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Advantages of Using an Energy Recovery Ventilator in Waynesville

November 10th, 2014

Losing heat is a concern for every homeowner each winter. To combat this loss, many people make their homes energy efficient by sealing windows and doors and installing the proper amount of insulation in their homes. These approaches are all very good, but one problem can emerge: the home can become too air tight and healthy ventilation can become an issue. So how can Premier Indoor Comfort Systems help you have good ventilation in your home and still maintain your energy efficiency? Consider the installation of an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) in Waynesville.

What Is an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

An energy recovery ventilator is a ventilation system that exchanges the stale air from your home with fresh air from outside without wasting energy.

How Does an ERV Work?

An ERV works by transferring the thermal heat and moisture between exiting and entering air streams. During the winter months, the stale, warm air from your indoors is exhausted to the outdoors; at the same time, cool, dry, fresh air from the outdoors is drawn indoors by a fan. In the core of the ERV, the thermal heat and moisture from the outgoing air is applied to the incoming air. This action pre-treats the incoming air so that it is warm and has extra moisture before it enters your air flow. In summer, the opposite occurs: the outgoing dehumidified air pre-treats the incoming warm, moist air, removing excess moisture and cooling it before it enters your system. The pre-treating action of the ERV provides numerous benefits:

  • Better energy efficiency – the pre-treating action of the ERV helps take some of the workload off your system; when your system doesn’t have to work as hard to produce the temperature you want, you use less energy.
  • Better indoor air quality – with an ERV, your home has a steady, constant stream of fresh air, which can significantly improve your indoor air quality.
  • Balanced moisture control – during the winter season, the air inside your home can become too dry, making the temperature feel cooler than it is; in summer, excess moisture can cling, making the temperature feel warmer. An ERV can help provide better moisture control by adding moisture to incoming air during winter and dehumidifying it in summer.

If you’ve been looking for a way to improve your energy efficiency and indoor air quality, an ERV may be just the device you need.

Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today and schedule an appointment for ERV installation in Waynesville.

What’s Included in a Heating Maintenance Program?

November 3rd, 2014

A heating system is a large piece of equipment, and there is quite a hefty price tag attached should you need sudden replacement. That’s why it’s important to keep your heating system maintained in whatever way possible. Any heating system must be in top shape to run as efficiently and effectively as possible and to make it last throughout its expected lifespan. Scheduling professional maintenance is the best way to see the following benefits:

  • Longer Lifespan
  • Better Performance
  • Fewer Repairs
  • Greater Efficiency

To get these benefits and more in Kennesaw, sign up for the twice annual heating maintenance program offered by Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. Here are some of the steps of a heating maintenance program such as this.

Inspection

One of the major steps of maintenance is a full inspection of your entire heating system. A technician will check the system for proper operation and startup capabilities and test the thermostat, fan, and other moving parts. Most importantly, they’ll look for any safety concerns, like a cracked heat exchanger (which could leak carbon monoxide) or a gas leak, and ensure proper ventilation from the flue.

Cleaning and Adjustment

Dirt is an enemy to your heating system, reducing its ability to run as efficiently as possible. A technician will clean the outside portion of your unit, some inner components, and the furnace filter, if necessary. They’ll also make many key adjustments. This may include lubricating moving parts, adjusting the gas manifold pressure, tightening wire connections, and calibrating the thermostat.

Additional Services

Finally, a heating maintenance program may include additional discounts and services. A maintenance program involves paying ahead of time for a twice yearly visit from a technician for thorough heating and air conditioning maintenance, or making payments (depending on the service provider). Any additional services will vary from company to company. At Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, we offer a 15% discount on parts or a 5% discount on replacement equipment, and we identify you as a priority customer, so you’ll receive the first available or most convenient time slot whenever you need service.

To sign up for a heating maintenance program in Kennesaw that protects your system, reduces energy bills, and gives you more bang for your buck, give us a call!

Benefits of a High Velocity Heating System in Atlanta

October 27th, 2014

There are a number of choices when it comes to heating systems for your home, but some homes may have structural restrictions that can limit choices. If you are looking for an efficient heating system that can also offer you cooling, you may want to consider a high velocity mini duct heating system in Atlanta. As with any whole-home heating system installation, you’ll want to hire professionals to do the job. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems has provided heating solutions for customers for over 15 years, so if you are in need of heating installation, call us today.

What Is a High Velocity System?

A high velocity system is comprised of a heat pump, an indoor air handler and thin, flexible venting that is about 2” in diameter. This tubing is snaked through walls and the outlets for the air are small, circular openings the same size as the tubing.

