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Make Your HVAC the Star Player at Your Football Watch Party

Make Your HVAC the Star Player at Your Football Watch PartyFootball season is finally upon us and Peachtree residents know what that means – watch parties! If you’re planning to host guests in your home, though, it’s important that you pay attention to party comfort concerns. Basically, what it comes down to is focusing your attention on heating/cooling concerns and indoor air quality.

Heating and Cooling

If your home is too hot or too cold, your guests will find it difficult to enjoy the game. Here are a few things you can do in preparation:

Get an HVAC tune-up – At least once a year, you should hire a qualified technician to perform a maintenance check on your heating and cooling systems to keep it running properly and efficiently.
Adjust the Thermostat – Even though you should always think about saving energy, it won’t hurt to adjust the thermostat to keep guests happy.
Grab a Few Fans – If the temperature is rising, which could certainly happen given the amount of body heat your guests will be giving off during the game, bring out a fan or two to cool everyone off.

 

Indoor Air Quality

You certainly don’t want to cause or irritate respiratory issues while your guests are trying to enjoy the game. Stop that from happening by following these tips:

  • Take Care of the Air Filter – Your system’s air filter should be replaced or cleaned every 1-3 months to ensure that contaminants are being removed from the air.
  • Dust with Microfiber Cloths – Since standard feather dusters tend to spread dust around your home rather than remove it, you should use microfiber cloths (which attract and capture dust) to clean up instead.
  • Install a Whole-House Air Cleaner – These air clearners will clear your home of the majority of the contaminants found in the air. Although these systems are a little costly, their efficiency and effectiveness are worth the price. ?

For more assistance with party comfort concerns, or if you have any general home comfort questions, please contact the friendly professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding area for more than 15 years.

 

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.

Thermostat Health: When to Change the Batteries

Thermostat Health: When to Change the BatteriesIt’s a hot day in Peachtree City, and you’re dying to crank up the A/C. But something’s wrong. The thermostat’s not working. There’s no display, and it won’t respond to any of your commands! Is it broken? Do you need to have it replaced? No. You just forgot to change the battery. Here are some thermostat maintenance tips to keep it from happening again.

When to Replace Your Thermostat Battery

As a general rule of thumb, you should change the battery in your thermostat every year, whether it needs it or not. Batteries are cheap, and it’s better to remove a good one than keep a bad one around until it causes problems. Set a reminder on your calendar, and try to choose a day for it that’s easy for you to remember.

Of course, it’s still possible for your battery to wear out before your scheduled replacement date. Signs your thermostat’s battery are dying include a faded or blank display screen, and problems with your HVAC system heating or cooling as it should. Your thermostat may also have a low battery indicator light, which will tell you that the battery is dying and in need of replacement.

How to Replace Your Thermostat Battery

Replacing the battery is an essential part of thermostat maintenance. First, turn the unit off and remove it from the wall. It generally either pulls off or slides off. There may be a simple compartment for the batteries, or it may require a screwdriver. Also note whether your thermostat takes AA, AAA, or another kind of batteries, and how many. Be sure to have enough of the correct ones ready.

When you’ve replaced the batteries, put the cover back on and place the thermostat back on the wall. If you have trouble with it, you can always ask your HVAC technician when they come to give your system its annual tuneup (which is another necessity you should remember to mark on the calendar every year).

 

To learn more about thermostat maintenance, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve all of Peachtree City’s HVAC needs.

 

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.

Sunroom Cooling Options for Summer

Sunroom Cooling Options for Summer

Sunroom Cooling Options for SummerSunrooms and other patio enclosures are enjoyed by many Georgia homeowners and for good reason – they provide a sheltered extension to the family’s living space, along with protection from irritating insects and other pests. Most such enclosures are add-ons or porch conversions that aren’t part of the home’s conditioned envelope, so they become uncomfortably hot and sticky in the summer months.

If you’re looking for sunroom HVAC or screened-in patio cooling options to make your space more enjoyable, here are some ideas to consider:

Install Ceiling Fans

Even though it’s not feasible to air condition a screened-in porch or patio, you can increase air movement by installing one or more outdoor ceiling fans. The wind chill effect from a fan’s spinning blades evaporates perspiration from the skin, and makes a body feel cooler.

Purchase Removable Glass Inserts

If you want to add cooling to a screened porch or patio to make the space more comfortable, consider installing removable glass inserts to close in the screens. During the milder spring and fall, you can store them away and let fresh air enter through the screens again.

