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Should You Invest in Smart Heating?

Should You Invest in Smart Heating?Improving HVAC system efficiency is a concern for many homeowners with the high cost of energy today. If you’re looking for ways to control your energy consumption and lower your heating costs without sacrificing comfort, you need to consider investing in smart heating technology.

Smart Heating System Technology Basics

Thanks to recent technological advancements, it’s possible to have an HVAC system that’s primed for efficiency with smarter controls and innovative equipment options. With smart technology, you’ll benefit from a heating system that’s also intuitive, responsive and more reliable too. The essential components that make up a smart heating system can include:

  • Adaptive thermostats
  • Variable-speed air handlers
  • Multi-stage furnaces
  • Intelligent zoning systems

Smart System Capabilities and Advantages

Control is a vital element in smart systems, so an adaptive, intelligent thermostat like Lennox’s iComfort is a key component that allows you access, program and adjust your heating system from virtually anywhere via a smartphone app. Intelligent thermostats provide many other advantages beyond remote accessibility though, since they can also:

  • Make maintenance ultra-convenient. An intelligent thermostat monitors your heating system’s operation 24-7 and reminds you about needed filter replacements and when preventive maintenance is due. It can also alert you and your HVAC contractor if an issue develops that needs immediate attention.
  • Streamline system functionality. Smart thermostats can communicate with other advanced components, like a two-stage furnace and variable-speed air handler, to streamline your system’s performance for optimal energy efficiency and comfort.
  • Improve air quality automatically. An intuitive thermostat can also track the indoor humidity level and outdoor pollen counts then cycle your dehumidifier or air cleaner to maintain healthy humidity levels or amp up filtration.
  • Optimize heating in multi-story/larger homes. If your system is zoned, a smart thermostat can also make needed adjustments to heat specific zones based on use and occupancy.
  • Maximize energy savings intuitively. Intelligent thermostats can also monitor when you’re at home or away using your smartphone’s built-in GPS, and automatically adjust your system’s output to save energy.

To learn why smart heating is a wise investment for 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. 

 

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Can You Save Money with a Smart Home?

Can You Save Money with a Smart Home?Homeowners today can take advantage of some impressive advancements in smart home technology that significantly boost comfort and convenience. Innovations like the following can also bring you smart home savings on your energy consumption and lower your household operating costs.

HVAC Controls

Programmable thermostats used to be the energy-saving standard for HVAC controls, but they’re limited by the settings you enter. In contrast, smart thermostats learn your energy use habits, then fine-tune them. Your intelligent thermostat is continuously sensing your heating and cooling needs, and making HVAC output adjustments to match. It knows what rooms are occupied, by how many, and when everyone is away from home.

Major Appliances

Clever appliances can help you cook, update your grocery list remotely, or streamline your laundry chores. They can also communicate through your favorite device to help you save money on energy. If you leave the fridge or freezer door ajar accidentally, you’ll get a message instantly. If you forget to shut the oven off, or if your clogged dryer lint trap is restricting airflow, you’ll get an immediate alert.

 

Your smart appliances can also automatically put themselves into “energy saving mode” when they’re not needed.

Window Treatments

In the not-so-distant past, you had to close all your shades and curtains to reduce solar radiation through the glass and control your cooling costs. Now, you can have an intelligent, Wi-Fi-enabled window film applied that not only gives you privacy when you want it, but also blocks UV rays selectively to limit heat gain and lower your energy bills.

Light Bulbs

If you want a more efficient way to shut off lights that are wasting energy, you can install Wi-Fi-enabled bulbs throughout your home and control your lighting via a smartphone app. You can set lighting preferences as well, and have some lights on when you first wake up, have all the lights shut off when no one is home, or dim certain lights at particular times of day.

 

To learn more ways to boost efficiency and reap smart home savings 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.

 

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How Wi-Fi Detectors Catch Water Leaks and Freezes

How Wi-Fi Detectors Catch Water Leaks and FreezesSpending a little to save a lot is hardly a new concept for homeowners, and Wi-Fi detectors fall squarely into that category. With any luck, they’ll sit idle forever, but when they sound an alarm, they could prevent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in damage and inconvenience.

 

Water leak and freeze detectors have been around for decades, but only recently have they been equipped with Wi-Fi signaling devices. Should a leak occur or a freeze be imminent, they’ll alert you on your phone, whether you’re at home or elsewhere.

 

Left unchecked, water leaks and frozen pipes cause major damage to floors, walls, ceilings and structural components. Water causes wood to swell, mold and mildew to grow and textile damage. You may or not hear anything when a pipe breaks or freezes or an appliance fails.

Where to Place Them

  • The most vulnerable appliance in homes is the water heater. It’s usually placed in an out-of-the way location and it operates quietly. Storage water heaters can suddenly spring leaks, or the pipes leading to or away from it may fail.
  • Clothes washers also hold a good deal of water, and if their hoses aren’t replaced periodically or if the tub springs a leak, flooding can be serious. It could be especially serious if your washer sits on a second floor location close to the bedrooms.
  • Air conditioners sometimes freeze over. While they won’t cause as much water damage as a water heater or washer, Wi-Fi detectors placed inside the air handler can alert you to a serious HVAC problem. The evaporator coil inside the air handler can freeze over if the system doesn’t have enough refrigerant or the air filter is excessively dirty. If the system continues to run with a frozen coil, it could burn out the compressor, the system’s most expensive part.

Wi-Fi detectors placed in vulnerable locations may prevent untold damage to your home. To learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air, proudly 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.

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New Digital Features You Should Look for in an HVAC System

New Digital Features You Should Look for in an HVAC SystemWhen it’s time to replace the HVAC system in your Peachtree City home, you’ll find that there are many new options to consider. Advancements in HVAC technology have led to the development of new digital features that can help you save money and use less energy. Learn more about these features.

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat for your HVAC system allows you to schedule times for it to run throughout the day. For example, you can program it to stay off during the day when you’re at work and come on when you’re home. This can help you save a considerable amount of money on your heating and cooling bills. You can also control your thermostat remotely, which provides you with greater convenience.

Filter Alerts

Some HVAC systems make it possible for you to set up alerts for your air filter. These alerts let you know when it’s time to take out your current filter and put in a new one. It’s easy for homeowners to forget to check and change their filters on a regular basis, which can result in having filters that are covered in dust and dirt. Having clean filters in helps improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, leading to improved indoor air quality, reduced energy use and lower energy bills. It also helps prevent excessive wear and tear on your system, which can extend its life span.

Automatic-Delay Fan Switch

An automatic-delay fan switch shuts the fan off shortly after your system’s compressor turns off, rather than having both parts stop running at the same time. This helps ensure that cool air in your ducts is circulated throughout your home for a few minutes after the compressor shuts off. With this feature, your HVAC system won’t have to run as often to cool your home off, which provides better efficiency.

 

If you want to know more about digital features for HVAC systems or if you need HVAC installation, please contact Powers Heating & Air. We offer HVAC installation and maintenance services in Peachtree City.

 

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