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Best Cooling for Guest Homes and Rooms

Best Cooling for Guest Homes and RoomsHospitality is one of the most important virtues you can master — especially in the Georgia heat. Whether you’re turning your spare room into an Airbnb or renting your guest house to summer vacationers, it’s important that you keep your guests cool and comfortable. By providing effective HVAC service for them, you can make your property more attractive to potential renters, allowing you to rent it out faster and more consistently, as well as charge more for the extra benefit of good cooling.

 

Here are some tips for ensuring guest room or guest house comfort in your home.

Tower fan.

Putting a fan in the guest room is a great way to keep air circulating, so that things stay cool. And a tower fan provides the same coverage as a regular standing fan, while taking up less space and being more stable and harder to knock over.

Ductless mini-split.

A ductless mini-split provides zoning for your guest room, allowing your guests to adjust their own temperature to their preferred comfort level, without disturbing the rest of the house, and vice versa. It’s especially useful if your guest room is an add-on to the house that wasn’t integrated into your home’s duct system.

Heat pump.

A great way to outfit a separate structure for HVAC and ensure guest house comfort. It’s perfect for cooling a smaller space than your regular house and is energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Maintenance.

Before you rent your property out to anyone, it’s essential to make sure any HVAC system you have is in good working order. Schedule an annual inspection, so that your HVAC technician can check that it’s operating at maximum efficiency and cooling to the correct temperature, as well as make any necessary repairs or adjustments to keep it functioning properly all season long. You should also be sure to replace the air filter, so air flows freely and stays free of dust and contaminants that could bother your guests’ allergies.

 

For more ideas about providing guest house comfort, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. Peachtree City trusts us with all their HVAC needs.

4 HVAC Parts Every Homeowner Should Be Aware Of

4 HVAC Parts Every Homeowner Should Be Aware OfWhile HVAC parts are individual components, they’re also integral elements engineered to function together in a system that generates reliable, efficient cooling and heating. A shortfall or defect in a single part may affect operation and performance of the whole system. While a working knowledge of the complete HVAC parts inventory definitely isn’t necessary for the average homeowner, here are four major components to be aware of:

Air Conditioner Compressor

Located in the outside half of the system, the compressor incorporates a powerful high-voltage motor and compresses refrigerant flow to efficiently disperse heat. Compressors are typically designed to last the life of the system. Due to the high cost, replacing a damaged or defective compressor may not be financially viable in an older unit. Upgrading to a new air conditioner may be the better option.

Furnace Heat Exchanger

The heat exchanger component separates the furnace burner combustion chamber from the system airflow. In addition to transferring heat to warm the airflow, the heat exchanger prevents dangerous combustion byproducts including carbon monoxide from infiltrating into the airflow. For safety reasons, a furnace with a cracked or corroded heat exchanger must be shut down until the unit is properly repaired or replaced.

A/C Coils

An air conditioner is primarily a heat-mover. Household heat is absorbed by refrigerant circulating through the evaporator coil located in the indoor air handler. Warm refrigerant then flows to the outside unit where it is compressed and absorbed heat is dispersed into outdoor air by the condenser coil. For maximum heat transfer efficiency, both A/C coils should be kept clean with regular annual preventive maintenance by a qualified HVAC service technician.

Ductwork

The network of ducts distributes cooling and heating throughout the house. Most if it is installed out of sight inside walls or up in the attic. Leakage in residential ductwork is common and may severely reduce system performance and efficiency. With an inspection and leakage test, your HVAC contractor can quantify the extent of leakage and suggest sealing options.

For preventive maintenance or professional repair of HVAC parts, contact the experts 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.

When Your Water Heater Affects Your HVAC

When Your Water Heater Affects Your HVACIf you have a forced-air HVAC system and a gas-fired water heater in your Peachtree City home, you may not realize that they’re closely related. Both of these appliances are essential to your family’s daily comfort, and they’re also the two major energy consumers that affect your household utility bills.

 

What this means is that regular HVAC and water heater maintenance are both vital if you want have a truly energy efficient, comfortable home.

Water Heater Maintenance 101

As an energy-savvy homeowner, you probably already schedule HVAC maintenance on a semi-annual basis so your equipment operates at optimal efficiency. Establishing a corresponding care regimen for the water heater is an easy way to enjoy a reliable hot water supply, prolong the appliance’s lifespan, and prevent energy waste too.

 

To keep your water heater well-maintained, you should take these steps:

Test the T&P valve’s functionality.

This critical safety feature is in place to let excess heat/pressure escape so the tank doesn’t rupture or explode. If the valve is leaking or seized up, and water doesn’t drain out through its overflow tube when the lever is tested, it should be replaced.

