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Keeping your Baby Safe: The Ideal Nursery Temperature

Keeping your Baby Safe: The Ideal Nursery TemperatureMany new parents make the mistake of trying to keep a baby too warm. The fact is, babies don’t need tropical conditions in the nursery; research has revealed they are more comfortable and safer if you set the thermostat the same as for anyone else, between 68-72 degrees. If that seems too cool to you, read on and you will understand why it’s better not to raise the nursery temperature too high.

Optimum Temperature

Research shows that the optimum temperature range to promote sleep for a baby is in the 65-70 degree range. It’s a good idea to have a thermometer in baby’s room so you can monitor the temperature, not letting it get too hot or too cold. It it seems too warm, crack a window open or turn on a fan, but do avoid keeping the baby in a draft.

 

Above all, don’t subscribe to the common misconception that a baby has to be as warm as it was in the womb. Actually, a too-hot room can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in babies from one to 12 months old. This condition occurs when babies can’t wake up when something goes wrong with their physiology. A sleeping baby that is overheated may remain unconscious rather than stirring awake, so that it’s unable to cry out an alarm. If a parent fails to check on the baby and wake it up, the harm may have already been done.

Temperature Tips for the Baby

  • Use light bedding; dress the baby seasonally. Avoid heavy comforters, which can overheat or suffocate the baby. Dressing the baby in a sleep sack over pajamas is ideal. Don’t put a hat on the baby at night, as this can cause overheating.
  • If the baby’s room needs a space heater, position it so the airflow isn’t trained on the baby. Likewise, position a crib away from supply registers so conditioned or heated air isn’t blowing directly on the baby.

To learn more about the optimum nursery temperature, contact Powers Heating and Air, serving Peachtree City and the surrounding 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. 

5 Tips for Preventing Gas Leaks

5 Tips for Preventing Gas LeaksA gas leak can be dangerous, even deadly, to you and your family. If you notice a sulfuric, rotten egg smell in your home, it’s important to get out immediately. But how can you prevent gas leaks from happening in the first place? Here are five preventative measures you can take.

1. Ensure proper installation.

Any technician who installs a gas-powered appliance in your home needs to be an accredited Gas Safe Register engineer. They are properly trained and certified to deal with gas lines safely and minimalize the risk of leaks.

2. Schedule an annual inspection.

Your annual HVAC inspection provides preventative maintenance on a number of fronts, including a chance for your HVAC technician to spot potential leaks and fix them before they become problems. If you have a gas stove or other gas appliances in your home, be sure to have them inspected regularly as well.

3. Have proper ventilation.

Any gas-powered appliance should have a vent nearby to eliminate carbon monoxide fumes. This vent should be kept clean and unobstructed at all times, to ensure that the gas doesn’t accumulate in your home.

4. Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors.

A CO detector can give you an early warning in case of a leak or other carbon monoxide buildup. Test it regularly to make sure it’s working properly and replace the batteries once a year. The detector itself should be replaced every five to seven years.

5. Know the signs.

Even with preventative measures, gas leaks can still happen. It’s important to know the signs, know what to do, and recognize the symptoms of CO poisoning. In addition to the rotten egg smell, also listen for hissing, gurgling sounds near your pipes. If you suspect a leak, leave immediately. Don’t turn off the lights or touch any electric devices, switches, or outlets. Call 911 and your gas company. Check your family to see if anyone is experiencing headaches, nausea, or dizziness. If they are, get them to the hospital.

 

To learn more about preventing gas leaks, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We’re Peachtree City’s trusted source for quality HVAC 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. 

Know These HVAC Airflow Problems

Know These HVAC Airflow ProblemsAirflow problems with your HVAC system can leave you dealing with discomforting issues like hot or cold spots, uneven temperatures in different rooms, and/or a drop in conditioned air output from the registers. What starts out as a gradual loss of comfort can escalate into a costly equipment breakdown or failure, so it’s vital to have the problem addressed. Here’s a look at some of the most common causes or airflow issues and what to do about them:

Obstructed Registers and Duct Openings

If you’ve closed some registers, or your return ducts are covered by furniture, drapes, throw rugs, toys or other items, it can cause temperature inconsistencies in different areas of your home and a damaging imbalance in system airflow. You can fix this by wiping down each vent cover and vacuuming out the duct openings, and then checking that your louvered registers are completely open and all supply and return vents are free from obstructions.

Clogged Air Filter

If you’ve neglected to change your system’s air filter and it’s become clogged by dust and debris, you’ll notice a drop in airflow at the registers. Restricted airflow can also increase your HVAC equipment’s workload and energy consumption, or even ruin a component. Checking the filter monthly and replacing it whenever it looks dirty is the best way to prevent such problems.

Ductwork Flaws

A ductwork system that’s poorly designed, damaged, or leaking can hinder proper airflow through your HVAC system. A trained HVAC technician should inspect your ductwork to determine the cause and the right remedy, which may involve repairing, sealing and insulating or replacing the ductwork.

Oversized Equipment

If your existing HVAC system wasn’t sized properly, it may be too large to effectively heat or cool your home. HVAC components with too much capacity will short cycle, resulting in a decline in airflow from the registers every time they cycle off. To solve this, a knowledgeable HVAC professional will need to complete a detailed load calculation and install correctly-sized new equipment.

 

Contact us at Powers Heating & Air for help solving HVAC airflow problems in your Peachtree City home.

 

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. 

New Year’s Resolutions: Saving Money

New Year's Resolutions: Saving MoneyWhy not make a resolution for saving money by increasing your home’s energy efficiency? Not only will it benefit your budget, but it will do good things for the planet, and create a more comfortable place for you as well.

Deal with the HVAC System

  • Get your heating system serviced. Not only will it run more dependably, but it will also use less energy. If your system is covered by a warranty, annual service may be a requirement to keep it valid.
  • Make it a point to check the air filter every month or two during the heating and cooling seasons. A clean air filter promotes energy efficiency, lowers energy costs, and prevents needless wear on the equipment.
  • Replace your air conditioner during the offseason if you’re planning on buying a new system next summer. You may get discounts on the appliance as well as its installation by having the work done during the winter.

Make Your Home More Efficient

The cooler months are a good time to deal with drafty windows and inadequate attic insulation. Check the window frames for any gaps and cracks that let air in or out and seal with caulk. The panes may also be loose and need caulk to prevent the rattles and air leaks.

 

Saving money on energy bills in a home with single pane windows is challenging. Hanging thermal drapes and closing them will slow the energy losses at night and during weather extremes. Replacing the windows will also help cut your heating and cooling bills and keep your home more comfortable.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, attics in this region should have between 10 and 20 inches of fiberglass or cellulose insulation in the attic. Adding more is one of the most affordable and durable ways to achieve a return on energy investments in your home. Saving money by making your home more energy efficient will not only improve your financial bottom line, but it also helps cut your carbon footprint.

 

To learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing 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. 

Add These HVAC Resolutions to Your List in 2019

Add These HVAC Resolutions to Your List in 2019Now that the new year is upon us, it’s time to start thinking about making resolutions – and keeping them, of course. But, this time of year isn’t just about eating healthier or saving up money for a vacation. If you really want to get the most out of 2019, here are a few HVAC resolutions that will benefit your entire household.

Schedule Annual Maintenance

Your heating and cooling systems should be checked by a qualified HVAC technician once per year to ensure their efficiency and extend their longevity. The beginning of 2019 is a perfect time to schedule an appointment and get it taken care of right away.

Install a Smart Thermostat

There’s a good chance that your home already has a programmable thermostat, but is it a smart model? Upgrading to a unit equipped with a wi-fi connection, among other advanced functionalities, can give you better control over your energy usage and help lower your utility bills.

Invest in a Zoning System

If you’ve ever considered a zoning system for your home, or even if you haven’t, 2019 seems like the perfect year to get it done. By separating areas of your home into zones, your heating and cooling efficiency will vastly improve, thereby cutting down on your energy costs.

Check Your Air Filter Every 1-3 months

The beginning of 2019 is a great time to check your air filter, but this is something that you should do for the entire year. Checking it every 1-3 months will improve your indoor air quality and keep your HVAC system running smoothly.

Start Using an Air Cleaner

If you want to tackle the indoor air quality of your home, you can’t go wrong with an air cleaner. This type of unit will remove the vast majority of contaminants that inhabit the air and often cause respiratory issues to either develop or worsen.

For more expert advice on HVAC resolutions or any other home comfort concerns, reach out to the professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding area 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.