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Ductwork Maintenance Is Your Cost Effective Way To Boost Home Savings and Comfort

Ductwork Maintenance Is Your Cost Effective Way To Boost Home Savings and ComfortThe ductwork is one HVAC system component that you shouldn’t overlook if you want to improve home comfort and save energy. Ductwork maintenance can be a cost-effective measure because deficiencies in the ducts can waste 20 percent or more of the conditioned air your equipment pumps out.

Signs You May Need Ductwork Maintenance

If you can relate to any of the following issues, it’s worth having a reputable HVAC contractor perform a duct system inspection to check for damage, disconnections and leaks:

  • Unreasonably high energy bills
  • Difficulty maintaining comfort regardless of the thermostat setting
  • Rooms that always seem too hot or cold
  • Ducts located in unconditioned spaces, like the attic, crawlspace or garage
  • Areas of obvious duct damage

Benefits of a Professional Duct Inspection

An HVAC pro has the skills and knowledge needed to properly assess your ductwork to find leak sources, or areas that need repair, sealing and insulating. A trained technician can also assess the HVAC system’s airflow to determine if there are other issues with the duct system, like inadequate sizing or an insufficient number of return ducts.

Once all the deficiencies are identified, a pro can also make any needed repairs to improve your duct system’s performance. Once the ductwork is in good shape, you’ll reap a number of benefits, including:

  • Operating cost savings. Repairing damage and sealing/insulating your ductwork can curb the costly waste of conditioned air you’ve been experiencing. You’ll notice a drop in your HVAC energy consumption, and a corresponding decrease in your utility bills.
  • More consistent comfort. With less conditioned air waste and proper air distribution, you’ll experience fewer problems with hot or cold spots, and you’ll find it easier to heat or cool your home to your desired comfort level.
  • Safer, healthier air quality. With well-maintained ductwork, allergens and contaminants won’t get pulled into your HVAC system from wall voids, the crawlspace or attic. There’s also less risk of hazardous “backdrafting” combustion fumes entering your air supply.

To schedule an inspection to learn if your Peachtree City home’s HVAC could benefit from ductwork maintenance, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

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. 

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.

Ways Trees Can Lead to HVAC Savings

Ways Trees Can Lead to HVAC SavingsThere are many good reasons to plant trees. They are beautiful. The right trees provide habitat for wildlife. They help clean the world of carbon emissions. And, they cool off your home and landscape.

 

We all know that trees help make our outdoor areas more appealing for relaxation and entertainment. But trees can also result in HVAC savings — that is, lower utility bills. Read on to find out how.

How Trees Can Lower Your Utility Bill

Trees, planted strategically to block solar radiation from your home and your HVAC condenser, can help your air conditioner run cooler and help you save money. Trees help keep sunlight from entering your home through windows. When shading the roof, they keep home temperatures down. Trees that shade the condenser allow the air conditioner to run cooler, so there’s less heating up of components, less friction and smoother operation so the parts last longer.

 

Moreover, trees actually cool the air through a process called transpiration. They pull water into the tree through roots, and “breathe” it into the nearby atmosphere as a vapor. This vapor has a cooling effect on the air, and can lower the surrounding temperature by as much as 6 degrees. Planting lots of trees around your home can have a noticeably cooling effect.

Choose Trees Wisely

When shopping for trees, imagine how they will impact the landscape when they reach their mature height. Avoid species that shed fibers and seeds that might clog your condenser, as well as species subject to breakage, disease and pests.

Plant With Future Shade in Mind

Think about where the shade from trees will fall as they mature. Plant shorter shade trees on eastern and western sides so they block sun at sunrise and sunset; plant taller trees on the south side to keep the roof from heating up. Locate trees at least 10, or as much as 20 feet from the home to avoid damaging the roof.

Avoid planting trees too close to each other.

 

For more on HVAC savings with trees, contact Powers Heating and Air, serving Peachtree City and the surrounding area.

Positives and Negatives of Using Solar Power

Positives and Negatives of Using Solar PowerIf you want to save money on your home’s heating and cooling energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint, switching to solar power may be the answer. Going solar offers some distinct advantages, including:

  • Long-term energy savings. A properly-sized solar energy system has a expected lifespan of 25—30 years and can provide up to 84 percent of your household’s annual electricity needs, so you can expect to see significant, long-term savings on your monthly power bills.
  • Enhanced home value. Having solar in place when you decide to sell can make your home more attractive and valuable to energy-conscious buyers who want to make the switch to solar.
  • Security against rising energy costs. Right now, electricity rates in Georgia are fairly low, but we have the sixth-highest yearly energy costs in the country because of our hot, humid climate. When you’re able to generate your own electricity to offset most of your HVAC operating costs, you won’t have to worry about future rate increases and higher utility bills.
  • Reduced reliance on fossil fuels. When you install solar, you’re doing your part to reduce the carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels, which is vital if we want to halt global climate change.

Along with the many benefits of solar power, there are a few potential drawbacks that you need to consider:

  • Rooftop installation isn’t always feasible. This is the most common installation method, but it may not work for you due to factors like your roof’s orientation, pitch, material and age, as well as issues like homeowners’ association restrictions.
  • High upfront costs. In addition to the cost of the various system components, you’ll have the expense of site preparation and installation. Plus, solar-ready HVAC components cost more than standard heating and cooling equipment.
  • Not enough energy production. The weather and the number of solar modules in your system can limit the amount of electricity that’s generated, so it may not produce enough to meet all your energy needs.

To learn if solar power can help reduce the costs of heating and cooling your Peachtree City home, contact 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.