Check the anode rod.

Water heaters have a sacrificial metal anode rod to preserve the tank from corrosion. Since the rod’s designed to corrode away, it’s important to periodically check how much material remains, and replace it when necessary.

Flush sediment out of the tank.

When water is heated, some dissolved minerals naturally precipitate out into solid sediment that gradually accumulates on the tank bottom. Draining, thoroughly flushing, and refilling the tank every year can help clear out the sediment so it doesn’t ruin the tank or erode your water heater’s energy efficiency.

Inspect for exterior corrosion and rust.

Significant corrosion around the tank seams and the various connections is a warning sign that your water heater is likely approaching the end of its useful lifespan. To avoid messy leaks or a sudden failure, now is the time to investigate your replacement options.

 

To schedule expert preventive maintenance for the comfort equipment in your home, contact us today Powers Heating & Air.

Heating Up: Change the Direction of Your Ceiling Fan

Heating Up: Change the Direction of Your Ceiling Fan

Heating Up: Change the Direction of Your Ceiling FanDo you want a cooler, more comfortable home this summer? If so, you might think that your only option is to lower the temperature setting on your thermostat and end up paying higher energy bills. Switching ceiling fan direction is an easy way to boost your comfort, and it can bring you other benefits like energy savings and longer equipment lifespan too.

How Ceiling Fan Direction Relates to Comfort

Ceiling fans are designed and built with blades that can spin both forward and backward, and changing the blade direction just involves sliding a little switch located on the fan housing. During cooling season, the blades should be set to turn counter-clockwise, so they’re moving forward. With the blades rotating in this forward direction, air that’s pushed downward will create a pleasant “wind chill” that evaporates perspiration and helps cool the skin.

 

Switching the direction on all your ceiling fans isn’t a terribly time-consuming or difficult chore. Once you’ve set the blades moving forward so they can help you feel cooler, you can:

  • Dial up the usual cooling season temperature you have set on the thermostat by several degrees without losing out on comfort. By raising the setting just a bit, you’ll lower your cooling-related energy usage and pay lower utility bills throughout the warmer season.
  • Reduce the workload on your air conditioner or heat pump so it’s under less strain. When your cooling system has to endure less wear and strain, the equipment is less likely to break down unexpectedly, and it should last longer too.

Tips to Optimize Your Ceiling Fan Use

It’s important to know that ceiling fans don’t affect the actual temperature like your HVAC equipment does; fans simply move air and and this cooling effect makes a body feel more comfortable. With that in mind, it’s best to only use the fan in a room that’s occupied. By always switching a fan off when you exit a room, you won’t waste any energy running it unnecessarily.

 

To learn more ways to enhance comfort in your Peachtree City home this summer, 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. 

Memorial Day: HVAC Prep Before Heading Out of Town

Memorial Day: HVAC Prep Before Heading Out of Town

Memorial Day: HVAC Prep Before Heading Out of TownBefore heading out for the long weekend, set aside some time for vacation HVAC prep. Not only does it avoid problems associated with high humidity, it also assures you that you’ll return to a comfortable home.

Inspect the air filter.

A dirty air filter can shut your HVAC system down while you’re away, or worse, cause the evaporator coil to freeze over. Even when you’re home, a frozen coil can damage the air conditioner by continuing to run.

 

The refrigerant circulating through the coil will go back to the compressor at too cold a temperature, which can irretrievably damage it. If the equipment shuts off, the melting frost might cause water damage if it can’t drain through the pipe fast enough.

Clean the outdoor condenser.

Make sure that the condenser is clean and nothing is blocking the air flow through it. Hose it off gently and inspect the fins and coil. If dirt or grass clippings are caked on either, use a coil cleaner from the home improvement center to soften and remove them.

Inspect the registers.

Be sure that each register is open and clean. Dust them with a soft cloth or remove them to scrub in the sink.

Have the unit serviced.

Vacation HVAC prep isn’t finished until you have the system inspected and adjusted by an HVAC pro. He will find any issues that could sideline your equipment while you’re away.

Set the thermostat.

If you use a programmable thermostat, set it for the vacation mode. Although it’s tempting to turn it way up, the humidity could build to unacceptable levels indoors, especially if you’ll be away for an extended period. Excess humidity could foster mold growth and overly warm temperatures could stress any indoor plants or pets you leave behind.

Leave a note.

Give your house sitter the name and phone number for your HVAC contractor in the event of an emergency.

 

Not only are these tips useful for vacation HVAC prep, they’ll also get your AC ready for the summer ahead. For more information, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowners.