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How to Understand the Energy Star Guidelines

How to Understand the Energy Star GuidelinesThere are many techniques for reducing household energy consumption, but the most reliable ways to cut energy usage and costs is with the products you use. The Energy Star program provides detailed information and guidelines for homeowners who want to invest in energy-efficient appliances, electronics, and other devices. Here’s a brief overview of the program’s guidelines and what you can expect from them.

The Basis of the Energy Star Program

The Energy Star program is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Its mission is to inform and educate consumers about energy issues, including energy conservation and energy savings.

As part of its mission, the Energy Star tests and certifies a number of energy-using devices. The certification indicates that the devices meet the program’s standards for energy efficiency and that anyone who purchases and uses the product can expect it to be as efficient as possible.

Certified products will have the Energy Star logo affixed in a conspicuous spot, usually on the information EnergyGuide label. Only tested and certified products can use the Energy Star logo. You can find the logo on items such as appliances, consumer electronics, heating and cooling equipment, lighting equipment, and office equipment.

Energy Star Guidelines

The guidelines for Energy Star certification include these standards:

  • The efficiency and performance of equipment must be verifiable and measurable.
  • Products must reduce energy consumption wherever they are used.
  • Devices must be energy efficient and provide the features customers demand.
  • Equipment must generate savings on utility bills of a level that can allow purchasers to recover the cost of the equipment through these savings over a reasonable period of time.
  • Certification and labeling must adequately identify energy efficient equipment and distinguish it from competing products.

Powers Heating and Air was founded in 2001, and since then the company has been providing reliable professional HVAC services to its valued customers in and around Peachtree City. Contact us today for more information on the Energy Star program and the guidelines that can help you choose the most energy-efficient and economic products for your home.

 

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A Ventilation System to Freshen the Air: Choose One That Offers These Benefits

A Ventilation System to Freshen the Air: Choose One That Offers These BenefitsTo freshen the air in your Peachtree City area home, you should consider a mechanical ventilation system. A whole-house ventilation system offers an excellent way to maintain optimum indoor air quality all year round. There are four main types of mechanical ventilation systems available for installation in your Georgia home – exhaust, supply, balanced and energy recovery.

Exhaust Ventilation

This mechanical system is best used in homes with an open floor plan, where depressurization doesn’t pose a safety, health or structural durability risk. It utilizes a fan to remove indoor air from your house.

Supply Ventilation

This system is a good option for homeowners with respiratory issues or chemical sensitivities, as it draws and filters incoming air from uncontaminated areas. The filtered air is routed through your main HVAC return duct, allowing air to be heated or cooled before circulating throughout your home. Additional exhaust fans can be included in kitchen and bathrooms to remove excess odors and moisture.

Balanced Ventilation

This more versatile system equally exchanges air between your indoor and outdoor environment and can reduce the load on your central forced-air system by transferring heat energy.

Energy Recovery Ventilation

Similar to the balanced ventilation system, energy recovery ventilation goes a step further and transfers moisture as well as heat. This reduces the load on your air conditioner and prevents your home from becoming too dry or humid.

Whichever system you end up selecting, it’s important to seek out a specific product with the following qualities:

  • Quiet operation. Choose a unit with a fan noise rating of less than 1 sone.
  • Good controls. Choose a product with a programmable control that will allow you to adjust operation based on whether family members are home or not, thereby saving you in energy costs.
  • Good distribution. Consider remote in-line fans to provide better whole-house air distribution.
  • Filtration. Make sure that ventilation fans can be easily accessed for routine maintenance and that filters can be easily replaced.

For more information on ventilation systems, or for help in choosing the best model for your household, please contact our experts at Powers Heating & Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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What Should Your New Water Heater Look Like and Do?

What Should Your New Water Heater Look Like and Do?Gone are the days when water heaters were simple appliances that heated water and stored it in a tank until you needed it. Some of the new systems on the market, on-demand or tankless water heaters, do not even require a tank. With all the bells and whistles, selecting a new water heater may seem like a daunting task. Three of the main considerations when purchasing you new system should include:

How do you prefer to power your new water heater? A gas unit will cost you slightly more upfront but usually costs less to operate. Electric systems do not require additional venting and are relatively easy to maintain. These factors apply to both tank and tankless water heaters, which both have electric and gas options.

Do you prefer a traditional tank heater or do you want to go tankless? Conventional tank units are economical and store between 20 and 80 gallons. Though tankless systems require more investment upfront, they fit easily on a wall and free up space. A tankless water heater can also reduce your energy consumption by as much as 30 percent.