Extend Your Existing HVAC

To make a glassed-in sunroom usable year-round, have a knowledgeable HVAC contractor check whether your home’s existing HVAC can cool the space. To do this, a pro will need to extend the ductwork without sacrificing balanced system airflow. If your equipment is too small to cool the extra square footage, it may be necessary to upgrade.

Invest in a Ductless Unit

Installing a ductless mini-split is an ideal solution for cooling a sunroom, because it doesn’t require making modifications to your main HVAC system. Mini-splits don’t need ductwork and they’re stand-alone units that aren’t complicated to install, so they may be your most cost-effective option. If you decide to extend your existing HVAC or have a mini-split installed, it’s important to air seal and insulate the sunroom first, to make the space as energy efficient as possible.

 

For personalized advice about the best enclosed patio or sunroom HVAC option for 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. 

Best Cooling for Guest Homes and Rooms

Best Cooling for Guest Homes and RoomsHospitality is one of the most important virtues you can master — especially in the Georgia heat. Whether you’re turning your spare room into an Airbnb or renting your guest house to summer vacationers, it’s important that you keep your guests cool and comfortable. By providing effective HVAC service for them, you can make your property more attractive to potential renters, allowing you to rent it out faster and more consistently, as well as charge more for the extra benefit of good cooling.

 

Here are some tips for ensuring guest room or guest house comfort in your home.

Tower fan.

Putting a fan in the guest room is a great way to keep air circulating, so that things stay cool. And a tower fan provides the same coverage as a regular standing fan, while taking up less space and being more stable and harder to knock over.

Ductless mini-split.

A ductless mini-split provides zoning for your guest room, allowing your guests to adjust their own temperature to their preferred comfort level, without disturbing the rest of the house, and vice versa. It’s especially useful if your guest room is an add-on to the house that wasn’t integrated into your home’s duct system.

Heat pump.

A great way to outfit a separate structure for HVAC and ensure guest house comfort. It’s perfect for cooling a smaller space than your regular house and is energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Maintenance.

Before you rent your property out to anyone, it’s essential to make sure any HVAC system you have is in good working order. Schedule an annual inspection, so that your HVAC technician can check that it’s operating at maximum efficiency and cooling to the correct temperature, as well as make any necessary repairs or adjustments to keep it functioning properly all season long. You should also be sure to replace the air filter, so air flows freely and stays free of dust and contaminants that could bother your guests’ allergies.

 

For more ideas about providing guest house comfort, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. Peachtree City trusts us with all their HVAC needs.

Fun Ways to Teach Kids about HVAC and Energy Efficiency

Fun Ways to Teach Kids about HVAC and Energy EfficiencyAs parents, we want our kids to have fun, but we also want them to learn how to be energy-wise future Peachtree City homeowners. Teaching kids about HVAC and energy efficiency now will give them practical knowledge they can put to good use when they own a home. Here are some suggestions on how to make learning about efficiency and HVAC more enjoyable:

Make HVAC Maintenance Memorable

When you have an HVAC maintenance visit planned, ask your technician if the kids can observe from a safe distance, and explain what’s being done and how maintenance keeps the equipment running efficiently so it uses less energy. Then, have your kids help you complete in-between maintenance tasks like checking and changing the air filter, hosing down the outdoor condenser coil, and dusting/vacuuming all the registers.

Give Rewards for Good Energy Habits

Make a game of learning good energy habits by giving your kids a reward for completing tasks that boost HVAC energy efficiency — like making sure the door is shut when they go outdoors, or always turning on the exhaust fan when they shower.

Make Improving Efficiency a Family Activity

Explain to your kids how making your home more efficient impacts your heating and cooling energy use, and your utility bills. Then, plan some efficiency-focused family activities, like going around the house with a smoke pencil to find sources of air leakage, then getting the kids to help seal the leaks you find. Afterwards, go around with the smoke pencil again so the kids can see what they’ve accomplished.

Get Them Involved in HVAC Decision Making

Kids enjoy taking part in “grown up” activities, so if you’re planning to upgrade your HVAC equipment, include them in the decision-making. You can have your HVAC pro explain how equipment is sized, and how HVAC systems with higher efficiency ratings use less energy. Then, have the kids help you figure out which model can save your family the most energy and money over its expected lifespan.

 

To learn more ideas for teaching kids about HVAC and energy efficiency, contact us today 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.