According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 99% of new American homes feature at least one type of heating system. Of the nine Census Bureau Divisions, Georgia is part of the South Atlantic states alongside Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Washington, D.C. In this region, all homes surveyed had heating systems.
Despite how necessary they are for surviving the Georgia winter, you shouldn’t settle for any less-than-perfect heating system. In case you didn’t know, energy-efficient heaters offer several big-time benefits. Clockwork Heating and Air Conditioning of Athens has created this list of five of the best benefits of using an energy-efficient heating system.
1. Lower Utility Costs
The U.S. Department of Energy indicates that heaters are responsible for roughly 42% of home utility expenditures. Energy-efficient heaters can substantially lower your heating system’s energy consumption, saving your household money.
Don’t forget these late-model heaters need to be installed correctly. Without performing heat load calculations or planning out other important details, you might not reap any of these benefits. Hiring Clockwork Heating and Air Conditioning will make sure you’ll reap all of these benefits.
2. You Might Not Need as Much Maintenance
In general, your heating system’s manufacturer and your geographic location’s climate are the two most important factors in determining your heater’s maintenance needs. Athens, Georgia, like all of the Southeast, is home to muggy, red-hot summers. Although you obviously don’t run your heater during the summer months, high humidity levels can cause your heating system’s components to rust and otherwise not perform well.
Energy-efficient heaters are less dangerous than their outdated, less-efficient counterparts. With increased safety, as well as decreased energy consumption, situating your heating system inside is a very real possibility. Most homeowners place them in basements, utility rooms, laundry rooms, attics, or garages.
By no longer exposing your furnace, boiler, or heat pump to the ultra-humid Georgia summers day after day, you subject your heater to less strain. As you can imagine, safeguarding your heater will lead to needing less maintenance.
Lastly, in order to reliably achieve greater energy efficiency, manufacturers employ the latest designs, technologies, and concepts. They also use undeniably high-quality components to construct energy-efficient heaters.
On its own, any single factor mentioned above decreases these heaters’ maintenance needs. With these benefits piggybacking on top of one another, it’s no secret why modern energy-efficient heating systems are considered so durable.
3. Energy-Efficient Heating Systems Work Great With Smart Thermostats
For years, homes, commercial buildings, and government facilities have been equipped with programmable thermostats. Although programmable thermostats are generally superior to their manual counterparts, smart thermostats can be connected to your computers, smartphones, tablets, and wireless internet network.
This connection gives you real-time updates as well as the ability to change temperatures while away from home and peruse automated energy efficiency reports.
4. Greater Indoor Air Quality
Homes with poor indoor air quality have high concentrations of particulate matter that is known to negatively impact inhabitants’ health and well-being. Worldwide, common air pollution culprits include persistent free radicals, sulfur oxides, chlorofluorocarbons, and toxic metals.
Although these can also affect indoor air quality (IAQ), your home’s IAQ is more often affected by dust mites, fungi, mold, volatile organic compounds, building material dust, and carbon dioxide.
No home can be completely free of these pollutants. However, highly rated HVAC companies like us, Clockwork Heating and Air Conditioning of Athens, Georgia, can reduce the prevalence of these particulates in your home.
Many modern energy-efficient heating systems include airside economizers or energy recovery ventilators. Airside economizers automatically determine whether welcoming more air from the outdoors will cool your home’s air as well as the air conditioner. If the outdoor air will accomplish this cooling goal, the airside economizer will pull in the air from outside.
In order to work, economizers need indoor air quality readers. These automatically test the concentration of airborne debris, dust, and other particulates. If indoor air quality is suboptimal, bringing air in from outside pushes indoor pollutants outdoors while saving on utility costs.
Energy recovery ventilators swap heat and humidity between the indoors and outdoors. The efficiency of these devices depends directly on the climate they’re used in. With Athens’ relatively high indoor air quality and its high humidity levels during summer, energy recovery ventilators and airside economizers both tend to work well.
