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Ductwork Maintenance Is Your Cost Effective Way To Boost Home Savings and Comfort

Ductwork Maintenance Is Your Cost Effective Way To Boost Home Savings and ComfortThe ductwork is one HVAC system component that you shouldn’t overlook if you want to improve home comfort and save energy. Ductwork maintenance can be a cost-effective measure because deficiencies in the ducts can waste 20 percent or more of the conditioned air your equipment pumps out.

Signs You May Need Ductwork Maintenance

If you can relate to any of the following issues, it’s worth having a reputable HVAC contractor perform a duct system inspection to check for damage, disconnections and leaks:

  • Unreasonably high energy bills
  • Difficulty maintaining comfort regardless of the thermostat setting
  • Rooms that always seem too hot or cold
  • Ducts located in unconditioned spaces, like the attic, crawlspace or garage
  • Areas of obvious duct damage

Benefits of a Professional Duct Inspection

An HVAC pro has the skills and knowledge needed to properly assess your ductwork to find leak sources, or areas that need repair, sealing and insulating. A trained technician can also assess the HVAC system’s airflow to determine if there are other issues with the duct system, like inadequate sizing or an insufficient number of return ducts.

Once all the deficiencies are identified, a pro can also make any needed repairs to improve your duct system’s performance. Once the ductwork is in good shape, you’ll reap a number of benefits, including:

  • Operating cost savings. Repairing damage and sealing/insulating your ductwork can curb the costly waste of conditioned air you’ve been experiencing. You’ll notice a drop in your HVAC energy consumption, and a corresponding decrease in your utility bills.
  • More consistent comfort. With less conditioned air waste and proper air distribution, you’ll experience fewer problems with hot or cold spots, and you’ll find it easier to heat or cool your home to your desired comfort level.
  • Safer, healthier air quality. With well-maintained ductwork, allergens and contaminants won’t get pulled into your HVAC system from wall voids, the crawlspace or attic. There’s also less risk of hazardous “backdrafting” combustion fumes entering your air supply.

To schedule an inspection to learn if your Peachtree City home’s HVAC could benefit from ductwork maintenance, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

Ways Your HVAC Can Help with Bug Control

Ways Your HVAC Can Help with Bug ControlIt’s springtime and a wide variety of creepy crawling critters are making their grand entrances in places you wouldn’t expect – including your HVAC system. Live bugs are bad enough, but the larvae, droppings and shed skins they leave behind can also do a number on HVAC components, not to mention your home’s air quality.

As your mind moves towards bug removal, don’t forget that your HVAC system also has a few tricks to keep nasty and annoying insects at bay.

Humidity Control

One way your HVAC can actually help control pests is by controlling excess moisture. Humid areas can offer an abundance of water to parched insects, making such areas nearly irresistible to invade. In cooling mode, your HVAC system removes excess moisture from the air as a byproduct of the cooling process. Simply running your air conditioner on humid days can help balance your home’s humidity, which in turn also improves its indoor air quality.

Professional Maintenance

Maintenance is essential for the health and longevity of your HVAC system. It’s also a great way to keep your HVAC system bug-free. In addition to the regularly scheduled maintenance offered by your technician, here are a few things you can do to prevent bugs from invading your HVAC system:

  • Locate and seal potential points of entry for pests. Seal cracks and gaps around HVAC wiring and plumbing conduits and use wire mesh to block exhaust vents from unwanted pests.
  • Inspect and clean the ductwork regularly. Dirty and damaged ducts are a common safe haven for pests.
  • Clear vegetation away from the outdoor unit. Outdoor cabinets should have at least 2 feet of clear space around the entire unit to prevent pest infiltration.
  • Avoid using pesticides inside your HVAC system. The fumes from consumer-grade pest control products can potentially create health hazards.

We don’t specialize in bug removal, but the experts at Powers Heating & Air can help protect your HVAC system against bugs and other pests. Give us a call if you’re in the Peachtree City area.

Why You Shouldn’t Block Your Home’s Cold Air Returns

Why You Shouldn't Block Your Home's Cold Air ReturnsYou may have been told never to block your home’s air conditioning and heating vents, but do you know why?

 

It helps to understand that some of those vents — the ones you can feel warm or cool air emitting from — are for the supply air, while the other vents are for return air, or where the air in the home is pulled into the HVAC system for heating and cooling. Read on for some information on cold air returns and why blocking them is not a good idea.

What Cold Air Returns Do

Think of your HVAC system as the lungs of your home. The supply vents are where the air is exhaled, while the cold air returns are where the air is inhaled for conditioning. Most returns are located in the floor or near the bottom of the wall so they can capture the cool air that has sunk to the floor.