The way a high velocity system works is by venting warm air into your living spaces at a high rate of speed – about 2,000 feet per second. This high rate of speed forces the warm air from the system to mix with the existing air in your living spaces, creating a comfortable atmosphere.

Benefits of a High Velocity System

As mentioned above, the heat pump technology of the system allows for both heating and cooling. Other benefits include:

  • No need for a large ductwork system – the flexible venting of the system allows you to install the system without having to install traditional, larger ductwork.
  • Fits virtually any home – because of the way the venting works, a high velocity system can fit with just about any home, particularly homes that benefit from retro-fitting.
  • Energy efficient – the high rate of the air allows the system to use about half the air flow of other forced-air systems, and the heat pump only needs about 25% of the electricity of a standard air conditioning system to operate.
  • Quick heating and cooling – the system heats and cools quickly, while maintaining healthy moisture levels.

If a high velocity mini duct heating in Atlanta seems like a good choice for your home, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today and speak with one of our experts.

Will a Tankless Water Heater Save Me Money?

October 20th, 2014

If you’ve been looking into purchasing a new water heater, you’ve likely come across some information on tankless units. Unlike storage tank water heaters, tankless models do not need to store any water for future use. Instead, water is heated immediately as it passes through the system, which is why you may have heard that these water heaters save energy over traditional units.

However, tankless water heaters are generally more costly than more traditional units and will need replacement at some point in time. Furthermore, sometimes homeowners need more than one tankless water heater, since these units are not very effective at heating water for multiple taps at once. So will these units actually save money over time?

You can always discuss your concerns about the cost of tankless water heater in Bryson City with one of the technicians at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. In many cases, the initial cost of a tankless water heater is offset over the years. Here’s a look at why this is.

Storage tank water heaters have an issue with standby energy loss, meaning that they use a lot of energy throughout the day even though you only need hot water every once in a while. With a tankless unit, a computer lets the system know when you turn on a hot water tap anywhere in the home. When this happens, water heats up as soon as it passes by the heat exchanger in the unit, and the tankless heater shuts off as soon as there is no longer a need, saving money every month.

In some cases, these savings may be somewhat small, and it may take years before you see a return on your investment. However, tankless water heaters tend to have longer lifespans than traditional units. While most storage tank heaters could last about 10-15 years with proper maintenance, a tankless unit may last more than twenty. This means that you will eventually make up for the initial cost and won’t need to replace the unit as often. This is particularly true if you choose the proper technician for installation and schedule maintenance every year.

Tankless water heaters are reliable, efficient units for nearly any home. For tankless water heater installation in Bryson City, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today!

How to Tell that You Need Duct Repair

October 13th, 2014

Your ductwork is the delivery system for your home’s conditioned air. It is an integral part of your HVAC system, but because it isn’t very visible, it can be easily ignored and/or forgotten about. While air ducts are durable and have a long lifespan, they can wear and break just like any other part of your system. Understanding what the signs of faulty ductwork are can help you repair your ducts in Tyrone on a timely basis. Here are some common signs of faulty ducts as put together by the trained and certified technicians at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems:

Signs of Faulty Ductwork

Here are some typical signs that can indicate it’s time to repair your air ducts:

  • High energy bills – faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of the total air loss for your HVAC system. When you lose a significant amount of your heating and cooling, your HVAC system has to compensate for this loss in order to achieve the temperature you’ve set. A system that has to work harder needs more energy.
  • Poor indoor air quality – holes and cracks in your ductwork allow contaminants like dirt, dust and other small debris into your air flow; excess humidity can also become a problem. All of this can significantly reduce the quality of air inside your home.
  • Unpleasant odors – not only can dirt and dust get in from the outside, so can odors.
  • Whistling noises – if you hear a whistling sound when your system is running, this can be an indication that air is escaping from the ducts.
  • Uneven temperatures – multiple hot and cold spots throughout your home can be an indication that certain ducts may have become disconnected, or that there is more wear and tear in one area more than another.
  • Poor installation – it doesn’t happen frequently, but your ductwork could have been installed poorly initially. Kinks in the ductwork, ducts that is too small and poor layout are all examples of poor installation.

Faulty ductwork can compromise your indoor air quality, drive your energy bills up and make your indoor temperature uncomfortable.

Scheduling professional duct repair in Tyrone can eliminate these problems. If you notice any signs of faulty ductwork, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today.

How to Prepare for Heating Installation

October 6th, 2014

Actually installing a heating system is a difficult procedure, and not one that you should attempt without extensive professional knowledge. That being said, you can make your HVAC technician’s job a lot easier by taking a few steps beforehand. Take a look at the steps below to find out how you can facilitate the installation of your heating system.

