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Why Replacing Insulation is Important

replacing insulationInsulation is an essential but often overlooked component of your heating and cooling system. While many homeowners know that it helps keep warm air out of their homes in the summer and retain indoor heat during the colder months, they have no idea that a time comes when it’s crucial to start replacing insulation.

The Need to Replace Insulation

Several factors make it necessary for you to replace your home insulation:

  • Loss of effectiveness — Insulation deteriorates over time. Consequently, it could allow heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter.
  • Maintain structural integrity — Your attic insulation can damage your home’s structure. If you ignore it for long, old insulation can facilitate mold and rotting of beams.
  • Health — Rodents can make old or damaged insulation their home and leave behind harmful contaminants. These contaminants can spread to other areas of your home and put your health at risk.

When to Replace Insulation

So how do you know it’s time to replace insulation? The tips below will help:

  • When replacing your roof — You should replace your attic insulation together with your roof.
  • Your home is too warm or too cold — If your house gets too hot very quickly during the summer months or too cold in the winter, chances are your insulation requires replacement.
  • Odor coming from the attic — Does your attic have an odor? That’s a good sign that your insulation has been a victim of pest infestation. You should have it removed quickly.
  • Don’t know how old your insulation is — If you can’t remember the last time your home was insulated by a professional, the existing insulation is probably too old. Consider replacing it.

Replacing insulation is a critical part of keeping your home healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient. If you need help finding out if your insulation is up-to-date or needs urgent replacement, make sure you only work with a reputable professional.

To learn more about replacing insulation, contact the pros at Powers Heating & Air, proudly serving the Peachtree City area with quality HVAC services.

Summer Insulation Best Practices

Summer Insulation Best PracticesWe all know insulation is important in the winter It keeps warm air from rising into the attic, allowing it to stay in your home longer, keep your house more comfortable, and save you energy. But did you know that insulation is just is important in the summer?

Here’s how insulation can help you in warmer weather, as well as a few tips on making sure your home is properly insulated.

Summer Insulation Benefits

Insulation does two things in warm weather. First, it keeps warm air in the attic. As you cool your home, a lot of that cold air flows outside, only to be replaced by hot air from your attic, flowing in. Attic insulation helps keep that hot air out, allowing your home to stay cool longer. Wall insulation can help too, keeping the warm, humid, outdoor air from getting in, so your A/C can work more efficiently.

The other thing insulation does is protect your roof. The top of your roof is hot in the summer, as the sun beats down on it. When cold air leaks into the attic from your home, it makes the underside of the roof cooler. That temperature disparity can damage your roof, causing leaks, as well as leading to mold and mildew. Insulation keeps the heat in your attic, so your roof temperature remains even.

Summer Insulation Tips

The most important place to insulate is your attic. Before you do, though, be sure to find and seal any air leaks that would allow hot air to flow into your home. Loose-fill is inexpensive, effective, and provides good coverage, making it an ideal choice. Make sure there’s between 10 and 14 inches of insulation in the room, and seal and insulate the attic door as well.

You might also consider insulating your ducts. This helps keep cold air cooler as it flows through them, allowing it to cool your home more efficiently. Talk to your HVAC contractor about how to insulate ductwork.

To learn more about summer insulation, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve Peachtree City’s home comfort needs.

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.