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How Furniture Can Affect Your HVAC

How Furniture Can Affect Your HVACTechnology has advanced to the point where energy efficient furniture does exist. It can store and release energy to charge batteries, run lights, or provide the same HVAC effects your furnace or A/C does. While it’s not ready for the market yet, it shows that furniture is, and will continue to be, a part of the home that can contribute to your comfort.

Comfort and Heat

Some products used in homes offer more comfort than others, especially with regard to thermal management. Upholstered (with padding) furniture is far more comfortable year-round than hard plastic chairs. The fabrics and internal padding absorb heat and moisture, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. A hard plastic chair, for example, does not absorb moisture. It feels cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

Insulating Value of Furniture

Even the wood that furniture is made from has some insulating value, which is a property that contributes indirectly to comfort, especially when it’s cold. Wood products that are less dense and lighter in weight. They can hold more air than dense wood. The ability to retain air in small pockets is a basic characteristic of most insulation products.

Color and Temperature

Not only do the materials from which the furniture is made have HVAC effects, so does its color. Dark colors absorb heat while light colors reflect it. Anything that reflects heat will be cooler, even on a hot, sunny day. Flat roofs on homes are often painted with bright white reflective paint, while pitched roofs in the mountains use dark metal roofing for easier snow removal.

The same holds true with your home. Light-colored furniture on the patio makes sense since you will use it more in warm weather versus cold. Porous textiles that are UV-resistant will hold up better to the solar exposure and dry faster in the outdoor environment.

Furniture does have HVAC effects that you can use to your advantage. You can also get more efficiency from your system by having it serviced by 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. 

How Does Color Affect Temperature?

How Does Color Affect Temperature?For centuries, people have equated colors with temperature effects. Darker colors represent the cooler months when we need to supplement home heat. Light colors reflect heat and are the colors of spring and summer when heat reflection and dissipation is desirable.

Colors and Degree Days

Over the last five years, the Peachtree City area has needed more home heating than cooling by about one-third. The Weather Service collects temperature highs and lows, along with degree days. They use equipment to measure the temperatures 24/7 and apply a formula that tells them how many total degrees your house needs heating or cooling based on temperature fluctuations during that 24-hour period. The base temperature is 65 degrees F. If the air stayed at 65 degrees for a 24-hour period, it would be a 0 heating or cooling degree day.

Since the heating degree days outnumber the cooling degree days, the colors for your home should lean more toward the dark versus light. Instead of a light exterior, you might save more energy by using a medium-brown hue. Light homes are far more common in Florida where cooling degree days dominate the weather and the temperature effects of dark colors raise cooling costs.

Roofing Colors

Even though darker colors absorb heat, they don’t necessarily make a good roof. The heat from the shingles can infiltrate into the attic. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has found that cold attics with enough insulation prevent ice dams, which are dangerous and harmful. In fact, the DOE has a designation for Energy Star light-colored roofing materials that reflect heat versus absorb it.

Interior Design Colors

Since Peachtree City has its share of hot weather, mixing the light and dark colors indoors gives you a chance to surround yourself with colors that work well year-round.

It does help to think about the temperature effects of the colors you use. The pros at Powers Heating & Air want to help you make your home as energy efficient and comfortable as possible. We provide HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowner.

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. 

Money Saving Tips for Colder Months

Money Saving Tips for Colder MonthsKeeping your home warm during the winter season can be a costly endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Saving money is easy to do once you know where to concentrate your efforts. We suggest that you start with these quick tips:

 

Call an HVAC Technician

 

If you haven’t had your heating system checked in the past year, now’s the perfect time. A qualified technician will ensure optimal performance and efficiency, in addition to prolonging the unit’s lifespan.

 

Take Advantage of Your Programmable Thermostat

 

Most homes are now equipped with programmable thermostats that allow you to set the days and times when your heating system is in operation. This level of control will lower your energy usage, thereby saving you money on your monthly utility bill.

 

Add a Bit of Insulation

 

If you don’t have proper insulation in your home, heat will escape and force your system to work harder to achieve the same results. Adding insulation can usually be done by the homeowner, but if you have any problems, enlist the help of an HVAC technician who can pinpoint where insulation is needed most and add it for you.

Consider the Use of a Zoning System

Zoning systems are more efficient than traditional heating and cooling systems because they allow you to concentrate your home comfort efforts only in the areas of your home that are occupied. This prevents you from wasting energy by running your heat for a long period of time just to heat up one or two rooms.

Find Alternative Heating Methods

Although your first instinct may be to reach for the thermostat when the weather drops, alternative heating methods will often save you money. Space heaters, for instance, are perfect for heating up small areas and use little energy. And if the weather isn’t too cold, the use of sweaters and blankets don’t cost anything at all.

 

If you need more assistance with saving money or any other home comfort concerns, please contact the professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding areas since 2001.

 

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.

Winterize Your Home, And Enjoy The Payoff

Winterize Your Home, And Enjoy The PayoffPreparing your home for winter ensures that you stay warm and comfortable no matter how low the temperatures fall. The time and effort that you spend to winterize your home can pay huge dividends, as far as conserving energy and reducing your utility bills, once the temperature begins dropping.

Here are a few important tasks that you can perform to winterize your home and prepare it to withstand cold days and nights:

  • Have a professional HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) contractor inspect your furnace, to ensure that all of the components are working optimally and that there is no significant wear and tear. Consider signing up for a preventive maintenance plan, through which you’re guaranteed annual service visits from your HVAC contractor.
  • Check your furnace filter every month during the heating season, and change it as often, or at least every six to eight weeks. Your furnace has to work harder to reach your desired temperature if the heated air is getting blocked by clogged filters.
  • Inspect your ductwork for loose connections, holes in the metal, and a lack of insulation. You may need to have your HVAC contractor inspect those portions of your ductwork that you cannot access, such as those parts behind walls.
  • Seal your doors and windows. Stop cold air from getting into your house by applying weatherstripping around exterior doors and caulking around windows.
  • Prevent frozen pipes, which can lead to a large repair bill, by wrapping exposed pipes with foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation.
  • Keep your roof and gutters clear. Clean out any leaves or debris from your gutters to ensure that rain and melting snow can exit your roof quickly, to prevent moisture damage.
  • Check your attic to see if it has enough insulation. If you can see the joists, add more. Additionally, you can check out the ZIP code insulation calculator to help determine if you need more.
  • Clean your fireplace flue and make sure the damper operates properly. Make sure your fireplace has a cap to keep out birds or small animals.
  • Install storm windows, which help keep your home warm. They work especially well on older single-pane windows.
  • Check to ensure that your smoke-detector alarms are working properly, and don’t forget to change batteries at least once annually.

For more information about how to winterize your home and other issues related to home comfort, contact us at Power Heating & Air. We proudly serve the heating and cooling needs of the Atlanta metro area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree, GA and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about winterizing and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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