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Bad HVAC Habits Homeowners Need to Kick

Bad HVAC Habits Homeowners Need to KickIt’s easy to take your home’s HVAC system for granted and develop bad habits about its use and care that affect your comfort, energy bills and the equipment’s reliability and longevity. If you identify with any of the following bad HVAC habits, now’s the time to kick them:

Neglecting the Air Filter

Your air filter is in place to trap debris so it can’t accumulate on and harm sensitive components. Running your HVAC with a clogged filter can cause a loss of energy efficiency and premature equipment wear that leads to breakdowns or failures. You can easily prevent these costly problems by checking your filter monthly, and replacing it whenever there’s visible debris accumulation, or every three months at minimum.

Fiddling With the Thermostat Settings

If your living areas frequently feel too hot or too cool and you’re in the habit of changing the thermostat temperature settings to compenstate, you’re wasting energy and adding to the equipment’s workload needlessly. A better alterntive is to use your programmable thermostat to make temperature adjustments based on your usual daily routine. If you’re still experiencing discomforting temperature variations, get your HVAC pro’s advice about installing zoning to give you greater control.

Putting Off Routine Maintenance

Having your HVAC system professionally serviced twice a year is essential to keep it operating efficiently and minimize the likelihood of breakdowns and failures. If you often forget to schedule maintenance appointments, opting for a preventive maintenance agreement with a trusted, local HVAC company is a hassle-free way to keep your equipment in peak condition.

Not Paying Attention to Airflow Issues

Failing to maintain good airflow through your HVAC system can cause serious problems with its performance and reliability, and erode your comfort too. Actions to avoid to keep the system’s airflow healthy include shutting registers in some rooms, intentionally or accidentally blocking the return air vents, and allowing airflow through the outdoor unit to be stifled by tall vegetation and/or yard debris.

For helping identifying and kicking bad HVAC habits so they don’t comfort and efficiency in your Peachtree City home, 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.

Summer Bug Repellant for Your HVAC System

Summer Bug Repellant for Your HVAC SystemWhen summer arrives, the number of bugs that a homeowner must deal with can be overwhelming at times. They show up in the darndest of places and that includes your HVAC system.

Bugs in HVAC equipment can cause problems, so we’ve come up with a few tips to help avoid an infestation:

 

Install Mesh Screens

 

Bugs are known to use air vents that lead inside your home, getting into your HVAC equipment and other places. Mesh screens placed over these vents will stop all but the tiniest of these pests.

 

Inspect Your Ductwork

 

Ductwork is another great way for insects to find their way into your HVAC equipment. Inspect it for holes and gaps, and then fix any problems you find with either foil tape or sealant.

 

Change the Air Filter

Everyone knows that your HVAC system’s efficiency is hurt by dirt and debris that clogs up the air filter. What you might not think about is the moisture that can often comes from your sytem once this happens, attracting bug and other pests. This is just one more reason why you should change the filter on a regular basis.

Clean Around Your Outdoor Unit

Your HVAC system’s outdoor unit is susceptible to bugs due to its location, providing a conduit inside your home. Even bees and wasps have been known to build nests there. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to keep all water, vegetation, and debris at least two feet away from the unit all away around.

Call a Pest Control Expert

Since insects and other pests can be such a detriment to your household, it’s a good idea to schedule in extermination when you believe it’s needed. If you seen any signs of an abundance of pests in your HVAC equipment or anywhere else, don’t hesitate to call.

For more expert advice on preventing bugs in HVAC equipment, or if you have any other questions related to home comfort, be sure to reach out to the professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the 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. 

Best Ways to Bring Your Air Conditioner Out of Hibernation

Best Ways to Bring Your Air Conditioner Out of HibernationFollowing these steps before turning on your air conditioner for the summer will prepare it for the long summer ahead. It will run more efficiently, cost less to cool your home and experience fewer breakdowns. An A/C works hard in this climate, and starting the season out with a clean and fully maintained system gets it off to a good start.

Inspect the air filter.

If it’s dirty, change it. Nothing is harder on your cooling system than a dirty air filter. It increases the amount of time it takes to cool your home by reducing the amount of air going through the air handler. The extra running time increase the wear and tear on all the parts and drives up energy bills.

Clean the outdoor condenser.

Remove any dead vegetation from the condenser area before turning on your air conditioner, leaving at least a three foot clearance on all sides. Hose off the coils gently to loosen the dirt. If you find caked-on grass clippings or soil, use coil cleaner available from home improvement stores to loosen them.

