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Furnace Smells Could Signal Problems: Here’s What You Can Do

Furnace Smells Could Signal Problems: Here's What You Can DoYou’ve tried to ignore it, but you can’t deny it any longer – your home is plagued by unpleasant furnace smells. Although the reason for the odor coming from your heating system could be something basic, there are a number of reasons that your furnace may be producing smells.

 

  • First seasonal start-up – After hibernating all summer, your furnace is finally called to duty. Upon switching your system on, however, you notice a smell that reminds you of burning dust, which is exactly what it is. If this has happened to you, you’ll be relieved to know that this is typical of the first start-up of the season and can be minimized by changing your furnace filter and dusting off the grill before turning it on.
  • A dirty furnace filter –  Dirty filters can emit stinky furnace smells and can also lead to a host of other problems. Your filters should be changed out once a month during the heating season. If you’re unsure how to swap out or clean your filter, ask your HVAC technician during your next preventive maintenance checkup.
  • Dirty ducts – If you’ve noticed a constant burning smell in spite of a clean air filter, it’s a smart idea to have your HVAC contractor check out your ductwork and consider a good cleaning. Not only will this eliminate the odor, but it will also boost your indoor air quality.
  • High resistance – Do you ever close off registers in some rooms of your home? It’s okay to do this, but when you shut over 20 percent of your registers, it can lead to high resistance and heat buildup within your furnace, causing smoky furnace smells.
  • Overheating motor – If you notice a smoky smell, the culprit could be your motor going bad. Your contractor can tell you if this is the case or apply a lubricant to reduce friction and stop the motor from overheating.

And if you detect the smell of gas at any time, immediately leave your home and call 9-1-1 and your gas company.

To schedule service to diagnose your furnace smells, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve Peachtree City and the surrounding areas.

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 furnace maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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Carbon Monoxide Can Creep Into Your Home If Your Garage Isn’t Sealed Off

Carbon Monoxide Can Creep Into Your Home If Your Garage Isn't Sealed OffIt’s convenient to have an attached garage, but it’s also important that you recognize the potential risks that they pose to your family’s well-being.

 

When your house is not properly sealed from your garage, carbon monoxide (CO) produced by your car and other sources can creep into the living areas of your house. By taking measures to prevent the poisonous gas from entering your house, you can enjoy the benefits of your attached garage without the element of danger.

How can carbon monoxide get into your house?

Carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas that’s toxic to humans, is a by-product of the incomplete combustion process due to a lack of oxygen being present. When you start your car in your garage, the gas is generated. In fact, after allowing your car to run in a closed garage for only two minutes, it can accumulate lethal levels of CO. Without proper ventilation, once you’ve backed out of your garage and closed the overhead door, the gas will remain inside the garage unless it can find a way to seep into your home via cracks in your walls or air leaks around the door to your house.

 

How to prevent it from happening

Work with your HVAC contractor to evaluate how well your house is sealed. Any gaps, cracks or holes should be promptly sealed. Your contractor may also recommend installing an exhaust vent to keep CO from building up in your garage. You should consider investing in a carbon monoxide monitor as well. These monitors will not only alarm you in the event of an emergency, but will keep you informed about the level of CO present in your home at any given time. In this way, you’ll immediately know if the integrity of your sealant is lacking and allowing deadly CO to creep into your house.

To schedule an inspection of your garage doors and walls or for advice on choosing a carbon monoxide monitor, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We’re proud to serve residents of Peachtree City and surrounding areas.

 

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 Carbon Monoxide and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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Programmable Thermostats Up Energy Efficiency While You’re Sleeping or Away

Programmable Thermostats Up Energy Efficiency While You're Sleeping or AwayYou may know a little about programmable thermostats and you may already have one, but do you know how to get the most out of your thermostat?

Using programmable thermostats to their full capacity can not only save you money on energy costs but make your living areas more comfortable.

The first thing to consider is your day-to-day routine. For example, what time do you go to bed? If you like sleeping in a cooler room, start pre-cooling your room before you head to bed. Is there a time when the house is empty of occupants during the day? Schedule the thermostat to go up or down a few degrees, depending on the season, during that time.

In winter, keep your thermostat at around 68 degrees while you’re awake, and drop it down while you’re sleeping or when no one’s in your home. You can save around one percent for every degree you shave off during a minimum eight-hour period.

