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Know These HVAC Airflow Problems

Know These HVAC Airflow ProblemsAirflow problems with your HVAC system can leave you dealing with discomforting issues like hot or cold spots, uneven temperatures in different rooms, and/or a drop in conditioned air output from the registers. What starts out as a gradual loss of comfort can escalate into a costly equipment breakdown or failure, so it’s vital to have the problem addressed. Here’s a look at some of the most common causes or airflow issues and what to do about them:

Obstructed Registers and Duct Openings

If you’ve closed some registers, or your return ducts are covered by furniture, drapes, throw rugs, toys or other items, it can cause temperature inconsistencies in different areas of your home and a damaging imbalance in system airflow. You can fix this by wiping down each vent cover and vacuuming out the duct openings, and then checking that your louvered registers are completely open and all supply and return vents are free from obstructions.

Clogged Air Filter

If you’ve neglected to change your system’s air filter and it’s become clogged by dust and debris, you’ll notice a drop in airflow at the registers. Restricted airflow can also increase your HVAC equipment’s workload and energy consumption, or even ruin a component. Checking the filter monthly and replacing it whenever it looks dirty is the best way to prevent such problems.

Ductwork Flaws

A ductwork system that’s poorly designed, damaged, or leaking can hinder proper airflow through your HVAC system. A trained HVAC technician should inspect your ductwork to determine the cause and the right remedy, which may involve repairing, sealing and insulating or replacing the ductwork.

Oversized Equipment

If your existing HVAC system wasn’t sized properly, it may be too large to effectively heat or cool your home. HVAC components with too much capacity will short cycle, resulting in a decline in airflow from the registers every time they cycle off. To solve this, a knowledgeable HVAC professional will need to complete a detailed load calculation and install correctly-sized new equipment.

 

Contact us at Powers Heating & Air for help solving HVAC airflow problems in your Peachtree City home.

 

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. 

New Year’s Resolutions: Saving Money

New Year's Resolutions: Saving MoneyWhy not make a resolution for saving money by increasing your home’s energy efficiency? Not only will it benefit your budget, but it will do good things for the planet, and create a more comfortable place for you as well.

Deal with the HVAC System

  • Get your heating system serviced. Not only will it run more dependably, but it will also use less energy. If your system is covered by a warranty, annual service may be a requirement to keep it valid.
  • Make it a point to check the air filter every month or two during the heating and cooling seasons. A clean air filter promotes energy efficiency, lowers energy costs, and prevents needless wear on the equipment.
  • Replace your air conditioner during the offseason if you’re planning on buying a new system next summer. You may get discounts on the appliance as well as its installation by having the work done during the winter.

Make Your Home More Efficient

The cooler months are a good time to deal with drafty windows and inadequate attic insulation. Check the window frames for any gaps and cracks that let air in or out and seal with caulk. The panes may also be loose and need caulk to prevent the rattles and air leaks.

 

Saving money on energy bills in a home with single pane windows is challenging. Hanging thermal drapes and closing them will slow the energy losses at night and during weather extremes. Replacing the windows will also help cut your heating and cooling bills and keep your home more comfortable.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, attics in this region should have between 10 and 20 inches of fiberglass or cellulose insulation in the attic. Adding more is one of the most affordable and durable ways to achieve a return on energy investments in your home. Saving money by making your home more energy efficient will not only improve your financial bottom line, but it also helps cut your carbon footprint.

 

To learn more, 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. 

Money Saving Tips for Colder Months

Money Saving Tips for Colder MonthsKeeping your home warm during the winter season can be a costly endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Saving money is easy to do once you know where to concentrate your efforts. We suggest that you start with these quick tips:

 

Call an HVAC Technician

 

If you haven’t had your heating system checked in the past year, now’s the perfect time. A qualified technician will ensure optimal performance and efficiency, in addition to prolonging the unit’s lifespan.

 

Take Advantage of Your Programmable Thermostat

 

Most homes are now equipped with programmable thermostats that allow you to set the days and times when your heating system is in operation. This level of control will lower your energy usage, thereby saving you money on your monthly utility bill.

 

Add a Bit of Insulation

 

If you don’t have proper insulation in your home, heat will escape and force your system to work harder to achieve the same results. Adding insulation can usually be done by the homeowner, but if you have any problems, enlist the help of an HVAC technician who can pinpoint where insulation is needed most and add it for you.