5. They’re Environmentally Friendly
Of course, energy-efficient heating systems are good for the environment. Since they use less energy, they don’t place as much strain on power grids, thereby reducing natural gas and coal consumption.
Interested in an energy-efficient heating system? Reach out to us, Clockwork Heating and Air Conditioning of Athens, Georgia, to learn more about our energy-efficient heater installation services. We also deal with indoor air quality, humidifiers, and commercial tasks. We look forward to serving your indoor climate comfort needs.
Why Duct Sealing Is Important
Homeowners who stay on top of duct maintenance tend to avoid a variety of problems. Ducts allow heated or cooled air to circulate into a home. The material used to make air ducts is commonly sheet metal. A combination of galvanized steel and insulation allows ducts to do their job. So do seals, which prevent air from escaping. The air traveling through the ducts must efficiently reach its destination or else costs rise along with the waste. Duct sealing helps prevent energy losses, and that benefits a homeowner’s budget.
Properly Sealing Ducts Promotes Efficiency
Without effective sealing in place, ducts tend to suffer a tremendous loss of energy. Heated or cooled air ends up escaping through small holes and gaps or loose fittings between the ductwork’s components. Not all of the heated air intended for the living room, bedroom or elsewhere reaches its target. Consequently, the furnace has to work harder to compensate for the loss. Since the air is heated by expensive fuel of some sort, additional energy is wasted. Heating bills spiral upwards when the problems in the ductwork contribute to waste. Duct sealing cuts down on these issues by eliminating gaps, holes and imperfections.
Inviting Dust Into Your Home
Indoor air quality may suffer when duct seals come loose or holes are present in the ductwork. Ducts run throughout the inside walls, and they may be near attics, empty rooms or other neglected areas. These less-traveled locations might accumulate a great deal of dust. The possibility exists that dust could enter into the ducts, get picked up by the circulating air and end up carried throughout the home. When all these dust particles get deposited into a room, those occupying the space might inhale them. Keep a keen eye on your vents, and notice if they are collecting dust.
This illustrates that sealing up the ducts is more than merely a way to keep energy costs down. Correcting imperfections in the ductwork’s integrity also supports better indoor air quality. Even after the ducts receive a proper sealing, it might prove beneficial to have the air quality tested. Mold, carbon monoxide and more could be in a home’s air. Carbon monoxide presents a potentially fatal hazard, and homeowners should not dismiss such threats.
Thanks to Clockwork Heating & Air Conditioning, people in Athens, GA, and the vicinity nearby know there’s a local company available to help. We handle ductwork, indoor air quality and much more.
The Even Distribution of Air
As previously stated, contractors install the air ducts in various strategic locations inside a home. The ducts then carry conditioned air throughout the house and deliver it to multiple rooms. Some of these rooms may benefit from a lack of imperfections in the ducts, while others may contend with holes or gaps. When a homeowner walks through their house, it may seem perplexing that some areas are warmer or colder than others. The uneven distribution could undermine the comfort levels in the home. Perhaps checking the ducts would reveal the answer as to why air isn’t being distributed evenly. Sealing the ducts in areas where leaks exist could contribute to more even airflow and better distribution of conditioned air. At the very least, sealing the ducts would improve heating or cooling efficiency.
Temporary Fixes and Reliability
Temporary fixes and half-measures probably won’t provide a reliable seal. Wrapping duct tape around a breach to secure a leak may seem feasible as a stop-gap, but it doesn’t actually do much good. Other inexpensive fixes exist, but their usefulness is questionable. DIY jobs aren’t always thorough, either. Ultimately, homeowners benefit when skilled and experienced professionals handle these repairs.
HVAC contractors have many tools and methods at their disposal to locate leaks in the duct system. Soon after leaks are found, work can begin to fix the problem. It makes sense to inspect the ducts every year even after the system has been sealed. An ongoing problem could occur from vibrations or the house settling, and the seals might come loose again. Home improvement work can also cause the ductwork to loosen. Even high-quality sealing solutions may degrade over time and suffer from defects. Routine duct cleaning and inspections can reveal these defects at the early stages.
