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What Is Short Cycling in an Air Conditioner and Why Do I Need It Repaired?

May 25th, 2015

Short-cycling is a name for behavior from an air conditioning system where the compressor turns on and off rapidly, rather than staying on long enough to complete its cooling cycle. Short-cycling is a symptom of a malfunction somewhere in the air conditioning system, and there are numerous reasons that AC may start to act this way. To stop short-cycling, you must call on HVAC professional to investigate and locate the cause of the malfunction and repair it. Continue Reading

3 Interesting Options for New Air Conditioning Installation

May 18th, 2015

You might not think of a central air conditioning system as “interesting.” It is simply an appliance that’s necessary if you want to enjoy a comfortable few months in your home during a Bryson City, NC summer. But there are indeed some very interesting options when it comes to a new air conditioning installation. The standard split system air condition is no longer the only player in the world of cooling. You have a number of alternatives available to consider, and some of them are substantially different from the conventional central AC. We’ve listed three of them below. Continue Reading

How Does a Ductless Air Conditioning System Work?

May 11th, 2015

The standard way that a central air conditioner sends out cool air through a building is within a network of ducts. These ducts are attached to a large air handler in the indoor unit, which is connected to an outdoor condenser where the heat removed from the indoor air is released. Continue Reading

Help, My Water Heater Isn’t Giving Me Enough Hot Water!

May 4th, 2015

A well-installed storage water heater that receives annual maintenance from professionals should last 20 years, or possibly more, before it needs to be replaced. During that period, the water heater should deliver a reliable supply of hot water to a household. You’ll have a good idea of how much work you can put on your water heater before the water supply goes cold.

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Reasons to Consider a Wireless Thermostat for Your Home

April 27th, 2015

If you still have old manual thermostats in your home, or no-frills digital thermostats, it’s time to upgrade to new technology. Thermostats are more than just the devices you use to communicate with your air conditioner and heater. They can make your life more convenient, improve comfort, and help save money. One of the best options to consider for a new thermostat is a wireless model.

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3 Benefits of Using a Solar Air Conditioning System

April 20th, 2015

Solar power has universal potential for providing energy for homes and businesses. Photovoltaic panels and solar converters change the radiant energy of the sun’s rays into usable alternating current that can power any electrical appliance or system in a home. This is how a solar air conditioner operates: the PV cells and the converter send electricity to the air conditioner to run its components. A battery stores power for periods when there is no sun power available. Continue Reading

Does My Geothermal Heat Pump Need Maintenance before Each Summer?

April 13th, 2015

A geothermal heat pump is one of the most durable of all residential comfort systems. The one that you have working for your home (and give us a call if you want one installed) should last for decades while providing you with energy-efficient heating and cooling. The indoor heat pump components of a geothermal system have an average lifespan greater than 20 years, and the ground coils can endure for more than 50 years!

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How Does a Home Electronic Air Purifier Work?

April 6th, 2015

When you are looking for methods to improve the air quality in your home, you will find you have many different options. Some will work better than others. Some may have no effect at all. This is why you should always seek the assistance of indoor air quality professionals who will not only find the right air cleaning method to match your home’s needs, but who will also install the new system so it works with maximum efficiency.

To get a good start with increasing your indoor air quality, call on the experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. We install a variety of air filters, purifiers, and cleaners for homes in Franklin, NC and the surrounding areas.

The electronic air purifier

One of the choices you have for cleaner air is an electronic air purifier. A professional can integrate this device into you HVAC system, where it can remove some of tiniest particles of contamination that circulate through your ducts. Where standard air filters do well at stopping larger contaminants such as dust, dander, and pollen, for getting through, they have difficulty with gas and odor molecules. Electronic air purifiers, however, are excellent at eliminating these pollutants, such as smoke, pesticides, and household chemicals.

