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Energy Savings to Yield by Adjusting to Optimal Temperatures

saving energyWhen it comes to comfort on a hot summer’s day, nothing does more for your comfort than air conditioning. If you’re looking for energy savings without sacrificing that comfort, consider these energy and money saving tips.

Manage the humidity. Lower humidity always feels more comfortable when the weather is warm because the moisture on your skin evaporates quickly, which cools you off immediately. The ideal humidity during the summer should range from 30 to 50 percent.

If you’re unsure about the humidity, invest in a hygrometer, an inexpensive device that measures humidity. If it’s high, instead of turning on the air conditioner to lower it, start using the bathroom and kitchen fans to lower it. Once you’re finished bathing or cooking, turn the fans off. Despite their small size, they pull out a lot of air you’ve paid to cool off.

A dehumidifier attached to your HVAC system will keep the humidity level healthy automatically and help save energy. High humidity fosters bacterial and mold growth, along with dust mite proliferation.

Turn the temperature up gradually. Instead of going from the low 70s to 78 all at once, do it degree by degree. Once you’re comfortable at a warmer temperature, bump it up another degree until you reach your energy savings goal.

Increase your comfort by using ceiling fans. The fans move a good deal of air in the rooms where they hang and use little electricity. Moving air helps you cool off by drying the moisture on your skin quickly. When you leave the room, be sure to turn the fan off, since fans don’t actually cool the air.

Use a programmable thermostat. If you’re away during the day on a routine schedule, install a smart or programmable thermostat and set it for warmer temperatures when you’re gone. Program it to start cooling your home down just before you normally return.

If you’d like more ways that will help you with energy savings, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing trusted HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowners.

How to Save Money and Energy in Summer

hvac summer energy billsWhile you’re probably looking forward to the fun days of summer, there’s a good chance that you’re absolutely dreading the uptick in energy usage that plagues many households during these warmer months of the year. To ease your stress a bit, here are a few simple techniques that will help you get your HVAC summer energy bills under control:

Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance

It is always advisable that you schedule annual maintenance with a qualified HVAC technician once per year to keep your equipment in tip-top shape, but regular check-ups will help provide the best performance. Plus, caring for your system in this way will make it last longer.

Invest in New Air Conditioning Equipment

No matter how fantastic your air conditioner has performed in the past several years, it will eventually get to a point where it’s breaking down or in great need of repairs. Although the expenditure might be something that you would prefer to avoid, newer HVAC equipment is more energy efficient and reliable than many predecessors, which means the added cost will even itself out due to lower energy bills.

Periodically Replace the Air Filter 

Your air conditioner’s filter should be replaced every 1-3 months, depending on equipment usage and the amount of debris that it captures during that time. This will help your system run more efficiently and less often, which means your energy usage will go down in the summer months.

Upgrade to a Wi-Fi Thermostat

Many households still use a manual thermostat to control their cooling needs. If your household fits in this category, it’s time to upgrade to a programmable wi-fi model that will allow you to select the days and times of operation, provide you with energy reports, allow remote access, and several other energy-saving features.

To learn more about saving money on your HVAC summer energy bills, or if you have any other concerns about your home comfort needs, please reach out to the professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding area since

Summer Insulation Best Practices

Summer Insulation Best PracticesWe all know insulation is important in the winter It keeps warm air from rising into the attic, allowing it to stay in your home longer, keep your house more comfortable, and save you energy. But did you know that insulation is just is important in the summer?

Here’s how insulation can help you in warmer weather, as well as a few tips on making sure your home is properly insulated.

Summer Insulation Benefits

Insulation does two things in warm weather. First, it keeps warm air in the attic. As you cool your home, a lot of that cold air flows outside, only to be replaced by hot air from your attic, flowing in. Attic insulation helps keep that hot air out, allowing your home to stay cool longer. Wall insulation can help too, keeping the warm, humid, outdoor air from getting in, so your A/C can work more efficiently.

The other thing insulation does is protect your roof. The top of your roof is hot in the summer, as the sun beats down on it. When cold air leaks into the attic from your home, it makes the underside of the roof cooler. That temperature disparity can damage your roof, causing leaks, as well as leading to mold and mildew. Insulation keeps the heat in your attic, so your roof temperature remains even.

Summer Insulation Tips

The most important place to insulate is your attic. Before you do, though, be sure to find and seal any air leaks that would allow hot air to flow into your home. Loose-fill is inexpensive, effective, and provides good coverage, making it an ideal choice. Make sure there’s between 10 and 14 inches of insulation in the room, and seal and insulate the attic door as well.

You might also consider insulating your ducts. This helps keep cold air cooler as it flows through them, allowing it to cool your home more efficiently. Talk to your HVAC contractor about how to insulate ductwork.

To learn more about summer insulation, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve Peachtree City’s home comfort needs.