 

Many homes are designed with minimal cold air returns, resulting in an imbalance between supply and return air, which creates inefficient and uneven heating and cooling. But whether your home only has one return vent or several, you certainly don’t want to impede the intake by blocking it.

Unblocking Vents

Periodically, it’s a good idea to go through your home and look for blockages in front of your vents. Move furniture, tie up drapes and rearrange rugs so that all vents are free and clear. That goes for supply vents as well; no vents should be blocked.

 

Keep the vents clean as well by vacuuming the grille periodically. Also, you can remove the grille and vacuum around the opening, making sure that the ductwork is connected and there are no gaps.

 

And while you’re at it, open up your supply vents. Theoretically, you’re saving some energy by not air conditioning or heating unused rooms, but you may also be creating negative pressure in your HVAC, forcing it to run inefficiently.

 

To learn more about the role cold air returns play in your home, contact Powers Heating and Air of 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.

Tips for Detecting Air Leaks in Your House

Tips for Detecting Air Leaks in Your HouseIn a perfect world, we’d all schedule professional energy audits regularly in our homes to find energy leaks. In the real world, however, a professional energy audit isn’t always within our budgets. So, we’re faced with the do-it-yourself route when it comes to correcting air leaks.

Why Locate Leaks?

The Department of Energy cites air leaks as the major source of energy losses in homes. Conditioned air escapes through air leaks, while unconditioned air finds its way inside, undermining our cooling and heating efforts. Some of the major sites for leaking air:

  • Under doors
  • Around door and window frames
  • Through hung windows
  • Around baseboards
  • Through attic hatch doors and around frames
  • Through any holes to the outside, such as those for pipes, wires and cables
  • Switch plates and plugs
  • Recessed lighting
  • Fireplace dampers
  • Vents and flues
  • Dryer vents
  • Mail slots

Outdoors, the major leak sites are faucets, exterior corners and where the foundation and siding/brick meet.

 

You can find places where air is leaking by visual inspection, checking for gaps or holes, or by lighting an incense stick and waving it in front of suspected leak sites. If the smoke wavers, air is leaking.

Fixing Leaks

Apply the following fixes to leaks:

  • Weatherstripping around attic hatches and on doors
  • Weatherstripping between hung windows
  • Caulk or weatherstripping around baseboards
  • Caulk around door and window frames
  • Door sweep under doors
  • Insulation and weatherstripping around pipes, wires and cables entering from the outdoors
  • Foam gaskets behind switchplates and electric plugs
  • Specially made heat-resistant insulation boxes around recessed lighting in the attic
  • Metal collar around flues in the attic, plus heat-resistant caulk
  • Weatherstripping or caulk around dryer vents and mail slots

In addition, insulate all exterior faucets. Apply caulking and weatherstripping around mail slots and foundation seals. Make sure caulking around exterior door frames is in good shape.

 

If you’d like to know more about detecting and fixing air leaks in your home, contact Powers Heating and Air. We provide Peachtree City and the surrounding area with expert heating and cooling services and installation.

 

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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Unsealed Ducts = Wasted Energy and Money

Unsealed Ducts = Wasted Energy and MoneyFew home improvement projects offer as many benefits as duct sealing does. Leaking ducts cause high energy bills, poor indoor air quality (IAQ) and may even pose health risks. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the typical home may lose from 20 to 30 percent of its conditioned air due to ductwork problems, chief among which is leakage.

Cuts Energy Costs

When ducts run through unconditioned spaces and they leak, that air you’ve paid to condition enters the attic, crawl space, or basement, where it’s wasted. It will cost more to heat and cool your home depending on the size and extent of the leakage. A sudden increase in heating costs can indicate a ductwork problem, and costs will remain high until the duct is sealed.

 

If the leak is in the return ductwork, problems with your HVAC system could develop, since it relies on a specific amount of air flowing into it for the best energy efficiency. Low airflow in a gas furnace can even trigger a safety switch that turns the system off until it cools down.

Improves Air Quality

If someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma, consider duct sealing to alleviate their symptoms. A leak can pull particulates into the air from the areas through which it runs that might include dust, insulation particles, or mold.

Health Considerations

If you use any vented gas appliances, leaking ductwork can pull carbon monoxide (CO) into your home’s air by backdrafting the gas into the ducts. Although CO is lethal for all everyone, CO is especially damaging at lower levels for infants, pregnant women, and people with heart or respiratory problems.

Comfort Factors

Sealing the ductwork solves problems associated with uncomfortable rooms that don’t receive their full allotment of conditioned air because of leakage. A room whose air seems stale or stuffy might have a leak in the duct supplying the conditioned air.

 

Duct sealing cuts energy costs and improves the health and comfort of your home. To learn if your ductwork needs attention, 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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