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How Does Color Affect Temperature?

How Does Color Affect Temperature?For centuries, people have equated colors with temperature effects. Darker colors represent the cooler months when we need to supplement home heat. Light colors reflect heat and are the colors of spring and summer when heat reflection and dissipation is desirable.

Colors and Degree Days

Over the last five years, the Peachtree City area has needed more home heating than cooling by about one-third. The Weather Service collects temperature highs and lows, along with degree days. They use equipment to measure the temperatures 24/7 and apply a formula that tells them how many total degrees your house needs heating or cooling based on temperature fluctuations during that 24-hour period. The base temperature is 65 degrees F. If the air stayed at 65 degrees for a 24-hour period, it would be a 0 heating or cooling degree day.

Since the heating degree days outnumber the cooling degree days, the colors for your home should lean more toward the dark versus light. Instead of a light exterior, you might save more energy by using a medium-brown hue. Light homes are far more common in Florida where cooling degree days dominate the weather and the temperature effects of dark colors raise cooling costs.

Roofing Colors

Even though darker colors absorb heat, they don’t necessarily make a good roof. The heat from the shingles can infiltrate into the attic. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has found that cold attics with enough insulation prevent ice dams, which are dangerous and harmful. In fact, the DOE has a designation for Energy Star light-colored roofing materials that reflect heat versus absorb it.

Interior Design Colors

Since Peachtree City has its share of hot weather, mixing the light and dark colors indoors gives you a chance to surround yourself with colors that work well year-round.

It does help to think about the temperature effects of the colors you use. The pros at Powers Heating & Air want to help you make your home as energy efficient and comfortable as possible. We provide HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowner.

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. 

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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