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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. 

How is Home Comfort Affected?

How is Home Comfort Affected?It’s easy to take home comfort for granted when the HVAC system is working properly, since it delivers the cool air that makes summers in Georgia livable. Besides the temperature, the HVAC system also manages the air’s humidity and helps clean it to make your indoor environment healthier.

 

Temperature

Air temperature plays a crucial role in staying comfortable indoors, since the body has a fairly narrow tolerance for temperatures too hot or cold. While 72 degrees F is ideal, most healthy adults adapt to temperatures that are slightly lower in the winter and higher in the summer. Setting the thermostat for 68 degrees in the winter and 78 to 80 in the summer saves energy without overly stressing the body.

Humidity

The amount of humidity in the air influences comfort levels a good deal especially in the summertime. The moisture on skin doesn’t dry as quickly when the humidity level is high, which makes you feel warmer. The body relies on perspiration as its cooling mechanism. When it can’t dry as quickly, it seems hotter than it really is.

Ideally, indoor humidity should range between 30 to 50 percent year-round. In the summer, drier air indoors and out feels better. The air conditioner improves home comfort by cooling off the air and removing some of the excess humidity. Lower humidity in the summer also prevents a proliferation of mold and bacterial growths.

Air Quality

Although it’s not tangible through touch, you may be able to see or smell the indoor air when its quality is poor. Airborne particulates like dust and pollen can be irritants, and odors in the air usually indicate air quality problems. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) often leave odors behind and come from anything made of hydrocarbons. If anyone in your household has respiratory problems, opting for UV (ultraviolet) lights in the air handler or higher quality air filters can improve air quality.

 

If any of these home comfort factors is amiss, it might be time to have your HVAC system checked by Powers Heating & Air. We provide 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. 

What Elements are Essential for HVAC Design?

What Elements are Essential for HVAC Design?Having modern, energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment is important if you hope to have a comfortable home that’s doesn’t cost a fortune to condition. However, another crucial ingredient in a modern household is proper HVAC design.

 

Following are some key characteristics of good residential HVAC design:

A correctly sized cooling or heating system

Your contractor should insist upon conducting a heating or cooling load calculation (depending on the system) that takes into account your home’s size and layout, energy efficiency, window coverage, orientation on the lot, and much more. With that information in hand, your contractor will recommend the right size A/C, heat pump or furnace for your particular home. This way, you’ll avoid an under- or over-sized HVAC system, each of which has its own set of potential problems affecting energy costs and comfort.

Effective ventilation

You don’t want a home in which the same, stale air circulates again and again. This is neither comfortable nor healthy. Consider installing a Heat Recovery or Energy Recovery Ventilation system, which constantly exchanges stale air for fresh air, and at the same time transfers heat energy (and moisture in an ERV) between parallel air streams for added efficiency and comfort.

Air distribution system

An efficient air distribution system, in which the duct network and vents and registers are designed for optimum airflow and comfort. Each room should have “supply” and “return” registers or grilles connected to ductwork, where practical.

Effective humidity control and air cleaning

Ideal HVAC design often comes with whole-house dehumidification and sometimes humidification as well, depending on the climate. Whole-house air-cleaning systems are also desirable, especially in homes with particular air-quality concerns.

Temperature control that works

our best bet is a modern, Wi-Fi thermostat that will allow you to program energy-saving setbacks to save energy and money when you’re at work all day or at night in the winter, and adjust or set programs remotely with your smart-phone, tablet or laptop.

 

To discuss whether your Peachtree City area home has good HVAC design, and how to achieve that goal if it doesn’t, please contact us 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.

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How Ceiling Fans Benefit Your Home

How Ceiling Fans Benefit Your HomeDon’t take that ceiling fan whirling above your head for granted. During the cooling season, a ceiling fan offers a number of benefits in addition to helping keep you cool. An operating ceiling fan, or any fan really, creates a cooling effect for anyone in the path of the moving air. This helps relieve some of the pressure on your air conditioning system, which won’t have to work so hard to provide all the cooling in a home.

 

This cooling effect is similar to the windchill effect that a person will feel when outside on a windy, winter’s day. The big difference is that in the summertime in Georgia, you really appreciate the cooling effect.

 

Operating a ceiling fan during the summer will provide these important benefits:

  • As mentioned, the cooling effect. You’ll feel more comfortable and cooler with ceiling fans operating. While the fan doesn’t actually lower the temperature, the effect of the moving air makes it feel as if the temperature is three or four degrees lower.
  • With the air feeling cooler, you can raise the thermostat temperature by several degrees without any loss of comfort. This reduces the workload on your air conditioning system, which saves energy, lowers your energy bills, and lessens stress on system components. Your A/C will last longer and suffer from fewer breakdowns. (Fans do consume electricity but a lot less than an A/C or heat pump.)
  • You’ll help the environment when your cooling equipment isn’t operating 24/7 in the summertime.

One thing to remember, a ceiling fan operating in an empty rooms really isn’t benefiting anyone, unless you have a cat or dog hanging out in the room. A fan’s cooling effect is instantaneous rather than cumulative, so make sure you turn off the fan before leaving a room, in the same way that you turn off lights in unoccupied rooms. Also, during the cooling season, make sure the fan is in default mode, with the blades rotating counterclockwise.

 

For more helpful advice on cooling your Peachtree City home this summer, please contact us 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.

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A/C System Dying? Warning Signs

A/C System Dying? Warning SignsHave you turned on the A/C system this spring only to find the old war horse is just not quite getting the job done? If your HVAC is more than 10 years old, it may have reached its projected life expectancy and be ready for replacement. Read on for information about how to know when your A/C is dying, and when it’s time to start shopping for a new one.

Signs the A/C Should Be Replaced

1. Age. As mentioned above, if the A/C is more than 10-15 years old, it may be worn out and ready for replacement. Although we know you want it to last as long as possible, you should be aware that modern air conditioners are much more efficient than those manufactured 10-15 years ago, and when you replace your old model, you’ll reap the benefits from lower utility bills.

 

2. No cold air. This could be an easily solvable condition, such as changing the air filter or cleaning the coils, but it might also be that the compressor is dying. It generally is not worthwhile to replace the compressor. When it dies, it’s time to replace the A/C.

 

3. Screeching sounds from the compressor. Another sign of compressor failure is a screeching sound. Have the compressor inspected and replace the A/C if need be.

 

4. Your utility bills are going up. As your A/C ages, it may have to work harder to cool your home. It draws more power while doing so, and will increase your utility costs. While an HVAC tech will be able to examine your A/C and look for easy fixes, it may be the unit is just wearing out and ready to go.

 

5. Runs continuously. If your A/C runs continuously and you’re just feeling warmish air from the vents, it’s probably time to replace the system. You can try checking the refrigerant charge, cleaning coils and a few other repairs, but it also may be the system is worn out.

 

For more advice on whether your A/C system is wearing out, contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve Peachtree City.

 

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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