. You must use them for supplemental heating. Keep your home’s heating system on and use a space heater in your bedroom while you’re in...

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