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Some Benefits to Choosing Radiant Floor Heating Installation

December 11th, 2014

So, you’re looking around for a new home heating system, and you’ve heard tell of something called “radiant floor heating.” Radiant floor heating is something that is often overshadowed by forced air systems, especially furnaces. This is a shame, since radiant floor heating actually has quite a few benefits compared to other systems. Let’s take a look at the advantages you can garner by installing radiant floor heating in your home.

What is Radiant Floor Heating?

First things first, what exactly is radiant floor heating? Radiant floor heating is a boiler-based system that uses hot water to heat the rooms of your house. Installing a radiant floor heating system begins by installing a network of water pipes in the subfloor of each room. This network is then connected to a central boiler. The boiler heats and distributes water throughout the house using this network. While the boiler is in operation, the heat from the water is transmitted through the water pipes and up through the floor.

What are the Benefits

The primary benefit of radiant floor heating is simple: it heats rooms better than forced air systems do. There are two reasons for this. The first reason is that water is a much better thermal conductor than air is. Water heats up more quickly, and retains heat for longer, than air does. This allows more heat to be delivered to each room, and for that heat to last longer.

The second reason has to do with the actual delivery system. Forced air systems lose as much as 30% of their heat on average to leaks in the ductwork. That’s almost a third of the system’s total heat output that is being wasted every time the heat is on. Radiant heat systems don’t use ducts at all, thus avoiding one of the biggest drawbacks of more traditional systems.

Overall, a radiant floor heating system is much more energy efficient than furnace systems, and can save you quite a bit of money. If you’d like to know more about installing a radiant floor heating system, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. Our heating experts cover all of Swain County.

Are these Water Heater Noises Normal?

December 4th, 2014

Unusual noises in the home can seem worrisome, or they can just appear to be a normal part of operation for the fixtures and appliances you use every day. When you hear strange noises from your water heater, you may think that it’s a completely normal part of operation. However, it’s important to note that, while water heaters do not run completely silently, a storage tank water heater should not make any sudden unexpected noises if it is working as it should.

When you notice any noise from your heater you’ve never heard before, it’s important to call a water heater expert to ask whether the issue is typical. An experienced technician can best determine whether your particular unit is meant to make this types of noise or if it’s something out of the ordinary. Here at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, we’ve put together a primer on a few of the most common sounds homeowners may worry about.

  • Sizzling Sounds: If you frequently notice a sizzling sound from the water heater, it might be due to condensation dripping on the burner. This could affect the amount of hot water that makes its way into your home.
  • Banging or Rattling: Any unusual loud sound from the water heater like a banging or rattling noise could be due to sediment in the tank. “Hard water,” a problem common to most homes, is an excess of minerals in the water supply. Over time, sediment can build up and bang around in the tank. This can change the pressure inside the tank, which could lead to serious problems if left unaddressed.
  • Rushing Water: The sound of rushing water often indicates that the pressure inside the tank is too high. Pressure must remain somewhat consistent and is monitored by the pressure relief valve. If your pressure is off, it could just be that you need a new pressure relief valve. Alternatively, there may be too much sediment blocking the tank, which sometimes means the problem is serious and a replacement is necessary.

We recommend also scheduling annual maintenance to make sure that these types of sounds do not reoccur in the future.

Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems to schedule service for all types of water heaters in Sharpsburg.

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Do I Need to Schedule Maintenance for My Solar Energy System?

November 17th, 2014

When you switch to solar energy, you make a responsible decision for both your energy budget and the environment. However, this isn’t the last step in keeping your home running efficiently and protecting your electrical system. Like any electrical or mechanical appliance, a solar energy system needs regular maintenance in order to prevent sudden failure and to inspect for any problems before they cause permanent damage to your system.

When your system was installed, your technician had to make several decisions about placement, sizing, and installation, based on your electrical needs, how much sun you have and whether or not you need to be connected to the grid power as well. Furthermore, the technician should have taken many safety procedures to prevent electrical hazards. If you haven’t had anyone inspect your system since installation—especially if your system was not installed by an electrical expert—now is the time to hire an experienced company for solar energy system maintenance to make sure everything is working as it should.

Just as important as your initial maintenance visit, most experts recommend you continue to receive maintenance every year after installation to keep your unit working exactly as it should. A technician will test and adjust electrical connections as needed and inspect the wiring. The photovoltaic (PV) panels that collect solar energy simply cannot perform at their best if they are dirty or cracked, so a technician will inspect for damages and clean the panels so that they are in top shape. Periodic cleaning is especially crucial if you live in an area that is excessively dusty, and professionals know the safest methods to use for this type of cleaning.

Anytime you require solar energy system services, it’s a job that should be left to the professionals. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems has been installing, maintaining, and repairing solar energy systems for years, and can make sure your system is in top condition so you can continue to save money for years to come.

Call our team of solar energy system professionals today to get top quality maintenance your system depends on in Atlanta and the surrounding areas.

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.