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Tips for Warming Up Cold Floors

Tips for Warming Up Cold FloorsNothing can remind you of winter faster than cold floors. If you’re one of those who doesn’t enjoy chilly feet, rest easy. There are many ways to keep your feet warm for the duration of the winter.

Air sealing

Looking around your home for air leaks and sealing them will help your feet stay warmer and cut your heating bills as well. Explore your home for leaks around the baseboards and exterior doors. Leaks around the windows may also be common, as well as electric and cable outlets that sit on the exterior walls. Caulk, weatherstripping and expanding foam will seal most leaks.

Duct boosters

If the places where you spend most of your time seem cold most of the time, ask a pro from Powers Heating & Air to find out why. There may not be enough air coming from the furnace to warm those rooms or there’s too much going elsewhere. HVAC professionals can balance the airflow to increase overall home comfort and prevent cold floors.

Portable heaters

A small space heater might be what you need under your desk or blowing on your cold feet to take off the chill. If you use any kind of portable heater, use it safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

Rugs

Rugs add a layer of insulation that will insulate a cold floor in proportion to its size. If your home has a crawl space or a basement, consider hiring a contractor to add more insulation to the space between the first floor and the basement ceiling.

Radiant floor heating

While our winters aren’t as cold as those up north, there’s still a case to be made for radiant floor heating in this location. Winters can be cold and radiant heating is known for its even heating and comfort that starts at the floor. People with allergies or asthma fare better with radiant heat since it doesn’t blow air throughout the house.

If you’d like more information about warming cold floors, 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. 

Home Heating Systems: Pros and Cons

Home Heating Systems: Pros and ConsWhile Peachtree City’s warm climate means heating doesn’t hold quite the same priority as in colder regions, you still need something to keep you warm in cooler weather. There are several home heating systems that work well in our area, but each has its pros and cons.

Heat Pumps

These are among the most energy efficient heating systems for mild climates, so they’re perfectly suited to our area. Their efficiency comes from the fact that they move heat instead of producing heat like most systems do. In winter, they draw warmth from the air and move it into your house.

In summer, they act just like an air conditioner, pulling heat out of your house to cool it. Heat pumps are even better at controlling humidity than standard A/Cs.

Fuel-Burning Furnaces

By burning natural gas, oil or propane, these home heating systems produce heat to warm the air. The warm air is blown through a duct system out to each of your rooms. While they’re among the cheapest systems to buy, furnaces are most efficient in cold climates.

Radiant Systems

A boiler paired with radiators is the most commonly used of these systems. The boiler produces hot water or steam, which is then supplied to the radiators. An alternative system, radiant flooring, is also gaining popularity. In this system, hot water is pumped through tubing under the floors.

Because it warms people and things, not just the air, radiant heating provides a gentle, enveloping warmth many find more comfortable than the heat from ducted systems. They also don’t kick up air contaminants by moving the air, which makes them healthier for those with respiratory concerns.

Electric Resistance Systems

This group includes furnaces, storage heaters, and space heaters that run on electricity. They’re the most inefficient way to produce heat, so unless you only need heat a few weeks out of the year, a heat pump is a better choice.

 

If you could use some help choosing from among the home heating systems on the market, talk with us at Powers Heating & Air in the Peachtree City area.

 

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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