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Your Spring HVAC Preparation To-Do List

You Spring HVAC Preparation To-Do ListThe arrival of spring signals that it’s time to get your HVAC system ready for the coming cooling season. Preparing your HVAC before the heat and humidity settle in primes it to run efficiently and reliably, so you can enjoy a comfortable home all summer long. Here are some key spring HVAC tasks to tackle:

Replace Your Air Filter

A clean air filter helps maintain the airflow that keeps your HVAC system working properly. Going forward, check the filter every month, and replace when you see any debris accumulation, or every three months at minimum.

Clean Up Around Your Outdoor Unit

Good airflow through the condenser coil is crucial to the heat exchange process, so tidying up the area surrounding your outdoor unit is an important spring chore. First, rake up and remove any yard debris that has collected over the winter. Then, clear away overgrown grass and weeds, and trim nearby plants and shrubs to allow two feet of airflow clearance all around the unit.

Check Your Ductwork

Ductwork that’s damaged, leaking or uninsulated can waste up to a third of the conditioned air produced by your HVAC system. To curb that energy waste and increase your comfort, have your ductwork inspected, and if recommended, get it repaired, sealed and insulated.

Re-evaluate Your Thermostat Settings

Checking and adjusting your thermostat settings now can help you save energy throughout the coming cooling season. If you have an older, basic thermostat, now’s the time to install a programmable model that provides more streamlined temperature control. The Department of Energy also advises that using a programmable thermostat can save you up to 10 percent on your annual energy bills.

Schedule Seasonal Maintenance

Before you start up the cooling system this spring, make sure it’s in optimal working condition by having it inspected, cleaned and tuned-up by a trusted HVAC pro. Keeping it well maintained preserves the equipment’s energy efficiency, extends its service life, and reduces the likelihood of an unexpected breakdown mid cooling season.

To book a spring HVAC maintenance appointment for your Peachtree City home, contact us 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. 

How Well Did Your Furnace Perform This Winter?

How Well Did Your Furnace Perform This Winter?By late winter, you’ve had time to judge your furnace performance and how it compares to previous years. It’s a good idea to monitor how well the furnace works to stay on top of its efficiency and safety.

Throughout the heating season, pay attention to:

Energy bills

The easiest way to judge how well your heat pump or furnace is running is to take a look at your gas and electric bills for the heating season. If they’re higher than the years before and the weather has been stable, you may have a performance issue. Over time, motors don’t blow as much air or the air filter is clogged. Generally, there’s a reason for rising energy costs that are unrelated to the weather.

Sounds

Gas heating systems make noise, some of which are normal. When you hear a clink or bang with a gas furnace, call your HVAC contractor. It could indicate a problem with the burner or heat exchanger, both of which could be serious.

Condensation

Windows that fog over when your furnace runs frequently indicate a system that needs professional attention immediately. Gas systems generate water vapor as a byproduct of burning gas.

If the furnace isn’t venting properly, the vapor will collect indoors. Besides humidity, it could contain carbon monoxide (CO) and other toxic gases. Shut it off and call Powers Heating & Air for assistance.

Rust and Soot

Just as window condensation is a bad sign, so is rust on the furnace’s parts. Look it over periodically for signs of rust around the burner, flue and housing.

Soot is never a good sign. It indicates that the equipment needs adjusting and cleaning to improve furnace performance.

Registers

Look over the registers periodically throughout your home to look for excessive amounts of dust on them or nearby. Dust or dirt deposits could indicate a ductwork leak, which makes your system work harder to heat your home and lowers your indoor air quality.

Furnace performance often indicates its condition. If you find problems or questionable signs, 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. 

Seeing Shadows: What Groundhog Day Means for Winter Heating

Seeing Shadows: What Groundhog Day Means for Winter HeatingFebruary 2nd is Groundhog Day, when Punxsutawney Phil traditionally comes out of hibernation and tells us whether spring will soon arrive, or cold weather will persist and extend the winter heating season. This annual event has been widely celebrated across the country since 1886, but does it really have a correlation to your home’s HVAC?

How Groundhog Day Relates to Your HVAC System

According to Groundhog Day lore, if the sun is out when furry Phil emerges from his burrow, he’ll see his shadow and retreat back inside, and we’ll have six more weeks of winter. If the sky is overcast and the chubby rodent isn’t scared by his own shadow, he’ll stay outside which means that spring is on its way. Whether or not you believe a nervous groundhog makes a good meteorologist, a shorter or longer winter can impact your home comfort, well-being and monthly expenses in predictable ways:

  • Seasonal energy bills. When Phil accurately foretells an additional six weeks of cold temperatures, you’ll end up spending more on gas or electricity to keep your home warm. If the weather turns mild instead, you may benefit from lower utility bills for a longer period before the heat of summer settles in.
  • System maintenance. If an early spring is expected because Phil stays outside, you should call your HVAC pro to schedule cooling system maintenance, so you know your air conditioner or heat pump is in optimal working condition to handle the hot, humid weather that lies ahead.
  • Indoor air quality. When your home is closed up for extended periods of heating or cooling, allergens and pollutants can stay trapped inside and erode your air quality. Regardless of whether a marmot named Phil foretells a prolonged winter or early spring, Groundhog Day can be a timely reminder to take steps to boost your home’s air quality, such as having a whole-house air filtration unit or dehumidifier installed.

To schedule winter heating or cooling system maintenance, or to learn more about your options for improving the air quality in your Peachtree City home, contact us today 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. 

New Year’s Resolutions: Saving Money

New Year's Resolutions: Saving MoneyWhy not make a resolution for saving money by increasing your home’s energy efficiency? Not only will it benefit your budget, but it will do good things for the planet, and create a more comfortable place for you as well.

Deal with the HVAC System

  • Get your heating system serviced. Not only will it run more dependably, but it will also use less energy. If your system is covered by a warranty, annual service may be a requirement to keep it valid.
  • Make it a point to check the air filter every month or two during the heating and cooling seasons. A clean air filter promotes energy efficiency, lowers energy costs, and prevents needless wear on the equipment.
  • Replace your air conditioner during the offseason if you’re planning on buying a new system next summer. You may get discounts on the appliance as well as its installation by having the work done during the winter.

Make Your Home More Efficient

The cooler months are a good time to deal with drafty windows and inadequate attic insulation. Check the window frames for any gaps and cracks that let air in or out and seal with caulk. The panes may also be loose and need caulk to prevent the rattles and air leaks.

 

Saving money on energy bills in a home with single pane windows is challenging. Hanging thermal drapes and closing them will slow the energy losses at night and during weather extremes. Replacing the windows will also help cut your heating and cooling bills and keep your home more comfortable.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, attics in this region should have between 10 and 20 inches of fiberglass or cellulose insulation in the attic. Adding more is one of the most affordable and durable ways to achieve a return on energy investments in your home. Saving money by making your home more energy efficient will not only improve your financial bottom line, but it also helps cut your carbon footprint.

 

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. 

The Importance of Cleaning Your A/C’s Condensate Drain Line

The Importance of Cleaning Your A/C’s Condensate Drain Line

The Importance of Cleaning Your A/C’s Condensate Drain LineYour HVAC system plays an important role in maintaining a comfortable level of relative humidity in your home. That’s crucial in our climate, especially during our humid summers. Too much humidity can make us feel warmer, spurring the need to turn down the thermostat and quickly cool off — thus, wasting energy. To ensure that your air conditioner is able to maintain the right level of humidity, your condensate drain line should be cleaned annually. Here’s why.

Condensation and the HVAC System

As your air conditioner cools the home, return air is drawn into the system, allowing moisture from the home to condense on the evaporator coils. From there, the moisture is channeled into the condensate drain and is expelled from the home.

 

Over time, the evaporator coils may become dirty, particularly if the air filter isn’t regularly changed. When moisture meets that layer of dirt, a kind of sludge can form, accompanied by mold, algae and bacteria. When it enters the condensate line, it can form a barrier to the free flowing of the moisture. The line can get plugged up, and the drain pan, which is shallow, may fill up with water and overflow.

 

When this happens, flooding may occur in your home. Some of the signs of condensate line stoppage are these:

  • dripping sounds in your interior HVAC cabinet
  • puddles on the floor near your interior unit
  • for attic units, water stains on the ceiling or wall near the unit
  • higher levels of humidity in the home

Solution?

The solution for a plugged condensate line is to have it cleaned. Your HVAC technician can perform this task during annual maintenance and may pour a mixture of water and bleach through the line to clean it out. A wet/dry shop vac may also be used with a special attachment to suction out the plug.

To prevent your condensate line from being plugged up, change your air filter regularly, and have the evaporator coils and condensate line cleaned every year.

 

For more on the condensate drain line and your HVAC, contact Powers Heating and Air, serving 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.