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Tips for Warming Up Cold Floors

Tips for Warming Up Cold FloorsNothing can remind you of winter faster than cold floors. If you’re one of those who doesn’t enjoy chilly feet, rest easy. There are many ways to keep your feet warm for the duration of the winter.

Air sealing

Looking around your home for air leaks and sealing them will help your feet stay warmer and cut your heating bills as well. Explore your home for leaks around the baseboards and exterior doors. Leaks around the windows may also be common, as well as electric and cable outlets that sit on the exterior walls. Caulk, weatherstripping and expanding foam will seal most leaks.

Duct boosters

If the places where you spend most of your time seem cold most of the time, ask a pro from Powers Heating & Air to find out why. There may not be enough air coming from the furnace to warm those rooms or there’s too much going elsewhere. HVAC professionals can balance the airflow to increase overall home comfort and prevent cold floors.

Portable heaters

A small space heater might be what you need under your desk or blowing on your cold feet to take off the chill. If you use any kind of portable heater, use it safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Rugs

Rugs add a layer of insulation that will insulate a cold floor in proportion to its size. If your home has a crawl space or a basement, consider hiring a contractor to add more insulation to the space between the first floor and the basement ceiling.

Radiant floor heating

While our winters aren’t as cold as those up north, there’s still a case to be made for radiant floor heating in this location. Winters can be cold and radiant heating is known for its even heating and comfort that starts at the floor. People with allergies or asthma fare better with radiant heat since it doesn’t blow air throughout the house.

If you’d like more information about warming cold floors, 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. 

Ensuring Boiler Safety

Ensuring Boiler SafetyIf you’ve recently purchased a home that has a boiler, you may not be familiar with this kind of heating system. Boilers heat water using gas or electricity, then pump the hot water through piping to radiators in each room, or circulate it through tubing installed under the floors. For the well-being of your family, you should ensure boiler safety by following these steps:

Have the Heating System Maintained Annually

A boiler is just like a gas furnace or heat pump in one regard – it needs regular preventive care from a qualified HVAC pro to operate safely. When you schedule an annual system inspection, cleaning and tuneup, a technician will complete a number of safety-centric tasks, including:

  • Verifying correct water pressure, temperature and flow.
  • Checking the water level and testing the low-water fuel cut-off.
  • Inspecting the pressure tank and testing the pressure relief valve.
  • Verifying proper pump, zone valve, and damper operation.
  • Checking for corrosion and cracks in the heat exchanger.
  • Inspecting and cleaning the burner.
  • Cleaning the pilot assembly and orifice, and inspecting the flame sensor.
  • Checking for leaks and the condition of the seals.
  • Lubricating all the system motors.
  • Inspecting the venting system.
  • Checking the wiring and electrical connections.
  • Testing key safety features including the high limit control.

Stay Vigilant About Developing Issues

In between professional maintenance visits, it’s important to stay vigilant for newly-developing problems with your boiler, and call your HVAC contractor for help if you have concerns. Signs of potential safety issues with a boiler include water leaks or puddles near any of the system components, alarming or odd new noises coming from the equipment, and a distinctive sulfur-like or rotten-egg smell that warns you of a gas leak.

Install and Maintain CO Detectors

If you have a gas-fired boiler, deadly carbon monoxide (CO) can be produced if it’s not combusting fuel properly. To warn you about the presence of this life-threatening gas, you need to have CO detectors installed throughout your home, then test them monthly and replace their batteries regularly.

 

To learn more about boiler safety, 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. 

Benefits of Regular Furnace Maintenance

Benefits of Regular Furnace MaintenanceWith winter approaching, don’t delay too long before scheduling furnace maintenance in your home. HVAC businesses tend to fill up their schedules as winter closes in, both with preseason tune-ups and calls for service when people’s furnaces won’t start properly. A professional furnace maintenance visit will achieve several important goals:

  • Improve energy efficiency, so you’re paying less in gas and electric bills from month to month. An efficient furnace also places less stress on important components and parts.
  • Prevent the risk of carbon monoxide leaks, fire and sudden loss of heat.
  • Find minor issues before they develop into large, expensive problems.
  • Improve comfort so you’re getting reliable, balanced heat throughout the home.
  • Reduce the occurrence of malfunctions and breakdowns, while extending the service life of your furnace.

What Does Furnace Maintenance Involve?

Inspecting the entire system.

During a comprehensive maintenance check, the technician should inspect your entire heating system, from the furnace blower (fan) to the ignition system, to the gas burners, to the heat exchanger, to the ductwork and registers. They’ll check electrical connections and make sure the furnace is starting properly. The thermostat also should be inspected for correct operation. During the maintenance visit, you’ll have an opportunity to mention any issues that you’ve been experiencing with your furnace.