Clockwork Heating & Air Conditioning started in 1985 and continues to serve many customers in and around Athens. You can rely on us for all your ductwork or indoor air quality needs. Our team also provides a complete range of furnace, heat pump, AC, humidifier and dehumidifier installation, repair and maintenance services. Call us today.
Your home should be a place of safety and rest. To help ensure that this is true, it’s important to understand potential risks in your Athens home so that you can mitigate those risks as much as possible.
Although there are certainly other pressing risks that are worth addressing, the risk of a carbon monoxide release ranks near the top of the list in terms of seriousness. Fortunately, there are plenty of steps that we at Clockwork Heating and Air Conditioning can recommend to ensure that your family is never put in harm’s way due to carbon monoxide.
How Is Carbon Monoxide Released?
The most common source of carbon monoxide in a home is incomplete combustion in or improper venting of a gas appliance. Furnaces, specifically, are the most common culprit behind carbon monoxide releases that we see at Clockwork Heating and Air Conditioning. Incomplete combustion can occur if the burners on your furnace are dirty or otherwise malfunctioning. Rather than creating a flame only, the burner may create a flame and carbon monoxide.
When it comes to improper venting, a gas appliance, such as a furnace or water heater, may not properly release its exhaust gases into the flue. This can occur if the flue is blocked or develops a crack due to old age. No matter how carbon monoxide is released into your home, it’s important to know that it is undetectable by humans because it is odorless, colorless, and tasteless.
What Are the Risks?
Carbon monoxide exposure carries with it serious risks. Since carbon monoxide can lower the level of oxygen in your lungs, even short-term exposure carries the risk of headaches, dizziness, vomiting, blurred vision, and more. Eventually, exposure to carbon monoxide can cause loss of consciousness and eventually death unless you move to fresh air quickly.
If you don’t die from carbon monoxide poisoning, it can still have lifelong consequences because it can starve your brain of the oxygen it needs to function properly. Therefore, permanent brain damage can occur that can leave you without the use of certain faculties. With that said, we at Clockwork Heating and Air Conditioning want you to know that if you have even the slightest suspicion that there may be carbon dioxide in your home or workplace, it’s important to evacuate immediately.
How Can I Avoid These Risks?
There are several steps you need to take to help reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. The first step is to keep your gas appliances properly maintained. If you have your furnace, water heater, and other gas appliances annually inspected by a technician from Clockwork Heating and Air Conditioning, it is very unlikely that they will develop problems that could cause a carbon monoxide release.
Another step you should take is to evaluate your daily patterns of living. Since carbon monoxide poisoning can also occur due to a release of the gas from a running vehicle, it’s important to make sure that you get in the habit of turning off your vehicle before you close your home’s garage door.
Without a doubt, though, the most important thing that you can do to help reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. These detectors are as essential as smoke detectors when it comes to maintaining a safe home. Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed on every level of your home, making sure that they can be heard from each bedroom, even if it requires installing extra detectors.
You’ll also want to make sure that you don’t place your detectors too close to a gas-fueled appliance, as that could cause false alarms to occur. In addition, it’s important to change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Working Hard to Keep Your Family Safe
At Clockwork Heating and Air Conditioning, our first and foremost concern is your family’s safety. That’s why we offer complete inspection and maintenance services for your furnace and air conditioner so that no dangerous conditions have a chance to develop. We also want to make sure that you and your family are comfortable, which is why we offer dehumidifiers, heating and cooling services, and other home comfort solutions. Our commitment to service has never wavered in our 30-plus years of operation, which is why we consistently receive glowing reviews from our customers. Call us today at Clockwork Heating and Air Conditioning to ensure that your family is safe from carbon monoxide.