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How Does Color Affect Temperature?

How Does Color Affect Temperature?For centuries, people have equated colors with temperature effects. Darker colors represent the cooler months when we need to supplement home heat. Light colors reflect heat and are the colors of spring and summer when heat reflection and dissipation is desirable.

Colors and Degree Days

Over the last five years, the Peachtree City area has needed more home heating than cooling by about one-third. The Weather Service collects temperature highs and lows, along with degree days. They use equipment to measure the temperatures 24/7 and apply a formula that tells them how many total degrees your house needs heating or cooling based on temperature fluctuations during that 24-hour period. The base temperature is 65 degrees F. If the air stayed at 65 degrees for a 24-hour period, it would be a 0 heating or cooling degree day.

Since the heating degree days outnumber the cooling degree days, the colors for your home should lean more toward the dark versus light. Instead of a light exterior, you might save more energy by using a medium-brown hue. Light homes are far more common in Florida where cooling degree days dominate the weather and the temperature effects of dark colors raise cooling costs.

Roofing Colors

Even though darker colors absorb heat, they don’t necessarily make a good roof. The heat from the shingles can infiltrate into the attic. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has found that cold attics with enough insulation prevent ice dams, which are dangerous and harmful. In fact, the DOE has a designation for Energy Star light-colored roofing materials that reflect heat versus absorb it.

Interior Design Colors

Since Peachtree City has its share of hot weather, mixing the light and dark colors indoors gives you a chance to surround yourself with colors that work well year-round.

It does help to think about the temperature effects of the colors you use. The pros at Powers Heating & Air want to help you make your home as energy efficient and comfortable as possible. We provide HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowner.

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. 

Reap the Benefits of a Portable A/C

Reap the Benefits of a Portable A/CNearly all the homes in Peachtree City have central air conditioning systems, but that doesn’t rule out having a portable A/C on hand. These units are easy to roll around, set up and vent to the outdoors. They give you a way to increase spot cooling when necessary for a variety of reasons.

Live by the rules.

Many neighborhoods have restrictions regarding the exterior appearance of homes and they don’t allow window air conditioners. Portable air conditioners are a good option because their exhaust vents are unobtrusive and easy to remove when the unit is not in use.

Accommodate a guest.

People who live in southern climates have a higher tolerance for heat and warm indoor temperatures. If you have someone coming to visit who hasn’t made the adjustments to hot summer temperatures, consider putting a supplemental A/C in their room. They will sleep better in cool temperatures and find it easier to relax when temperatures are a few degrees cooler.

Enhance cooling in a room that’s normally too warm.

If there’s a room in your home you avoid in the summer because it’s always too hot, a portable A/C will make it usable. Running such an A/C as an auxiliary cooler will use far less electricity than cooling down your whole house, which could also make the other rooms uncomfortably cool.

Spot cool the garage.

Chances are, your garage isn’t air conditioned, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it during the summer, thanks to the cool air that portable A/Cs deliver. You can work on projects or use the garage as your own private space when the air is comfortably cool.

Dehumidify your home.

Choose a portable air conditioner that has a “dehumidify” only setting and use it to lower the indoor humidity level. Dropping the humidity makes your home more comfortable and healthier. Central A/C units also remove humidity, but only as part of the cooling process.

If you’d like more information about using a portable A/C for spot or intermittent cooling, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing 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.

What You Should Know About Two-Stage Cooling

What You Should Know About Two-Stage CoolingNo matter what temperature you set your home to, a traditional air conditioner has only two settings: on, and off. A wide range of cooling temperatures is achieved by the thermostat simply turning the A/C off once the temperature is reached, and turning it back on when the house warms up a little. While this works, it can produce intermittent noise and some temperature swings, and it’s not the most efficient way to handle matters. Two-stage cooling is an improvement.

With two-stage cooling, the air conditioner’s compressor has two speeds: high and low. During cooler days, the compressor can run at a lower speed, expending less energy to run while also running more consistently. Less on-and-off noise makes it through your vents, and the temperature remains more stable.

On those scorching Peachtree City days, though, the A/C can switch into high gear to meet the increased cooling load. That way, your air conditioner can always be ready to deliver the amount of cooling you need.

A two-stage cooling system also pairs well with a variable-speed fan, and many are sold combined. Like your compressor, a traditional central A/C fan can only be on or off, cycling air through your ductwork or not. A variable-speed fan, however, can dynamically adjust just how much air is being circulated, further smoothing out the temperature curve in your home.

Yet another benefit of this more-constant air circulation is the fact that most air cleaners require air to be circulating to be cleaned. Your HVAC air filter, as well as UV lights, electrostatic air cleaners, or HEPA filtration devices can only work when air is passing through. That means that two-stage air conditioners and variable-speed fans won’t just keep you more comfortable, they can actually keep you healthy, as well.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of two-stage cooling and how it could work in your home, call 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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