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Bad HVAC Habits Homeowners Need to Kick

Bad HVAC Habits Homeowners Need to KickIt’s easy to take your home’s HVAC system for granted and develop bad habits about its use and care that affect your comfort, energy bills and the equipment’s reliability and longevity. If you identify with any of the following bad HVAC habits, now’s the time to kick them:

Neglecting the Air Filter

Your air filter is in place to trap debris so it can’t accumulate on and harm sensitive components. Running your HVAC with a clogged filter can cause a loss of energy efficiency and premature equipment wear that leads to breakdowns or failures. You can easily prevent these costly problems by checking your filter monthly, and replacing it whenever there’s visible debris accumulation, or every three months at minimum.

Fiddling With the Thermostat Settings

If your living areas frequently feel too hot or too cool and you’re in the habit of changing the thermostat temperature settings to compenstate, you’re wasting energy and adding to the equipment’s workload needlessly. A better alterntive is to use your programmable thermostat to make temperature adjustments based on your usual daily routine. If you’re still experiencing discomforting temperature variations, get your HVAC pro’s advice about installing zoning to give you greater control.

Putting Off Routine Maintenance

Having your HVAC system professionally serviced twice a year is essential to keep it operating efficiently and minimize the likelihood of breakdowns and failures. If you often forget to schedule maintenance appointments, opting for a preventive maintenance agreement with a trusted, local HVAC company is a hassle-free way to keep your equipment in peak condition.

Not Paying Attention to Airflow Issues

Failing to maintain good airflow through your HVAC system can cause serious problems with its performance and reliability, and erode your comfort too. Actions to avoid to keep the system’s airflow healthy include shutting registers in some rooms, intentionally or accidentally blocking the return air vents, and allowing airflow through the outdoor unit to be stifled by tall vegetation and/or yard debris.

For helping identifying and kicking bad HVAC habits so they don’t 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.

Can Your HVAC Fight Back-to-School Germs?

Can Your HVAC Fight Back-to-School Germs?With cold and flu season just around the corner, it’s not too early to explore the idea of fighting germs with HVAC equipment. It is possible and it’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to lower transmission rates of bacterial and viral illnesses in your home. Upgraded filters, humidity control and UV (ultraviolet) lights all help to eliminate the spread of infectious diseases.

 

Air Filtration

Bacteria range in size from .3 to 60 microns and viruses from 0.005 – 0.3 microns. While most air filters for HVAC systems won’t capture the smallest particles, a whole-house air filtration system will, especially if it uses HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters.

Humidity Control

One of the reasons fall and winter are the cold and flu season is that the dry indoor air supports the transmission of infectious diseases. Overly dry air dries out the respiratory passages and makes them more vulnerable to infection from bacteria and viruses.

The germs also get a boost when the air dries out. When you keep indoor humidity between 30 and 50 percent during the fall and winter, they won’t multiply as quickly. A whole-house humidifier will maintain even levels effortlessly and efficiently.

UV Lights

Ultraviolet lights have a proven track record for fighting germs with HVAC. Whenever an organic molecule passes over a UV ray, its DNA is damaged and it can’t reproduce. UV lights are an affordable, simple and energy efficient way to tackle other air quality problems indoors. Besides eliminating germ proliferation, UV lights reduce mold infestations and the toxicity of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

 

UV lights fit inside the air handler and when pointed at the evaporator coil, will keep it free from mold and bacterial growth. The lights are also useful inside the ductwork to help clean indoor air. They need cleaning every six months and replacement every year to maintain full effectiveness.

 

Each of these approaches will help with fighting germs with HVAC systems. To learn more about using one or all of them, contact Powers Heating & Air providing trusted 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. 

 

How to Maintain Your HVAC for the Fall

How to Maintain Your HVAC for the FallBefore it’s time to switch the thermostat from cool to heat, don’t neglect fall HVAC maintenance. The same things that you do to keep the A/C running efficiently will keep it running smoothly all winter long. Besides saving money on heating costs throughout the winter, you’ll know that your system is running safely.

 

Do-It-Yourself Maintenance

 

Change the air filter if it’s clogged from heavy summertime use. A dirty air filter during any season will harm your system’s components and drive up energy costs.

Inspect each register for dust. The dust that collects on the register covers for the ducts slows down the air coming from the air handler. It will take longer to heat the room and could add to its dust load. Sometimes exceptionally dirty register covers signal a ductwork leak or tear. If it’s not fixed, heating bills could skyrocket and air quality plummet.

