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How to Ventilate Your Craft Room Properly

How to Ventilate Your Craft Room ProperlyHaving a hobby room inside your home makes it more convenient to work on them whenever you have the time. If the activity involves pains, adhesives, or solvents, there’s also the risk that the fumes will harm your health without adequate ventilation.

Many hobby materials contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are known health hazards. Aside from avoiding them entirely, the best way to avoid the consequences of VOC exposure by having an exhaust system set up in the hobby room to vent them safely and quickly to the outdoors.

Exhaust fans.

A fan, whether it’s built into a wall or placed in a window, is simplest and often the least costly way to pull contaminated air out of your hobby room, as long as there’s enough suction to reach the area where you’re generating the fumes. Depending on how tightly constructed your home is, you may also need to open a window somewhere nearby to create enough of a draft to exhaust the gases effectively.

Overhead hood.

Placing a kitchen exhaust hood over the work area can be an effective way to exhaust the harmful gases as long as the fan is the right size. You and the pro from Powers Heating & Air can determine how many air changes per hour (ACH) you need to remove the gases from your work area.

Balanced ventilators.

An ERV (energy recovery ventilator) pulls out as much stale air as it pulls inside. This appliance is the most energy efficient way to keep the air in your hobby room fresh. The core of an ERV removes the energy from the outgoing air and puts it into the fresh, incoming air. An ERV extracts some of the humidity from the incoming air and some models have air filters that remove pollen and dust.

Although proper ventilation seems easy enough, your short- and long-term health is at risk if the system you choose is inadequate or undersized. If you’d like a pro at your side, 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. 

How to Tell if Your Air Purifier is Broken

How to Tell if Your Air Purifier is BrokenIf you’re an allergy or asthma sufferer, your air purifier is an invaluable home appliance. It eliminates microscopic contaminants from your air, to keep you breathing easy. But how do you know if it’s really working? What if your purifier is broken? Here are some ways to tell.

Checking Your Air Purifier

The simplest way to tell if your system is working is to check the filter. If there’s dust and debris on the filter, that means it’s doing its job and eliminating those contaminants from your air. If there’s so much debris that the entire surface is grey, and you can’t see the white filter underneath, that means it’s clogged and needs to be replaced. Check your filter every couple of months, to ensure it’s still doing its job, and replace it when necessary.

Some purifiers have special indicator lights that tell you automatically when the filter needs to be replaced. This makes your job easier, but they’re not 100 percent reliable. You should still check the filter every few months, just to be sure.

Using an Air Quality Monitor

There are other things that can go wrong with an air purifier besides just a clogged filter. Maybe it’s eliminating some contaminants from your air, but not all of them. If you really want to know if your system is working properly, invest in an air quality monitor. A separate device from your purifier, it checks the air in your home continually to measure how many contaminants are present, in order to ascertain if your system is working efficiently.

If your air quality isn’t at the level it should be, the monitor can send you an alert, so that you can call an HVAC technician to help you deal with the problem. Some air quality monitors even sync directly with your purifier, providing it with feedback and helping it improve its performance, while still alerting you if it fails to work as it should.

For more tips on keeping your air purifier running smoothly and efficiently, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve Peachtree City’s HVAC needs.

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. 

It’s Heart Month! Know How IAQ Affects Health

It's Heart Month! Know How IAQ Affects HealthFebruary is National Heart Awareness Month. What better time to ponder all the things that affect the health of your heart? You’re probably well aware of how diet and exercise contribute to keeping your heart healthy, but do you ever consider the effects of your indoor air quality on your health?

The sad fact is that the air in our homes is much more polluted than the outside air. That can have an impact on your heart, as well as your lungs and kidneys. Read on for what you should know about IAQ effects on your health.

Airborne Pollutants in Your Home

A number of airborne pollutants may be found in the typical, airtight home:

  • Dust
  • Smoke
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Radon
  • Carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide
  • Mold
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

These substances have different impacts on the body, but all in large concentrations can make you sick — at the least, triggering sniffles and other signs of respiratory distress, as well as allergies and asthma symptoms, and even organ failure.

