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The Various HVAC Types and Their Benefits

The Various HVAC Types and Their Benefits

When it comes time to replace your HVAC system, choose carefully. While most homeowners tend to get the same type of system that they are replacing, this is an opportunity to assess new technology and decide if you would be better served with a new HVAC type. Read on for a brief summary of the most popular types.

Types of HVAC Systems

  1. The most common type of HVAC system is the forced air furnace and air conditioner. Most homeowners have a split system forced air HVAC, consisting of an outdoor condenser/compressor, and an indoor air handler and evaporator coils with air delivered through ductwork. Newer central air  models can be extremely efficient, with such features as a condensing furnace, electronically commutated motor, scroll compressor, and with a smart thermostat, the ability to control temperature remotely. 
  2. Heat pumps have come a long way in the U.S. market, and have won over many homeowners because they are clean (no fossil fuels are burned), quiet and efficient. Heat pumps move warm air out to cool a home, and move refrigerant warmed by outside air inside to heat a house. They also are available with scroll compressors for greater efficiency.
  3. Geothermal heat pumps won’t work on everyone’s property, but if yours offers a viable location and you’re prepared for a pretty hefty installation cost, you will enjoy the benefits of clean operation and efficient heating. Like a regular heat pump, this HVAC type moves warm refrigerant in and out of the home to heat and cool, but the warmth is derived from the earth, or a body of water, rather than from the air like a standard heat pump. 
  4. Ductless mini splits have considerable appeal for those homeowners who don’t have a ductwork system in their home. These are heat pumps, but instead of ductwork, they distribute conditioned air through an air handler. Up to four air handlers can be installed. They are also clean operating and efficient.

Want to learn more about new HVAC types and their benefits? Contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve Peachtree City and the surrounding area. 

New HVAC Unit on the Way? Our HVAC Disposal and Recycling Guide

New HVAC Unit on the Way? Our HVAC Disposal and Recycling Guide

While routine care and professional maintenance can help prolong the life of your HVAC unit, a time comes when you have to invest in a new one. So can you just throw your old unit in the trash? No, you can’t. It contains chemical refrigerant that’s harmful to the environment. Fortunately, you can use one of the following HVAC disposal options to get rid of your old unit responsibly.

Dedicated Recycling Facility

Some specialized recycling facilities recycle large pieces of equipment and appliances like HVAC units, generators, and cooling towers. Some of these companies can arrange pickups for the recyclables while others will want you to deliver the items to their location. Policies regarding fees also differ from one facility to the next. You can call nearby recycling facilities to find out their policies.

Utility Company

Occasionally, utility companies offer bounty programs to ensure safe HVAC disposal. They buy back old appliances that meet specific qualifications, such as size and working condition. If your unit meets the stipulations of the bounty program, you can go ahead and discuss drop-off or pick-up options with a company representative. Contact your local utility provider and ask about the available bounty or rebate programs.

Landfill Recycling

You can dispose of your old HVAC unit in a landfill. You’ll need to find out the available recycling options and requirements with the local hazardous waste disposal service or public works branch of the local government. These organizations usually remove the environmentally harmful chemical refrigerants and then recover the recyclable materials. The non-recyclable items are then disposed of in the landfill.

Resell or Donate

If your unit is safe and functional, you can resell or donate it to a friend, thrift store, or charitable organization.

With all the options you have, there’s no reason for you not to dispose of your HVAC unit responsibly and avoid harming the environment. For more information on HVAC disposal, installation, or maintenance, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air. Homeowners in Peachtree City and the surrounding area have counted on us to satisfy all their HVAC needs since 2001.

Ways Your HVAC Can Help with Bug Control

Ways Your HVAC Can Help with Bug ControlIt’s springtime and a wide variety of creepy crawling critters are making their grand entrances in places you wouldn’t expect – including your HVAC system. Live bugs are bad enough, but the larvae, droppings and shed skins they leave behind can also do a number on HVAC components, not to mention your home’s air quality.

As your mind moves towards bug removal, don’t forget that your HVAC system also has a few tricks to keep nasty and annoying insects at bay.

Humidity Control

One way your HVAC can actually help control pests is by controlling excess moisture. Humid areas can offer an abundance of water to parched insects, making such areas nearly irresistible to invade. In cooling mode, your HVAC system removes excess moisture from the air as a byproduct of the cooling process. Simply running your air conditioner on humid days can help balance your home’s humidity, which in turn also improves its indoor air quality.

