If there is a season when the need for garage ventilation becomes apparent, it has to be summer. The hot, humid air increases the speed at which products stored in the garage evaporate and their fumes might be overwhelming.
The typical garage contains all kinds of chemicals, along with vehicles and yard equipment. As temperatures rise, the gases evaporate and fill the air. Without enough ventilation, the air quality drops. If your home has an attached garage and you haven’t made special adaptations to it, it’s possible that the polluted air from the garage seeps indoors 24/7.
Managing Garage Pollutants
The pollutants inside the garage depend on what’s inside it. Generally, they’re volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that cause reactions from mild irritations to serious like nervous system damage, cancer, and organ failure. They’re found in petroleum-based products like combustible fuels, cleaning products, solvents, paint, yard and pool chemicals and new flooring, cabinets and wallpaper.
The best way to manage VOCs is to avoid them altogether, but in some cases it’s not possible. Fresh air garage ventilation is the next best way to keep them out of the air inside your garage and home.
If you’re thinking about heater replacements, you picked the right season. During the hot summer, furnace sales typically dip and many HVAC contractors offer incentives to keep volume up. Frequently, deals are available on last year’s models that are still in stock. Selection is often wider, too, as inventory isn’t depleted by demand that always soars as winter weather approaches. Installation of the new unit is also more comfortable—doing without heat for a day during summer definitely isn’t a problem here in Atlanta.
To help make an informed decision about heater replacements, here are some factors to keep in mind:
How Old Is Your Existing Furnace?
A gas-fired furnace typically lasts between 15 and 20 years, depending on daily hours of operation as well as whether the unit received manufacturer-recommended annual preventive maintenance by a qualified professional.
Are Heating Costs Climbing?
Just because a 15 year-old furnace starts up, that doesn’t mean it still operates at its original efficiency specs. As wear and tear over the years affects components, energy consumption rises and monthly heating costs increase steadily. There’s no economical option that can restore lost efficiency to an aging, outdated furnace.
Are You Facing Expensive Repairs?
Hospitality is one of the most important virtues you can master — especially in the Georgia heat. Whether you’re turning your spare room into an Airbnb or renting your guest house to summer vacationers, it’s important that you keep your guests cool and comfortable. By providing effective HVAC service for them, you can make your property more attractive to potential renters, allowing you to rent it out faster and more consistently, as well as charge more for the extra benefit of good cooling.
Here are some tips for ensuring guest room or guest house comfort in your home.
Putting a fan in the guest room is a great way to keep air circulating, so that things stay cool. And a tower fan provides the same coverage as a regular standing fan, while taking up less space and being more stable and harder to knock over.
A ductless mini-split provides zoning for your guest room, allowing your guests to adjust their own temperature to their preferred comfort level, without disturbing the rest of the house, and vice versa. It’s especially useful if your guest room is an add-on to the house that wasn’t integrated into your …
When your children are in school and everyone is at work on weekdays, it’s easy to program your thermostat for extended setback periods to save energy. However, once the school year ends and the children are home more during the day, you’ll need to make smart changes to your HVAC schedule to maximize your potential energy savings.
Here are some helpful tips on how to program your thermostat to reap the greatest savings during the summer school break.
Make Sure You Have the Right Thermostat
There are a variety of thermostat models available and different types with specific scheduling options, and it’s essential to have one that matches your HVAC equipment and usual routine. A knowledgeable HVAC pro can advise you on the right type of thermostat for your equipment and scheduling needs, such as one that offers seven-day programming so you can set a different schedule each day of the week. If you want greater ease-of-use, remote accessibility and more fine-tuned system control, consider upgrading to a Wi-Fi or learning thermostat.
Adjust Your Daytime Programming
During the lifespan of a typical home cooling and heating system, some HVAC costs are more preventable than others. For example, an annual preventative maintenance agreement with a qualified HVAC contractor keeps your system operating at optimum performance and efficiency, as well as reducing wear and tear that may shorten component lifespan and cause malfunctions. The modest cost of annual professional preventative maintenance is a good investment. It’s also usually required by most HVAC manufacturers under terms of the system warranty.
But what about other HVAC costs you can’t predict? The expected service life of a new central air conditioner today is 15 years. For a gas-fired furnace, it’s 20 years or more. Over that extended span service may be required, from a simple adjustment to a component replacement. Variables affecting these costs include:
Warranty coverage. Major manufacturers are providing longer coverage for certain repairs. Time frame. A standard scheduled service call during normal working hours typically costs less than emergency service after-hours or on weekends. Age of the unit. Like any mechanical device, older HVAC systems may need more frequent and costly repairs. Local climate. Regional temperature extremes—such as the desert southwest and far northern locales—subject air conditioners or …