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How Your Skin is Affected by Air Conditioning

How Your Skin is Effected by Air ConditioningIt’s hard to argue with the comfort that your air conditioner provides, but there are some A/C effects that can irritate your skin as the A/C dries out the air. The ideal indoor humidity ranges between 30 and 50 percent. When it’s drier than 30 percent, the air starts to take a toll on your health. Since nature abhors a vacuum, it will start to take moisture from your skin to compensate.

Air conditioners dry out the air by condensing the water vapor in it. Whenever your system runs, cold refrigerant circulates through the evaporator coil inside the air handler. As the warm air from your home hits it, the moisture in the air condenses on the coil. At some point, the humidity may drop below 30 percent, at which time you may start to show the effects of dry indoor air.

Signs of Dry Skin

Itchy, chapped skin, or rashes indicate that the humidity is too low. You may also experience skin cracks on your hands and feet that can be painful and susceptible to infections. Skin moisturizers will help prevent your skin from becoming overly dry as long as you choose a product that doesn’t use perfumes or alcohol as ingredients.

Managing Dry Air

If you’ve experienced dry skin in years’ past when the A/C is running, consider using a hygrometer, which is an inexpensive device that measures humidity levels. When it starts to fall below 30 percent, take one or more of these steps to reduce the A/C effects on your skin.

  • Take shorter showers using cooler water. Hot water dries out the skin.
  • Use natural soaps that don’t strip the oils from your skin.
  • Shower immediately after swimming in a chlorinated pool.
  • Wear rubber gloves when cleaning the house or washing dishes.
  • Refrain from using the kitchen and bathroom fans to keep more humidity inside.

If you’d like more information about mitigating the A/C effects on your skin this summer, 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. 

Schedule Your A/C Tune Up

Schedule Your A/C Tune UpAs unpredictable as the weather is, it might be a good idea to schedule your A/C tune up early this year. Even if the weather doesn’t heat up ‘til May, getting ahead of the crowd gives you first choice for scheduling. Even better, the HVAC tech will probably have more time to devote to your questions and concerns.

Servicing your air conditioner before the cooling season puts it into the best condition possible based on its age and overall quality. The HVAC technician will bring it back to factory standards as much as possible. You’ll have lower energy bills and a more dependable system, especially when the weather is exceptionally hot.

What’s Involved

An A/C tune up involves a complete inspection of your system, including the outdoor condenser and the indoor air handler. The HVAC technician will:

  • Clean and adjust all the parts. Air conditioners vibrate as they run and parts get out of adjustment. The technician will adjust and tighten all the components and check the belt condition and tension.
  • Lubricate the system. Cooling equipment uses two motors. One drives the fan inside the outdoor condenser and the other operates the fan inside the air handler. Sometimes these motors require routine oiling, without which, they would burn up.

    The electrical components also need lubrication. Over time, they collect dust and the surfaces oxidize, which slows down the flow of electricity through them. If they’re too corroded, there’s a possibility they can start a fire. Once the tech cleans the components, he will apply a nonconductive lubricant.

  • Check the refrigerant level. It’s not uncommon for cooling systems to have too little or too much refrigerant. During the tune up, the HVAC pro will check the level and add more if necessary. A system that has an improper level won’t run efficiently. If there’s too little, the coil inside the air handler could freeze.

Scheduling an A/C tune up before the cooling system is in full swing assures you that it will run as dependably and efficiently as possible. To learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air, 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. 

New Air Conditioner? Sizing Guide

New Air Conditioner? Sizing GuideWhen you’re in the market for a new cooling system, nothing is quite as important as the air conditioner sizing process you’ll go through with your HVAC contractor. Cooling systems aren’t a one-size-fits all appliance. Much of how they’re sized depends on the energy efficiency of your home first, and its actual size second.

The Process

Reputable HVAC contractors use Manual J software to run the sizing calculation, also called a load calculation Manual J requires the following elements of your home in order to calculate the optimal A/C capacity:

  • Insulation levels in the attic and walls.
  • Number of windows, their sizes, placement and orientation to the sun.
  • Air infiltration rates.
  • Cubic footage to cool.
  • Floor plan design.
  • Number of heat-producing appliances indoors.
  • Landscaping factors.
  • Temperature preferences, family size and ages.

The process will take time and it has to be done at your home. The HVAC pro will measure your windows, calculate the cubic footage and inspect the insulation levels. He’ll ask you questions about your family’s preferences and lifestyles for cooling.

Once all the data are input, the software returns a sizing recommendation. The next step is to use

Manual J’s sister software, Manual D, to properly size the ductwork to match the new air conditioner.

The Value of Sizing HVAC Equipment

Air conditioner sizing is so important because equipment that’s not the ideal size won’t run as efficiently. In our climate, a system that’s too large will increase energy costs and leave excessive humidity behind. One that’s too small won’t keep your home comfortable during periods of extreme heat.

 

Ductwork that doesn’t match the air conditioner will be noisy if it’s too small and ineffective if it’s too large. When air goes through a space that’s tight, it whistles. When there’s too much capacity in the duct, it won’t blow through forcefully enough.

 

When you’re replacing your cooling system, taking the time to go through the air conditioner sizing exercise will pay you back in greater comfort and lower energy bills. 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.

Buying an Air Conditioner: Should Reviews Sway You?

Buying an Air Conditioner: Should Reviews Sway You?Today, there are scads of online reviews for every kind of product imaginable, so the internet seems like the logical place to do research when you’re buying a new air conditioner. While it’s helpful to learn what other homeowners think about different brands and models by reading air conditioner reviews online, you’ll get the greatest benefit from a new A/C purchase by taking these key factors into consideration:

Contractor Reputation

The quality of the installation plays a huge part in how well your new equipment performs and how long it lasts. This makes it vital to thoroughly vet HVAC contractors before you make a hiring decision. You’ll want to verify that a contractor is properly licensed and fully insured, and that they work with well-established equipment brands such as Lennox. Additionally, check their rating and track record with the Better Business Bureau, and ask for the names of previous customers who you can call for unbiased references.

Warranty Coverage

A manufacturer’s warranty protects your investment in a new A/C against factory defects, so it’s important to compare the coverage that’s provided before choosing a specific model. If you want more comprehensive protection, look for brands that offer optional extended warranties that include parts and labor coverage. Be sure to check on what can void the manufacturer’s warranty too, such as buying the equipment online, having it installed by anyone other than a qualified HVAC professional, or neglecting ongoing preventive maintenance.

Accurate Sizing

When buying a new air conditioner, it’s not wise to just match the cooling capacity of your current equipment, because older units were often sized using a rule of thumb and have too much capacity. For equipment that gives you greater comfort, long-term reliability and energy savings, your HVAC contractor should perform a detailed Manual J load calculation to determine the capacity needed, and assess the design/condition of the existing duct system, too.

 

For personalized guidance with your A/C purchase that offers you more peace of mind than all the air conditioner reviews you’ll find online, contact us at Powers Heating & Air, your Peachtree City home comfort experts.

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.