Consider the Use of a Zoning System

Zoning systems are more efficient than traditional heating and cooling systems because they allow you to concentrate your home comfort efforts only in the areas of your home that are occupied. This prevents you from wasting energy by running your heat for a long period of time just to heat up one or two rooms.

Find Alternative Heating Methods

Although your first instinct may be to reach for the thermostat when the weather drops, alternative heating methods will often save you money. Space heaters, for instance, are perfect for heating up small areas and use little energy. And if the weather isn’t too cold, the use of sweaters and blankets don’t cost anything at all.

 

If you need more assistance with saving money or any other home comfort concerns, please contact the professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding areas 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.

Considerations for Getting a Condensing Furnace

Considerations for Getting a Condensing FurnaceReplacing your own heating system with a condensing furnace will cut your energy bills considerably. These furnaces have the highest energy efficiency rating of any furnace available and over time, the fuel you save will offset the equipment and installation costs associated with these top-of-the line heaters.

What Makes Them Different

When gas burns, water vapor is a byproduct. It contains a lot of heat that goes up the chimney with an ordinary furnace. Condensing furnaces capture that hot water vapor and send it through a secondary heat exchanger that extracts and uses it to warm your home.

Energy Efficiency Ratings

All heating systems have efficiency ratings. AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) ratings apply to combustion furnaces and boilers. The least efficient available have 80 AFUE ratings, which means that 80 percent of the fuel they use goes toward home heating. The other 20 percent goes up the chimney.

Condensing furnaces have AFUE ratings that range from 90 to 98+. They are more efficient because they use the waste heat that would otherwise go up the chimney for home heating.

Home Heating Considerations

A condensing furnace costs more than a standard system and it has specific installation requirements. It makes sense to install one if:

  • You like your home warm in the winter. Peachtree City winters can be cold, but overall, they’re considered mild. Unless you keep your home exceptionally warm, it will take you longer to recoup the extra investment.
  • You have an exterior wall where you can run the fresh air intake vent and the exhaust vent. There has to be enough of a separation between the flue vent and the intake vent so that the exhaust gases won’t enter through the intake vent. These systems are challenging to install in condos and town homes where there isn’t a suitable exterior wall.
  • You want cleaner air in the winter. These furnaces use fresh air for combustion, which improves indoor air quality.

A condensing furnace definitely has its advantages. For more professional advice, 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.

Reasons Your Heater Kicks On When Your Thermostat is Set to Cool

Reasons Your Heater Kicks On When Your Thermostat is Set to CoolIt’s unnerving when your HVAC system is in cooling mode and you feel warm air coming from your registers. This can occur for various reasons like a mix-up in basic HVAC settings, neglected routine maintenance, or at worst, a newly-developed problem with the cooling components. Here’s how to identify and solve the most common issues, and know when to call for professional help:

Recheck Your Thermostat Settings

Mix-ups with your thermostat settings can produce warm air output instead of cool, and they’re easily fixed:

  • The thermostat was accidentally switched over to “heating ” mode and just needs to be reset for “cooling.”
  • The fan setting is in the “on” position, which keeps it running non-stop and sends warm air out in between cooling cycles. Put the fan on “auto” instead, and it will operate in tandem with the A/C and only push cool air through the ductwork.

Check Whether the Outdoor Unit is Operational

If airflow from the registers suddenly goes from cool to warm, there may be a loss of power at the outdoor unit. If it’s non-responsive, check both the outdoor emergency shutoff switch and the unit’s breaker in your home’s main electrical panel. If either has tripped, resetting it may be all that’s necessary. If a reset safety device quickly trips again, leave it alone and call your HVAC pro to determine why.

Look for Airflow Restrictions

A drop in airflow through your HVAC system can lead to coil icing and/or a compressor shutdown that leaves you with warm air output when it should be cool. Sometimes, putting in a clean air filter, making sure all the supply and return vents are fully open and unobstructed, and clearing away debris/vegetation that’s blocking airflow at the outdoor unit can help. If there’s no improvement, call your HVAC technician to check for more serious issues, like a low refrigerant charge, a malfunctioning fan, or a dirty evaporator or condenser coil.

 

If the cooling system in your Peachtree City home is producing warm air, and adjusting your HVAC settings hasn’t helped, contact us at Powers Heating & Air for expert assistance.

 

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.