Your questions answered: HVAC FAQs. ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc in Lake Charles can answer all your HVAC-related questions. Before you get on the phone, check to see if we already responded to your question online. If you don’t see your question on the list or want more information on a particular topic, give us a call at 337-335-0992. Our staff can give you the information you’re looking for in an instant. Why is regular maintenance important? Just like you need to take your car in to the shop for regular tune-ups, such as oil changes or looking at potential concerns, your home comfort system should get the same kind of attention. Scheduled maintenance by a professional technician provides various benefits to your HVAC equipment, which can help your systems perform efficiently and prevent costly breakdowns. How much will a Lennox product cost? Call ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc at 337-335-0992 to get a comprehensive quote on Lennox equipment. What is two-stage heating? Two-stage heating permits the furnace to heat at two levels of output: high for cold winter days and low for mild ones. Approximately 80 percent of the time, your home’s heating requirements can be met when the furnace is left on the low setting, permitting your two-stage unit to work for longer periods of time. Two-stage units also provide more even heat distribution, fewer temperature swings, quiet operation, increased air filtration and energy efficiency. How does Precise Comfort™ technology work? Lennox’s Precise Comfort™ technology is an operating and control system that permits a furnace to adjust heat and airflow by amazingly small amounts, as low as a 1 percent change. The system is automatic and runs similar to cruise control, making adjustments gradually to meet your comfort demands with energy efficiency. How will my new furnace work differently from my old one? Depending on how old your previous furnace was, you could experience a number of differences. Furnaces today are created to offer more even and efficient heating than ever before. Modern furnaces also better regulate temperature and air flow, moving more air over the heat exchanger than older furnaces. Additionally, new furnaces are designed to operate with other high-efficiency HVAC products, such as air conditioners. The air conditioner blowers give your heating system an extra lift so it can deliver cool air around your home efficiently. Special features like variable speed motors will also help lessen noise associated with operating your equipment and easily meet your family’s airflow needs. What energy efficiency standard should I look for in an air conditioner in Lake Charles? The Department of Energy recently increased the minimum efficiency levels for air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units made after Jan. 1, 2015, since heating and cooling contributes significantly to a home’s total energy usage. The requirements vary by region, so call ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc for the efficiency standards for Lake Charles. How can I reduce my energy costs? Lennox offers a number of HVAC products with high efficiency ratings, which can help reduce the amount of energy they require to work. Aside from choosing products that have received Energy Star® certification or achieved high SEER ratings for air conditioners or AFUE ratings for furnaces, you can think about the following: Maintenance – making certain that your system gets regular maintenance by a trained expert can keep your system working at its best performance. Zoning – zoning systems permit you to only heat or cool only targeted areas of your home, so you won’t have to pay to heat or cool spaces that you don’t typically utilize. Programmable thermostats – using a programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature in your home based on your schedule. They can be programed to provide the comfort you desire when you’re home, and increase or decrease the temperature while you’re gone, helping you save on heating and cooling costs. Why should I buy from Lennox? There are a number of reasons to go with Lennox, but the top three are: You know and trust the name – Lennox is known around the world for its quality home comfort products. Innovation and high quality – Lennox is an industry leader, providing a complete line of innovative solutions for your home comfort needs. Commitment to excellence – We are devoted to giving customers not only quality products, but also quality service. You can trust Lennox dealers, like those of us at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc, to help you choose the right system for your home, expertly install it, and keep it operating smoothly every time. What can I do to improve my home’s indoor air quality? Boosting your home’s indoor air quality starts with four basic strategies: Eliminate – poor indoor air quality leaves your home full of with air pollutants floating around your home, so to improve IAQ, the first step is to eliminate as many pollutants as possible. You can easily do this is by cleaning and vacuuming at least once a week, frequently washing linens and storing cleaning products safely. Ventilate – proper insulation is great for keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but it also makes it more difficult for airborne pollutants to escape. Products like our Healthy Climate® ventilation system help swap stale air for fresh, filtered outside air. Clean – good ventilation and frequent cleaning are a start, but Healthy Climate® air filters, germicidal lights and PureAire™ purification systems take your IAQ to the next level by holding microscopic particles, killing germs and removing particles and germs while destroying chemical vapors. Monitor – programmable thermostats will help you monitor the humidity levels and temperature to help prevent particles and germs from accumulating and keep your home comfortable. How can I find out which indoor air quality product will is right for my home? Our Healthy Solution Finder lets you pick details specific to your family and home and will help you find equipment best suited to meet your needs. You may also consult with ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc experts who can make a recommendation based on their evaluations of your home and your current indoor comfort system. How does an air conditioner work? Many homeowners believe that air conditioners make it cooler in your house, but it actually removes the heat from your house, directing the hot air outside. That hot air moves across a cold indoor coil where refrigerant in the lines sends the heat to the coil in your outdoor unit, releasing it outside. This process continues until the indoor temperature reaches the temp that was set on your thermostat. What is the minimum energy efficiency standard for air conditioners in my state? Due to the amount of energy used by heating and cooling systems, the Department of Energy (DOE) increased the minimum efficiency levels for air conditioners, heat pumps and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2015. These levels are determined by region and carry varying requirements based on your location. ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc can help answer any questions you may have regarding these minimum requirements and let you know what choices are available when you’re in the market for a replacement system. How can I confirm the model and serial numbers for my cooling unit? These numbers are located on a nameplate or sticker that is near your system’s service panel. The sticker should be white with black letters and have both of these numbers located around the top of the sticker. M/N denotes model number while S/N is your serial number. What size equipment do I need for my home? There are a handful of ways to determine what size system is the best fit for your home, but the most reliable way to choose a system is by having your local ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc technician come out and perform a load calculation. This calculation considers your home’s: square footage, insulation value, amount of insulation, and a number of other factors. Can frost, ice, dirt or other debris keep the outdoor unit of my cooling system from operating effectively? The short answer is “Yes,” because dirt and other debris can hinder your system’s ability to work efficiently. For heat pumps, it is common to have frost or ice on them during the winter, but they also are built with defrost controls to ensure they work efficiently in those kinds of weather. What is two-stage cooling? Two-stage cooling means that your cooling unit has two levels of operation. When summer is its hottest, the high setting starts up, and when it’s cooler or more mild, the low setting gets the job done. Typically, the lower setting can take care of your cooling needs, but even when the high setting kicks in, you may not realize it because it can maintain such even temperatures for your comfort. This may also mean a quieter cooling system, greater efficiency and improved humidity control. Why is my system freezing up? When your cooling unit freezes up, there are a variety of reasons why it could be doing so. The most common reasons include: dirty filters, low refrigerant, a dirty evaporative coil and a faulty blower motor or relay. A dirty filter is something you can take care of as a homeowner, but the others need to be done by a professional like those at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. Contact them at 337-335-0992 with any other questions. What is the best thermostat to use for my cooling system? Choosing the best thermostat for your cooling system comes with a lot to think about. That’s why it’s nice to have such a big variety of choices from ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. Whether you’re searching for a programmable or non-programmable thermostat or want to join the smart home trend, there are various thermostats that you have to select from. Some thermostats will depend on what type of heating and cooling system you have, but the team at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc will be able to help determine what options are best for your needs and your budget. What is a heat pump? Heat pumps can be a bit confusing due to their name, but they actually meet both your heating and cooling needs all year. When it’s hot outside it operates like an air conditioner in that it removes heat from your home, but when it cools off, the process gets turned around and it collects heat from outside and brings it inside. Heat pumps are also very efficient, and could produce up to two or three times more heat than the energy it uses. When replacing the outdoor unit, should the indoor unit also be replaced? Of course we think you should also replace your indoor system, but this is why: All outdoor cooling systems have a matching indoor unit that they are designed to work with to ensure efficient performance. When they aren’t paired with the other part as a total system, efficiency may be affected. As with a lot of products, advancements have brought about newer, more efficient ways of doing things. Heating and cooling systems are no different. These improvements most importantly include better heating and cooling efficiency, but also involve improved air handling, filtering and noise pollution reduction to name a few. Heating and cooling systems that are more than 10-15 years old typically need to be replaced. Not only do they consist of outdated technology, but they are also less efficient than newer models. Adding a new indoor unit at the same time means you’ll have a matched system to provide you with better comfort and efficiency for years to come. How do I know my solar HVAC system is performing to its full potential? The communication module on your SunSource® Home Energy System sends the system’s performance records for each module to a website. You may visit this website to see the system’s status, energy production and environmental benefits. The site also shows carbon offsets as it happens. Is an Internet connection necessary to use the SunSource® communication module? Yes, an Internet connection is necessary for you to take advantage of the online monitoring system, which includes viewing energy production and environmental benefit information. The system’s performance-monitoring website is offered by an independent third party, Enphase Energy Inc., and the monitoring service is provided at no cost for five years. Should I clean my solar modules? In most locations, rain will be enough to keep the solar modules clean. If you live in a dusty or industrial area, periodically spraying the modules with water could help improve performance. However, detergents and high-pressure hoses should never be used to rinse solar modules. What is the best thermostat for my home comfort system? The best thermostat for you depends on your heating and cooling equipment. ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc sells programmable and nonprogrammable thermostats that can help improve the efficiency of your HVAC systems. View our available products or contact us at 337-335-0992 to learn more. How can I control my energy bills? Heating and cooling can make up a significant amount of your utility bill. The innovative and high efficiency HVAC products available from Lennox® can help lower these costs. If you’re searching for a new heating and/or cooling system, look for products with high SEER ratings for air conditioners and AFUE ratings for furnaces. SEER and AFUE are a measure of product efficiency, and the higher the number, the more efficient the product. Other than purchasing a new home comfort system, consider these other factors: 1. Is your equipment regularly maintained? Whether it’s a furnace or air conditioner, HVAC systems will work more efficiently after regular maintenance checks. 2. Do you need a zoning system? If there are spaces of your home that are rarely used, a zoning system will allow you to heat or cool only the commonly used parts of your house. 3. Are you utilizing a programmable thermostat? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, programmable thermostats may reduce your heating costs by up to 35 percent, and your cooling costs by up to 25 percent. What are the benefits of zoning systems? Zoning systems give you the opportunity to divide portions of your home and control the temperature differently in each part of your home. Zoning equipment is good for when you have areas of your residence that are seldom used or when you and your family are constantly in disagreement of the perfect temperature for the house. Zoning systems are quiet and efficient, giving you more control over the comfort of your family home. Discover more about the equipment available from ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc.