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Get the “Feels Like” Temperature in Your Home Under Control

Get the "Feels Like" Temperature in Your Home Under ControlThe “feels like” temperature inside your home isn’t always measured by the thermostat or a thermometer’s reading because humidity levels impact comfort almost as much as the actual air temperature. Because humans rely on evaporation to maintain optimal comfort, how fast moisture dries from your skin impacts physical ease.

Overly dry air instantly cools you off, since skin evaporation is fast. In humid environments like ours, too much humidity is a far more common issue than too little. High humidity slows moisture evaporation from your skin that will increase discomfort levels as temperatures climb. Ideal humidity ranges between 30 and 50 percent indoors. Keeping it within those ranges promotes good health.

Warmer air can hold more water vapor than cooler air and as temperatures warm in this region, humidity rises. Normal daily activities like cooking, cleaning and bathing increase indoor humidity even more. While your central air conditioner will remove some of the water vapor as a natural byproduct of cooling your home, you may be able to lower the humidity even more to achieve a better “feels like” temperature without using this energy-hungry appliance by:

  • Using ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathrooms. These fans whisk out steam and water vapor quickly.
  • Placing a portable dehumidifier in an excessively humid area like the basement.
  • Installing a whole-house dehumidifier that works with your HVAC system to remove extra humidity. Although these systems use energy, it’s far less than using your A/C to manage humidity. In fact, you can save approximately three percent on cooling bills for each degree you turn up the thermostat.

Of these options, a whole-house dehumidifier is more effective, convenient and energy efficient than the first two options. It attaches to your HVAC system and through the use of a humidistat, keeps the humidity level at the healthy level you prefer. It drains excess condensation into your home’s plumbing and operates quietly.

Managing the “feels like” temperature will save energy and increase your comfort during the long summer cooling season. To learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air, providing top-notch 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 your “feels like” temperature and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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Your Home Heating Bill: 10 Ways to Save Cold, Hard Cash

Your Home Heating Bill: 10 Ways to Save Cold, Hard CashNo matter where you live, saving money on your home heating bill is probably a big priority during the winter. If home heating is left unchecked, it can get out of control. To help you out, we’ve compiled 10 simple ways for you to save some cold, hard cash this season:

  • Wear more clothes – Instead of reaching for the thermostat at the slightest hint of being cold, try slipping on a sweater and socks, or get yourself under a blanket.
  • Lower the temperature – To keep the heat from turning on when it isn’t very cold in your home, turn the thermostat down a few degrees.
  • Install a programmable thermostat – Manual thermostats are too limited, and require a lot of attention. Programmable models give you more flexibility and will help you lower your home heating bill.
  • Turn down your water heater’s temperature – If you lower the water heater’s temperature to 115-120 degrees, you won’t notice the change, but your monthly bill will.
  • Check vents for obstructions – If anything is blocking your heating vents, this will restrict what your furnace is attempting to accomplish.
  • Improve your insulation – If you don’t have the correct amount and/or type of insulation in certain areas of your home, heat will escape, forcing your heating equipment to work harder.
  • Replace old weatherstripping – Weatherstripping that has become worn out will no longer hold in the heat, so replacement is necessary.
  • Seal leaks – Either conduct an evaluation of your home’s air leakage yourself or hire a technician to do it. Sealing leaks is a great way to keep the heat inside and avoid wasting energy.
  • Shut your fireplace damper – This one often goes unnoticed. If you shut your fireplace damper, this will keep heat from escaping through it.
  • Avoid using ventilation fans unless necessary – These fans are great at pushing out fumes, but they’ll also push out the heat.

If you would like further assistance lowering your home heating bill, or for questions regarding home comfort, don’t hesitate to contact the heating and cooling experts at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been serving the 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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A Ventilation System to Freshen the Air: Choose One That Offers These Benefits

A Ventilation System to Freshen the Air: Choose One That Offers These BenefitsTo freshen the air in your Peachtree City area home, you should consider a mechanical ventilation system. A whole-house ventilation system offers an excellent way to maintain optimum indoor air quality all year round. There are four main types of mechanical ventilation systems available for installation in your Georgia home – exhaust, supply, balanced and energy recovery.

Exhaust Ventilation

This mechanical system is best used in homes with an open floor plan, where depressurization doesn’t pose a safety, health or structural durability risk. It utilizes a fan to remove indoor air from your house.

Supply Ventilation

This system is a good option for homeowners with respiratory issues or chemical sensitivities, as it draws and filters incoming air from uncontaminated areas. The filtered air is routed through your main HVAC return duct, allowing air to be heated or cooled before circulating throughout your home. Additional exhaust fans can be included in kitchen and bathrooms to remove excess odors and moisture.

Balanced Ventilation

This more versatile system equally exchanges air between your indoor and outdoor environment and can reduce the load on your central forced-air system by transferring heat energy.

Energy Recovery Ventilation

Similar to the balanced ventilation system, energy recovery ventilation goes a step further and transfers moisture as well as heat. This reduces the load on your air conditioner and prevents your home from becoming too dry or humid.

Whichever system you end up selecting, it’s important to seek out a specific product with the following qualities:

  • Quiet operation. Choose a unit with a fan noise rating of less than 1 sone.
  • Good controls. Choose a product with a programmable control that will allow you to adjust operation based on whether family members are home or not, thereby saving you in energy costs.
  • Good distribution. Consider remote in-line fans to provide better whole-house air distribution.
  • Filtration. Make sure that ventilation fans can be easily accessed for routine maintenance and that filters can be easily replaced.

For more information on ventilation systems, or for help in choosing the best model for your household, please contact our experts at Powers Heating & Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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