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How to Lower Heating Bills While Staying Cozy in Your Peachtree City Home

How to Lower Heating Bills While Staying Cozy in Your Peachtree City HomePeachtree City can get mighty cold during the winter, and if you’re wondering how to lower heating bills without sacrificing comfort this heating season, the two-pronged answer is simple — maintain your HVAC equipment properly and reduce its heating load.

A well-maintained system lasts longer, works better and costs less to operate than one that’s been poorly maintained. Additionally, reducing the heating load results in less wear and tear, while maintaining efficiency and lowering heating costs.

Essential HVAC Maintenance

Performing an annual tune-up is the most important step of HVAC maintenance. This yearly inspection includes a long list of tasks that improve safety and efficiency, extends operating life and helps prevent common (but expensive) problems. Between tune-ups, you should stay on top of these essential tasks:

  • Inspect your air filter monthly and replace it with a clean, high quality filter when it’s dirty. A clogged filter restricts airflow, allows dust inside the system and compromises indoor air quality.
  • Seal leaky ductwork. Loose joints and other damage typically result in an air loss of up to 40 percent. Use UL-listed metal tape or specially designed mastic duct sealant to seal ducts.
  • Insulate ducts in unconditioned areas to keep indoor air warm and prevent mold growth from condensation.
  • Keep obstructions away from return and supply registers to ensure optimum airflow and comfort.

Reduce the Heating Load

The less your heating system runs, the more you’ll save in terms of energy costs, repairs and replacement.

  • Set back the thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day to reduce wear and save up to 15 percent on your heating costs.
  • Seal air leaks in the home and shore up attic insulation to a thickness of 15 inches to prevent air loss and to keep your home warmer at a lower energy expenditure.
  • Keep the thermostat set no higher than 68 degrees.
  • Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans to help redistribute warm air that gathers near the ceiling.

For more advice on how to lower heating bills this winter, please contact Powers Heating & Air in the Fayetteville, Sharpsburg, Senoia, Newnan and Peachtree City areas today.

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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Slash Your Home Heating Bill This Winter With These Surefire Tips

Slash Your Home Heating Bill This Winter With These Surefire TipsIs your home heating bill giving you the chills? Warm up with these surefire tips designed to slash heating costs this winter.

  • Install a programmable thermostat: It’s easy to forget to turn down the temperature when you leave home each day, but with a programmable thermostat, there’s no need to remember. Use this inexpensive investment to program setback periods while you’re away or sleeping without sacrificing comfort.
  • Replace old weatherstripping: Around 10 percent of your home’s heat loss occurs through windows and doors. This percentage increases if the weatherstripping isn’t doing its job. Cut down on drafts and lower your home heating bill by replacing the weatherstripping, an inexpensive, easy task you can complete yourself.
  • Change the filter regularly: A blocked furnace filter restricts airflow and makes the equipment work harder. Check the filter every one to three months and change it when it appears clogged with dirt. This simple step can help keep your home heating bill under control.
  • Install gaskets behind electrical outlets: A foam gasket helps prevent drafts that come in behind outlets. This tip is only effective on outlets located on exterior walls.
  • Add insulation to the attic: It’s a complete waste for heat to rise into the attic. Help keep warm air inside by laying down a thick layer of insulation all across the attic floor. Remember to keep the soffit vents uncovered. Also, don’t forget to insulate the attic hatch.
  • Use exhaust fans only as needed: While spot ventilation in the kitchen and bathroom is important for drawing pollutants outside, don’t use the fans when they’re not really needed. Running exhaust fans more than necessary not only increases electrical consumption, but it also depressurizes your home, encouraging outdoor air to seep in and undermining your furnace’s hard work.
  • Schedule annual preventative maintenance: Every fall, ask an HVAC professional to tune-up your furnace. Various aspects of the inspection, such as lubricating moving parts, reduce energy consumption and lower your heating bills.

For more tips to save energy and lower your home heating bill this winter, please contact Powers Heating and Air in Peachtree City today.

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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Closing an Unused Room to Save Energy: Maybe Not Such a Good Idea After All

Closing an Unused Room to Save Energy: Maybe Not Such a Good Idea After AllMany homeowners think that closing a room to save energy is a smart move on their part to cut heating costs. On one level, it makes sense because you’re increasing the airflow going to the rooms left open plus giving your heating equipment a smaller house to warm up. In reality, however, this doesn’t happen in most cases, and can actually create more problems than it solves.

A well-planned forced-air HVAC system is calibrated to have a certain amount of airflow going through the ducts. Whenever that airflow rises as a result of shutting registers and closing doors in some rooms, the pressure increases in the ducts. If your ductwork is already compromised by air leaks, you’ll lose the conditioned air through the leaks before it ever reaches the rooms you’ve left open. If the ducts have weak connections, the increased air pressure will force them open.

Another aspect of closing a room to save energy involves the return cold-air register. If it’s left open in the closed-off room, which is usually the default for these registers, there will be negative pressure in that room. When the furnace turns on, the return register will pull the air out of that room, and to make up for the lost air pressure, cooler air from the outdoors will rush in through gaps and openings in windows, doors and walls.

Finally, if your heating system has a smaller area to heat, as a result of rooms being closed off, it will become oversized for the area that’s left to heat, creating all of the problems of an oversized HVAC system – wasted energy, uneven heating and cooling, and added stress to equipment.

One of the best solutions for avoiding these problems associated with closing off rooms for energy savings is to consider a zoning system. These use dampers that open and close based on individual thermostat settings for each particular zone in your home.

When HVAC contractors install these systems, they calibrate your home’s forced-air equipment to handle the changes in airflow through the blower, helping you avoid the issues associated with closed rooms.

To learn more about alternatives to closing a room to save energy, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We provide outstanding HVAC services for Peachtree City area 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). 

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