Change the thermostat settings.

Switch the thermostat from “heat” to “cool” and set the temperature to your preferred degree for cooling. Install a new battery if your thermostat needs it. Thermostats control when your A/C turns on and off. If the battery goes dead, you won’t have any cooling until you replace it.

Schedule a tune-up.

A licensed HVAC technician will go through your cooling system carefully, cleaning and adjust all the parts to increase efficiency and extend their lifetimes. He’ll inspect the condition of the electrical components, removing any corrosion and applying nonconductive lubricants if necessary.

The technician will measure the amount of refrigerant in the system. If it’s lacking, she’ll add more after looking for and sealing any leaks. The technician will lubricate the blower and tighten the belt inside the air handler.

Following these steps before turning on your air conditioner will help you keep cooling bills low and avoid unexpected problems. For more information, contact Powers Heating & Air, serving homeowners in the Peachtree City area.

 

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.

Do You Need to Change Your Air Filter More Frequently During Summer?

Do You Need to Change Your Air Filter More Frequently During Summer?This question mainly depends on climate and geography. The farther north you live, the more months in a year your forced-air heating system will need to operate. In most of the South, however, air conditioning runs longer and more intensely than heating systems do in the winter. The requirement to check and change an air filter is directly related to usage. If the cooling or heating system is running constantly, the filter needs to be checked more frequently. If it’s seasonally mild outside, your HVAC system won’t operate as much, and as a result the filter shouldn’t need to be changed as frequently.

Here in the Atlanta area, it does get cold in the winter, and folks still heat their homes for a few months, though not nearly as much as northern states. So it’s a good idea to get into a routine during the heating season of checking the air filter every month or two. When summer hits, and the A/C begins working overtime to cool and dry indoor air, make sure filter checks happen no less than once a month.

If you let the HVAC filter get clogged in any season, it can have a number of negative effects on both energy efficiency and performance, as well as indoor air quality. When the filter is blocked by dust and debris, the blower or air handler must work harder to push air through the equipment and then throughout the house. This strains the equipment and wastes energy. It also results in longer heating and cooling cycles. Finally, a dirty air filter can result in dust and dirt particles settling on sensitive cooling and heating system components, which results in wasted energy and the other aforementioned adverse effects.

Make sure you select an HVAC filter that’s rated for removing a high percentage of airborne contaminants, including tiny particles of pollen, dander, mold spores and dust mites, among others.

For more information on proper air filter maintenance, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We provide quality HVAC services in the Peachtree City area.

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 air filters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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How to Maximize A/C Efficiency

How to Maximize A/C Efficiency | PowersThe efficiency of your air conditioner significantly affects how well the system cools your home as well as how much it costs to produce that cooling. By taking some or all of the following steps to increase air conditioner efficiency this summer, you can have a cool, comfortable home for less money.

  • Change the filters — Air conditioner filters help keep your indoor air clean by trapping dust, pollen, fibers, and other particulates. When filters get dirty and clogged, they can’t do this job anymore, and the resulting airflow restrictions reduce system efficiency. Check filters at least once a month and change them if they’re dirty.
  • Schedule preventive maintenance — Call your local trusted HVAC professional and schedule a preventive maintenance appointment. Regular maintenance ensures the cooling system is tuned up and ready to perform at its best throughout the summertime. You’ll get better performance and efficiency along with an extended service life.
  • Seal HVAC system ductwork — Ductwork is the distribution network of pipes that carries cool air from your A/C to the inside areas of your home. If there are leaks, loose sections, or other problems in the ducts, then air can escape. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to make up for the lost air, wasting energy and money. Ensure all ductwork sections are fitted tightly together. Seal connections with mastic or with metal tape to prevent air leaks.
  • Turn on ceiling fans Ceiling fans produce a steady stream of air that can help keep you cool. With these fans providing extra cooling, you’ll be able to run your A/C at a lower level and still be comfortable. Remember that the drafts created by ceiling fans also help recirculate cool air that tends to gather near the floor. Make sure the fan is set to direct airflow downward.

Powers Heating and Air is a top choice for heating and cooling services in Peachtree City and the neighboring cities. Contact us today for more information on air conditioner efficiency and for the maintenance and repair services you need to ensure your air conditioner works at its best all summer.

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 A/C efficiency and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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