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Saving Energy With Window Treatments for Your Home

Saving Energy With Window Treatments for Your HomeWindows are a focal point of your Peachtree City home that add beauty and personality. Though, your windows are huge contributors to heat gain/loss that result in higher energy bills and greater HVAC wear. If you would like your home to be more energy efficient, but you don’t want unsightly windows, use these tips to see how the right window treatments can improve your home’s aesthetics and lower your energy bills.

Visible Benefits

Your home’s envelope consists of the materials and systems that separate your conditioned spaces from extreme temperatures. You surely know that a well insulated attic and sound walls makes your home more comfortable and efficient, but did you realize you can recoup your investment with window treatments in these ways?

  • Substantially reduce your cooling and heating bills by blocking window heat gain/loss.
  • Many window treatments reduce outside noise giving you more peace and quiet.
  • Protect your furnishings and walls from harmful UV rays.

Interior Treatments

  • Interior solar screens: Solar screens are available in a wide variety of colors, sizes and visibility percentages. They are easy to adjust and may allow heat gain on cooler days.
  • Window film: Window films reduce the amount of sunlight and heat gain. Unlike adjustable solar screens, however, you can’t reduce or increase the amount of sunlight streaming into your home.
  • Insulated curtains: If updating your curtains is your cup of tea, consider layering your curtains and using insulated types that help reduce heat gain/loss.

Outdoor Treatments

  • Exterior solar screens: Solar screens may also be installed outside your home. They are popular additions to outdoor living spaces, too!
  • Awnings: Want it made in the shade without obstructing your window views? Then awnings consider awnings for adding an extra touch of charm to sun-struck windows — and up to 75 percent reduction in heat gain!
  • Storm panels: Like solar screens, storm panels may be installed inside or outside your home. As their name indicates, storm panels also protect your windows from wind-driven storms.

To learn more about saving energy and your options of window treatments, contact 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). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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Don’t Fall for These 6 Myths About Energy Saving

Don't Fall for These 6 Myths About Energy SavingUnderstanding a few common energy-saving myths will help you avoid energy waste and stay comfortable affordably during the cool winters and hot Peachtree City summers.

Myth: Closing air registers in unused rooms saves energy.
Truth: It’s one of the more persistent energy-saving myths, but closing registers doesn’t reduce your system’s energy use. Instead, it creates a pressure imbalance in your system that strains the components and can eventually damage them.

Myth: Ceiling fans cool rooms.
Truth: Fans don’t lower a room’s air temperature. They cool you by blowing air over your skin, increasing its rate of evaporation. Save energy by turning off the fan when you leave the room for more than a few minutes.

Myth: Leaving your A/C on all day is cheaper than cooling hot rooms at the end of the day.
Truth: Maintaining a consistent indoor temperature takes a lot of energy. In nearly all cases, you’ll use less energy turning the A/C or furnace off when you’re not home than by letting it run all the time.

Myth: Keeping electronics on is more efficient than turning them off and on several times a day.
Truth: It’s more efficient to turn off your electronics when you won’t be using them. Electronics use energy even on standby mode. To save energy conveniently, put groups of electronics, such as your TV and accessories, on a power strip that lets you turn them all off with one switch.

Myth: Drafty windows should be replaced.
Truth: Caulking and weatherstripping is usually the most cost-effective way to improve your windows’ energy efficiency. If your windows are very old and you’re planning to replace them anyway, then Energy Star-qualified windows are a smart choice.

Myth: A fireplace is a cheap source of heat.
Truth: A heat pump or furnace is almost always a cheaper way to heat. If you still want a fireplace, choose a modern, high-efficiency model.

For more guidance on avoiding energy saving myths and keeping your energy costs low, contact us at Powers Heating & Air in the Peachtree City area.

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 energy saving myths and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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You Can Save Money by Resetting Your Programmable Thermostat

You Can Save Money by Resetting Your Programmable ThermostatOne thing that’s important to remember about programmable thermostats is that your programmed settings for one season aren’t going to work in another season. In other words, if you haven’t already done so, you should reset your programmable thermostat for the wintertime.

Basically, the idea is to program “setbacks” in your programmable thermostat when the house is empty during the day and at night when everybody’s sleeping. If you do this on a consistent basis, your annual energy savings can be substantial.

Programming a Thermostat for Cold Weather Energy Savings

A typical winter weekday program might work like this:

  • During the overnight hours, set the temperature 8-12 degrees lower than your regular comfort temperature. Most people prefer cooler temperatures while they’re sleeping, anyway.
  • Program the thermostat so that it warms up the house shortly before family members awaken to prepare for work or school. If your family is up and out fairly quickly, you might skip this step since it does waste energy to raise the temperature significantly for such a short period of time.
  • Set the thermostat back to 55-58 degrees while the house is empty all day long. On a relatively mild Georgia winter day, the heat might not have to kick on at all.
  • Program the thermostat to return to your household comfort level (for many households that’s around 68 in the wintertime) shortly before family members are expected to return home. Then leave it there until bedtime.

Other Tips for Saving Energy with a Programmable Thermostat

  • For maximum energy savings, employ setback periods of at least six hours. Shorter setbacks tend to waste rather than save energy.
  • As much as possible, refrain from overriding programs. This defeats the purpose of a programmable thermostat.
  • If you have children, teach them not to fuss around with the thermostat. Ask other family members to check with you before changing the program.

If you need help programming your thermostat, or would like to upgrade to a smart, programmable thermostat, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air, serving the Newnan, Sharpsburg, Senoia, Fayetteville, Tyrone and Peachtree City areas.

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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A Humidification System Will Keep You More Comfortable This Winter

A Humidification System Will Keep You More Comfortable This WinterAs you get ready to heat your home in Fayette or Coweta County this winter, you might find that a humidification system is the perfect partner to your furnace. Humidity levels affect your health and how much you feel heat. If you use a humidification system to control the relative humidity in your home, you can enjoy greater comfort and savings.

Humidity is moisture in the air, and relative humidity is the percentage of moisture compared to how much the air can hold. Most experts agree that 30 to 50 percent relative humidity is the optimal amount for the health of your family and your home.

A humidification system restores moisture to the air, which has several benefits:

  • Health: Some bacteria and viruses thrive in dry air. For example, streptococcus (responsible for strep throat) and staphylococcus (responsible for staph infections) survive better when the relative humidity is below 20 percent. Humidifiers not only make it more difficult for these types of microorganisms to survive, but they also help reduce dry skin and sinus irritation that comes from dry air.
  • Home preservation: Dry air can cause cracks and peeling in various parts of your home, including hardwood floors, paint and wallpaper. Keeping the humidity at optimal levels helps preserve the investment you made in the appearance of your home.
  • Energy savings: You’ve probably heard the expression, “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity.” Dry air feels cooler than moist air. Using a humidifier can allow you to reduce the temperature on your thermostat by several degrees, meaning that you will use and pay for less energy.

There are two humidification options: portable and whole-house systems. Portable systems are generally less expensive than a high-quality whole-house system, but they do require that the water is changed daily and the appliance is cleaned twice a week. A whole-house system, on the other hand, generally only needs to be cleaned once a year at the end of the heating season to remove dust and mineral build-up.

For more information about humidification systems or other HVAC matters, contact Powers Heating & Air. We’re proud to serve Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Tyrone, Senoia, Sharpsburg, Newnan and all the surrounding area.

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

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