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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.

The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

What Is a Ventilation Control System?

August 25th, 2014

The letters HVAC stand for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.” There is a good reason that ventilation is included so prominently: the ventilation system in your home is a crucial part of how well the air conditioning and heating work and how efficiently they operate. The best air conditioner ever manufactured will provide little comfort and drain large amounts of energy if attached to a deficient ventilation network. Perhaps even worse, a polluted set of ducts can lead to the ventilation lowering indoor air quality.

One way to allow for the best comfort and energy-efficiency in your HVAC system is through the installation of a ventilation control system that allows in fresh air without harming performance or air quality. You can call the professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems to find out more about how we can install a ventilation control system in Tyrone, GA for your home.

You deserve to receive the best quality from your HVAC system, and our technicians can deliver it for you. Call us today to learn more about ventilation control systems. 

What ventilation control systems do for your home

A ventilation control system consists of motorized dampers connected to control and monitoring devices. Once an installer hooks up these components, the monitors begin to track all the factors that will influence ventilation in your home. Specifically, the monitors measure the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the humidity, and your settings on the thermostat. The system then determines how much fresh outdoor air to ventilate to the inside, and for how long. The systems continues to monitor temperature and humidity (it will not allow indoor relative humidity to rise above 55%). The damper will also remain closed in cases of extreme temperatures (such as 100°F outdoor heat), although you can always disable this feature if you wish.

With the ventilation control system working for your home, you will receive a steady supply of fresh air that will benefit your indoor air quality, but without having a negative impact on your heating and cooling system that will drive up your bills.

You need to make sure that you have professionals install you ventilation control system in Tyrone, GA: it must be correctly calibrated and the dampers properly fit into the ductwork, or else the system will not provide you with the benefits you want—it may even work against you and cause extra stress on the heater and AC. A technician familiar with these systems will see that you receive a quality installation.

Contact our staff at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today to ask about how we can fit your home for a ventilation control system. We offer a number of ways to help you increase your indoor air quality—air filters, cleaners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and energy recovery ventilators—so schedule an appointment to learn what we can do to increase your home’s comfort.

What Are the Advantages to Standard Tank Water Heaters?

August 18th, 2014

If you are currently looking to replace your home’s water heater, then you are probably already of the option of installing a tankless system. Tankless water heaters have numerous advantages which have made them an increasingly popular options for U.S. homes. Since they only apply heat to the water when a tap comes on requesting hot water, they won’t run out of hot water and use far less energy than standard tank models. In addition, they have longer lifespans (5–10 years) and take up less space.

However, tankless water heaters are not the ideal option for every home. There are some cases when you will want to stick with the familiar option of storage tank water heaters in Smyrna, GA. Although they are older technology, storage water heaters have some advantages over the newer models.

For detailed information on Tank vs. Tankless that will help you decide on the right system for you, call the professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.

Some of the benefits of storage tank water heaters

  • Lower installation cost: Tankless systems are more expensive upfront to have installed, sometimes as much as three times the cost of storage water heater. Although tankless systems will earn back the extra expense with energy savings, your immediate budget plans may make a standard water heater a better option.
  • No natural gas line changes: Natural gas is the best option for a tankless system, but the current natural gas piping in your home may be insufficient for the needs of the new tankless water heater. This can mean higher costs for installation. But a storage tank water heater can simply hook up to the current gas supply with no alterations.
  • No circuitry changes: What about an electric-powered system? The situation is much the same: tankless systems may require installation of a new circuit to handle the amount of power they need, but storage tank heaters will be ready to go with you current electrical power load.
  • They don’t need high flow rate: “Flow rate” is how much water you need heated at one time. If you do not have a household that places a large demand at one time on the water heater, the flow rate may be too low to activate a tankless water heater. Storage water heaters have no minimum flow rate, however.
  • Immediate hot water: Because storage water heaters have a supply of heated water standing by for use, you won’t have to wait long for the water to reach the taps. With tankless water heaters there can be significant lag time, which is both inconvenient and wasteful of water.

An expert in tankless and tank water heaters in Smyrna, GA can help you determine the best choice for your household. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems aims to provide you with 100% satisfaction when you call us for water heater service.

