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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. 

5 Common HVAC Problems in the Spring

5 Common HVAC Problems in the SpringHVAC problems often occur when you first begin to use your A/C in the spring. Hopefully, the problem is a minor reminder that your HVAC system needs some attention before the summer months. Following are five common spring HVAC problems you may run into and the right way to address the issues.

Overdue Filter Change

Something as simple as forgetting to change your air filter can cause big problems for your HVAC system. When the filter becomes clogged with dirt, your A/C can overheat and shut on and off. Check the filter and make sure you change it regularly during the summer.

Dirty Evaporator Coil

The evaporator coil should be cleaned every spring to remove dirt and to check for mold and mildew development. The evaporator is located in the air handler by the blower. Turn off power at the thermostat and power disconnect switch outside. You can clean the coil and fins with a cloth and brush, but it’s better to use a self-rinsing coil cleaner.

Water Leaks

All that dirt and debris that drips from the evaporator can clog up the condensate drain and cause water to overflow the condensate pan. Pour a pint of half water and half bleach into the pan. If that doesn’t clear the clog, call your HVAC technician.

Clean the Outdoor Unit

The outdoor unit of your HVAC system should be cleaned each spring. Grass clippings, leaves, and many other obstructions can block free airflow to the condenser coil. Turn off the power, and then spray off the unit with your garden hose.

Noisy Ducts

The ductwork system is a sprawling network of tubes that convey cooled and heated airflow to your home. Taking care of the ducts is equally important to taking care of your A/C for optimal comfort and energy efficiency.

 

So, if you hear warning signs that your ducts need maintenance, such as rattling and clamoring noise, inspect all the joints for any loose connections or disjointed ducts. Wrap loose ducts with heat-resistant metal tape.

 

For assistance with spring HVAC problems in your Peachtree City home, contact Powers Heating & Air.

Do’s and Don’t’s of DIY HVAC Repairs

Do's and Don't's of DIY HVAC RepairsIf your heating or cooling system stops working properly—or worse, goes out completely—you may be tempted to try to fix it yourself. While there are several minor maintenance and repair tasks most people can do, it’s best to leave the repairs to trained professionals. Here are some of the reasons why.

DIY HVAC Repairs: Do

  • Filter changes: Most homeowners can easily change the air filters in a heating or cooling system. This is an expected component of homeowner maintenance and usually requires nothing more than locating the filter, sliding the dirty filter out of its frame, and sliding a new, clean filter in.
  • Cleaning: Cleaning is also a task that can fall to nonprofessionals. Dusting the internal system, washing the outdoor unit, and cleaning leaves, grass, and other debris away from the outdoor unit are commonly done by homeowners.

DIY HVAC Repairs: Don’t

  • Don’t try to fix electrical or gas systems: An error in trying to repair an electrical system can cause you to get a severe electrical shock. Electrical errors can also lead to fires. Problems with gas systems could cause gas leaks that lead to fires or explosions. If your system uses refrigerant, trying to repair it could expose you to this harmful substance. Keep yourself safe and let the professionals work on these systems.
  • Don’t void the warranty: Some HVAC equipment manufacturers make it a condition of the warranty that repairs be performed by a qualified HVAC pro. If you work on your HVAC system, and you are not a licensed expert, you could void the warranty.
  • Don’t make matters worse: A mistake made during an attempted DIY HVAC repair could make things worse instead of better. You could unintentionally introduce problems or cause damage that you’ll have a pay an HVAC pro to fix later.

Powers Heating and Air is the premier choice for professional HVAC sales, service, and maintenance in Peachtree City. Contact us today for more information on DIY HVAC repairs and why you should avoid them—and for expert HVAC services to ensure your systems are running safely and properly.

 

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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Terms to Know Before Dealing with HVAC Pros

Terms to Know Before Dealing with HVAC ProsWhen you need service for your heating or cooling system, you’ll have a better chance of receiving solid assistance if you can show a basic understanding of HVAC concepts and terms. Here are some of the most common things to know when communicating with HVAC pros:

HVAC

This stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, a catchall for anything involving mechanical and passive ways to make a home’s climate comfortable.

Forced-air HVAC system

While other methods of heating and cooling exist, forced-air systems are by far the most common. They include any system that uses a central appliance (heat pump, air conditioner, furnace, boiler) to heat or cool the air, then employs a powerful fan to circulate that air through the house, via ducts and registers.

Split-system heat pumps and air conditioners

These forced-air systems have two main components, an inside evaporator/air handler and an outdoor condenser/compressor. With heat pumps, the outdoor condenser coil exchanges roles with the indoor evaporator coil when the appliance is providing heat rather than cooling. A/Cs and heat pumps (including the increasingly popular ductless mini-split) rely on the principle of refrigeration to create cooling (or cooling and heating with a heat pump). While too involved to explain in this limited space, the process basically uses a chemical compound (refrigerant) to either absorb heat energy from the air (for cooling) or release heat energy into the air (for heating).

Ventilation

Homes require adequate ventilation in order to maintain comfort and indoor air quality. Otherwise, the same stale, contaminated air gets recirculated constantly. Ventilation methods range from opening windows to a simple bathroom exhaust fan to more elaborate heat/energy recovery systems. The latter systems use fans to bring fresh air into the house while expelling stale air to the outside, exchanging heat energy and humidity between the two parallel air streams for maximum comfort and energy efficiency.

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to communicating with HVAC pros. Try out your new knowledge next time one of our expert technicians at Powers Heating & Air comes to your Peachtree City home.

 

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.