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HVAC Control Systems: What Are They?

HVAC Control Systems: What Are They?The words “HVAC control system” typically bring to mind the complex climate control systems that manage heating, ventilation and air conditioning in industrial or commercial buildings. These elaborate systems ensure energy efficiency and occupant comfort using software-managed sensors and controllers that continually monitor the building’s interior conditions and operate the various HVAC components.

HVAC Controls Used in Homes

In a home with central HVAC, the thermostat is what controls the air conditioner, furnace and the blower unit that delivers conditioned air. Early thermostats were basic mechanical devices that signaled the equipment to start and stop at specific temperature set points. Technology has advanced in recent years, and today, there are sophisticated home HVAC controls available that provide greater energy efficiency, comfort and convenience, including:

  • Programmable digital thermostats. Digital thermostats use a thermistor to measure room temperature, and a microcontroller to convert that measurement to a digital temperature reading. Factory-installed software in programmable models allows a homeowner to input their temperature preferences for up to eight setback periods per day to maintain comfort while saving energy.
  • Zoning systems. Zoning divides a home into two or more areas to provide more precise control of comfort and energy consumption. A typical zoning system consists of a centrally-located control panel that’s linked to ductwork dampers that define the zones, and a programmable thermostat in each zone. The homeowner can schedule setbacks and their desired heating and cooling parameters for each zone via the control panel.
  • Learning thermostats. These “communicating” thermostats are programmable, plus they gather and send data on conditions in a home, allowing the owner to monitor and change the settings remotely. The most advanced models use software algorithms that let the device “learn” the homeowner’s comfort preferences and make adjustments automatically. The latest versions can monitor and make adjustments related to the outdoor weather, indoor air quality, humidity levels and the home’s occupancy, and send alerts if problems arise with the HVAC equipment, or the system needs routine maintenance.

To learn about HVAC control system options to boost comfort and efficiency in your Peachtree City home, contact us 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.

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.

How Upgrading to a Zoning System Can Boost Comfort, Save Money

How Upgrading to a Zoning System Can Boost Comfort, Save MoneyRegardless of the size of your home, it’s likely that you spend your time in just a few rooms at any given time. This waste of energy – heating a whole house when much of it’s not occupied – is one reason why upgrading to a zoning system is such a great idea. If used properly, you’ll save money while boosting your comfort level as well.

Installation of a Zoning System

Traditional one-thermostat heating and cooling systems are not very efficient or logical. If you spend all day in the living room, for example, and are feeling a little cold or hot, your adjustment of the thermostat in that room will affect temperatures throughout the house, unless you’ve closed vents to select rooms. This is a primary reason why energy costs are so high, especially for a large home.

Upgrading to a zoning system, which should be handled by a trained HVAC technician, will allow you to focus your heating or cooling on only those rooms you designate for conditioning. This is made possible by the use of multiple thermostats and automated vent dampers, each located in a section of your home referred to as a “zone.”

Benefits of a Zoning System

With to a zoning system, comfort also can be improved. Each family member has a different preference when it comes to comfort, and when your kids are in one room and you’re in another, a zoning system allows everyone to be comfortable at any given time. This also helps to address any issues with your home’s design. For example, an upper floor or a room with lots of windows tends to be warmer. A zoning system will help you account for that, without changing the temperature for the entire house.

On top of better comfort, you’ll save money on your energy bill each month. By focusing your conditioning efforts on a limited number of rooms, your HVAC system won’t have to work so hard to make everyone comfortable. It’s a win-win for your household and your bank account.

For more expert advice about upgrading to a zoning system, or for questions relating to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding area 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). 

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Getting A Smart Thermostat? Now That’s Smart Thinking

Before the summer cooling season arrives, upgrade to a smart thermostat so you have the ability and knowledge to control your energy usage and hold onto more of your money.

Programmable thermostats appeared a few years as a significantly better option to traditional manual models. The new generation uses smart technology to fuel incredibly useful features that were unimaginable a short time ago. Here are some of the features you can expect to find on smart thermostats:

  • Internet and smartphone connectivity – A constant Internet connection is the key to all the new features that help you save. A smart thermostat comes with a web interface and smartphone app which allow you to monitor and control your HVAC system settings from anywhere.
  • Maintenance – These thermostats keep track of all the equipment in your system and notify you when it is time for regular maintenance. This keeps your system efficient and helps you avoid costly breakdowns.
  • Price monitoring – Not only do they communicate with you, they also track the rates charged by your energy provider and use that information to help you cut back on energy usage during the times of day when it’s most expensive.
  • Humidity control – Advanced sensors check your interior air for moisture and utilize the fans and ventilation system to maintain proper levels of humidity. This is especially helpful because you can raise the temperature a few more degrees in the summer and still be comfortable when humidity is controlled.
  • Clean air – Similar sensors identify any pollutants in the air and remove unhealthy air, replacing it with fresh air from outside.

Smart thermostats do all of these things for you but, more importantly, they give you the information you need to combat those high energy bills.

For professional advice to ensure you get the best smart thermostat for your needs, contact Powers Heating & Air. We’re available 24/7 to help Peachtree City area homeowners maximize savings this summer and for years to come.

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

Powers Heating & Air serves Peachtree, GA and the surrounding areas.  Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

Selecting A New Thermostat For Your Home? 3 Key Considerations

If your air conditioner or furnace seems to run constantly without ever sufficiently cooling or heating your home, the thermostat may be the cause. When a thermostat does not regulate the temperature in the home properly, higher energy costs often result. Look at the following three considerations to help you in selecting a new thermostat for your home.

Determine The Type of Heating And Cooling System

The type of heating and cooling system determines the type of thermostat you’ll need to install. If you have central air and a furnace, you need a mechanical or electronic low-voltage thermostat. If you have baseboard heating or wall-mounted heat, you need a mechanical or electronic line-voltage thermostat.

  • Mechanical thermostats allow you to control the temperature in your home by changing the setting as desired.
  • Electronic thermostats provide you with precise control by allowing you to program the thermostat to maintain the desired temperature for a set period of time.

Programmable Or Non-Programmable

A thermostat effectively controls the temperature in your home while conserving energy and energy costs. When you use a mechanical thermostat, you have to be diligent about controlling the temperature to ensure you aren’t wasting energy and ultimately affecting energy bills. You can install a programmable electronic thermostat that has controls you program to regulate the temperature in your home during different times of the day. For instance, you can set the controls at a higher or lower temperature while you are at work and decrease or increase the temperature shortly before your return.

Is A New Thermostat Necessary?

If your thermostat is an older model, you may need to replace it, not only to increase the efficiency of the appliance, but also because some older models contain mercury. The mercury in the thermostat may be hazardous to the environment; you should consider replacing it with a newer model.   Also, many local utility companies offer rebates to the homeowner for upgrading to a programable thermostat.

If you’re unsure which type of system you have, call on the trained technicians at Powers Heating and Air to assist you with selecting a new thermostat and installation. Contact us at Powers Heating & Air today to schedule a service call.

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

Powers Heating & Air serves Peachtree, GA and the surrounding areas.  Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!