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Learn the Ideal Location for a Split A/C Unit

Learn the Ideal Location for a Split A/C UnitChoosing the ideal location for a split A/C unit helps ensure optimum cooling performance and energy efficiency, as well as easy access for routine maintenance. The wall-mounted indoor unit comprises the evaporator coil and blower fan, and it is linked to a downsized outdoor heat pump by a narrow conduit that extends through an exterior wall. Installation of a ductless split A/C unit by qualified professionals can usually be done in less than one day. Here are some standards to keep in mind for the ideal location for a split A/C unit.

Indoor Air Handler

Locate the indoor air handler in a place were it can distribute air to all parts of the room. Make sure the indoor unit is easy to reach and not obstructed by heavy furniture or other objects that will have to be moved when regular maintenance is required.

The air handler should be attached to an exterior wall and located 50 feet or less from the heat pump installation outdoors. A three-inch hole in the wall will need to be made to accommodate the refrigerant conduit. The unit should be no closer than two inches from the ceiling. Also, keep it at least three feet from any permanent installations like a television or home entertainment equipment.

Outdoor Heat Pump

About the size of a large suitcase, this component usually weighs about 120 pounds and can be installed on a concrete pad, atop concrete blocks or attached to the outdoor wall with stand-off brackets. Make sure the unit is located in a shaded area with unobstructed airflow. Thick shrubbery or other vegetation should be cut back or removed to provide at least two feet of open space on all sides.

Where the heat pump unit is attached to an exterior wall, allow at least 20 inches of open space above it. The standoff mounting brackets should extend far enough to mount the unit four inches away from the wall.

For professional installation and advice about the ideal location for a split A/C in Peachtree City, contact 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).

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Reasons You Shouldn’t Neglect HVAC Maintenance

Reasons You Shouldn't Neglect HVAC MaintenanceYour cooling and heating system may be your home’s most expensive appliance, and it’s the one you rely on for comfort. Both of these are reasons you shouldn’t neglect HVAC maintenance. As if those reasons weren’t enough, there are even more valid concerns for giving your system the professional care it needs.

Energy Consumption

The cost of annual HVAC maintenance may be enough to offset the extra energy that a neglected system uses. As these run, some of the parts vibrate and can loosen over time. Electrical connections may get dirty and corrode. Motors use oil and their belts loosen and weaken. Refrigerant may leak.

Together, all this wear drives up the energy HVAC systems use. When HVAC technicians go through the equipment, they clean and make the adjustments necessary to bring the equipment back to the manufacturer’s specifications as closely as possible.

Premature Repairs

Besides keeping your system running as it was intended, routine maintenance staves off unexpected part failure. Whenever an air conditioner or heat pump runs with improper refrigerant levels, it stresses the compressor found in the outdoor condenser. The compressor is one of the most expensive parts to replace in central HVAC systems.

Safety

Even in the cooling mode, an HVAC system runs the risk of excessive heat building from dirty electrical parts, and this heat can start an electrical fire.

Having a gas furnace sits near the top of the list of reasons you shouldn’t neglect HVAC maintenance. Besides checking the integrity of the fuel lines and its venting, gas furnaces use safety switches whose operations need to be checked annually. The HVAC pro will also check the carbon monoxide (CO) levels coming from your furnace.

Elevated levels could indicate a cracked heat exchanger that poses a serious health hazard if it releases CO into your home’s air. Excessive dirt inside the air handler can cause this part to fail prematurely, and unless your system is under warranty, it’s seldom cost-effective to repair.

To learn more reasons you shouldn’t neglect HVAC maintenance, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing outstanding 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).

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5 Important Things You Need to Know About Air Conditioning

5 Important Things You Need to Know About Air ConditioningThe key to keeping your cooling costs in the Peachtree City area reasonable is to make sure your air conditioner is running properly. Here are a few things you should know about air conditioning to avoid spending too much.

Regular Maintenance Helps Cut Costs

Without routine maintenance, your air conditioning system will run inefficiently. This wastes energy and leads to more frequent repairs. As a homeowner, there are a few things you can do yourself, like changing the air filter, and keeping the area around the outdoor compressor and condenser unit free of debris. The rest should be left to a certified HVAC technician, who should perform more in-depth maintenance at least once a year.

Dirty Air Filters Reduce Efficiency

If the air filter in your air conditioner is extremely dirty or clogged, it can impede airflow through the system, reducing its efficiency. Changing the air filter improves indoor air quality and prevents the damage that can be caused by debris accumulations on the evaporator coil. Check the air filter monthly and replace it as needed.

