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Enhance Your Home’s Cooling Efficiency By Changing Ceiling Fan Direction

Enhance Your Home's Cooling Efficiency By Changing Ceiling Fan DirectionYou’ve probably heard the term wind chill in reference to winter weather, but did you know you can use this wind chill factor to your advantage during the summer? Adjusting your ceiling fan direction seasonally will make your home feel warmer or cooler, depending on your preference, while reducing your need for conditioned air.

Adjusting Ceiling Fan Direction

If you’ve never adjusted your ceiling fan direction, you may be unaware of this common feature. Most fans have a small switch on the side that will adjust the fan’s rotation. The forward setting will make the fan move counter-clockwise, while the reverse setting will make it rotate clockwise.

Fan Settings for Summer

During the summer, you want your ceiling fan to move forward, or counterclockwise. This pushes cold air down the walls, making your home feel several degrees cooler. Remember to set your thermostat to a warmer temperature and run your ceiling fan to save money on your electric bill. You can further improve your home comfort during the summer with an attic fan to regulate the temperature in your attic.

Fan Settings for Winter

During the winter, reverse your ceiling fan direction, so that it spins clockwise. This draws air upwards. Warm air naturally rises, so your fan will draw cool air from the bottom of your room upwards to mix with the warm air near the ceiling. Since the fan isn’t blowing air directly on you, it won’t create the same wind chill effect that’s beneficial during the summer. Instead, it will help you feel warmer, reducing your need for heating.

Combined with proper HVAC maintenance, regularly adjusting your ceiling fan setting can greatly improve your home comfort and reduce heating and cooling expenses. For more information on how to keep your home comfortable, contact Powers Heating & Air. We have proudly serviced the Fayetteville,Peachtree City, Newnan, Senoia & Sharpsburg areas for more than a decade.

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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Basic Attic Fan Maintenance for Mid Summer Comfort

Basic Attic Fan Maintenance for Mid Summer ComfortWhen the hot summer sun has been beating down on your Peachtree, GA roof all day, it’s hard to keep your cool. It’s hard for your attic to keep its cool, too, without an attic fan. If your attic fan is broken or needs maintenance, even with your air conditioning running constantly, it can be difficult to keep your house cool.

Operating your attic fan when the air outside your home is cooler than the air inside will lower your indoor upstairs temperatures, resulting in reducing air conditioner expenses and overall home energy savings.

Basic Attic Fan Maintenance for Mid Summer Comfort

Generally, your attic fan won’t require annual maintenance, but should be inspected and professionally services every couple of years by a licensed HVAC expert. There are, however, a couple of easy maintenance task homeowners can do themselves:

  • Lubricate the oil ports every few years in order to keep the motor running smoothly and efficiently.
  • Clean the fan shutters that vent hot air from your home every few years.
  • Wash the fan blades every few years, to remove dust and grime.

Professional Attic Fan Maintenance

To keep your attic fan running in tip-top shape during the hot summer months, schedule a seasonal inspection and HVAC maintenance appointment. Your inspection may reveal that your attic fan needs maintenance, parts replaced, or a replacement of the entire unit. Common repairs include:

  • Direct drive: Units where the blades are directly connected to the motor generally are not reparable because there are no parts available. Models with timers and variable speed switches may be reparable if the issue is with the switch and not the motor.
  • Belt drive: While some whole house belt-driven attic fans can be fixed or adjusted, many times it is less expensive to just upgrade to a more quiet, energy-efficient model.
  • Attic exhaust fans: For these units, it is usually impractical to attempt repairs. Replacing the entire unit is the best option.

For more information about basic attic fan maintenance for mid summer comfort in your Fayette or Coweta County home, call the experts at Powers Heating & Air 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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Do You Know the Advantages of an Attic Fan?

Do You Know the Advantages of an Attic Fan?On a hot day in Peachtree City, few things are more inviting than a comfortable, air conditioned home. But, while you’re enjoying the cool air in your living area, your attic is a steaming oven. Your attic has a passive ventilation system—but when it’s hot out, the temperature is still intolerable. Adding active ventilation will keep your attic cooler, which can lower your energy bills and extend the life of your home’s roof and your air conditioner.

Here are three advantages of an attic fan:

  1. An attic fan regulates the temperature of your attic, which reduces the load on your air conditioner. Along with correct insulation in your ceiling, an attic fan will keep your living areas up to 10 degrees cooler—that’s 10 less degrees for your A/C to cool. Also, if you install a solar-powered attic fan, you don’t even need to pay for the electricity to run it.
  2. As mentioned, one of the advantages of an attic fan is that it keeps your home cooler. That means you won’t need to turn your A/C on as early in the season, which will save plenty on your energy bill. It’s certainly not a replacement for an A/C during the hot Georgia summer, but along with ceiling fans, it will make the spring and fall bearable without expensive air conditioning.
  3. An attic fan is useful all year round. Excess moisture is the enemy of your roof, and an attic fan exhausts the humid air from showering and cooking from your home. This keeps mold, frost and ice from forming in your attic. More important, it will keep the rafters and roof decking from rotting from excess moisture.

Installing an attic fan isn’t complicated, if you’re comfortable with a saw and your home’s electrical system you can do it yourself in an afternoon. Attic fans come in different configurations, some mount directly in front of your home’s gables, while others mount on the roof. And, they can come with or without a thermostat.

If you’re too busy for do-it-yourself projects, contact the professionals at Powers Heating & Air in 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).

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How An Attic Fan Can Reduce Attic Heat And Humidity

How An Attic Fan Can Reduce Attic Heat And HumidityBefore the advent of air conditioning, attic fans or whole-house fans were the primary means used to cool residential housing. Attic temperatures can reach upwards of 150 degrees in the summertime, and an attic fan can help evacuate the hot air and humidity that can build up.

When the air in your attic becomes super heated, it can drastically increase the workload on your air conditioner. When your air conditioner is working overtime to maintain a cool temperature in your home, your energy costs can increase significantly. Installing an attic fan to vent the hot air will reduce the workload on your air conditioner, which in turn reduces your energy costs and saves you money.

The fans work by drawing cooler air from outside your home through vents installed in the gable ends of the structure and pushing the super heated air out through the fan. When in operation, this allows a continuous circulation of cool, fresh air to flow through your attic area. This circulation prevents the air from becoming super heated since it’s always on the move.

Installing one in your home consists of placing the appliance about two feet from the point of the roof, providing a power supply for electric models and mounting it to the roof. Homes without gable-end vents will also need them installed for the attic fan to work properly. Mounting the unit requires cutting a hole in the roof. Don’t worry, the fans are equipped with flashing that fits in with the shingles, making it waterproof. Average fans typically use less than 300 watts — far less than most air conditioning units.

The fan can work automatically by incorporating a thermostat. Other advantages include extended roof life by keeping the roofing material cooler, savings of up to 30 percent on air conditioning costs and reduction of room temperatures by as much as 10 degrees.

Have more questions about whether an attic fan would improve your home? Contact the experts at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving homeowners throughout the Peachtree City area and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about attic fans and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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