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Spring Is Right Around the Corner: Get That Air Conditioning Tune-Up

Spring Is Right Around the Corner: Get That Air Conditioning Tune-UpAfter a remarkably cold and stormy winter, spring is about to make an appearance in Peachtree City, and now is the time to schedule your air conditioning tune-up so that it’s ready for the long, hot summer ahead. Annual preventive maintenance will benefit you in several ways:

  • Increase efficiency to lower your cooling costs this summer.
  • Help prevent costly and inconvenient midsummer breakdowns.
  • Decrease your carbon footprint.
  • Increase your comfort level.
  • Extend the operating life of your air conditioner.

Choose a reputable contractor with certified technicians for your air conditioning tune-up to ensure quality service and expert work. Your technician will conduct a comprehensive inspection and tune-up of your system, including:

  • Lubricate the moving interior parts to prevent friction.
  • Tighten belts and electrical connections.
  • Measure the refrigerant charge and top it off if necessary.
  • Clean and inspect essential components for damage.
  • Inspect and flush the condensate drain.
  • Inspect your coils for dirt and scale buildup to ensure optimum system performance.
  • Inspect your ductwork for leaks and obstructions.
  • Test the controls of your system to ensure proper cycling.
  • Test your thermostat and calibrate it if necessary.

Your professional tune-up is essential for your system’s efficiency and longevity, but it’s not the last word in air conditioner maintenance. Here are several tasks you should perform every month during the summer to keep your system operating efficiently.

  • Inspect your air filter and change it out for a clean one when it’s dirty. A dirty filter allows dust inside your system, reduces your indoor air quality and restricts airflow to your system, causing overheating and related damage.
  • Hose down your outdoor unit to remove debris from the metal fins, ensuring optimum heat transfer and air flow.
  • Clean the exterior of the indoor unit and vacuum the area around it to prevent dust from entering your system.
  • Inspect your condensate drain for debris that can cause clogs, which may result in system failure and mold growth.

To schedule your spring air conditioning tune-up before the summer rush, please feel free to contact us at Powers Heating & Air, proudly serving 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). 

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Slash Your Home Heating Bill This Winter With These Surefire Tips

Slash Your Home Heating Bill This Winter With These Surefire TipsIs your home heating bill giving you the chills? Warm up with these surefire tips designed to slash heating costs this winter.

  • Install a programmable thermostat: It’s easy to forget to turn down the temperature when you leave home each day, but with a programmable thermostat, there’s no need to remember. Use this inexpensive investment to program setback periods while you’re away or sleeping without sacrificing comfort.
  • Replace old weatherstripping: Around 10 percent of your home’s heat loss occurs through windows and doors. This percentage increases if the weatherstripping isn’t doing its job. Cut down on drafts and lower your home heating bill by replacing the weatherstripping, an inexpensive, easy task you can complete yourself.
  • Change the filter regularly: A blocked furnace filter restricts airflow and makes the equipment work harder. Check the filter every one to three months and change it when it appears clogged with dirt. This simple step can help keep your home heating bill under control.
  • Install gaskets behind electrical outlets: A foam gasket helps prevent drafts that come in behind outlets. This tip is only effective on outlets located on exterior walls.
  • Add insulation to the attic: It’s a complete waste for heat to rise into the attic. Help keep warm air inside by laying down a thick layer of insulation all across the attic floor. Remember to keep the soffit vents uncovered. Also, don’t forget to insulate the attic hatch.
  • Use exhaust fans only as needed: While spot ventilation in the kitchen and bathroom is important for drawing pollutants outside, don’t use the fans when they’re not really needed. Running exhaust fans more than necessary not only increases electrical consumption, but it also depressurizes your home, encouraging outdoor air to seep in and undermining your furnace’s hard work.
  • Schedule annual preventative maintenance: Every fall, ask an HVAC professional to tune-up your furnace. Various aspects of the inspection, such as lubricating moving parts, reduce energy consumption and lower your heating bills.

For more tips to save energy and lower your home heating bill this winter, please contact Powers Heating and Air in Peachtree City today.

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). 

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