Clean the outdoor condenser if you heat with a heat pump. Rake away the falling leaves and remove the dead vegetation near the condenser. Check the coils for dust deposits and make sure they aren’t coated with grass clippings. If soap, water and a soft brush won’t loosen them, try coil cleaner found at home improvement centers.

 

Professional Maintenance

 

While the work you do for fall HVAC maintenance goes a long way toward improving comfort and lowering energy bills, you should have an HVAC pro look it over every year. Professionals inspect, clean and adjust all the parts in the system and verify that the system is operating safely.

Gas furnaces have several safety switches that need to be inspected, as well as the gas line leading into it. The technician will clean the burner and check the gas to air ratio. He or she will also be able to assess the overall condition of your equipment, which will help you plan for its replacement.

 

By undertaking fall HVAC maintenance early in the season, you’ll have efficient and dependable heating throughout the winter. If you haven’t scheduled a heating system checkup, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing trusted 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. 

 

How Insulation Affects HVAC Efficiency

How Insulation Affects HVAC EfficiencyHVAC efficiency depends upon more than just the make and model of your air conditioner or furnace. Insulation is one of the factors that can make or break both optimum energy efficiency and consistent comfort in your house.

 

Insulation For All Seasons

 

Heat energy is always in motion from a warmer zone into a cooler zone. Proper insulation effectively inhibits both heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter and supports maximum HVAC efficiency. The most cost-effective location for household insulation is usually the attic. Here’s why:

  • Solar heat radiating through the roof overheats the attic in summer, causing rooms below to become hotter, too. A bed of fiberglass or cellulose insulation in the attic floor effectively inhibits heat radiation through the ceiling and reduces the cooling load on your air conditioner.
  • In winter, heat from the furnace naturally rises in living spaces, radiating up through the ceiling into the colder attic. Proper insulation in the attic floor resists heat transfer through the ceiling and keeps heating costs lower.

How Insulation Pays Off

By reducing the effect of heat gain and heat loss, insulation boosts HVAC efficiency, maximizes performance of your air conditioner or furnace and helps control cooling/heating costs.

  • Shorter cooling cycles means the A/C compressor—often the largest single electricity consumer in a typical house—runs less and monthly electricity costs are reduced.
  • Gas-fired furnaces also use less fuel to keep the house warm as insulation reduces heat loss into the attic.
  • Manufacturer’s efficiency ratings are more accurate. Both the SEER efficiency rating for air conditioners and the AFUE rating for gas-fired furnaces are helpful factors in predicting the operating costs of a particular unit. The reliability of these efficiency calculations assumes that proper insulation is installed in the house.
  • Components of efficient HVAC units receive less wear and tear. System service life is extended due to shorter cycles and repairs are less frequent.

For more about the link between proper insulation and improved HVAC efficiency, ask the professionals 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. 

Leaves and Your HVAC Unit

Leaves and Your HVAC UnitAs the fall season arrives, you can expect to have leaves falling around your outdoor HVAC unit. While you might be tempted to wait until they’ve all fallen before raking them up, keep in mind that they can end up causing trouble for your HVAC system. Keep these outdoor HVAC unit protection tips in mind, so you can ensure optimal efficiency and a lower risk of repairs for your HVAC unit.

 

Remove Leaves Around the Unit

As leaves fall to the ground, you’ll want to keep the area around your outdoor unit as clear as possible. Otherwise, air can’t flow through it freely, resulting in decreased efficiency and higher utility bills. Use a rake to clear leaves from the ground around your outdoor unit, and get rid of any weeds that are out there as well.

 

Trim Tree Branches

If you have trees near your outdoor unit, trim the branches so that they don’t hang over it. Having branches above your unit means that you’ll have leaves falling right into it and clogging up the components. When your outdoor unit has debris inside it, this can result in damage and unexpected repairs.

 

Check and Clean Inside the Unit

If you notice any leaves or other debris inside your HVAC unit, you should have it cleaned out. You can do this by shutting off power to the unit, taking the sides off and carefully removing debris and cleaning the components. If you’re uncomfortable doing this on your own, schedule HVAC maintenance. HVAC professionals can handle this task for you to ensure that your outdoor unit is free of leaves and other debris.

 

Cover Your Outdoor HVAC Unit

When you’re done running your air conditioning for the season, place a protective HVAC cover over your outdoor unit. These covers provide dependable outdoor HVAC unit protection that prevents leaves and other debris from getting inside it.

 

If you need more information on outdoor HVAC unit protection, please contact Powers Heating & Air. We can help you keep the outdoor unit at your Peachtree City home safe this fall.

 

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.