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Beat the Lake Charles Heat: Essential Summer HVAC Maintenance Tips

July 8, 2024 | Blog

Living in Lake Charles, we know that summer heat can be relentless. As temperatures soar, ensuring your HVAC system is in top shape becomes crucial for maintaining a comfortable home environment. At Ace Air, we understand the importance of a well-functioning HVAC system, especially during the sweltering summer months. Here are some essential summer HVAC maintenance tips to help you beat the Lake Charles heat and keep your home cool and comfortable.

1. Schedule a Professional HVAC Tune-Up

One of the most effective ways to ensure your HVAC system is ready for summer is by scheduling a professional tune-up. Regular maintenance can help identify potential issues before they become major problems, ensuring your system runs efficiently throughout the season. At Ace Air, we offer a comprehensive $69 HVAC System Tune-Up that includes a thorough inspection and cleaning of your system. This service not only improves efficiency but also extends the lifespan of your HVAC unit.

2. Replace or Clean Air Filters

Air filters play a crucial role in maintaining indoor air quality and ensuring your HVAC system operates efficiently. Over time, filters can become clogged with dust, dirt, and other debris, reducing airflow and forcing your system to work harder. It’s recommended to check your air filters monthly and replace or clean them as needed. This simple step can significantly improve your system’s performance and energy efficiency.

3. Clean the Outdoor Unit

Your HVAC system’s outdoor unit, also known as the condenser, can accumulate dirt, leaves, and other debris, which can obstruct airflow and reduce efficiency. Regularly cleaning the outdoor unit helps maintain optimal performance. Start by turning off the power to the unit, then gently remove any debris from the exterior. You can use a garden hose to rinse off the fins, but be careful not to bend them. If you’re unsure about cleaning the unit yourself, our team at Ace Air is always ready to assist.

4. Check and Seal Ductwork

Leaky ducts can lead to significant energy loss, making your HVAC system work harder to cool your home. Inspect your ductwork for any visible leaks or damage and seal them with duct tape or mastic sealant. Properly sealed ducts ensure that cool air is efficiently distributed throughout your home, improving comfort and reducing energy costs.

5. Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat allows you to set specific temperatures for different times of the day, helping you save energy and maintain a comfortable home environment. For instance, you can set the thermostat to a higher temperature when you’re away and lower it before you return home. This not only reduces energy consumption but also extends the life of your HVAC system by preventing it from running continuously.

6. Ensure Proper Insulation

Proper insulation is essential for keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Check your home’s insulation, especially in the attic and walls, to ensure it’s adequate. Adding insulation where needed can help maintain a consistent indoor temperature and reduce the strain on your HVAC system.

7. Keep Vents and Registers Clear

Blocked vents and registers can restrict airflow, making your HVAC system work harder to cool your home. Ensure that all vents and registers are clear of furniture, rugs, and other obstructions. This allows for proper air circulation and helps maintain a comfortable indoor environment.

8. Monitor Refrigerant Levels

Low refrigerant levels can cause your HVAC system to operate inefficiently and may even lead to system failure. If you notice that your system isn’t cooling as effectively as it should, it could be due to low refrigerant levels. Our licensed professionals at Ace Air can check and replenish refrigerant levels, ensuring your system runs smoothly throughout the summer.

9. Utilize Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can help circulate cool air throughout your home, reducing the workload on your HVAC system. By using ceiling fans in conjunction with your air conditioning, you can maintain a comfortable temperature while potentially lowering your energy bills.

10. Consider an HVAC Upgrade

If your HVAC system is more than 10-15 years old, it may be time to consider an upgrade. Newer systems are more energy-efficient and can provide better cooling performance. At Ace Air, we offer up to a $2000 Tax Credit on New HVAC Systems, making it more affordable to invest in a high-efficiency unit. Plus, with our 10-Year Worry-Free Guarantee, you can have peace of mind knowing your new system is protected.

Why Choose Ace Air?

Ace Air has been a trusted name in Lake Charles and surrounding areas since 1958. Our commitment to quality service and customer satisfaction sets us apart. With our Peace of Mind Guarantee, you can trust that all our licensed professionals undergo extensive background checks, ensuring your safety and security. Additionally, our No Surprises Guarantee means the quote you receive upfront is the price you’ll pay, with no hidden fees or unexpected costs.

Contact Us Today

Don’t let the summer heat get the best of you. Contact Ace Air today to schedule your $69 HVAC System Tune-Up or to learn more about our services. Whether you need HVAC maintenance, plumbing repairs, or generator installations, our team of experts is here to help. Call us now and experience the Ace Air difference – “The Guys You Can Trust.”

Stay cool and comfortable this summer with Ace Air, your trusted HVAC provider in Lake Charles and Sulphur.

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