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How Furniture Can Affect Your HVAC

How Furniture Can Affect Your HVACTechnology has advanced to the point where energy efficient furniture does exist. It can store and release energy to charge batteries, run lights, or provide the same HVAC effects your furnace or A/C does. While it’s not ready for the market yet, it shows that furniture is, and will continue to be, a part of the home that can contribute to your comfort.

Comfort and Heat

Some products used in homes offer more comfort than others, especially with regard to thermal management. Upholstered (with padding) furniture is far more comfortable year-round than hard plastic chairs. The fabrics and internal padding absorb heat and moisture, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. A hard plastic chair, for example, does not absorb moisture. It feels cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

Insulating Value of Furniture

Even the wood that furniture is made from has some insulating value, which is a property that contributes indirectly to comfort, especially when it’s cold. Wood products that are less dense and lighter in weight. They can hold more air than dense wood. The ability to retain air in small pockets is a basic characteristic of most insulation products.

Color and Temperature

Not only do the materials from which the furniture is made have HVAC effects, so does its color. Dark colors absorb heat while light colors reflect it. Anything that reflects heat will be cooler, even on a hot, sunny day. Flat roofs on homes are often painted with bright white reflective paint, while pitched roofs in the mountains use dark metal roofing for easier snow removal.

The same holds true with your home. Light-colored furniture on the patio makes sense since you will use it more in warm weather versus cold. Porous textiles that are UV-resistant will hold up better to the solar exposure and dry faster in the outdoor environment.

Furniture does have HVAC effects that you can use to your advantage. You can also get more efficiency from your system by having it serviced by 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 to Know About Window Insulation

What to Know About Window InsulationInefficient windows may be all that’s keeping you between staying comfortable this winter and achieving low energy bills. Although it’s a small investment of time and money, adding window insulation might be the key to a draft-free home and reasonable heating accosts.

 

As important as they are, windows are often the least efficient component of homes. Glass has practically no insulation value and air leaks in windows are common. Making your windows more efficient is a two-step process to stop the leaks and slow the loss of heat through the glass.

Seal the Leaks

A professional energy audit is the most accurate way to find where the leaks around the windows are. The auditors use a high-powered fan to pull the air from your home and test the temperatures with infrared cameras to find the location of the leaks and their sizes. Once you’ve identified their locations, you can seal most leaks with acrylic caulk around the frames and silicone caulk around the panes.

Add Insulation

Single-pane windows have no protection against heat transfer and gain and lose heat quickly. All you have to do is hold your hand against the glass on a cold morning to feel how cold the glass is. Dual pane windows sometimes lose their airtight seal and the insulating gas escapes. They lose their insulating properties and function little better than a single-pane window.

 

Window insulation is available in clear plastic kits and window film. The kits are available at home centers and online and are fairly easy to install using hair dryers. Window film has the same coatings that low-E windows have to prevent heat gain and loss. The film is also available at retail home centers and online, but take some practice to install. You can find professionals who install this film full-time for homes and commercial buildings.

 

Taking the time to seal the leaks and add window insulation will give you a warmer, more comfortable home with lower heating bills. 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. 

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.