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These Factors Mean You’re Working With a Quality HVAC Business

These Factors Mean You're Working With a Quality HVAC BusinessWhether your heating and cooling system needs repair or you’ll looking to upgrade by having new equipment installed, you want the assurance that the HVAC contractor you hire does quality work and treats their customers fairly. With so many HVAC businesses to choose from in the local area, you’ll find it easier to pick the right one if you use the following factors as a hiring guide.

Longevity and Good Reputation

If an HVAC company has been in business for a number of years, it’s a good indication that they’re dedicated to customer service and quality workmanship. You can investigate a contractor’s reputation by calling previous customers for references, checking their rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and looking at reviews with online sites like Angie’s List.

Up-to-Date Credentials and Insurance

Conscientious Peachtree City HVAC pros are licensed through the Georgia Board of Conditioned Air Contractors, and can give you copies of their liability and workers’ compensation insurance certificates. Contractors who want to provide top-notch service also insist that their technicians obtain North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification, which involves passing rigorous exams to verify their knowledge and practical skills in HVAC maintenance, repair and installation.

Efficiency and Installation Expertise

Dedicated HVAC pros stay up-to-date on the latest industry advancements and standards so they can help you choose the most energy efficient equipment for your home. They use Manuals J, S and D for accurate equipment sizing and selection, and to ensure effective ductwork design. Contractors who believe their customers deserve the best only work with the industry’s leading equipment manufacturers who build high-quality, durable products.

Detailed Estimates

A reliable HVAC company doesn’t give estimates on the phone. Instead, they arrange a time to meet at your home and talk about your needs and budget. Then, they’ll check your existing system and perform any necessary assessments so they can provide you with a detailed estimate for repairs or a new equipment installation.

 

If you’re searching for an HVAC contractor in the Peachtree City area who is dedicated to quality and customer service, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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How You Should Get the Air Conditioner Ready for Off Season

How You Should Get the Air Conditioner Ready for Off SeasonCooler weather is coming soon, and when it gets here, it will be time to give your air conditioner a break during the off season. Here is a brief list of things you should do to get your cooling system ready for its winter idle time.

 

  • Shut it down. When you know you won’t need your A/C anymore this year, shut the power off completely, either at the system switch or at the circuit breaker. This prevents loss of power and makes it safer to work on the equipment.
  • Call for maintenance. Schedule a preventive maintenance appointment with your local trusted HVAC professional. This will allow an expert technician the chance to inspect the system from end to end, make repairs and adjustments, and ensure that the air conditioner is ready to work effectively and efficiently next spring.
  • Clean indoor and outdoor units. Clean the indoor unit to remove dust, dirt, and any household material that could have gotten into the cabinet or on internal components. For the outdoor unit, clear away mud, dirt, grass, leaves, sticks, or other material from around the base of the cabinet and the vents.
  • Clean the coils. The air conditioner coils are crucial for creating the cooling the air conditioner provides. Make sure they are clean, undamaged, and free of any debris that could have accumulated on them during the summer.
  • Change air filters. Replace dirty air filters with new, fresh filters. This will give you one less thing to remember in the spring and will ensure that the A/C starts the cooling season with clean filters.
  • Cover the outdoor unit. Consider covering the outdoor unit to help prevent exposure to rain, ice, and snow during the winter. Ask your HVAC supplier about the appropriate material to use as a cover.

Powers Heating & Air has been in business for 15 years, serving the needs of heating and cooling customers in the Peachtree City area and surrounding communities. Contact us today for more information on getting your air conditioner ready for the off season and for the repair and maintenance services you need this fall.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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HVAC Basics: Learn What BTUs Are

HVAC Basics: Learn What BTUs AreWhat is a BTU and what does it mean to you? In winter or summer, the number of BTUs added or removed from the house, respectively, is critical to indoor comfort. It’s also an important element of the calculations utilized for efficiency rating that help you evaluate the most energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment when you’re shopping for an upgrade.

 

BTU is short for British Thermal Unit. It’s the universally accepted measurement for a unit of heat energy. In winter, BTUs of heat energy are added to the house by your furnace or other heating system to make the premises comfortably warm. In summer, conversely, your air conditioner extracts

 

BTUs of heat from indoor air and moves them outdoors to keep things cool. When expressed in raw numbers, the amount of BTUs a furnace generates or an air conditioner extracts is referred to as the unit’s “capacity.”

 

The BTU also figures prominently in both the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) furnace rating as well as the central air conditioner’s SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating.

  • AFUE calculates the percentage of BTUs of heat energy a furnace generates that actually contribute to heating the home versus the percentage that is normally lost in the combustion process as hot gasses are exhausted up the vent pipe. A standard efficiency furnace typically has an AFUE around 80%. A high efficiency furnace incorporates an extra heat exchanger to harvest this lost heat and therefore delivers AFUE ratings up to 95%.
  • For an air conditioner, how many BTUs of heat the unit can remove from your home over a specific time span in ratio to the amount of electricity it will use during that time is important information when evaluating both operating costs and cooling performance. The SEER rating expresses that calculation in a single numeral. A standard efficiency A/C unit today has a SEER rating of 14 while high-efficiency units range as high as 20 or more.

Ask the experts at Powers Heating & Air for more about how the BTU affects indoor comfort and operating costs year-round.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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How Much Money and Energy Does Your Attic Waste?

How Much Money and Energy Does Your Attic Waste?In a warm climate like Peachtree City’s, it’s not always obvious how much the attic can affect a home’s energy efficiency. Understanding how your attic could be costing you is the first step in solving the problem.

Leaking Air

Attics are often full of tiny cracks and gaps that let air pass. In summer, leaks let hot, humid air seep into your living space. In winter, the warm air in your rooms naturally rises toward your ceilings. Leaks let that air escape into the attic and out through the roof. You can stop the leaks by using weatherstripping, caulk, and metal flashing as necessary to seal around:

  • The access hatch
  • Pipe and wiring holes
  • Vent stacks and chimneys
  • Recessed lights and dropped soffits
  • Kneewalls

Escaping Heat

When your attic heats up in warm weather, insulation slows the rate at which heat radiates into your rooms, keeping your house cooler. In winter, insulation helps hold warmth in your rooms and keeps it out of your attic.

If you can see your attic’s floor joists, you need more insulation. In the Peachtree City area, you’ll want to have an R-30 to R-60 layer of insulation. That’s between 12 to 24 inches of fiberglass batts.

To further reduce heat gain, consider having a radiant barrier added. These barriers, which are installed on your attic’s ceiling, are made of material that reflects heat away from your house. They can reduce your cooling costs by 5 to 10 percent.

Lack of Ventilation

Attics need ventilation to provide the amount of airflow that lets them maintain the ideal temperature and humidity levels. Without good ventilation, summertime heat will build up and radiate into your living space. In winter, ventilation removes excess moisture which would otherwise encourage mold and rot. If you have either ridge or soffit vents, but not both, or you have a gable fan on only one side, consult a professional about optimizing the ventilation.

For help improving your home’s energy efficiency, get in touch with us at Powers Heating & Air in Peachtree City.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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