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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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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How To Clean Air Conditioning Unit

June 15, 2021

There are a few benefits to cleaning your air conditioning system’s components. It will operate more efficiently because dirt interferes with its smooth operation. It will last longer, and you’re less likely to need expensive repairs. Turn Off Power You need to turn off the power to your air conditioning system at the circuit breaker box. This is necessary as a safety precaution. Turn it back on only once you’re done. Clean Evaporator Coils You can start with the indoor or outdoor components. The evaporator coils are in your house. Use a soft brush to remove dust from them. You...

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Does Humidity Affect My Air Conditioner?

May 7, 2021

High humidity makes your home feel warmer than it otherwise would. Ideally, your home will have a humidity level below 60% in the summer. When your home has high humidity, your AC system may struggle to remove moisture from the air. There are several ways high humidity affects your AC system. Oversized AC System If your AC system is too large, it won’t be able to control the temperature or humidity level of your home. It will turn on and off rapidly, which means there isn’t sufficient operating time to remove humidity. The only way to fix this problem is...

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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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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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