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How Your Skin is Affected by Air Conditioning

How Your Skin is Effected by Air ConditioningIt’s hard to argue with the comfort that your air conditioner provides, but there are some A/C effects that can irritate your skin as the A/C dries out the air. The ideal indoor humidity ranges between 30 and 50 percent. When it’s drier than 30 percent, the air starts to take a toll on your health. Since nature abhors a vacuum, it will start to take moisture from your skin to compensate.

Air conditioners dry out the air by condensing the water vapor in it. Whenever your system runs, cold refrigerant circulates through the evaporator coil inside the air handler. As the warm air from your home hits it, the moisture in the air condenses on the coil. At some point, the humidity may drop below 30 percent, at which time you may start to show the effects of dry indoor air.

Signs of Dry Skin

Itchy, chapped skin, or rashes indicate that the humidity is too low. You may also experience skin cracks on your hands and feet that can be painful and susceptible to infections. Skin moisturizers will help prevent your skin from becoming overly dry as long as you choose a product that doesn’t use perfumes or alcohol as ingredients.

Managing Dry Air

If you’ve experienced dry skin in years’ past when the A/C is running, consider using a hygrometer, which is an inexpensive device that measures humidity levels. When it starts to fall below 30 percent, take one or more of these steps to reduce the A/C effects on your skin.

  • Take shorter showers using cooler water. Hot water dries out the skin.
  • Use natural soaps that don’t strip the oils from your skin.
  • Shower immediately after swimming in a chlorinated pool.
  • Wear rubber gloves when cleaning the house or washing dishes.
  • Refrain from using the kitchen and bathroom fans to keep more humidity inside.

If you’d like more information about mitigating the A/C effects on your skin this summer, 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. 

Winter Concerns for Indoor Air Quality

Winter Concerns for Indoor Air QualityThe air in the average home is typically far more polluted than the air outside. And in winter, things are particularly bad. Poor IAQ can exacerbate allergies and asthma, facilitate illnesses like cold and flu, and more. Here are some reasons why your air quality goes down in winter, and a few things you can do about it.

Problems With Your Winter Air

Your winter indoor air quality suffers for a number of reasons. The first is a lack of ventilation. In winter, your house is sealed up tight, to keep warm air in and cold air out. If outside air can’t come in, the same contaminants keep getting cycled through your HVAC system again and again, increasing as the season progresses.

There are other factors affecting your IAQ as well. If you have a gas-burning furnace, you have carbon monoxide fumes to add to the pollution. And finally, there’s the issue of humidity. The air typically gets dryer in winter. And running your furnace dehumidifies it even further. When the humidity level gets below about 30 percent, it fosters viruses and other contaminants.

Improving Your Winter Indoor Air Quality

Here are a few steps you can take to raise your IAQ.

  • Vacuum and dust regularly. With regular cleaning, you can eliminate dust and other contaminants from your air.
  • Get a whole-house humidifier. This counteracts the dehumidifying effect of your HVAC system and allows you to keep your humidity at a healthy level – between 30 and 50 percent.
  • Change your filters. Putting a new air filter in your HVAC system helps ensure it eliminates contaminants effectively. Change your filter every month in winter to maintain its efficiency.
  • Get indoor plants. We all know plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. But did you know that some can filter other contaminants out of your air as well? A peace lily or a florist’s chrysanthemum can eliminate formaldehyde, benzene, and even the ammonia that comes from cleaning fluids.

To learn more about improving your winter indoor air quality, contact us at Powers Heating & Air today. We provide Peachtree City with quality HVAC solutions.

 

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.

HVAC Control Systems: What Are They?

HVAC Control Systems: What Are They?The words “HVAC control system” typically bring to mind the complex climate control systems that manage heating, ventilation and air conditioning in industrial or commercial buildings. These elaborate systems ensure energy efficiency and occupant comfort using software-managed sensors and controllers that continually monitor the building’s interior conditions and operate the various HVAC components.