Professional Maintenance

Maintenance is essential for the health and longevity of your HVAC system. It’s also a great way to keep your HVAC system bug-free. In addition to the regularly scheduled maintenance offered by your technician, here are a few things you can do to prevent bugs from invading your HVAC system:

  • Locate and seal potential points of entry for pests. Seal cracks and gaps around HVAC wiring and plumbing conduits and use wire mesh to block exhaust vents from unwanted pests.
  • Inspect and clean the ductwork regularly. Dirty and damaged ducts are a common safe haven for pests.
  • Clear vegetation away from the outdoor unit. Outdoor cabinets should have at least 2 feet of clear space around the entire unit to prevent pest infiltration.
  • Avoid using pesticides inside your HVAC system. The fumes from consumer-grade pest control products can potentially create health hazards.

We don’t specialize in bug removal, but the experts at Powers Heating & Air can help protect your HVAC system against bugs and other pests. Give us a call if you’re in the Peachtree City area.

Looking for Your A/C Tonnage

Looking for Your A/C TonnageThe A/C tonnage figure refers to the amount of cooling your air conditioner can supply to maintain optimum comfort. When you hear HVAC contractors or others referring to the sizing of an air conditioner, they’re not talking about its physical dimensions in feet and inches. They’re referring to its BTU tonnage—the actual volume of cooling it’s designed to generate under controlled conditions.

Why Tonnage Matters

It’s useful to know the tonnage specification for your air conditioner if you’re about to start shopping for a replacement. It helps you comparison shop among different makes and models of a similar specification.

However, the tonnage of your present unit should never be the only factor in choosing an adequate replacement. Conditions and cooling requirements in a home change over the years. Therefore, the tonnage of an older, existing air conditioner may not be right for your house today.

Because both over-sized and under-sized A/C units tend to run far less efficiently and cool less effectively, a formal cooling load calculation should be performed by a qualified HVAC professional to accurately determine the A/C tonnage currently required in your home for optimum energy-efficiency and cooling performance.

Finding The Tonnage Spec

To locate the tonnage of your existing air conditioner, look at the manufacturer’s data plate, usually affixed to the side of the A/C outdoor condenser unit. The Model Number listed on the plate will usually be a string of numbers and letter, separated into sections. Look for a section that begins with “0” followed by a two-digit even number between 18 and 60. Divide that two digit number by 12—which stands for 12,000 BTUs, a “ton” of cooling—to determine the tonnage. For example, if the section in the Model Number reads 048, dividing 48 by 12 produces 4. This means your air conditioner was a 4-ton unit at the time it was manufactured.

For more about determining A/C tonnage—and making sure it’s adequate for your home cooling requirements today—contact the pros 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. 

Smart Thermostats: 5 Reason to Love Them

Smart Thermostats: 5 Reason to Love ThemHave you ever considered installing a smart thermostat in your home? Perhaps you’ve thought it sounded too complicated and you were wary of adding more technology to your life. The fact is, smart thermostats offer the homeowner so many benefits, it’s worthwhile just to take a look at them and consider the benefits carefully.

Energy Savings

We’re a big fan of programming HVAC system schedules that cut back on energy use when you’re sleeping or away from home. Government research has shown homeowners can easily save 10 percent on energy bills by setting the thermostat back 7-10 degrees eight hours a day. A smart thermostat makes it so much easier to set these schedules than a programmable thermostat. Just go into the app on your smart device, and set the temperature the way you want it.

Convenience

Whether you’re a block or a world away, you can set your thermostat as needed. Say you’re on vacation and you see that a cold front is bearing down on the Peachtree City area. You need to raise the thermostat to prevent the pipes from freezing and to ensure the pets are comfy. If you can get a signal on your phone, you can reset the thermostat to whatever temperature you desire.

Or, say you’re headed home and you’d like to turn the thermostat down a bit to cool the house off in the summertime. Install a smart thermostat with sensors that communicate when you’re within a certain range so the air conditioner turns on in anticipation of your homecoming.

Track Energy Use

Your smart thermostat can help you keep track of your energy use. This allows you to compare use with previous years so, when your bill goes up, you can try to pinpoint the reason. Maybe your home has air or duct leaks, or maybe the thermostat is malfunctioning. The smart thermostat can keep you on top of things.

To learn more about why smart thermostats can benefit homeowners, contact Powers Heating and Air of Peachtree City.

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.