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Common Energy Myths You Should Know

Common Energy Myths You Should Know

Common Energy Myths You Should KnowIt’s not surprising that energy myths continue to spread through the public’s knowledge about their homes. These myths are based in the desire to better understand their home’s essential systems and how to save money.

 

However prevalent, these practices and situations have no basis in reality:

 

  • Not changing the thermostat saves money. If you’re going to be away, it will save energy to raise or lower the temperature, depending on the season. Unless your HVAC system is inadequate or very old, it will be able to cool your home down within a short period. Programmable thermostats are effective in lowering energy costs by controlling temperatures when homes aren’t occupied. Smart thermostats give you control of your HVAC system from anywhere, which makes it possible to manage the HVAC system for optimal energy savings.
  • Appliances don’t use energy when they’re off. Many appliances and devices in your home use electricity when they’re not running. Entertainment systems and kitchen appliances continue to use power if they have clocks or are programmable. Some of the worst culprits are chargers for portable electronic devices that use block-style, heavy chargers. Their chargers continue to draw power even when the device is unplugged.
  • Closing off rooms saves energy. This is one of the more persistent energy myths. In reality, closing the registers to a room and shutting the door may end up costing you more in energy and wear and tear on your HVAC system. Ductwork leaks may result and the negative air pressure it creates can pull in unconditioned air, which raises energy bills.
  • Dripping faucets just waste water. In reality, dripping faucets waste energy in your home and at water treatment facilities. The EPA estimates that drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities use two percent of all energy used in the U.S. annually. When it goes down the drain, both the water and the energy to provide it are wasted.

In the long run, these energy myths will result in higher bills and wear and tear on your appliances. To learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing trusted HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowners.

 

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.

 

Avoiding Pests: Bug Proof Your HVAC Unit

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. Credit/Copyright Attribution: “Name”Bugs are not only gross, but they can also carry germs and disease that could endanger your family. This is why it’s important that you take the necessary steps to keep these critters out of your home and out of its HVAC system. You can avoid these pests by following these simple tips to bug proof your home:

Tip #1: Seal the Doors

Much of the time, insects don’t have to sneak inside your home — they can literally walk through the front door. If you don’t mind having some tiny houseguests that bring germs in with them, then sit back and enjoy. But if you want to keep them out, it’s time to pick up some weather stripping at your local hardware store and seal the edges.

Tip #2: Seal Other Cracks

The truth is, there are cracks and gaps in every house, whether it’s around the edges of your doors and windows, your foundation, or along your walls. These gaps provide the perfect opportunity for insects, arachnids, and other small pests to slip inside your home and set up shop. These areas can be sealed with the use of weather stripping, caulking, or spray foam, depending on the size of the problem. And if you have any trouble finding these cracks and gaps, call an HVAC technician to help you hunt them down.

Tip #3: Clean Up the Yard

Bugs and other pests love to hide out in your yard. If you have piles of leaves or other debris lying around, the number of these critters will quickly multiply. Standing water is also a problem, because bugs like mosquitoes are attracted to it and will eventually find their way inside. This is especially important to avoid because mosquitoes are known to carry disease. We suggest that you clean up your yard on a regular basis.

For more expert advice on how to bug proof your HVAC unit and your home, be sure to reach out to the professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding areas since 2001.

 

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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Get the Most Out of Your HVAC System

Get the Most Out of Your HVAC SystemBesides being your home’s largest appliance, the HVAC system also uses the most energy. Unless you generate your own, it’s also responsible for the lion’s share of your energy bills that are easy to trim through affordable home improvements and system maintenance.

Improve Energy Efficiency

The first place to start improving your air conditioner’s performance is by lowering the cooling load. An energy efficient home requires less cooling and if yours lacks insulation, leaks air, or has inefficient windows, your air conditioner will have to work harder.

 

A visual inspection of the attic will reveal how much insulation you have and its condition. The Department of Energy recommends at least 10 inches for this climate, and more is better than less.

 

Moldy or compressed insulation isn’t as effective and should be replaced.

 

Discover the air leaks by conducting an energy audit using a burning stick of incense. Close all the exterior doors and windows and walk through your home. Wavering smoke indicates an air leak, typically found around windows and exterior doors. Recessed lights are another common place for air leakage.

 

Thermal or Energy Star windows will cut HVAC costs year-round, but if they’re not in the budget, consider using shade screens or insulating drapes on sunny windows.

Maintain It

Nothing adds more efficient performance to your HVAC system than having it professionally maintained. The technician will go through the entire system, cleaning and adjusting the parts.

 

Measuring the refrigerant is a routine part of an annual service and adjusting it makes a big difference in how well the system runs.

 

Between professional servicing, check the air filter monthly and change it when it’s dirty. A dirty filter is the primary cause of high energy bills and premature system breakdowns. The outdoor condenser needs periodic attention, as well. Hose off the coils and remove any debris that collects around it.

 

Giving the HVAC system the attention it needs and creating a more energy efficient home will improve its performance, along with its longevity. To learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air, proudly serving Peachtree City homeowners.

 

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 to Have the Right Greenhouse Ventilation

How to Have the Right Greenhouse VentilationA greenhouse is an excellent way to work your green thumb magic at home, but having a proper set up is essential for success. One of the most important things for your grow space is adequate ventilation. By keeping the temperature in check, you’ll give your plants the kind of environment they need to flourish. Here’s how to find the right greenhouse ventilation for your needs:

Natural Versus Mechanical Ventilation

Both mechanical and natural ventilation methods offer good options for keeping the air moving in your greenhouse, but the system must be well designed to maximize its effectiveness. The following highlights different ventilation options and some of the key features of each, as well as tips on how to make the most out of whatever method you choose to go with.

Natural Ventilation

  • Install side and roof vents to get the air flowing in your growing space. Just make sure they are large enough to promote effective air movement. This tried-and-true method has been used for many years.
  • Use an open-roof greenhouse design to help curb energy costs associated with running fans all day. Open-roof greenhouses, which have recently grown in popularity, allow you to open the roof almost entirely so that your plants are exposed to the sun and fresh air.
  • Ensure your open-roof greenhouse is the correct size for your needs, and locate it in a way that best utilizes wind flow.
  • Consider adding a shade system that’s porous to help control the hot summer temperatures.

Mechanical Ventilation

  • Equip your greenhouse with a fan system to have greater control over temperature and air flow. Although a fan system will increase your energy costs, the upside is that you don’t need to worry about outdoor conditions negatively impacting plant health.
  • Choose fans that are the right size and are optimally located for the requirements of your greenhouse.
  • Keep your fans well maintained by regularly cleaning away dust and debris. This will maximize their efficiency.

For more information on choosing the right greenhouse ventilation, please contact us at Powers Heating and Air. We proudly serve the Peachtree City area.

 

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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Plumbing for Pet Owners: Tips and Tricks

Plumbing for Pet Owners: Tips and TricksPet owners don’t always realize there’s a connection between caring for a furry family member and keeping their home’s plumbing in good repair. If you’re a pet owner, here are a few tips and tricks that can help you keep your plumbing system and your pet safe and in good health.

Strain the Drain During Baths

If your pet sheds a lot of fur during a bath, all that hair can make your drains sluggish and cause clogs. To avoid these issues, buy an appropriately-sized strainer for the sink or tub drain where you bathe your pet, and put it in before a bath. After the bath, just let the water drain away completely then dispose of all the hair caught in the strainer.

Take Precautions With Water Temperature and Pressure

Issues like water pressure changes when a toilet is flushed or too high a temperature can expose your pet to scalding hot water and make bath time terrifying. To avoid stressing or harming your pet during a bath, reduce the water heater thermostat setting to 120 degrees. To avert unexpected pressure changes, have balancing valves installed on the sink faucet or showerhead.

Don’t Dispose of Cat Litter by Flushing

Some brands of cat litter state that they’re flushable, but there’s still a risk that the material might clump and cause a blockage in your sewer lines, so never put soiled litter down the drain. Instead, empty out used litter into a bag and dispose of it with your household trash.

Keep Drinking Water Bowls Filled

When your pet is thirsty and has no available drinking water, they may head to the bathroom for a drink from the toilet. Since toilet water may contain cleaning chemicals and bacteria, it can pose a serious hazard to pets. To ensure your four-legged friend’s safety and health, set out two or more water dishes and fill them regularly, and make it habit to shut your toilet lids and bathroom doors.

To learn more helpful tips about plumbing systems for pet owners in the Peachtree City area, 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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