Proper Unit Size

The first thing you’ll want to do is pick a unit that is the proper size for your home. A unit that is too small will constantly struggle to heat your home, consuming more fuel and costing you money. It will also likely leave uncomfortable cold spots in your house. A unit that is too large will produce more heat than it can use. This lost heat will also cost you money every time the heat runs for a while. A unit that is too large will also “short-cycle” by turning on and off repeatedly. This causes more wear and tear in the long term. Picking a properly sized unit is the first step in ensuring that your heating system is energy efficient.

Make Plans to Stay Warm

It may seem obvious, but if you’re planning to install a new heating system during the winter, you may get uncomfortably cold. If you know it’s likely to be cold on the day your installation is scheduled, plan out how you’re going to stay warm. Blankets, well-insulated clothes, lighting fireplaces, even some hot drinks can make your time without central heating more comfortable.

Clear Enough Space to Work

Installing a heating system tends to involve moving a lot of heavy equipment. Before your professional installer gets there, be sure to clear enough space for them to work safely and quickly. Walkways should be open, as well as the site of installation itself. By doing this, you ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

If you are looking to install a new heating system in your home, contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. We cover the entire Canton area.

How is Radiant Floor Heating Installed?

September 29th, 2014

One of the most uncomfortable aspects of the winter season is dealing with cold floors in your home. Whether hardwood or tile, vinyl or even carpet, cold floors are a bane to homeowners. For some of us, the solution is a good pair of thick socks. There are other options, however, that can address the problem far more effectively and completely. Radiant heating is a technology that involves pumping hot air, water, or electricity through the subfloor to warm the floor of the house. This is done by installing cables or tubes in the subfloor to carry the chosen medium throughout the house. This keeps the floors at a comfortable temperature, and can even aid in heating the rest of the house. Let’s take a look at how radiant heating systems are installed, and how they can effectively heat your home.

“Wet” Installations

Wet installations are the oldest type of radiant floor systems in use today. They involve embedding the cables or tubes in a concrete layer between the subfloor and the floor surface. This system is useful because concrete stores thermal energy very well over a long period of time. Unfortunately, it takes a long time for concrete to heat to the desired temperature, making fluctuating temperature settings extremely difficult.

Dry Floor Installations

Dry installations are a fairly new technique that involves running tubing or cables through an open space between the floor and subfloor. By forgoing the concrete layer present in wet installations, this system heats the floor faster and can adapt to thermostat changes more quickly. The tradeoff is that this system has to run hotter to compensate for the heat lost in the space between floors. There are a number of methods that can compensate for this heat lost, such as installing aluminum sheeting under the floor to reflect heat upwards. Still, there will always be more heat lost compared to the wet installation.

Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems for your radiant heating needs. Our team of Bryson City professionals can help you choose the radiant floor heating system that is right for you.

How Heating Maintenance Can Prevent Repairs

September 22nd, 2014

It’s that time of the year again: time to schedule a regular maintenance visit for the heating system in your home. Just like trips to the dentist or tune-ups for a car, these inspections and adjustments for your heater must be scheduled every year. Without routine maintenance, a heater is at greater risk of working inefficiently, aging quickly, and breaking down.

Perhaps the most important service that heating maintenance provides is to help reduce repairs. Approximately 85% of the repairs that heating systems need arise from problems that maintenance could have spotted and stopped.

How does maintenance prevent repairs?

As with any complex mechanical device, a heater—whether a furnace, heat pump, or radiant floor heating system—will begin to wear down from stress as it works. One of the main goals of heating maintenance is to spot places where this stress is beginning to cause problems, and alleviate the stress as much as possible.

For example, one of the key components in a forced-air heater (such as a heat pump or furnace) is the motor that runs the blower fan. This motor must remain lubricated in order to operate smoothly. If it loses lubricant or develops dirt across its moving parts, it will create more friction as it runs, and eventually will burn out, requiring repair technicians to replace it. But during a regular maintenance session, a technician will inspect all the motors in the system and detect if any of them need cleaning or lubricating. This is similar to what happens with a car engine during a tune-up, and the results are just as beneficial.

Maintenance also locates any malfunctions that have already started, but have yet to turn serious. Usually, an experienced technician can solve small troubles on the spot so they do not develop into something that could shut down the heater. A good example is a furnace that has an electronic igniter that has started to fail. The maintenance technician can swap out the ailing igniter for a new one, preventing what could have otherwise been an uncomfortable few hours after the furnace refused to turn on during a cold day.

