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Thermostat Health: When to Change the Batteries

Thermostat Health: When to Change the BatteriesIt’s a hot day in Peachtree City, and you’re dying to crank up the A/C. But something’s wrong. The thermostat’s not working. There’s no display, and it won’t respond to any of your commands! Is it broken? Do you need to have it replaced? No. You just forgot to change the battery. Here are some thermostat maintenance tips to keep it from happening again.

When to Replace Your Thermostat Battery

As a general rule of thumb, you should change the battery in your thermostat every year, whether it needs it or not. Batteries are cheap, and it’s better to remove a good one than keep a bad one around until it causes problems. Set a reminder on your calendar, and try to choose a day for it that’s easy for you to remember.

Of course, it’s still possible for your battery to wear out before your scheduled replacement date. Signs your thermostat’s battery are dying include a faded or blank display screen, and problems with your HVAC system heating or cooling as it should. Your thermostat may also have a low battery indicator light, which will tell you that the battery is dying and in need of replacement.

How to Replace Your Thermostat Battery

Replacing the battery is an essential part of thermostat maintenance. First, turn the unit off and remove it from the wall. It generally either pulls off or slides off. There may be a simple compartment for the batteries, or it may require a screwdriver. Also note whether your thermostat takes AA, AAA, or another kind of batteries, and how many. Be sure to have enough of the correct ones ready.

When you’ve replaced the batteries, put the cover back on and place the thermostat back on the wall. If you have trouble with it, you can always ask your HVAC technician when they come to give your system its annual tuneup (which is another necessity you should remember to mark on the calendar every year).

 

To learn more about thermostat maintenance, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve all of Peachtree City’s HVAC needs.

 

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.

3 Reasons to Consider a Luxury Air Conditioner

3 Reasons to Consider a Luxury Air ConditionerOn a hot summer day in Georgia, air conditioning can feel like the height of luxury. A nice breeze of cool air on your face… Things couldn’t get better than this. Well, in fact, they could. Have you considered a high-end air conditioner? You may think that high-end means too expensive. But in fact, the features pay for themselves over time with increased energy savings. Here are some of the benefits a luxury model can provide.

Increased efficiency.

The first advantage of a high-end air conditioner is its higher SEER rating. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is the amount of cooling your A/C produces for the amount of energy it uses. The higher the number, the more efficient the system. The current minimum SEER rating is 14.5. Many luxury models have ratings up to 21, allowing them to provide superior cooling for less money.

Variable capacity.

Most regular A/Cs produce the same amount of cooling every time, until the house reaches its comfort level. But variable capacity models can produce less cooling on slightly warm days and more on sweltering hot ones. Not only does this save energy, it cuts down on cycling on and off, helping your unit last longer.

Zoning.

Your A/C cools your entire house based on the readings of one thermostat in one room. But your home’s cooling needs aren’t uniform. One room may be too cold while another is still too warm. A zoning system separates your house into sections based on individual cooling needs, with a thermostat in each section. Every zone gets precisely the amount of cooling it needs and no more, increasing overall comfort while saving energy.

Indoor air quality.

Did you know the air in your home is much dirtier than the air outside? Your A/C is able to filter out some of the contaminants. But a high-end model provides superior filtering capabilities, getting rid of dust, bacteria, and other allergens and helping you breathe easy.

 

To learn more about high-end air conditioner options, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We’re Peachtree City’s trusted source for quality heating and cooling solutions.

 

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.

 

Can Your HVAC Fight Back-to-School Germs?

Can Your HVAC Fight Back-to-School Germs?With cold and flu season just around the corner, it’s not too early to explore the idea of fighting germs with HVAC equipment. It is possible and it’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to lower transmission rates of bacterial and viral illnesses in your home. Upgraded filters, humidity control and UV (ultraviolet) lights all help to eliminate the spread of infectious diseases.

 

Air Filtration

Bacteria range in size from .3 to 60 microns and viruses from 0.005 – 0.3 microns. While most air filters for HVAC systems won’t capture the smallest particles, a whole-house air filtration system will, especially if it uses HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters.

Humidity Control

One of the reasons fall and winter are the cold and flu season is that the dry indoor air supports the transmission of infectious diseases. Overly dry air dries out the respiratory passages and makes them more vulnerable to infection from bacteria and viruses.

The germs also get a boost when the air dries out. When you keep indoor humidity between 30 and 50 percent during the fall and winter, they won’t multiply as quickly. A whole-house humidifier will maintain even levels effortlessly and efficiently.

UV Lights

Ultraviolet lights have a proven track record for fighting germs with HVAC. Whenever an organic molecule passes over a UV ray, its DNA is damaged and it can’t reproduce. UV lights are an affordable, simple and energy efficient way to tackle other air quality problems indoors. Besides eliminating germ proliferation, UV lights reduce mold infestations and the toxicity of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

 

UV lights fit inside the air handler and when pointed at the evaporator coil, will keep it free from mold and bacterial growth. The lights are also useful inside the ductwork to help clean indoor air. They need cleaning every six months and replacement every year to maintain full effectiveness.

 

Each of these approaches will help with fighting germs with HVAC systems. To learn more about using one or all of them, contact Powers Heating & Air providing trusted 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. 

 

How to Maintain Your HVAC for the Fall

How to Maintain Your HVAC for the FallBefore it’s time to switch the thermostat from cool to heat, don’t neglect fall HVAC maintenance. The same things that you do to keep the A/C running efficiently will keep it running smoothly all winter long. Besides saving money on heating costs throughout the winter, you’ll know that your system is running safely.

 

Do-It-Yourself Maintenance

 

Change the air filter if it’s clogged from heavy summertime use. A dirty air filter during any season will harm your system’s components and drive up energy costs.

Inspect each register for dust. The dust that collects on the register covers for the ducts slows down the air coming from the air handler. It will take longer to heat the room and could add to its dust load. Sometimes exceptionally dirty register covers signal a ductwork leak or tear. If it’s not fixed, heating bills could skyrocket and air quality plummet.

Clean the outdoor condenser if you heat with a heat pump. Rake away the falling leaves and remove the dead vegetation near the condenser. Check the coils for dust deposits and make sure they aren’t coated with grass clippings. If soap, water and a soft brush won’t loosen them, try coil cleaner found at home improvement centers.

 

Professional Maintenance

 

While the work you do for fall HVAC maintenance goes a long way toward improving comfort and lowering energy bills, you should have an HVAC pro look it over every year. Professionals inspect, clean and adjust all the parts in the system and verify that the system is operating safely.

Gas furnaces have several safety switches that need to be inspected, as well as the gas line leading into it. The technician will clean the burner and check the gas to air ratio. He or she will also be able to assess the overall condition of your equipment, which will help you plan for its replacement.

 

By undertaking fall HVAC maintenance early in the season, you’ll have efficient and dependable heating throughout the winter. If you haven’t scheduled a heating system checkup, 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. 

 

How Insulation Affects HVAC Efficiency

How Insulation Affects HVAC EfficiencyHVAC efficiency depends upon more than just the make and model of your air conditioner or furnace. Insulation is one of the factors that can make or break both optimum energy efficiency and consistent comfort in your house.

 

Insulation For All Seasons

 

Heat energy is always in motion from a warmer zone into a cooler zone. Proper insulation effectively inhibits both heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter and supports maximum HVAC efficiency. The most cost-effective location for household insulation is usually the attic. Here’s why:

  • Solar heat radiating through the roof overheats the attic in summer, causing rooms below to become hotter, too. A bed of fiberglass or cellulose insulation in the attic floor effectively inhibits heat radiation through the ceiling and reduces the cooling load on your air conditioner.
  • In winter, heat from the furnace naturally rises in living spaces, radiating up through the ceiling into the colder attic. Proper insulation in the attic floor resists heat transfer through the ceiling and keeps heating costs lower.

How Insulation Pays Off

By reducing the effect of heat gain and heat loss, insulation boosts HVAC efficiency, maximizes performance of your air conditioner or furnace and helps control cooling/heating costs.

  • Shorter cooling cycles means the A/C compressor—often the largest single electricity consumer in a typical house—runs less and monthly electricity costs are reduced.
  • Gas-fired furnaces also use less fuel to keep the house warm as insulation reduces heat loss into the attic.
  • Manufacturer’s efficiency ratings are more accurate. Both the SEER efficiency rating for air conditioners and the AFUE rating for gas-fired furnaces are helpful factors in predicting the operating costs of a particular unit. The reliability of these efficiency calculations assumes that proper insulation is installed in the house.
  • Components of efficient HVAC units receive less wear and tear. System service life is extended due to shorter cycles and repairs are less frequent.

For more about the link between proper insulation and improved HVAC efficiency, ask the professionals 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.