You may have noticed that some rooms will occasionally be hotter or cooler than others. Your upstairs bedroom may take longer to cool in the summer, or the kitchen may be chillier in the winter.
Don’t worry! There may not be anything wrong with your system. If your home is multi-level, you will naturally experience the effect of warm air rising to the upper level and cooler air falling to the lower. In addition, solar gain can cause temperatures to rise in certain rooms. This is definitely the case in rooms with west-facing windows during the late afternoon. Forces of nature are not the only factors that will raise your home’s indoor temperature. Cooking and showering will cause the humidity of your home to increase. Even without a raise in temperature, higher levels of humidity can cause you to feel warmer and uncomfortable.
While the laws of nature (and the law of teenagers taking long showers) may be out of your control, you can use your home’s ventilation system to improve the situation. By adjusting or closing registers that are too cool in summer or too warm in the winter, you can divert conditioned air to rooms where you need it the most. By making the laws of nature work for you, you should be able to achieve even, comfortable temperatures in every room of your home. If that does not do the trick, there may be some ventilation issues at play that deserve a closer look.
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Have your Heating system tuned-up for the season, so that you are running at peak efficiency. Operating at peak efficiency will save money because the system doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job.
Replace your furnace or air handler filters on a regular basis. Lack of regular filter changes and maintenance is the number one cause of system breakdowns and costly repair bills.
Keep the thermostat constant. Continuously adjusting the thermostat can be very inefficient. You can, however, lower the thermostat 2-3 degrees during the day while you’re away to save money. For every degree you lower the setting, you can expect to cut energy consumption by up to 3-5%.
Flip the fan switch on your thermostat into the “fan on” mode when heating the house. This process will ensure that air is always being stirred to prevent hot and cold pockets from forming.
Consider a Heat Pump if you are going to replace your outdoor unit. Although a Heat Pump cannot produce air as hot as your gas furnace, when you combine a Heat Pump with your gas furnace you have a system that is much more efficient and still able to deliver the warmth we all love.
Set air vents on the second floor to receive approximately 45 percent of the heated air. This will help even out the temperatures from the first to the second floor of the home. (Remember, hot air rises)
Open the shades and curtains to help produce radiant heat of the sun.
Replace older windows with more efficient low-E glass. These windows help to reduce the heat loss of your homes HVAC system. Also, keep storm windows closed. This saves money and extends the life of the system.
Run humidifiers to help maintain the warm feeling in your home. Proper humidity can make the air feel up to 3 degrees warmer. Which means you can turn down your thermostat a couple of degrees and save money on your utility bills and still feel the warmth that we all love on those cold days in winter. (Depending upon your environment, you may still need a dehumidifier running in the basement)
Clear or cut back shrubs and bushes from the outdoor Heat Pump unit. The sides of the unit require at least 12-18 inches of clearance for proper performance.
Keep fallen leaves, grass clippings, foliage and other dirt and debris away from your outdoor Heat Pump unit. And keep the indoor coils clean, following manufacturers’ instructions.
Don’t block vents or ducts inside the house to assure air flow in the home.
Caulk and install weather stripping around windows and doors (especially the attic) to close air gaps.
Consider use of a programmable thermostat to automatically increase or decrease temperatures during day and night to suit a family’s lifestyle and reduce energy cost.
Keep windows and doors closed to help with the homes natural heat loss.
Progressive Heating & Air Conditioning can help you with any heating and air problem as well as diagnose your whole house and recommend solutions that will provide you and your family with the most energy efficient home possible.
Most of us don’t think about our HVAC equipment until it doesn’t work. Isn’t that the way it goes? Well, your heating and air conditioning system is one of the most important pieces of equipment you have in your home. When it doesn’t work, it’s not just you that is inconvenienced, it is your entire family.
Trust is such an important factor in our trade. We know that. Regardless of where you live – find a NATE [North American Technician Excellence] Certified technician. These guys have gone through some serious testing in a bunch of different areas – including heat pumps, gas furnaces, air distribution, energy efficiency, etc. You can go to this website and type in your zip code to find a company that hires these technicians in your area.