Here’s how an electronic air purifier performs its job: It create an electric field through a process called corona discharge that affects a section of the HVAC system that all air must pass through. This field ionizes particles in the air, which causes the larger ones—such as contaminants—to either gain or lose an electron. A particle that gains an electronic develops a negative charge; a particle that loses one develops a positive charge. These negatively and positively charged particles are now attracted down toward a set of plates on the purifier where they are trapped. A number of differently charged particles will also be attracted toward each other, clump together, and fall out of the air.

This process keeps your air clean and also doesn’t interfere with air flow. An air purifier can be combined with mechanical air filters for extra cleaning power: ask you indoor air quality professional about the best set-up for your needs.

Premier Indoor Comfort Systems is glad to help you with installation of air purifiers and other indoor air quality devices. We also provide repair services and maintenance whenever your air purifier needs them. Call us today to find out more about how we can help your household enjoy the healthiest and most comfortable air possible.

What Is a High Efficiency Ductless Mini Split System?

March 27th, 2015

One of the great things about a ductless mini split system is that it can be quite energy efficient. This is due in part to the use of indoor blowers that help you customize your cooling and, if you have a heat pump, heating. But you can maximize the energy efficiency of your ductless system by choosing a ductless system that is considered high efficiency. What does this mean? A high efficiency ductless mini-split system for your Atlanta home is one that has a SEER rating over 15, which is two levels higher than the mandated SEER of 13. How is this important? We’ll explain more below.

SEER Ratings

SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio and it tells you, on a scale of 1 to 26, how energy efficient your air conditioner will be; the higher the SEER number, the better the energy efficiency. In 2006, the federal law regarding the minimum required SEER for air conditioners was updated, raising the minimum from 10 to 13. To be considered high efficiency, an air conditioner has to have an even higher minimum SEER than the mandated SEER, so high efficiency air conditioners typically start at SEER 16 and go all the way to 26. Why is this important? It’s estimated by the EPA that each SEER point higher on the SEER scale can save you an average of 10% on your annual cooling costs. This means that if you replace an older AC with a SEER of 13 with a new AC that has a SEER of 18, you could save up to 50% on your annual cooling expenses. However, it’s important to keep in mind that high efficiency systems typically have higher initial costs, so it’s important to balance these costs before purchasing and installing.

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The best way to assess if a high efficiency ductless mini split system is a good choice for your Atlanta home is to work with a trained professional.

The AC experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems can help you choose and install a high efficiency ductless system that will work for you, your home and your budget.

What Are the Benefits of a Residential Exhaust Fan?

March 20th, 2015

Exhaust fans aren’t particularly exciting, nor do they change very much, but these steady components can help improve your home’s ventilation a great deal. The ideal placements for exhaust fans are kitchens and bathrooms, as these areas tend to generate a lot of odors and moisture. However, other areas, like garages and laundry rooms, can benefit from exhaust fans, too. Exhaust fans can offer your home several benefits, as we’ll outline below, but to gain any benefit at all, it’s important to hire an expert for installation. The electrical professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems have been helping customers in Atlanta and the surrounding areas since 1999, so if you are looking to install a residential exhaust fan, call us today!

Ducted vs. Non-Ducted

The first thing to know about any exhaust fan you install is that you can choose either a ducted or non-ducted fan. As the names indicate, a ducted fan uses an air duct by which to expel the indoor air and moisture; a non-ducted fan filter air through charcoal, then release the cleaned air back into the room.

Benefits Exhaust Fans Offer

As mentioned above, one of the main benefits an exhaust fan offers your home living spaces is better ventilation. But, there are some other benefits to consider:

  • They help remove excess moisture – exhaust fans pull excess moisture from areas and expel it, removing it permanently from your home. This action can be especially helpful with areas like bathrooms and kitchens.
  • They remove smoke and odors – we’ve all experienced the smoky dinner, or maybe you have a smoker in your home. Exhaust fans help to quickly remove smoke and odors, making your indoor air more breathable.
  • They help improve comfort – exhaust fans help maintain circulation and remove excess moisture, increasing your overall indoor comfort.

Call the experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems and schedule an appointment for exhaust fan installation for your Atlanta residence today!