In summer think about setting your thermostat around 78 degrees and bump it up when you’re gone from the home, lowering it at night when you’re sleeping.

Going on vacation? Set your thermostat to maximize energy savings while no one is there, and program the thermostat to cool down or warm up again a few hours before you’re scheduled to return.

Options in programmable thermostats

  • Do your daily schedules change often?  A 7-day model is a good choice as it will let you have a different program for each day.
  • Different weekend schedule? A 5+2 model uses the same schedule for each weekday and a different one for the weekends.
  • Saturdays and Sundays different? Try a 5-1-1 thermostat model, which will keep the same weekday schedule but allow you to have a different schedule Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on programmable thermostats or your other home comfort needs, contact the experts at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve homeowners throughout Peachtree City and surrounding areas.

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 programmable thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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UV Lights Paired With Your HVAC System Can Boost Your Indoor Air Quality

UV Lights Paired With Your HVAC System Can Boost Your Indoor Air QualityUltraviolet (UV) lights can boost the quality of your indoor air by destroying bacteria, mildew and mold spores. As part of a quality HVAC filtration system, UV lights improve indoor air quality and your family’s quality of life.

UV lights can be added to an existing HVAC filtration system or as part of a new HVAC unit. The Environmental Protection Agency named indoor air quality one of five top environmental health risks. Adding a UV filtration system can reduce that risk in your home.

How it works
UV lights over a titanium dioxide plate create a photocatalytic air purification effect. As part of a multistage HVAC filtration system, UV light removes particles down to .001 microns in size. Comparatively, HEPA filters, which may be part of the multistage filtration system, remove microns only as small as .3 microns.

Is it cost effective?
The installation of photocatalytic air purification to an existing system depends on whether your system is a compatible type and size. The add-on is less expensive than the new system including UV filtration. However, with bulbs lasting one to two years before requiring replacement, the additional costs after installation are relatively low. The benefits of the filtration, particularly in the homes of families with allergies or other breathing issues, can justify the additional costs.

Fighting allergies and colds
UV light filtration destroys the membranes around allergens, limiting the ability for the allergens to multiply and making the existing ones harmless. This filtration can be particularly beneficial in Georgia springs and summers. Limiting the allergens from the spring’s fall of “green snow” can be critical for allergy sufferers.

UV light filtration can also be an effective way to combat germs during cold and flu season. With each pass through your HVAC system, germs are removed from your air. This process will make your indoor air healthier and can help prevent the spread of germs, colds and flu.

For more expert advice on UV light filtration and other issues related to home comfort, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. Our experts proudly served homeowners throughout Peachtree City and surrounding areas.

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 UV light systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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Insulating Your Home: What’s The Right Kind For Your Particular Project?

insulating your home peachtree georgiaInsulating your home is one of those projects that requires a small investment for a big payoff. Adding more to your attic or increasing the amount in your walls may be something you can do on your own or hire a contractor. Regardless, you’ll see your heating and cooling bills drop. This guide can help you choose the right kind for your project.

Batt

This is the most common and easiest to install. Most batt insulation uses fiberglass or mineral wool. Batts are easy to lay in attics where there’s enough space to move around and in new home construction. If you’re remodeling your home and either removing interior or exterior siding, batt insulation is also easy to install.

Blown-In

Made from either recycled paper or loose fiberglass, blown-in is good for increasing the amount of insulation in attics and walls. It’s a two-person job to install, since someone has to fill the blower and the other point the nozzle. Blown-in is a good choice when you don’t want to disturb your existing walls. You can use a special drill bit to open a hole in the interior or exterior walls, blow in the material and seal the hole.

Rigid foam

If you don’t have much space in your attic, rigid foam products are a good choice when insulating your home. Inch for inch, foam has better insulating properties than batt or blown-in. They come in varying widths and thicknesses.

Radiant barriers

A radiant barrier in your attic sends the heat back to the roof in the summer. You can find it at home improvement centers as bubble wrap covered with reflective material or as batt insulation with a radiant barrier covering. It’s a good choice for our climate, since summers are so long and hot.

Expanding foam

This type has the highest R-value of any kind of insulation, but it’s also the most expensive. Use it for small, hard-to-reach spaces.

If you’d like to learn more about insulating your home, contact Powers Heating & Air. We provide HVAC services for the Peachtree City 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 insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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