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Winter Ventilation Options for Your Home

Winter Ventilation Options for Your HomeWe’re lucky to experience relatively mild winters on average in Peachtree City. Every now and then, we even get to turn off the heating and open a window or two when the weather is mild. But during cold spells, the air in our homes can get mighty stuffy, as we keep the heating on and the windows closed. There are ways to freshen your home’s air in the winter, however, with the following ventilation options.

Fresh Air From a Window

If you have an older home, you may have cracks and crevices that allow a bit of fresh air to move inside. Although this isn’t an efficient way to ventilate, at least your indoor air quality is probably better than that in an airtight home. You can open windows a bit during the winter, just long enough to let stale air out, and let fresh air in.

Exhausting Stale Air

Bathroom and kitchen exhaust ventilation systems are often recommended to get rid of damp air in areas where moisture is likely to build up, causing mold and other problems. The air in these areas is also often stale, retaining cooking and bathroom odors. Exhaust ventilation should be ducted to the outdoors, rather than into the attic or between joists in the ceiling, where moisture can collect and rot drywall. This type of ventilation is also helpful in the summer, in that it lowers humidity in the home.

Whole Home Ventilation

Three basic types of whole-home ventilation are as follows:

 

  • Balanced ventilation, if installed correctly, sends as much air in the home as it removes so that equal pressure is maintained.
  • Supply ventilation pumps fresh air into the home, but creates a pressure imbalance since no stale air is being removed.
  • Energy recovery ventilation is more efficient than other systems in that it removes heat from heated air before it is exhausted outside, and puts it in the cold fresh air supply that is being pumped inside the home.

The experts at Powers Heating and Air can help you explore ventilation options for 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. 

Common HVAC Installation Mistakes and How They Cost You

Common HVAC Installation Mistakes and How They Cost YouChoosing new a new HVAC system could be one of the most complicated purchases you make as a homeowner. While it’s important to pick the best one for your home, the quality of the HVAC installation is just as important as the equipment you choose.

Before selecting a contractor, be sure the company will:

Size it carefully.

A reputable HVAC contractor will complete a detailed load calculation using Manual J software. It requires inputs about the specifics of your home’s energy efficiency and your preferred temperatures, family size, and how many heat-producing appliances you use.

Skipping this step will lower the energy efficiency, system longevity and comfort the new system promises. When systems are too large, they run in short cycles. They have too much capacity to reach their optimal running speeds and will heat or cool your home before reaching their ideal efficiency.

Instead, they start and stop more frequently. HVAC systems use the most electricity when they first start, which also stresses all the electrical parts. Avoiding the short cycle by right-sizing the system avoids higher energy costs and premature system failures.

Thoroughly inspect the ductwork.

A quality HVAC installation requires a complete ductwork inspection to verify it’s the right size and has few, if any, leaks. Installing a system that doesn’t match the ductwork could create noise when the equipment runs, poor distribution of conditioned air, and higher energy costs.

Exhaust the system safely.

All combustion furnaces create exhaust gases that need to vent through the wall or roof. The installer should use a new vent flue and test it to verify all the exhaust products vent outdoors.

Drain it.

If the HVAC system includes the air conditioning, it will need to drain outdoors or into your home’s plumbing. Any leaks can cause serious damage to your home. High efficiency condensing furnaces also need leak-free drains, while standard efficiency furnaces do not.

 

To get the most from your new equipment, insist on a quality HVAC installation. 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. 

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Give the Gift of Home Comfort This Christmas

Give the Gift of Home Comfort This ChristmasIf you’re having a hard time coming up with unique Christmas gift ideas this year, why not give your spouse and family or someone else you care about the gift of greater home comfort? Here are some spectacular gifts that anyone on your shopping list will truly appreciate:

Smart Thermostats

Giving your family the gift of a smart thermostat has a double benefit: it will help you save energy and money, plus it will give everyone a more comfortable living environment. With this kind of intelligent HVAC control, you’ll be able to remotely access and adjust your comfort settings from almost anywhere. Your new thermostat can also provide comfort control beyond simply managing your heating and cooling though, because it can also monitor other household issues like humidity and allergens and run your dehumidifier or air filtration unit when necessary.

Professional Duct Cleaning

A family member or close friend will thank you all year long for giving them the gift of clean ductwork. A professional cleaning thoroughly removes contaminants like built-up dust, pollen, animal dander and mold spores so they don’t recirculate through the HVAC system, which helps keep the equipment working properly and improves the home’s indoor air quality too.

Seasonal HVAC Service

Christmas is the ideal time to give a home heating system inspection, cleaning and tuneup to someone on your gift list. Your lucky recipient will not only enjoy a boost in energy efficiency that helps lower their heating costs, but they’ll have the benefit of safer, more reliable equipment performance throughout the entire heating season.

Yearly Maintenance Agreement

If there’s someone on your holiday list, perhaps a parent or other close relative, who tends to postpone routine HVAC care, why not give them an annual preventive maintenance agreement? With the twice-yearly service that’s included, both of you will have peace of mind that their heating and cooling equipment is well-maintained and able to keep their home comfortable whether it’s winter or summer.

 

For personalized suggestions on how to give the gift of home comfort this season, contact your Peachtree City HVAC pros 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. 

 

When to Consider a Heat Recovery Ventilator

When to Consider a Heat Recovery VentilatorA heat recovery ventilator (HRV) represents a new solution to household ventilation issues. With today’s tightly-sealed energy efficient homes, it’s more critical than ever to get fresh air into the house. In the enclosed environment, indoor air quality suffers as pollutants, water vapor and airborne particulates accumulate.

Exhaust Fans Aren’t Enough

Simply exhausting indoor air with one-way exhaust fans isn’t an optimum solution. Because stagnant air removed from the house isn’t replaced by equal amounts of fresh air, the home becomes depressurized. This makes temperature control more difficult, causes the HVAC system to run longer and compromises indoor air quality due to infiltration of unfiltered air.

A Balanced Approach

A heat recovery ventilator consists of a central controller that incorporates separate intake and exhaust fans. The intake system draws fresh air through a filter and distributes it throughout the house through dedicated, small-diameter ductwork. Meanwhile, the exhaust system draws stale air out of the house through separate ducts and exhausts it outdoors. The controller ensures that the volume of air drawn into the house by the intake fan equals the air volume removed by the exhaust fan, thus maintaining balanced indoor air pressure.

Heat Recovery Matters

To prevent unwanted heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer, a heat exchanger in the HRV central controller is positioned between the incoming and outgoing air streams. In winter, heat extracted from the warm exhaust air is transferred to the colder incoming air stream. In summer, the process reverses so heat is removed from intake air and added to cooler outgoing air.

Help With Humidity, Too

An energy recovery ventilator performs all functions of an HRV but also extracts humidity from incoming fresh air and moves it to the outgoing air stream. However, in very humid climates, the dehumidifying function of an ERV may not be sufficient to adequately dry incoming outdoor air. In those cases, a standalone or whole-house dehumidifier is required to keep indoor humidity levels in the recommended range.

 

For more about a heat recovery ventilation to keep your indoor environment fresh, contact 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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5 Green Heating Options for Your Home

5 Green Heating Options for Your HomeGoing green is no longer just a trend – it’s a way of life. These days, people are being urged to make changes that will help improve the planet. You can do your part with the use of green heating; that is, the use of more environmentally friendly ways to heat your home.

 

Here are five techniques that many homeowners are turning to:

Solar Energy

If you’ve been thinking about going green at home, it’s likely that you’ve considered solar power. Harnessing the sun comes with numerous benefits, like the fact that the sun isn’t leaving anytime soon. It doesn’t take long before the system pays for itself due to lower energy usage.

Geothermal Energy

The heat coming from inside our planet is just as usable as the heat coming from above. A geothermal system is able to capture that energy and use it to heat a home at a lower cost than a traditional heating system.

Steam Heating

Unfortunately, steam is often overlooked as a way to heat a person’s home. Steam radiators, though, are becoming more popular as homeowners are realizing the energy and monetary benefits of these units. Yes, many steam heating systems use fossil fuels to power them, but advances in technology are considerably reducing this usage.

Radiant Floor Heating

Homes that have tile flooring are perfect for the installation of a radiant floor heating system, which you can install yourself or with the help of a certified HVAC technician. Radiant flooring will save energy and eliminate cold floors.

Masonry Heater

If you’ve never heard of a masonry heater before, you’re not alone. These heaters are popular in several other countries, though. They work by collecting and storing heat generated by burning wood. These systems are fantastic at heating homes and are extremely durable, but it must be pointed out that they are quite expensive.

 

If you’re looking for more advice on green heating or any other home comfort issues, don’t hesitate to contact the friendly professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the HVAC 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. 

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