Controlling Airborne Pollutants

Here are some things you can to control airborne pollutants:

  • Vacuum frequently with a HEPA filter.
  • Ban smoking in the home.
  • Sequester pollen-bearing plants in one room; brush off clothing and pets before entering the home.
  • If your home tests positive for radon, look into having a radon barrier installed.
  • Install air quality monitors to keep track of the levels of CO, CO2 and other pollutants.
  • Fix all leaks and if need be, install a whole-house dehumidifier to control moisture, which can promote mold. Install ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) lights in the HVAC system to kill organisms in the air such as mold, mildew and bacteria.
  • Install a charcoal-activated air filter in the HVAC system to get rid of gases such as VOCs and cigarette smoke.
  • Use a good quality, pleated air filter to trap many types of airborne pollutants in your return air supply.

For more on IAQ effects, or to schedule HVAC repair, maintenance or upgrades, contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve 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. 

How Your HVAC Can Help Preserve Your Jack O’Lantern

How Your HVAC Can Help Preserve Your Jack O'LanternWe love getting in the spirit of fall and Halloween by buying lots of pumpkins and planning how we will carve our Jack O’Lanterns. Sometimes, we just can’t resist the kids when they beg to carve a pumpkin or two way ahead of Halloween. Unfortunately, when we set our carved Jacks outside in our often warmish Georgia fall too early, we suffer the consequences: a Jack O’Lantern that looks more like a large orange prune than a pumpkin.

 

Happily, the fine art of Jack O’Lantern preservation has become well known in recent years. In case you aren’t up on it, here are some tips, including a few suggestions for enlisting your HVAC system to help in pumpkin preservation.

 

Jack O’Lantern Preservation

 

1. Choose pumpkins that feel hard to the touch. Make sure they don’t have any dark spots on top — a sign of frost damage.

 

2. Keep your pumpkins indoors, especially in warm weather. If temperatures happen to be between 55-65 degrees, then it’s alright to leave them outdoors. Otherwise, if you’re still using your air conditioner, set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees F. You can also keep the pumpkin in the fridge if you have room but don’t let them freeze.

 

3. Refrain from carving the pumpkins until as close to Halloween as you can manage.

 

4. Spray the pumpkin with a bleach and water solution; you can also use lemon juice. These applications help prevent mold or decay.

 

5. Scoop out the pumpkin insides thoroughly. Scrape the sides.

 

6. Once you’ve carved the pumpkins, you can help prevent them from dehydrating by applying petroleum jelly or vegetable oil.

 

7. Another way to preserve Jack O’Lanterns is to soak them in a tub of water during the day, and then take them out at night.

 

Additional tip: Cut the bottoms of the pumpkins rather than the tops so you can easily set the pumpkin on top of the lit candles.

 

For more suggestions on using your HVAC system for Jack O’Lantern preservation, 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.

How is Home Comfort Affected?

How is Home Comfort Affected?It’s easy to take home comfort for granted when the HVAC system is working properly, since it delivers the cool air that makes summers in Georgia livable. Besides the temperature, the HVAC system also manages the air’s humidity and helps clean it to make your indoor environment healthier.

 

Temperature

Air temperature plays a crucial role in staying comfortable indoors, since the body has a fairly narrow tolerance for temperatures too hot or cold. While 72 degrees F is ideal, most healthy adults adapt to temperatures that are slightly lower in the winter and higher in the summer. Setting the thermostat for 68 degrees in the winter and 78 to 80 in the summer saves energy without overly stressing the body.

Humidity

The amount of humidity in the air influences comfort levels a good deal especially in the summertime. The moisture on skin doesn’t dry as quickly when the humidity level is high, which makes you feel warmer. The body relies on perspiration as its cooling mechanism. When it can’t dry as quickly, it seems hotter than it really is.

Ideally, indoor humidity should range between 30 to 50 percent year-round. In the summer, drier air indoors and out feels better. The air conditioner improves home comfort by cooling off the air and removing some of the excess humidity. Lower humidity in the summer also prevents a proliferation of mold and bacterial growths.

Air Quality

Although it’s not tangible through touch, you may be able to see or smell the indoor air when its quality is poor. Airborne particulates like dust and pollen can be irritants, and odors in the air usually indicate air quality problems. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) often leave odors behind and come from anything made of hydrocarbons. If anyone in your household has respiratory problems, opting for UV (ultraviolet) lights in the air handler or higher quality air filters can improve air quality.

 

If any of these home comfort factors is amiss, it might be time to have your HVAC system checked by Powers Heating & Air. We provide 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.