Remember the other maintenance benefits

Maintenance is an all-around good deal for your heating system: not only will it lower the amount of repairs the heater needs, but the system will work at its most efficient, saving you money on bills and adding years onto its service life. You will get the most from your investment in a heating system with annual pre-season inspections and tune-ups.

Premier Indoor Comfort Systems offers a comprehensive service plan that delivers yearly precision tune-ups for a home’s heater and air conditioner, and we back our service with a 100% guarantee. Get in touch with us today to take care of your heating maintenance in Atlanta, GA.

Call the heating experts Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today to arrange for your pre-season heating maintenance in Atlanta, GA.

The Benefits of High Velocity Mini Duct Systems

September 15th, 2014

Not too long ago, installing whole-home air conditioning into homes without ductwork could be very costly and time-consuming. These days, there are options on the market for homes without ducts, and one of these options is a high velocity mini duct system. There are a number of benefits to installing a high velocity system, including the fact that this type of system is an especially good choice for retro-fitting older homes.

What Is a High Velocity System?

A high velocity air conditioning system is built similarly to a traditional AC, but a few key differences change how the system delivers the cool air to your home. As the name indicates, the air coming into your home does so at a much higher velocity: approximately 2,000 feet per second. With the air coming in this fast, the vented cool air mixes with the warm air in your living spaces, making the room cooler and drier very quickly.

How Is a High Velocity System Installed?

One of the reasons a high velocity system is great for retro-fitting is that it uses flexible vents with narrow diameters to deliver the cool air. The diameter of the vents is 2”, and the flexible tubing can be snaked into wall spaces that can’t accommodate regular ductwork. Instead of using registers in rooms, outlets the same size as the diameter of the venting are placed in strategic places, such as up high on walls or in corners, and finished with a trim that can match your décor. The indoor unit is compact – in fact, it can fit inside a closet – and the outdoor unit is similar to that of a traditional AC system.

Benefits of a High Velocity System

  • Fits virtually any space – the flexibility of the tubing and the unobtrusive outlets allow for a high velocity system to fit just about anywhere.
  • Quiet delivery – even though the air comes out fast, the tubing is designed to reduce air noise, making the system very quiet.
  • Little to no intrusive construction work – the tubing for the ventwork is designed to be both durable and very flexible, allowing for ducts to be routed through walls, crawlspaces and other tight places in your home.
  • Can remove 30% more humidity – because high velocity systems cool by aspiration, humidity removal is up to 30% better as compared to other AC systems.

If you are in an older home and are looking for whole-home AC, a high velocity mini duct system in Peachtree City may be just what you need.

Premier Indoor Comfort Systems has been installing air conditioners for customers since 1999, and we can help you with your high velocity mini duct system. Call today!

Can Using Exhaust Fans Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

September 8th, 2014

Having an energy-efficient home is important for your comfort and your monthly energy bills. However, as we strive to make our homes more energy efficient by sealing up areas prone to air leaks, we may achieve a level of air tightness that is good for our comfort and energy usage but not so good for proper ventilation. This can affect your indoor air quality in Macon City.

One straightforward and easy way to ensure that you have adequate ventilation in your home is through the installation of exhaust fans. Exhaust fans help circulate your indoor air, removing the stale air that can build up in your home. But you can only gain the benefit of exhaust fans when they operate correctly, and the best way to ensure this is to hire professionals for installation.

Since 1999, Premier Indoor Comfort Systems has installed many different types of exhaust fans for customers, and we can help you with your installation.

How Do Exhaust Fans Work?

There are two kinds of exhaust fans: ducted and non-ducted. Ducted exhaust fans remove pollutants and moisture from your indoor air by sucking them through the fan and blowing them to the outside. Non-ducted exhaust fans work by filtering air via charcoal before releasing it back to the living space.

Why Install Exhaust Fans?

There are several good reasons to consider installing exhaust fans in your home:

  • Better ventilation – as we mentioned above, the more air-tight your home, the more you need to ventilate to ensure healthy air circulation.
  • Remove excess moisture – exhaust fans help remove excess moisture, particularly in areas like bathrooms, which can help balance humidity levels and reduce growth of mold and mildew.
  • Remove smoke and odors – exhaust fans remove smoke and other odors from your home and vent them to the outside.
  • Improved comfort – by improving your indoor air quality, maintaining circulation and removing excess moisture, you can increase your overall indoor comfort.

If your home is lacking in exhaust fans, it may be time to consider installing a few. Your indoor air quality in Macon City is part of your overall comfort, and exhaust fans can be an easy solution to an ongoing problem. Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.