HVAC Controls Used in Homes

In a home with central HVAC, the thermostat is what controls the air conditioner, furnace and the blower unit that delivers conditioned air. Early thermostats were basic mechanical devices that signaled the equipment to start and stop at specific temperature set points. Technology has advanced in recent years, and today, there are sophisticated home HVAC controls available that provide greater energy efficiency, comfort and convenience, including:

  • Programmable digital thermostats. Digital thermostats use a thermistor to measure room temperature, and a microcontroller to convert that measurement to a digital temperature reading. Factory-installed software in programmable models allows a homeowner to input their temperature preferences for up to eight setback periods per day to maintain comfort while saving energy.
  • Zoning systems. Zoning divides a home into two or more areas to provide more precise control of comfort and energy consumption. A typical zoning system consists of a centrally-located control panel that’s linked to ductwork dampers that define the zones, and a programmable thermostat in each zone. The homeowner can schedule setbacks and their desired heating and cooling parameters for each zone via the control panel.
  • Learning thermostats. These “communicating” thermostats are programmable, plus they gather and send data on conditions in a home, allowing the owner to monitor and change the settings remotely. The most advanced models use software algorithms that let the device “learn” the homeowner’s comfort preferences and make adjustments automatically. The latest versions can monitor and make adjustments related to the outdoor weather, indoor air quality, humidity levels and the home’s occupancy, and send alerts if problems arise with the HVAC equipment, or the system needs routine maintenance.

To learn about HVAC control system options to boost comfort and efficiency in 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.

Holiday HVAC Preparation

Holiday HVAC PreparationYou might be prepared for the upcoming holidays, but can you say the same about your home comfort needs? Whether you’ll be spending intimate time alone with your family or opening up your home to host a party, it’s time to tackle some very basic holiday HVAC concerns. Here are a few you can check off your list right away:

 

Get the Furnace Checked Out

 

An annual inspection of your furnace will keep it running efficiently throughout the season and extend its operational lifespan. A qualified HVAC technician will also point out anything that needs to be fixed.

 

Clean or Replace the Air Filter

 

Depending on how often you run the furnace, the system’s air filter can fill up with dirt and debris very quickly. If your system doesn’t have an indicator light to alert you to it being clogged, check it at least once a month and either clean or replace it as needed.

 

Choose Between an Indoor and Outdoor Party

 

If you plan to have guests over, maintaining their comfort should be a top priority. A good way to make sure everyone is taken care of without becoming a burden on your heating system is to keep the party either indoors or outdoors as much as possible.

 

Adjust Your Thermostat

 

Thermostats should be turned down once the cold weather arrives, which is rather obvious to many homeowners. What might not be so obvious, however, is that keeping the temperature at a specific level throughout the season will save energy and, therefore, lower your monthly utility expenses.

 

Leave Your Home in Trusted Hands

 

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who plan to go on vacation over either of the holidays, make sure you have someone to watch your house. This person should be trustworthy and responsible, and able to tackle any emergencies that might arise while you are away.

If you’d like more advice about holiday HVAC concerns or any other home comfort issues, contact the knowledgeable experts at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding areas since 2001.

 

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.

How to Use a Backup Generator Safely

A generator can be a lifesaver during a power outage, but only if you practice each aspect of generator safety. These appliances use combustible fuels to produce electricity. Generators have the capacity to do a lot of good, but when misused, can cause serious harm.

Always use the generator outdoors.

Generators use gas or diesel, both of which create carbon monoxide. Using one indoors will create high amounts of CO in a short period. If you are using the generator near a window or door be sure to keep them closed at all times.

You may smell the fumes from the generator, but the CO created has no odor, color, or taste. CO can easily overcome you and your family. If you need to run the generator for extended periods of time, place a CO detector in the room closest to its location outdoors.

Watch where you connect

Never plug the generator into an electrical outlet inside your home to backfeed the powers supply. Ignoring this generator safety mandate could cause a serious or fatal shock to a neighbor or utility worker who is working on the line.

Extension Cords

Use heavy-duty extension cords to supply power to your appliances or fixtures. Running a cord that’s too light can cause an electrical fire.

 

Keep extra gasoline or diesel in an ANSI-approved gas can.

These cans are bright red and vented. Put the can in a place where your children or pets won’t be able to access it. Never store gasoline in the house.

Do not operate the generator in the rain.

If you must run it, try to put it under an eave or table to keep it dry. Manufacturers do make tents to use during hurricanes that keep the generators dry and the carbon monoxide safely away from the house.

Let the generator cool down before you add more fuel.

They get very hot and spilling gas on them could start a fire.

 

If you’re ever uncertain about home and generator safety, contact Powers Heating & Air. We provide 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.