Oiling moving parts.

During the maintenance visit, the technician should oil all moving parts (especially in the blower mechanism), check for secure electrical connections, ensure the electronic ignition (or pilot light) is working correctly, inspect the furnace burners to see that they aren’t dirty or corroded, and carefully inspect the heat exchanger for cracks or rusting. They should look at your furnace venting/exhaust system to make sure it’s tightly connected and correctly routed to the outside.

Replacing the filter, if needed.

Often, during furnace maintenance, the technician will bring along a furnace filter, with the intention of replacing yours. Though inexpensive, a clean air filter plays an important role in your furnace system, helping enhance energy efficiency, performance and comfort, as well as indoor air quality.

To schedule a comprehensive furnace maintenance visit this fall, please contact us Powers Heating & Air, serving Peachtree City and the surrounding 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 other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040. 

 

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Heat Pump Ratings for Homeowners

Heat Pump Ratings for HomeownersThe energy efficiency ratings that a heat pump has describe how well it uses electricity to move heat from one place to another. These remarkable HVAC appliances are one of the best kinds to use in this climate, where winters are relatively mild and summers hot. They differ from other heating and cooling systems in that they provide both heat and cooling simply by reversing the flow of refrigerant.

The efficiency ratings that apply to heat pump include:

 

  • Cooling efficiency. The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) describes how much electricity the system uses over the course of a cooling season. Engineers keep the air in the testing lab at 82 degrees F and measure how much electricity the pump uses to keep an indoor space at 80 degrees.

    The minimum SEER stands at 14. Although the U.S. Department of Energy doesn’t require its disclosure for central heat pumps, the EER (energy efficiency ratio) is also calculated for heat pumps. Instead of maintaining the outdoor temperature at 82 degrees, the lab turns it up to 95 degrees for a shorter period.

    Heat pumps that have a high EER perform better in hotter temperatures. Since summer weather in the Peachtree City area often reach 90 degrees, choosing a system with a high EER will cut energy costs.

  • Heating efficiency. The HSPF (heating season performance factor) indicates the heating efficiency of a heat pump. The minimum starts at 8.2. Another important rating to look for is its COP (coefficient of performance). This term describes how much electricity it takes to create one unit of heat.

    An electric space heater creates one unit of heat for each unit of electricity it uses. Heat pumps, at a minimum, create at least three units of heat for each watt of power they use, for a COP of 3. More efficient units have higher COP ratings.

Knowing the efficiency ratings for a heat pump provides essential information about its electrical consumption, which is directly tied to your energy costs. To learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air. We provide outstanding 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.

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Have You Weatherized Your Windows?

Have You Weatherized Your Windows?Improving the energy efficiency of your Peachtree City home in the winter is largely a matter of sealing air leaks that allow cold air to enter your home and warm air to escape. Weatherizing windows is a good place to start air sealing your home. Drafty windows can dramatically reduce your comfort level, and they make your HVAC system work overtime to compensate for infiltrating outside air. This increases your energy bills while decreasing your comfort.

Supplies You Need for Weatherizing Windows

Weatherizing windows is an easy DIY project that you can complete in a weekend. You’ll need:

  • Expandable caulk.
  • Silicone caulk.
  • Adhesive-backed weatherstripping.
  • Rope caulk.
  • Window insulation kits.

Caulk is easy to work with, but be sure to read the directions carefully if you haven’t worked with it before.

Steps to Weatherizing Windows

Start with the exterior of your home. Inspect the windows and frames for large gaps, cracks, and holes, and fill them with expandable caulk. Use silicone caulk to seal around the window where it meets the exterior wall. If you have storm windows, install them now.

 

Move indoors. Just as you did outside, seal around the window frame where it meets the wall. Open the window and install weatherstripping along the top and bottom of the window to form a tight seal when it’s closed. Use rope caulk to create a removable seal along the movable components of the window. Finally, install the window insulation kits, especially if you have no storm windows.

 

Once your windows are sealed, use window treatments to help keep your home comfortable. When the sun is shining, keep them open to allow solar heat gain to warm your rooms. Close them during the night or on cloudy days.

Consider an Energy Audit

Other common sites of air leaks around the home include baseboards, doors, service entrances, and the attic hatch. A professional or DIY home energy evaluation identifies the location of air leaks to guide your sealing efforts.

 

For more information about an energy evaluation or weatherizing windows, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air, proudly serving 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 other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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