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5 Home Energy Saving Tips That’ll Line Your Pockets This Winter

5 Home Energy Saving Tips That'll Line Your Pockets This WinterEven though winter is more than halfway over and spring’s not too far away, you probably would still like to save money on home heating if possible. Reducing your heating bills this winter isn’t difficult if you follow these five easy energy saving tips:

  1. Maintain your HVAC system Changing your furnace filter on a regular basis will help keep your HVAC system running at peak levels. Schedule a regular maintenance visit and perform any service recommended by the HVAC technician, including sealing duct leaks, cleaning the unit and upgrading necessary components for maximum energy saving.
  2. Invest in a programmable thermostat A programmable thermostat works on your schedule to keep your home warm when necessary. You can program the thermostat to drop several degrees when the home is empty or your family is asleep. Then it can be set to automatically return to your comfort level when you’re around to enjoy the heat.
  3. Take care of air leaks Sealing leaks around recessed lighting and the chimney, caulking windows, and using draft guards can save you nearly 20 percent on your winter heating costs. This prevents the heat loss caused by air leaks and keeps your home warmer.
  4. Use the sun Even though it may be cold outside, the sun still can be an excellent tool for heating your home this winter. Pull back the curtains and let the sun shine in your west- and south-facing windows to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home.
  5. Invest in Energy Star If this is the season to replace your furnace, ask the professional installation technician to install an Energy Star-certified unit. This certification provides confidence that you will save up to 30 percent on your home heating bills compared to using an non-Energy Star certified unit.

To learn more energy saving tips, contact the team at Powers Heating and Air in Peachtree City. We are committed to serving the heating and air conditioning needs of residents in the Atlanta 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). 

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Yes, You Can Shrink Your Heating Bills

Yes, You Can Shrink Your Heating BillsAre you looking for ways to shrink your heating bills this winter? If so, then you might want to take some time now, before the weather cools, to determine what steps you can take to do just that. Here are a few tips that you can consider, many of which cost only pennies, are easy to implement, and which can help you shave dollars off your energy bills throughout the year: 

  • Seal air leaks. Look at the joints between your windows and your home’s exterior. Small cracks let air in or out. Seal them with exterior caulk. If you see light filtering through exterior doors, apply fresh weatherstripping. Gaps at the bottom of the door can let in significant air, but are easy to seal with door sweeps or draft busters. Use expanding foam if you have holes around cables, wires or pipes that enter your home.
  • Add insulation. The Department of Energy recommends at least 12 inches of insulation in your attic. If yours is lacking, consider adding fiberglass batts, blown-in cellulose or fiberglass fill.
  • Pay attention to your windows. Unless you have thermal or Energy Star windows, heat losses from glass can be significant. Heavy drapes, when closed, enable you to retain more heat inside your home. Clear plastic window-sealing kits also can cut heating bills, are easy to install and let the sunshine through while blocking air leaks.
  • Turn the thermostat down at night and when you’re away. Unless you have pets that are sensitive to cold, keeping your home at 65 degrees or lower can save you money. If that’s too cold for when you’re around the house, consider programming your thermostat to drop your temperature automatically when you know you’ll be away from your home or asleep. Furthermore, you can program your thermostat to turn up the heat shortly before you expect to return home or wake up.
  • Have your heating system professionally serviced before turning it on for the winter. HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) professionals will thoroughly inspect, clean and adjust your equipment, which increases its efficiency. They’ll also look for leaks or breaches in your ductwork that can increase your energy bills by as much as 30 percent and may exhaust carbon monoxide into your home if you use a gas furnace.

If you’d like to learn more about how professional maintenance lowers your heating bills, contact Powers Heating & Air. We provide HVAC services for Peachtree-area residential and commercial customers.

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 heating bills and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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Is Now The Time To Upgrade To A High-Efficiency Furnace? Do The Math

Most everyone is trying to save money these days. Sometimes people try to save money by delaying purchases or by going with the cheapest options. At Powers Heating and Air, we are definitely in favor of saving money. To do so, though, you need to consider the long-term costs involved. Sometimes going with the cheapest option or continuing with the status quo does not save you money at all.

Take furnaces, for example. The cost of heating fuel has gone up considerably over the years. When fuel was cheaper, the efficiency of furnaces was not a major concern, so most models simply weren’t that efficient. Now that prices are higher, furnaces have become much more fuel-efficient. And that means that holding on to your old furnace or choosing an inexpensive low-efficiency replacement may not save you money at all.

Furnace efficiency is measured by annual fuel utilization efficiency, or AFUE. AFUE is stated as a percent, which makes it relatively easy to calculate how much a high-efficiency furnace could save you on your heating bills.

For example, if you are paying $1,000 per year on your heating bills, and you have a furnace with a 75-percent AFUE, that means you are really paying $750 to heat your home and an additional $250 because of inefficiencies in your furnace. If your furnace were 100 percent efficient, you would eliminate that $250 in waste. Though no furnace is perfectly efficient, some new models come close — up to 98 percent AFUE. That 2 percent inefficiency only works out to about $15 in wasted fuel, instead of $250 — a savings of $235 a year, every year, over the life of the system.

Having a more efficient furnace also means you can buy a smaller furnace and get the same heating output. Plus, if you choose a system with an AFUE of at least 95 percent, you can earn credits on this year’s federal taxes.

To learn more about the high-efficiency furnaces available for your Georgia home, contact us at Powers Heating and Airin Peachtree City. We’re happy to help you save money.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Powers Heating & Air serves Peachtree, GA and the surrounding areas.  Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!      

Fall And Cooler Weather Aren’t That Far Off — Have You Scheduled Your Service Check?

Summer is winding down here in northern Georgia, and the nights are getting cooler. Before long the fall and winter heating season will be upon us. This is the perfect time to start thinking about tackling some home weatherization projects. One item that needs to go high on your to-do list is scheduling a furnace inspection.

Hiring an HVAC specialist to service and inspect your furnace before you turn it on can benefit you in several ways. Let’s take a look at some of those benefits now.

Improved Efficiency

Regular maintenance helps your furnace run more efficiently. When your furnace is in tip-top shape you can conserve energy and lower your monthly heating bills without having to sacrifice comfort. In fact, service inspections often pay for themselves over time through energy savings. Aside from the monetary benefit, a well maintained furnace can provide you with more consistent, reliable heat, which in turn can make your home more comfortable and inviting.

Longer Furnace Life

Annual tune-ups can dramatically prolong the life of your furnace. Given the cost of replacement, it is well worth holding on to your current heating system for as long as possible.

Fewer Breakdowns

During a service inspection a technician will check your system for potential problems. Catching problems early helps to prevent breakdowns and keep your system in good working order. The last thing you want is a breakdown in the middle of winter, when you need your furnace the most. Having it inspected by a professional can give you peace of mind throughout the heating season.

If you live in the Peachtree City area and would like to schedule a furnace inspection, contact us at Powers Heating and Air. We are dedicated to providing excellent customer service and look forward to helping you find affordable, efficient solutions for all your heating and cooling needs.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about service checks and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Powers Heating & Air serves Peachtree, GA and the surrounding areas.  Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!