Should I Have an Air Cleaner for My Home?

August 11th, 2014

Indoor air quality is a major concern in the U.S. today. Most people in the country spend 85% of their time indoors, and the lack of sufficient air circulation in most buildings leads to stale air filled with various pollutants being cycled through the ventilation system.

You can increase the amount of fresh air in your house by opening up doors and windows. However, this is often impractical during hot and cold days, and your home will end up gaining or losing heat, putting extra pressure on your HVAC system. There are other solutions to the problem of low indoor air quality, however, such as having an air cleaner installed.

To find out if your home will benefit from an air cleaner, contact our indoor air quality specialists at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. We handle many types of air cleaners for Kennesaw, GA homes, and can offer other suggestions for improving your air quality.

What does an air cleaner do?

There is some confusion about the terms air cleaner and air purifier, and they are sometimes used interchangeably. For our purposes here, an air cleaner is a filter that uses mechanical means to remove contaminants from the air that passes through it.

The most common type of air cleaner, the HEPA filter, uses a mesh of fibers to catch particles down to 0.3 microns in size. A HEPA filter can remove 99.97% of these contaminants. It can also affect smaller particles, although not as effectively.

When is a mechanical air cleaner a good idea for a home?

An air cleaner is useful if you have people in your home who suffer from asthma or allergies, since the fibers will stop almost all the particles that can trigger attacks, such as dander, dust, pollen, dust mites, and mold spores. If your home does not have problems with gaseous contamination (smoke, exhaust, pesticides, other chemicals), then a mechanical air filter should be sufficient for your needs.

However, since mechanical air cleaners will not affect gaseous or odor molecules, you may consider having an electronic air cleaner installed instead. You may also choose to have both types of air cleaning systems put in. Consult with an indoor air quality specialists to find out what type of air quality control will benefit your home the most.

A professional will help you pick the right air cleaner for your home and install it so that it does its job. You should also rely on professionals for regular maintenance as well as replacement filters.

Premier Indoor Comfort Systems installs a variety of air cleaners in Kennesaw, GA. Contact us today and schedule an appointment to help gain healthier indoor air quality.

What is Refrigerant and Why Is It Important?

August 4th, 2014

Some people believe air conditioners create cool air. It’s a reasonable assumption; when you put your hand near the vents, you feel cool air enter your home. However, this assumption is not entirely accurate. Instead, refrigerant, a chemical blend that changes easily from liquid to gas, removes heat from your home so that cool air can return through the ducts.

Refrigerant is a generic name for one of a number of chemical blends that continuously evaporates and condenses as it moves throughout your system. Originally, refrigerant was far more toxic than it is today, and it was once a major source of ozone depletion. However, these blends have been phased out in favor of refrigerant that is less toxic and better for the environment.

The ideal refrigerant blend uses very little energy to change from gas to liquid form. It begins its cycle at the compressor, where the chemical is compressed into a very hot, high-pressure gas so that it can move through the rest of the system. Then, it moves to the condenser coil. Here, a fan blows the outdoor air over the coil. As the air passes over the coil, condensation occurs and heat releases from the refrigerant into the air.

The cooled refrigerant, now a high-pressure liquid, moves indoors toward the evaporator coil after passing through an expansion valve which lowers both the temperature and pressure of the liquid. A fan blows warm indoor air over the evaporator coil starting the process of evaporation; refrigerant changes into a gas, absorbing the heat from your home in the process. Then, refrigerant moves outdoors to the compressor to begin its cycle again.

When your system is installed, refrigerant is given a certain “charge,” or level, at which it is to remain. If you run low on refrigerant, then either refrigerant was not charged correctly in the first place or you have a leak somewhere along the refrigerant line that needs repairs.

If you have a problem with your refrigerant, our technicians can recharge the refrigerant and seal any leaks for continued performance and efficiency.

When you need air conditioning repair or maintenance, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems for expert air conditioning services in Marietta.