How will you use your new system? If you only need to a heat water for a small area of your home, you may consider opting for a “point of use” tankless system. These units can be easily fitted under a sink or cabinet and deliver heated water exactly where you need it.

Other important considerations for your new water heater include dimensions and efficiency. Once you have decided on the capacity, you’ll need to make sure your new system will fit into the space where it will be installed. This is a bit easier if you are selecting a tankless system. Water heaters can use quite a bit of energy, so you’ll also need to make sure you select the most efficient system possible by checking out the Energy Factor (EF) rating of the unit.

Other features you might consider when purchasing your new water heater include whether the unit is self-cleaning, its recovery speed, and whether it includes an auto shut-off valve.

If you need help selecting or installing a new water heater for your home, make sure you give our experts at Powers Heating and Air a call with all your questions and concerns. We provide top-quality services to Peachtree City and the surrounding area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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Programmable Thermostats: How They Work for Savings

Programmable Thermostats: How They Work for SavingsDoes your Peachtree City area home have a programmable thermostat? Programmable thermostats, if installed, programmed and operated properly, can save you big money on your home energy bills. However, for these units to work at their most cost-effective, it’s imperative to use them right.

Many people think that turning thermostats down at night and up in the morning is a waste of energy. This commonly held opinion has been proven wrong by scientists as early as the 1970s. In fact, turning the thermostat down by just 1 degree Fahrenheit every night for eight hours can reduce your home energy’s use during that time by 1 percent. Lowering it by 10 degrees equates to a reduction of 10 percent in home energy use.

Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-set temperatures according to your daily and weekly schedule. Simply program the unit to only warm at your comfort level (or cool, depending on the season) during the times you are awake and home; when you are away or asleep, set the thermostat to a lower (or higher) adjustment.

For optimal savings, consider following this typical energy-efficient programming on your programmable thermostat:

  • During colder months, program your thermostat for 68 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re awake and home. Set the thermostat back 6-10 degrees when you’re asleep or away.
  • During hotter months, program your thermostat for 78 degrees while you’re awake and home. Set it several degrees higher when asleep or away.
  • Another great way to use programmable thermostats is with a zoning system, in which individual areas of the house are heated and cooled instead of the whole house.
  • Avoid using your programmable thermostat’s “hold” feature, which nullifies the pre-set programming, since this defeats the energy-saving purpose of the device.

For more information about programmable thermostats and zoning systems, or to learn about other energy-saving HVAC products and solutions, contact your local experts at Powers Heating & Air. Our expert technicians have been providing superior service and quality products to Peachtree City area residents since 2001.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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Reassess Your Home’s Insulation This Fall

Reassess Your Home's Insulation This FallOlder homes are likely to more poorly insulated than new or recent builds, mainly because of modern building standards that stress energy efficiency. In our Southern climate, many homeowners mainly worry about using insulation to keep the heat out in the summer. But insulation is also important in the winter, when you want to retain heat inside your home. This fall may be a good time to reassess your home’s insulation.

Where to Check. In existing houses, learn where to check to be sure there’s sufficient insulation. Start with:

1. Attics. The sun’s heat can transfer downward from poorly insulated attics. Heat, of course, rises, so in winter it ascends into the attic, either through heat energy or warm air, forcing your furnace or heat pump to work harder to compensate for the lost heat. Insulating between and above exposed joists and rafters of unfinished attic spaces is the most common approach.

2. Walls. Drafts around doors and windows are an indication of heat transfer, but heat transfer takes place around penetrations made for cables and pipes. Insulation batts can be installed between frame studs, be they wood or metal, if you’re replacing your siding.

3. Below the Floor. In unvented crawlspaces and basements, the ground should be covered with a vapor retarder. Insulating material should be placed on the insides of the walls, and should also extend a few feet over the ground surface.

R-value. Insulation is numerically rated in terms of thermal resistance. This is called its “R-value” – the “R” standing for “resistance” – and the higher the number, the better its performance. R-value depends on material type, thickness and density. The R-values of multi-layered coverings is often more effective than a single strata.

Product types. Insulation can arrive in rigid panel form or as rolls, properly called “batts.” Then there’s spray-foam and even reflective products. Old-style blown-in loose-fill may still be the best solution in certain locations. Cellulose and fiberglass fibers, suspended in an adhesive or foam can also be sprayed into the open wall cavities of a new house.

Assessing your home’s insulation involves many variables. The best way to ensure the results are accurate is to have an energy evaluation by a professional heating and air conditioning company. Please contact us at Powers Heating & Air to schedule a consultation for your Peachtree City area home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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