Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC Blog : Archive for March, 2012

Air Conditioning Tune-up Special

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Schedule your spring air conditioning tune up with Premier Indoor Comfort Systems for only $79. This 34 point tune-up will increase your system efficiency, reduce your chance of a breakdown, and lower your operating costs.

Premier AC Tune up

Proper AC maintenance ensures that your air conditioning system is working as well as possible as it ages. Over time, even the best systems begin to deteriorate and their energy efficiency will gradually decrease. To a certain extent, this loss of efficiency is unavoidable, but with proper maintenance, the drop off will be significantly less. In fact, properly maintained air conditioning systems have been known to retain up to 95% of their energy efficiency over the life of the system.

Interested in the best maintenance around? Check our our AC maintenance program.

Excellence Service Plan (ESP) is a comprehensive preventative maintenance service offered by Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. It places your heating and cooling equipment in the hands of our highly skilled maintenance and repair technicians. We’ll visit your home two (2) times each year and perform a precision tune-up, a professional cleaning and a thorough safety inspection. Truly a superior service.

 

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Major Components of an Air Conditioner

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Ever wondered how your Marietta air conditioner that keeps you cool all summer actually works? How exactly does it use electricity to create cool air and dehumidify your home? It’s actually an ingenious bit of technology developed over a century ago using four major components and a thermostat.

How these parts are implemented may change depending on the type of air conditioner you have and how much space it’s tasked with cooling, but the following components are standard in all AC units:

  • Evaporator – There are two sides to an air conditioner – the warm side and the cool side. The Evaporator is on the cool side and is paired with a fan that blows air over the coils. The air then chills and blows into your home to keep you cool.
  • Condenser – The condenser is the device responsible with transferring heat within the air conditioner. An air conditioner doesn’t actually make anything cool – it just removes heat from one environment and places it into another. By removing heat from one set of coils and transferring it to another, it creates the cooling effect that the evaporator then uses to cool your home
  • Expansion Valve – The expansion valve is responsible for regulating how much refrigerant passes into the evaporator coils. This refrigerant immediately expands when it reaches the evaporator coil due to the pressure drop.
  • Compressor – Once the refrigerant has depressurized and turned back into a gas, it is passed to the compressor which is then tasked with converting it back into a liquid and passing it into the warm part of your air conditioner.

And of course, this entire mechanism is monitored and regulated by a thermostat which tells the air conditioner when to turn on and what level of cooling is needed by your home. The system can also be setup in one of a couple different ways. Self-contained units, like window units, house the entire mechanism in a single box, while a central air conditioner separates the two units – the hot side with the compressor and condenser are placed outside the house.

Because there are so many parts and they work in harmony to create the cool environment you want, your Marietta air conditioning system needs to be carefully maintained. Regular maintenance is a must for every component. To schedule regular maintenance or for any questions about your home’s air conditioning system, give Premier Indoor Comfort Systems a call today!

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The Growing Popularity of Geothermal Heating and Energy

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

It’s no secret that use of alternative energy sources is on the rise in Atlanta. Solar panels, windmills and hybrid cars have been heavily publicized over the past several years as people and governments try to employ energy strategies that are more efficient, friendlier to the environment and more cost effective.

One alternative energy option that you may have overlooked amid the press that the above topics have received is geothermal heating. That is, using the existing energy of the Earth as a means to heat and cool your home.

If you have in fact been unaware of geothermal heating and energy thus far, it is rapidly growing in popularity as an alternative energy source. According to an article in GOOD Magazine, there are projects currently underway that would double the United States’ capacity to produce electricity from geothermal energy. In the summer of 2011, the U.S. Congress approved $70 million in funding to research geothermal energy.

It’s not just the government getting in on the act, either. Some contractors report anecdotally that over the past five years or so, demand from customers for geothermal heating installations has risen noticeably.

What’s all the fuss about? Well, for starters, geothermal heating can lower heating costs dramatically by reducing reliance on electric or fuel-based heat. Anyone that has received a staggeringly high home heating bill knows that any relief would be welcome.

Additionally, geothermal heating has the advantage of being hidden from sight. Unlike solar panels that have to be mounted on your home or a towering windmill that dominates your property, geothermal pipes run underground. Once they’re installed, no one even knows they’re there.

It’s not all great news about geothermal heating in Atlanta. You’ll need some extra land to house the underground coils, and the cost of installation is usually higher than other Atlanta heating systems.

So, geothermal may not be for everyone, but if you are looking for an alternative energy solution, you have some land and you can invest some money upfront to see savings each month, then it might just be for you.

For more information, give Premier Indoor Comfort Systems a call today!

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Geothermal Installation Steps

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Are you interested in geothermal heating for your Conyers home? Are you considering using the natural heating and cooling energy of the Earth as a way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature?

If you are, you probably have a lot of questions, not the least of which have to do with the installation process. You may assume that it is complicated, but in most cases it is quite simple. Here is a simple summary of the steps involved in installing a geothermal system:

  1. The very first step, before any kind of installation can even be planned, is to evaluate the ground on which your home sits to be sure it can support a geothermal system. The area must be evaluated for soil and rock composition, availability of ground and surface water and availability of land.
  2. Once you have determined that your yard can handle a geothermal system, it is time to choose the type of system you need. This depends a lot on the evaluation from step 1, as well as some other factors. For one example, if you have very little land available, you may need to opt for a vertical loop configuration. For another, if you are fortunate enough to have a small body of water on your property, you can take advantage of a pond loop installation.
  3. Your contractor will dig and/or drill trenches for placement of the geothermal pipes. Try not to be nervous. They will disrupt your yard as little as possible.
  4. With the trenches prepared, pipes can be placed in accordance with the configuration you chose.
  5. Your contractor will fill the trenches back in to cover the pipes loosely. You may want to work with a landscaper to fully “re-assemble” your yard where the pipes were installed.
  6. Finally, the installation team will hook up the geothermal system to your home, make any necessary final adjustments, and you are good to go!

If you’re interested in geothermal heating in Conyers, contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today to discuss the installation process for your home.

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Does Solar Make Sense in a Cloudy Area?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

There is a longstanding myth that if you live in a cloudy area you can’t use solar panels because, after all, you cannot see the sun very often. However, the truth is a lot more complicated and thankfully for you it means that solar panels are in fact very useful in such areas.

First, the Science

Solar panels are designed to absorb ultraviolet (UV) rays which are what carry the light we see during the daytime. However that light is not the actual energy being absorbed by the panels. While we may see a ray of ‘sunlight’ as a single entity, it is actually very complex. The light itself may be partially blocked by the clouds, but the UV rays that your solar system needs to generate electricity still get through even on the darkest of days.

Of course, efficiency can drop on cloudy days, but for the most part, what is important is the number of hours of daylight, not the intensity of that daylight. Another thing to consider is that solar panels are actually more efficient when it is cold outside so cloudy environments that tend to be colder offset much of whatever energy loss they have due to lower daytime high temperatures.

Why the Difference Doesn’t Matter

The real issue in terms of solar generation is the number of hours of daylight averaged throughout the year. The longer the day, the more sunlight exposure your panels get and the more electricity they generate. Fortunately, most people have the option of staying attached to the power grid.

Unless you live in a rural area with no power grid nearby, you can simply remain attached and when the winter months roll around, pull electricity from the grid. Better yet, you can supply electricity to the grid during the summer months when you produce excess electricity (and yes, you will do that!) and have a credit on your account that allows you to get free electricity in return in the winter.

If you have any questions about whether or not a solar system will work with your Riverdale home, give Premier Indoor Comfort Systems a call!

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