Why Geothermal Drilling Is Sometimes Necessary

July 28th, 2014

The core of how a geothermal system for a home works is the set of loops in the ground that carries the refrigerant (water or a water and anti-freeze solution). The refrigerant absorbs the heat from the ground and carries it indoors to be released through a condenser coil into the ventilation system of a home. During warmer weather, the process reverses, and the indoor coil functions as an evaporator coil to absorb heat, which the refrigerant than deposits into the ground.

Although geothermal installation is an intensive process and can sometimes take up to six days to complete, the longevity of these systems and their energy efficiency makes them worth this upfront investment in time. In many cases, little drilling is necessary for installing a new geothermal system. However, there are cases where geothermal drilling in Atlanta is necessary for proper installation, as we’ll explain

To learn more about how Premier Indoor Comfort Systems can install a geothermal heating and cooling system for your home, contact our geothermal specialists.

Geothermal drilling

In order for a geothermal system to work efficiently, its coils must be placed at least 6 feet below the frost line. At this depth, the earth’s temperature remains stable at around 54°F regardless of the topside weather. The geothermal heat pump will always has a ready supply of heat for operation.

However, the depth necessary to place the coils changes from location to location depending on the average temperatures. For warmer spots, the pipes are placed in a horizontal configuration close to the surface; this requires no drilling, but instead digging out shallow trenches so that loops can be laid down into a 6–10’ groove, then covered over. If you require the loops placed at a much lower depth, then a vertical configuration works better. In this case, it’s necessary to use drilling to go down to the required depth. Although drilling is a large operation, it creates less disruption to your property, and when the system is installed will work more efficiently at the greater depth.

The other time when it is advisable to have drilling to place a vertical loop configuration is when you lack the property space to fit a horizontal set of loops. Vertical loops can fit on most properties without problem.

You don’t need to know right now the type of geothermal loops you should have. When you contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems for geothermal installation, we will send out a technician to survey your land and determine how best to set it up with refrigerant loops. We will then take care of all the necessary excavation and geothermal drilling in Atlanta, GA to provide you with the best possible heating and cooling system.

Are Solar Panels Hard to Repair?

July 21st, 2014

These thoughts might have occurred to you when you looked at a large array of solar panels pointing toward the sky from the roof of a house or from a large industrial enclosure: “Wouldn’t it be very easy for those things to break if something fell on them? And how difficult would it be to have the damage repaired?”

We understand the concern; the workings of solar power are not yet common knowledge (although with the increase of solar installation, they may become so soon), and the photovoltaic (PV) panels look like they might be fragile.

We’ll get to the bottom of solar panel repair and its difficulty to show you the sort of investment you can expect when you decide to hook up your home for solar energy.

For installation, maintenance, and solar repair in Marietta, GA, look to the trained and certified specialists at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. Call us today!

Solar panels and repair needs

Solar power systems are incredibly durable, and because they contain few moving parts, they rarely need repairs of any kind. A solar power array can last for many years, enduring far longer than standard electrical and fuel-powered systems.

The principle concern with solar power is damage inflicted on the PV panels. However, the covers over the panels are flexible and highly damage-resistant. A simple hard rain will do no major injury to them. It requires more extreme weather conditions, falling branches, and tossed stones to inflict damage that can crack the casing over the PV cells and stop them from working. In some cases, the mounting frame for the panels and the cables holding the frame can come loose; although this will need repair, it is highly unlikely that the entire frame will break away from the top of the roof.

When breaks on the covers occur, the repair work is not difficult for a professional. The solar expert will go onto to roof and inspect which of the panels have broken covers, and then check to see if the PV cells are still working. If they are, the repair technician only needs to replace the cover or patch the cracks. The technician will also check for loose connections and repair them.

In cases of non-working PV cells, the cell will need replacement. Again, this is not a difficult procedure and should only take a short time.

In general, you can expect to have fewer repair calls for your solar power system than you ever did for your furnace, boiler, heat pump, or air conditioner. With proper solar installation in Marietta, GA, solar repair will be a rare occurrence. Make sure to have the skilled solar experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems take care of your solar installation, maintenance, and repair work.

3 Things You Need in a Wine Cellar

July 14th, 2014

If you are a connoisseur of fine wines, there is only so long that you can get by with a basic wine rack to serve as storage for your collection of vintages. At some point, you will either need to have a special wine cabinet or a full wine cellar to make sure that your wine is stored at the proper temperature and humidity to protect it and so that it ages correctly. You will have greater assurances of wine that tastes its best with a properly designed wine cellar.

