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Thermostat Health: When to Change the Batteries

Thermostat Health: When to Change the BatteriesIt’s a hot day in Peachtree City, and you’re dying to crank up the A/C. But something’s wrong. The thermostat’s not working. There’s no display, and it won’t respond to any of your commands! Is it broken? Do you need to have it replaced? No. You just forgot to change the battery. Here are some thermostat maintenance tips to keep it from happening again.

When to Replace Your Thermostat Battery

As a general rule of thumb, you should change the battery in your thermostat every year, whether it needs it or not. Batteries are cheap, and it’s better to remove a good one than keep a bad one around until it causes problems. Set a reminder on your calendar, and try to choose a day for it that’s easy for you to remember.

Of course, it’s still possible for your battery to wear out before your scheduled replacement date. Signs your thermostat’s battery are dying include a faded or blank display screen, and problems with your HVAC system heating or cooling as it should. Your thermostat may also have a low battery indicator light, which will tell you that the battery is dying and in need of replacement.

How to Replace Your Thermostat Battery

Replacing the battery is an essential part of thermostat maintenance. First, turn the unit off and remove it from the wall. It generally either pulls off or slides off. There may be a simple compartment for the batteries, or it may require a screwdriver. Also note whether your thermostat takes AA, AAA, or another kind of batteries, and how many. Be sure to have enough of the correct ones ready.

When you’ve replaced the batteries, put the cover back on and place the thermostat back on the wall. If you have trouble with it, you can always ask your HVAC technician when they come to give your system its annual tuneup (which is another necessity you should remember to mark on the calendar every year).

 

To learn more about thermostat maintenance, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We proudly serve all of Peachtree City’s HVAC needs.

 

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.

Thermostat Types for Your Home

Thermostat Types for Your Home

Thermostat Types for Your HomeFrom low tech to high tech, there’s an HVAC thermostat for every homeowner’s need and lifestyle. Maybe you’ve been thinking it might be time for a change. If so, here are some thermostat options that might appeal to you.

 

Analog

 

Analog thermostats are still available, minus the mercury that once was standard in the old-school models. They’re still inexpensive, but can end up costing you more on your utility bill, as they are not terribly accurate but provide temperatures within a range. Because they are mechanical rather than electronic, these thermostats are sometimes better for homes with an inconsistent power supply, such as those that are solar powered or ones with an inconsistent power supply. Electronic thermostats can get fried when power surges or wavers too much.

 

Digital Non-Programmable

These are exactly what the name suggests. They need a battery for the readout, while temperature is controlled by buttons. Not particularly expensive, they are more precise than analog.

 

Programmable

Programmable thermostats are challenging to operate, so when upgrading, many homeowners are skipping this technology and moving on to smart thermostats. That said, others are not ready to commit to smart technology running their HVAC systems.

If you opt for programmable models, expect to choose one that offers one of these programming modes:

  • weekly, every day the same schedule
  • two schedules, one for the week, one for the weekend
  • a different schedule every day

Programmable models usually offer up to four temperature changes a day.

These thermostats allow you to raise or lower temperatures for energy savings when you’re away from home or sleeping.

 

Smart or Wi-fi

Smart thermostats are controlled through an app in a smart device. Temperature can be adjusted from near or far. You can get as many fancy features as you like, including ability to control humidity, receive weather reports or sensors that “learn” your habits so your device can adjust temperatures according to your lifestyle.

 

For more on your thermostat options, or to schedule maintenance, repairs or HVAC installations, contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve Peachtree City and the surrounding area.

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. 

School’s Out: How Should You Adjust Your Thermostat?

School's Out: How Should You Adjust Your Thermostat?When your children are in school and everyone is at work on weekdays, it’s easy to program your thermostat for extended setback periods to save energy. However, once the school year ends and the children are home more during the day, you’ll need to make smart changes to your HVAC schedule to maximize your potential energy savings.

 

Here are some helpful tips on how to program your thermostat to reap the greatest savings during the summer school break.

Make Sure You Have the Right Thermostat

There are a variety of thermostat models available and different types with specific scheduling options, and it’s essential to have one that matches your HVAC equipment and usual routine. A knowledgeable HVAC pro can advise you on the right type of thermostat for your equipment and scheduling needs, such as one that offers seven-day programming so you can set a different schedule each day of the week. If you want greater ease-of-use, remote accessibility and more fine-tuned system control, consider upgrading to a Wi-Fi or learning thermostat.