A little bit about us at Progressive Heating and Air:
We pride ourselves on providing our customers with professional installations and reliable service. We are a team of expert technicians and sales engineers trained in all aspects of sales, service, installation, renovation and replacement of commercial and residential HVAC applications. Progressive Heating & Air Conditioning can help you with any heating and air problem as well as diagnose your whole house and recommend solutions that will provide you and your family with the most energy efficient home possible. Progressive Heating & Air Conditioning offers much more than just heating and air! Customer service: that’s what it is all about. Making sure every call gets answered in a timely manner and that every job gets done in a prompt and professional manner by qualified people. Sounds simple doesn’t it? That’s because it is, if you just hang on to that original thought and don’t forget where it is you came from or who it is that got you there.
Oh – and by the way, we are a NATE certified company, and very proud of that!
Give us a call to schedule your appointment or get some advice at 770-253-2665. If you would rather schedule an appointment at your convenience, you can do that on our website.
We are proud to have serviced the Coweta and Fayette county since 1994!
The last two years have been polar opposite when it comes to cold weather. In the winter of 2010/11, we experienced more snow and school closings due to the weather than we can remember. The winter of 2011/12…what winter? Didn’t fall just turn into spring? It just goes to show how unpredictable the weather can be. The state of Georgia has some of the most unpredictable weather most of the time anyway, so I’m sure this is no surprise to you.
Preventative maintenance is important so you’re ready for those cooler/COLD days. Who wants to turn their furnace on during the first thirty degree night and find it not working? What a mess that would be. Cold, stressed, loss of sleep – all when it could have been prevented!
Our annual service agreement customers know the value of this service. They enjoy the following benefits:
- 15% off all repairs
- Priority service
- 2-4 maintenances per year at a reduced savings over a regular tuneup
- Peace of mind
- Potential problems spotted before trouble and major expenses occur
- Extended equipment life
- Lower utility bills
- 2 year price guarantee
- Emergency after hours service that will not be charged at overtime rates
After all that – who wouldn’t take advantage of this service?
ATLANTA (NOV. 23, 2011) — The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); and the International Exposition Company (IEC), producers and organizers of the AHR Expo, have honored Rheem with a 2012 AHR Expo Innovation Award. The recently launched Rheem XR90 Extreme Recovery Gas Water Heater earned this esteemed honor in the award competition’s plumbing category.
The AHR Innovation Awards honor the most innovative new products that will be showcased during the annual AHR Expo, which is the largest HVACR exposition and conference in the world. A panel of judges made up of ASHRAE members evaluated products submitted in 10 different categories based on innovation, application, value to the user and market impact. The plumbing category includes any product or tool used to conserve water, or to direct, distribute or increase the flow of water.
“The Rheem XR90 is truly a one-of-a-kind water heater that has the power to substantially impact the market,” said Peter Reynolds, general manager, Rheem Water Heating division. “The fact is, the Rheem XR90 delivers more hot water, faster and more efficiently than a standard, 50-gallon gas water heater*. We’re so honored that the judging panel from ASHRAE recognized the unit’s innovation and Rheem’s product leadership.”
Launched in July 2011, the 29-gallon Rheem XR90 Extreme Recovery Gas Water Heater heats water 42 percent faster than a standard 50-gallon gas water heater. The Rheem XR90 costs approximately 17 percent less to operate annually: only $261 versus $315 per year** for a standard 50-gallon gas model. What’s more, it has a first hour rating (FHR) of 90 gallons—meaning homeowners get three times the amount of hot water in an hour than what the tank actually holds. By comparison, a standard 40-gallon gas water heater*** has an FHR of 67 gallons.
Once the Rheem XR90 has been depleted of its available hot water, the unit can be ready with 90 gallons of available hot water in only 29 minutes. A standard 40-gallon gas water heater not only runs out of hot water faster, but this unit takes 59 minutes to be ready with 67 gallons of available hot water.
Veterans Day is a time to reflect on those that have allowed us to live. Those that have fought for the freedom that we enjoy every day.
The men and women that have fought for our country come in all shapes and sizes, all ages, and colors.
Throughout the entire month of November, Progressive Heating and Air is giving back to Veterans. A specific portion of everything we do during the entire month of November will be donated to the DAV. As our local community supports us, we give to the Disabled American Veterans. For more information on our program, please visit us at www.progressiveac.com/dav.htm