Along with providing services for home comfort, the team at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems also installs, maintains, and repairs wine storage areas, such as wine cellars, in Atlanta, GA. When you are interested in going to the next level with wine storage, contact us for the help you will need.

Here are 3 things you need for a wine cellar (aside from wine)

  1. A cooling system: One of the basic guidelines for storing wine is to “keep it cool.” Your wine cellar should never rise higher than 70°F, which will cause the wine to age rapidly, and in the short term it will “cook” the wine and remove flavor. This is also a poor serving temperature, regardless of the grape. You want to target a cooler temperature range of 45°F to 65°F; many connoisseurs think that 55°F is the ideal temperature. The proper wine cooling system will maintain the best temperature inside your cellar so that your wine ages well and is always at the best temperature for serving.
  2. Insulation and vapor barrier: Insulation is an important part of maintaining the temperature inside the cellar from outside weather conditions. This insulation is different from that in the rest of a house, since it is concerned not with keeping people comfortable, but shielding wine. Controlling humidity is also extremely important to protecting the wine in a cellar. A vapor barrier in the insulation will prevent the entry of excess moisture that can result in poor aging. The barrier will also prevent a loss of too much vapor, since dry air will lead to cork cracking.
  3. Proper lighting: Wine cellars are not merely utilitarian spots in your home, and they are rarely literally dark underground cellars. They should be designed to look beautiful and enticing, and for this they will require the right lighting. The lights must serve two purposes: pleasing illumination, and maintaining the proper temperature. Your installer will help you pick out the right bulbs that will not add excess heat and spoil the well-maintained temperature balance.

This sounds like a great deal of work, but if you hire expert wine cellar installers, you will have few worries.

Our specialists in wine storage at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems have installed many excellent wine cellars in Atlanta, GA over the years, and you can trust your collection of valuable vintages to us.

Measuring Space for Solar Installation

July 7th, 2014

The number one concern that most homeowners have when it comes to solar panel installation is: “Do I have enough space for it?”

The image in the popular imagination connected to solar energy is of huge arrays of solar panels, sometimes lengthy rows and rows of them, tilted up toward the sun. But this image isn’t realistic, at least not when it comes to the more modest power needs of a home. You may think that you have insufficient roof space for a solar power system, but when you call up experts in solar installation in Atlanta, GA, you might be surprised to learn about the possibilities.

Premier Indoor Comfort Systems specializes in finding solar energy solutions for homes. We offer a number of products that use solar power, including the SunSource Home Energy System, which is a complete heating and air conditioning system.

Our experts will help you measure the space needed for the photovoltaic panels to see how best to supply you with the efficient power of the Sun. Contact us today to learn more.

Solar installation and roof space

The number and size of photovoltaic panels necessary for a home depends on electrical needs. If you only plan to install a solar water heater—which is a very good “gateway” product for solar power—you will require a much smaller amount of roof-real estate. However, you may have room on the roof to power your whole home.

First, you and the installer will determine how much energy your home uses, or how much of that energy you want to power through the solar panels. Second, you must determine the amount of Sun exposure your home receives, which depends on average weather but also upon a home’s position. Third, the efficiency of the PV panels themselves is factored in. The most efficient panels on the market today use approximately 21% of the Sun’s energy, although less expensive ones use around 15%.

For example: if you want to power about half of your home’s electrical needs using solar energy, and you use 48 kilowatt-hours of energy per day and have average sun exposure, you would need about…

See, here’s the thing… we still don’t know exactly. There are too many factors to consider. System can have from 1 to 15 solar panels, depending on efficiency and solar exposure. However, although we don’t know now, we can find out. When you hire solar experts for your installation, they will take all the factors available to determine the exact measurement of the solar panels necessary to get the job done.

Don’t let solar installation in Atlanta, GA frighten you off: with a call to Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, we will take over the hard number-crunching to discover out how much roof space you need to have the solar energy solution you want—and we’ll take care of the installation job so your PV panels will work their best.