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Should You Buy an HVAC System Online?

Should You Buy an HVAC System Online?These days, it seems you can buy just about anything via the internet. Even buying an HVAC system online is now a reality. Online HVAC sales are slowly but surely growing. But should you hop on the bandwagon?

Cost Savings

You can save substantially by choosing to buy a furnace, air conditioner, boiler, or any other similar product from an online retailer. Or, at least, it seems cheaper because you purchase the equipment only, not the labor of installing it properly as well.

Equipment Delivery

Most online HVAC retailers offer free equipment delivery. While that’s great news, you should know that your equipment is likely to be left outside your house. It will be up to you to move it into your basement, garage, or wherever you want it installed.

Some companies charge for delivery. You’ll pay a higher fee to have the equipment delivered to your preferred room and unpacked than having it dropped at your front door.

Quality Concerns

Online transactions take contractors out of the HVAC system design process. Therefore, you can easily choose a system that’s not right for your home. An air conditioner or furnace that’s too large for your home will operate inefficiently as it will cycle on and off frequently. As a result, running costs will increase unnecessarily. A small system won’t heat or cool your home adequately.

What About Warranty?

Many HVAC equipment manufacturers expressly disclaim warranties for systems bought online. That implies should your system break, you’ll be forced to pay an arm and a leg to have it replaced.

Work with a Contractor

It’s best to find a trustworthy contractor to work with before purchasing HVAC equipment. At the moment, contractors aren’t involved in the online equipment buying process.

By working with a contractor, you’ll receive correct guidance on how to get a rightly sized and configured system as well as warranty coverage. This isn’t possible when buying an HVAC system online on your own. For assistance with buying an HVAC system in the Peachtree City area, contact the experts at Powers Heating & Air.

Getting Rid of HVAC Noise

Getting Rid of HVAC Noise

You don’t expect complete silence when your HVAC equipment is running to combat the heat of summer. Low-level sounds of a motor or air movement through the ducts is normal, but excessive HVAC noise is a disruptive nuisance. Fortunately, there are options available to lessen loud noises like the following:

Banging and Popping Sounds

Bangs and pops in the ducts occur because metal naturally expands and contracts due to normal temperature/pressure changes between cycles. If the noise is excessive, your technician can look for other possible causes and take measures like these to quiet things down:

  • Fix damaged/sagging ductwork sections
  • Seal and then wrap accessible ducts in sound-minimizing insulation
  • Add duct silencers
  • Install insulated spacers if duct sections are contacting framing members

Loud Whooshing Noises

If you hear loud whooshing coming from the air vents with every cycle of the blower fan, it can indicate too high a static pressure within the HVAC system. High static pressure should be addressed promptly because it can also restrict airflow and damage your equipment, or shorten its useful lifespan. Your technician can perform various tests to identify the cause, then advise you on the steps needed to correct the problem, such as:

  • Adjusting the blower fan speed
  • Replacing undersized ducting
  • Boosting the amount of return airflow
  • Installing high velocity supply and return registers
  • Reconfiguring and replacing some or all of your duct system

Sounds From Bad Vibrations

Vibrations from a blower fan can rattle the air handler unit, then travel through your ductwork and cause noise at the air vents in each room of your home. After verifying that the fan is working properly, your HVAC pro can suggest different options to lessen these nuisance noises, such as installing an anti-vibration pad or mounts, or adding a sound-deadening blanket.

These measures can also work to lessen the amount of noise coming from a loud outdoor unit, so you can enjoy your backyard, deck or patio in peace and relative quiet.

If you’re dealing with excessive HVAC noise in your Peachtree City home and need effective solutions, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

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.