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Why Replacing Insulation is Important

replacing insulationInsulation is an essential but often overlooked component of your heating and cooling system. While many homeowners know that it helps keep warm air out of their homes in the summer and retain indoor heat during the colder months, they have no idea that a time comes when it’s crucial to start replacing insulation.

The Need to Replace Insulation

Several factors make it necessary for you to replace your home insulation:

  • Loss of effectiveness — Insulation deteriorates over time. Consequently, it could allow heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter.
  • Maintain structural integrity — Your attic insulation can damage your home’s structure. If you ignore it for long, old insulation can facilitate mold and rotting of beams.
  • Health — Rodents can make old or damaged insulation their home and leave behind harmful contaminants. These contaminants can spread to other areas of your home and put your health at risk.

When to Replace Insulation

So how do you know it’s time to replace insulation? The tips below will help:

  • When replacing your roof — You should replace your attic insulation together with your roof.
  • Your home is too warm or too cold — If your house gets too hot very quickly during the summer months or too cold in the winter, chances are your insulation requires replacement.
  • Odor coming from the attic — Does your attic have an odor? That’s a good sign that your insulation has been a victim of pest infestation. You should have it removed quickly.
  • Don’t know how old your insulation is — If you can’t remember the last time your home was insulated by a professional, the existing insulation is probably too old. Consider replacing it.

Replacing insulation is a critical part of keeping your home healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient. If you need help finding out if your insulation is up-to-date or needs urgent replacement, make sure you only work with a reputable professional.

To learn more about replacing insulation, contact the pros at Powers Heating & Air, proudly serving the Peachtree City area with quality HVAC services.

Summer Insulation Best Practices

Summer Insulation Best PracticesWe all know insulation is important in the winter It keeps warm air from rising into the attic, allowing it to stay in your home longer, keep your house more comfortable, and save you energy. But did you know that insulation is just is important in the summer?

Here’s how insulation can help you in warmer weather, as well as a few tips on making sure your home is properly insulated.

Summer Insulation Benefits

Insulation does two things in warm weather. First, it keeps warm air in the attic. As you cool your home, a lot of that cold air flows outside, only to be replaced by hot air from your attic, flowing in. Attic insulation helps keep that hot air out, allowing your home to stay cool longer. Wall insulation can help too, keeping the warm, humid, outdoor air from getting in, so your A/C can work more efficiently.

The other thing insulation does is protect your roof. The top of your roof is hot in the summer, as the sun beats down on it. When cold air leaks into the attic from your home, it makes the underside of the roof cooler. That temperature disparity can damage your roof, causing leaks, as well as leading to mold and mildew. Insulation keeps the heat in your attic, so your roof temperature remains even.

Summer Insulation Tips

The most important place to insulate is your attic. Before you do, though, be sure to find and seal any air leaks that would allow hot air to flow into your home. Loose-fill is inexpensive, effective, and provides good coverage, making it an ideal choice. Make sure there’s between 10 and 14 inches of insulation in the room, and seal and insulate the attic door as well.

You might also consider insulating your ducts. This helps keep cold air cooler as it flows through them, allowing it to cool your home more efficiently. Talk to your HVAC contractor about how to insulate ductwork.

To learn more about summer insulation, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve Peachtree City’s home comfort needs.

What to Know About Window Insulation

What to Know About Window InsulationInefficient windows may be all that’s keeping you between staying comfortable this winter and achieving low energy bills. Although it’s a small investment of time and money, adding window insulation might be the key to a draft-free home and reasonable heating accosts.

 

As important as they are, windows are often the least efficient component of homes. Glass has practically no insulation value and air leaks in windows are common. Making your windows more efficient is a two-step process to stop the leaks and slow the loss of heat through the glass.

Seal the Leaks

A professional energy audit is the most accurate way to find where the leaks around the windows are. The auditors use a high-powered fan to pull the air from your home and test the temperatures with infrared cameras to find the location of the leaks and their sizes. Once you’ve identified their locations, you can seal most leaks with acrylic caulk around the frames and silicone caulk around the panes.

Add Insulation

Single-pane windows have no protection against heat transfer and gain and lose heat quickly. All you have to do is hold your hand against the glass on a cold morning to feel how cold the glass is. Dual pane windows sometimes lose their airtight seal and the insulating gas escapes. They lose their insulating properties and function little better than a single-pane window.

 

Window insulation is available in clear plastic kits and window film. The kits are available at home centers and online and are fairly easy to install using hair dryers. Window film has the same coatings that low-E windows have to prevent heat gain and loss. The film is also available at retail home centers and online, but take some practice to install. You can find professionals who install this film full-time for homes and commercial buildings.

 

Taking the time to seal the leaks and add window insulation will give you a warmer, more comfortable home with lower heating bills. To learn more, 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. 

Money Saving Tips for Colder Months

Money Saving Tips for Colder MonthsKeeping your home warm during the winter season can be a costly endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Saving money is easy to do once you know where to concentrate your efforts. We suggest that you start with these quick tips:

 

Call an HVAC Technician

 

If you haven’t had your heating system checked in the past year, now’s the perfect time. A qualified technician will ensure optimal performance and efficiency, in addition to prolonging the unit’s lifespan.

 

Take Advantage of Your Programmable Thermostat

 

Most homes are now equipped with programmable thermostats that allow you to set the days and times when your heating system is in operation. This level of control will lower your energy usage, thereby saving you money on your monthly utility bill.

 

Add a Bit of Insulation

 

If you don’t have proper insulation in your home, heat will escape and force your system to work harder to achieve the same results. Adding insulation can usually be done by the homeowner, but if you have any problems, enlist the help of an HVAC technician who can pinpoint where insulation is needed most and add it for you.

Consider the Use of a Zoning System

Zoning systems are more efficient than traditional heating and cooling systems because they allow you to concentrate your home comfort efforts only in the areas of your home that are occupied. This prevents you from wasting energy by running your heat for a long period of time just to heat up one or two rooms.

Find Alternative Heating Methods

Although your first instinct may be to reach for the thermostat when the weather drops, alternative heating methods will often save you money. Space heaters, for instance, are perfect for heating up small areas and use little energy. And if the weather isn’t too cold, the use of sweaters and blankets don’t cost anything at all.

 

If you need more assistance with saving money or any other home comfort concerns, please contact the professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding areas since 2001.

 

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.