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Considerations for Getting a Condensing Furnace

Considerations for Getting a Condensing FurnaceReplacing your own heating system with a condensing furnace will cut your energy bills considerably. These furnaces have the highest energy efficiency rating of any furnace available and over time, the fuel you save will offset the equipment and installation costs associated with these top-of-the line heaters.

What Makes Them Different

When gas burns, water vapor is a byproduct. It contains a lot of heat that goes up the chimney with an ordinary furnace. Condensing furnaces capture that hot water vapor and send it through a secondary heat exchanger that extracts and uses it to warm your home.

Energy Efficiency Ratings

All heating systems have efficiency ratings. AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) ratings apply to combustion furnaces and boilers. The least efficient available have 80 AFUE ratings, which means that 80 percent of the fuel they use goes toward home heating. The other 20 percent goes up the chimney.

Condensing furnaces have AFUE ratings that range from 90 to 98+. They are more efficient because they use the waste heat that would otherwise go up the chimney for home heating.

Home Heating Considerations

A condensing furnace costs more than a standard system and it has specific installation requirements. It makes sense to install one if:

  • You like your home warm in the winter. Peachtree City winters can be cold, but overall, they’re considered mild. Unless you keep your home exceptionally warm, it will take you longer to recoup the extra investment.
  • You have an exterior wall where you can run the fresh air intake vent and the exhaust vent. There has to be enough of a separation between the flue vent and the intake vent so that the exhaust gases won’t enter through the intake vent. These systems are challenging to install in condos and town homes where there isn’t a suitable exterior wall.
  • You want cleaner air in the winter. These furnaces use fresh air for combustion, which improves indoor air quality.

A condensing furnace definitely has its advantages. For more professional advice, 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.

Ways Temperature Affects Sleep

Ways Temperature Affects SleepAre you having trouble sleeping? The temperature in your bedroom may be to blame. Believe it or not, setting your sleeping room temperature to the ideal level can actually help encourage good sleep better than many other techniques. If you are having trouble getting sufficient shut-eye, here’s how temperature may be to blame.

Lacking Sleep? Go Cooler

If you are having trouble sleeping, it may be because your room is too hot. The ideal room temperature for sleep seems to be between around 65 degrees, while the ideal temperature for day to day life is between 68 and 75 degrees.

 

Why does this matter? When you are ready to go to sleep, your body’s temperature will drop. This is a natural part of the sleep cycle. Dropping the temperature can help initiate this natural response. If the temperature is too hot, you may be able to go to sleep, but you may not get quality REM sleep, which is critical to helping you feel rested.

 

Of course, the opposite problem can occur as well. If the temperature in the room is too cold, you may struggle to stay asleep. While blankets can help, you will want to keep the temperature above 60 to encourage quality sleep. A programmable thermostat can help ensure you are getting this ideal temperature every single day.

An Added Benefit of Lower Sleep Temperatures – Lower Energy Bills!

Lowering the temperature while you sleep can bring an additional benefit. If you drop the temperature in your home even a few degrees during the night, your energy bills will go down during the winter heating season. You also may be able to open the window and enjoy the benefit of fresh air instead of relying on your HVAC system to control the temperature in your home.

 

Are you curious about how you can maintain an ideal sleeping temperature in your Peachtree City home? Contact Powers Heating & Air for expert guidance about how to maximize the use of your HVAC system, including managing your sleeping temperature.

 

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. 

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The Best Spots to Insulate in Your Home

The Best Spots to Insulate in Your HomeEven in a moderate climate like Peachtree City’s, improving your insulation is an effective way to keep your home more a comfortable temperature all year. Learning the best areas to insulate before you start will help you get the most out of your efforts.

Attic

The sun shining down on your roof can raise your attic temperature to over 100 degrees even on mildly warm days. That heat then radiates into your rooms, increasing the load on your air conditioner. In winter, the warmth from your heating system naturally rises and can slip away into your attic and out through your roof.

 

Air sealing and adding insulation to your attic reduces this type of energy loss. In the Peachtree City area, an attic should have an R30 to R60 layer of insulation, which is at least 9 inches of fiberglass batts.

 

Laying batt insulation is a simple DIY job. While loose-fill (blown-in) insulation is somewhat more efficient because it fills in small crevices, you’ll need a blower machine to install it.

Ducts

Insulation on your air ducts helps maintain the temperature of the air inside so it’s the right temperature when it reaches your rooms. If the ducts in unconditioned spaces, such as the attic, aren’t well insulated, they can lose or gain heat from the surrounding air. Adding an R-6 layer of duct wrap or batt insulation reduces this loss. First, though, make sure the duct joints are correctly air sealed.

Walls

Your exterior walls are also among the most important areas to insulate. If you’re planning on replacing your siding, consider installing an R-5 layer of insulative sheathing under it. Otherwise, adding loose-fill insulation is the easiest way to increase the energy efficiency of your walls. This type of insulation can be added through a relatively small hole, so your walls won’t have to be torn out.

Basement

For another simple way to boost your home’s efficiency, insulate your rim joists using rigid foam insulation and caulk.

 

Want more tips on identifying the best areas to insulate? Contact us at Powers Heating & Air in 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.

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