Adjust Your Daytime Programming

When school is out, you need to reevaluate your usual daily routine to account for the children being at home and adjust your thermostat programming accordingly. Ideally, you should set the daytime temperature at 78 degrees for periods when the house is occupied on weekdays and weekends. If you’re concerned about losing conditioned air when the kids are running in and out of the house, increase the setting by a couple of degrees and run your ceiling fans to create cooling air movement in occupied rooms.

Program Nightly Temperature Setbacks

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it’s possible to reduce your annual heating and cooling energy consumption by up to 10 percent by setting daily, eight-hour long temperature adjustment periods. When school’s out and these long daytime periods are impossible to achieve, program your thermostat for 7—10 degree temperature increases each night when everyone is normally sleeping.

For more advice about adjusting your HVAC schedule or help choosing a new thermostat for your Peachtree City home, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

Best Ways to Bring Your Air Conditioner Out of Hibernation

Best Ways to Bring Your Air Conditioner Out of HibernationFollowing these steps before turning on your air conditioner for the summer will prepare it for the long summer ahead. It will run more efficiently, cost less to cool your home and experience fewer breakdowns. An A/C works hard in this climate, and starting the season out with a clean and fully maintained system gets it off to a good start.

Inspect the air filter.

If it’s dirty, change it. Nothing is harder on your cooling system than a dirty air filter. It increases the amount of time it takes to cool your home by reducing the amount of air going through the air handler. The extra running time increase the wear and tear on all the parts and drives up energy bills.

Clean the outdoor condenser.

Remove any dead vegetation from the condenser area before turning on your air conditioner, leaving at least a three foot clearance on all sides. Hose off the coils gently to loosen the dirt. If you find caked-on grass clippings or soil, use coil cleaner available from home improvement stores to loosen them.

Change the thermostat settings.

Switch the thermostat from “heat” to “cool” and set the temperature to your preferred degree for cooling. Install a new battery if your thermostat needs it. Thermostats control when your A/C turns on and off. If the battery goes dead, you won’t have any cooling until you replace it.

Schedule a tune-up.

A licensed HVAC technician will go through your cooling system carefully, cleaning and adjust all the parts to increase efficiency and extend their lifetimes. He’ll inspect the condition of the electrical components, removing any corrosion and applying nonconductive lubricants if necessary.

The technician will measure the amount of refrigerant in the system. If it’s lacking, she’ll add more after looking for and sealing any leaks. The technician will lubricate the blower and tighten the belt inside the air handler.

Following these steps before turning on your air conditioner will help you keep cooling bills low and avoid unexpected problems. For more information, contact Powers Heating & Air, serving homeowners in the Peachtree City area.

 

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.

What HVAC Needs Should You Attend to Before Selling Your Peachtree City Home

What HVAC Needs Should You Attend to Before Selling Your Peachtree City HomeWhen you’re in the process of selling a home, there’s a long list of chores that you need to accomplish. Amongst these are steps that you must take to ensure that your home’s HVAC system is in order. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:

Hire a Technician

You’re probably already aware that you should be scheduling a technician to perform a check on your HVAC system at least once a year. If it’s been a while since that’s been done and you’re close to putting your home on the market, give them a call. A technician will make sure that everything is running properly before any potential buyers come around to inspect the unit themselves or send their own technician to do it.

Replace the Air Filter

If a prospective buyer checks your air filter and it hasn’t been cleaned, he or she may suspect that the rest of your home hasn’t been cared for very well. Your system’s filter will typically need to be replaced every 1-3 months, but now is the perfect time to check its current state and switch it out if needed.

Test the Thermostat

You certainly don’t want your thermostat to not be working properly when someone comes to look at your home. Replace the unit’s batteries to make sure it’s operating at peak performance and run both the heating and cooling options to check that everything is good there, as well.

Evaluate the Ductwork

While it’s not likely that a potential buyer is going to check your ductwork on his or her initial visit, you might as well be prepared for future inspections. Any ductwork problems you find – such as holes or tears – should be fixed right away, whether you do it yourself or call a technician for assistance.

For more expert advice on dealing with HVAC needs before selling a home, or if you have any other home comfort issues, please contact the professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We currently serve the needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding area.

 

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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