Sealing Air Duct Leaks Saves Money

Leaking air ducts can account for 20 to 40 percent of the energy used by an air conditioning system. Have your HVAC contractor inspect the air ducts and seal any leaks with either mastic or metal tape. Make sure the ducts are properly insulated as well, especially if they’re in unconditioned spaces.

Sealing and Insulation Improves Efficiency

Sealing leaks and adding insulation allows your system to work less to cool the same area. Seal air leaks around windows, doors and holes through the exterior walls for vents, pipes or electrical lines. Add extra insulation, especially in the attic and walls.

Heat Gain Increases Costs

Avoiding excess heat can decrease your cooling load. Use curtains and drapes on southern windows to block the heat of the sun, and avoid using appliances that create heat during the day. Turn on exhaust fans while bathing or cooking.

For more ways to improve air conditioning efficiency, talk to our experts at Powers Heating & Air. We serve Peachtree City and the surrounding areas.

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).

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Tips for Decreasing Home Energy Consumption This Spring

Tips for Decreasing Home Energy Consumption This SpringWhen warmer weather arrives, you can reduce the effects on your energy bill by making some changes around the home. Here are important tips for decreasing home energy consumption this spring.

Schedule an Air Conditioner Maintenance Check

Before the spring season is fully underway, schedule a professional maintenance check for your air conditioning unit. Dirty coils or malfunctioning parts make your air conditioner work extra hard to keep you cool and may lessen the life of the system.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats save on energy by adjusting temperature at certain scheduled times. For example, while you are away from home there is no need to keep the home as cool as when you are present. A programmable thermostat can be set to decrease the indoor temperature shortly before you arrive so that when you get there, you come home to comfort. If you are really tech savvy you may wish to invest in a WI-FI programmable thermostat controllable from your smart phone or tablet.

Use Ceiling Fans

The indoor breeze created by ceiling fans keeps you cooler, and this means you can adjust your thermostat accordingly to save energy. Remember to adjust the rotation of the ceiling fan blades to the warm weather setting. If you are unsure of how to adjust your ceiling fans, ask a professional.

Seal Air Leaks

Warm air outdoors will find a way inside your home through gaps around doors, windows or in the foundation. Sealing these gaps will keep your home cooler this spring and reduce the workload on your air conditioner.

Prevent Heat Gain through Windows

Use thermal-backed window treatments on windows and keep these shades or curtains closed during the day. Consider investing in energy-efficient windows as well.

For more information about decreasing home energy consumption, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We have served the local Fayetteville, Tyrone and Peachtree City areas since 1979 and Sharpsburg, Senoia and Newnan since 1980.

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).

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Effective Cleaning Tips for Your A/C’s Evaporator Coils

Effective Cleaning Tips for Your A/C's Evaporator CoilsResponsible for capturing the heat and humidity from your home, evaporator coils play a significant role in your home comfort during the cooling season. Generally made of copper, your A/C evaporator coils easily get covered with pollen, dust and other debris since they are often damp from the excess moisture in your home’s air. Over time, accumulated grime will significantly reduce their effectiveness.

While we strongly recommend hiring an HVAC professional for a maintenance checkup and service in early fall and early spring, you may want to consider cleaning your A/C evaporator coils yourself. If this is not a job you want to tackle on your own, the information will help you understand why and how it should be done.

  1. Always start any job with your HVAC system by turning off the electricity using the unit’s toggle switch. If you are not able to locate it, turn the system off at the breaker panel.
  2. The evaporator coils are housed in a metal box above your air handler unit. You will have to undo the screws holding the access panel in place. If there is any foil tape you’ll have to remove that as well.
  3. Look at the condition of your coils and the drip pan underneath. If your evaporator coils haven’t been cleaned regularly there will likely be a fair amount of buildup on them. If the drain pan is dirty, it should also be cleaned. If there are cracks, you will have to replace your drain pan to avoid water leakage.
  4. Particularly dirty coils may require the attention of a professional since the unit may have to be disassembled. Otherwise, apply a commercial cleanser to the coils and allow it drain completely. Check the drain line to ensure there is no blockage.
  5. Replace the access panel and seal both the top and bottom edges with foil tape. Restore power.

Powers Heating & Air has several options to ensure your A/C evaporator coils are ready for a  summer. Powers will recommend clean any evaporator coil needing the service during their spring or fall maintenance check if your wish to have a professional do this for you.

For information about service plans or for more help with cleaning your evaporator coils, please contact Powers Heaing and Air for a free estimate.  Powers has been cleaning your neighbors’ evaporator coils since 1979 in Newnan, Sharpsburg, Senoia, Tyrone, Fayetteville, Brooks, Peachtree City and surrounding areas.

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).

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