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

Heat Pump Maintenance

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Heating and cooling your Marietta home is a priority. You need your home and family to be comfortable all year round, so you either got or are considering a heat pump. These machines are great because under the right circumstances, they are essentially all-inclusive and incredibly efficient solutions for all your home heating and cooling needs.

Notice the “under the right circumstances” part. A number of things have to be considered when choosing a heat pump, such as the climate and the size of your home. But these are not the only circumstances that influence how well your heat pump works for you. Proper maintenance is a vital component of heat pump ownership, ensuring that you get the best performance out of your heat pump for the longest time possible.

A major part of properly maintaining any machine is to keep it clean. A heat pump is no exception. Dirt and dust can affect the efficiency of your heat pump, as well as speed up corrosion problems. Keep the compressor and coils clean. Check them monthly or so and remove any accumulated dirt. Also, consistently check and change filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Simple cleaning is an easy and effective first step to heat pump maintenance, but there are some things that you just won’t be able to do on your own. For more intensive maintenance, it is best to call in a professional for an annual inspection.

During a routine maintenance check of your heat pump, a technician will inspect the whole heat pump system for problems. He will clean the compressor and coils, tighten any connections that may have loosened up and change the filters as needed. In addition, a skilled technician will be able to detect any early signs of trouble and make necessary repairs to prevent break downs. These small repairs can prevent big problems later on, thereby preventing some serious discomfort and a possible big expense.

For more information about heat pump maintenance or to schedule a service, give Premier Indoor Comfort Systems a call!

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Most Energy Efficient Upgrades for Your Home

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Before you decide which upgrades will make your Atlanta home more efficient, it would be best to get a home energy audit. You can do this yourself with a few simple tests. When your home is properly insulated and sealed, here are some upgrades you’ll want to think about to make your home more efficient.

High-Efficiency Furnaces & Heat Pumps

If you have an old single-stage furnace in your Atlanta home, it is time to upgrade. These furnaces were designed to run on two settings—either off or on, and when they are on, they run at full speed. Not only do they lose heat this way, but they also take longer to warm up your home. The new two-speed and multispeed models run at lower speeds to maintain a constant temperature. You can also buy ones with variable-speed blowers that operate on various speeds, which are the most efficient. Heat pumps are a good option if you need both heat and A/C in your home. While most heat pumps are manufactured to be efficient by design, the newer models are the most efficient way to heat and cool your home. If you have a heat pump older than 15 years, talk to an HVAC technician about a heat pump replacement.

Tankless Water Heaters

When you’ve upgraded your heating system, it may be time to install a more efficient water heater.  Tankless water heaters heat your water with individual units located near hot water applications. You also have the option of installing a single, whole-home tankless water heater, or for appliances that use more hot water, such as dishwashers and washing machines, you can install tankless models just for their use.

Water-Saving Toilets & Low-flow Plumbing Fixtures

Duel flush, or water-saving toilets are an excellent choice for an upgrade if you want to save water. These toilets use less water overall, and you have the option of using more or less water each time you flush. Installing low flow faucets and fixtures can also provide up to 60% in utility savings. Low flow plumbing fixtures reduce the flow rate for each fixture or application, which reduces the overall amount water used in the home. These are a good option if you’ve installed a tankless water heating system. Your tankless water heaters will be more efficient if the sum of the flow rate total for every fixture in the home is lower.

Don’t hesitate to call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems if you have any questions about upgrading your Atlanta home.

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Improving the Energy Efficiency of Existing Windows

Monday, August 13th, 2012

There is a lot to be gained by purchasing energy efficient windows. They can help keep your temperature regulated air in and prevent outside forces from causing your Atlanta HVAC system to work harder to keep your home comfortable. In some cases, it may make a lot of sense to replace your existing windows with newer, more energy efficient ones, but that is not always a viable option.

So what can you do instead? There are actually quite a few steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of the windows you already have. For starters, it is a good idea to make sure that all of your windows also have storm windows in place. Storm windows are not necessarily the best, most insulating things you can buy, but they do provide an important extra barrier against air moving between the indoors and the outdoors.

And not all storm windows are created equal. You can certainly opt for the cheapest kind out there, or you can pay a bit more for a product that actually offers a bit more protection against the elements. You will also have to decide whether you want to go for the type of storm windows that are installed on the outside of your existing windows or on the inside. In general, the indoor windows are the best choice, particularly for windows above the ground floor because they are easy to put in and take out and they provide a better seal against the outdoors.

That is not the only thing you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your existing windows, however. Another important step to take is adding weather-stripping around the windows and caulking any areas where air could come through. Even the smallest cracks can cause large losses of heated air in the winter and cooled air in the summer, so making sure there is a good seal all around should be a top priority.

Another option worth considering is the application of one or more different window treatments. There are high-reflectivity films you can put on your windows that will help bounce the sun’s heat away from your Atlanta home. You can also opt for more traditional sun blockers like awnings and blinds that will keep the sun from penetrating indoors and heating up your rooms all summer long. For more air conditioning tips or if you need AC service in the Atlanta area, give Premier Indoor Comfort Systems a call!

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Powder Spring Water Heater Guide: How a Storage Water Heater Works

Monday, August 6th, 2012

For decades, millions of Americans have used storage water heaters to heat and store hot water for future use, including many in Powder Springs. These tanks are very simple and in many cases have become much more energy efficient, but you probably are wondering how they actually work. Here is a quick overview of a storage water heater tank and how it works.

 The Basics

A storage water heater is exactly as it sounds. A large volume of water is funneled into a storage tank of between 20 and 80 gallons and heated for future use. When you turn on a hot water tap, water from the top of the tank is removed through the hot water outlet and cold water enters the tank through the cold water inlet – replacing the displaced volume and heated by the gas burner beneath the tank.

Water heaters can be electric, gas, propane or oil depending on what is available in your area. When the water temperature falls (as hot water is pulled from the tank), the thermostat opens and the gas burner ignites, heating the water until it reaches the preset temperature of the thermostat and it closes.

The Tank

When a tank is turned on, it is constantly heating the water supply. As a result, standby heat loss occurs. However, modern tanks are being built with exceptionally high insulation ratings (up to R-25) to minimize the loss of such heat. Additional heat loss occurs in gas and oil water heaters that must vent fumes and gasses through an internal flue. Fan assisted gas tanks and sealed combustion tanks reduce this type of energy loss in gas water heaters.

 Determining the Best Water Heater for You

If you want a new water heater for your Powder Springs home, make sure you do your research and learn what types of water heaters will minimize heat and energy loss without reducing your comfort level. Modern tank water heaters are surprisingly efficient, but only certain ones. A Powder Springs water heater professional like Premier Indoor Comfort Systems can help you determine which option is best for you.

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New Lennox Ductless System Available for Atlanta Homeowners!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

NEW, DUCTLESS HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS FROM LENNOX
NOW AVAILABLE FOR METRO ATLANTA HOMEOWNERS

Lennox Ductless | Atlanta | Premier Indoor ComfortAtlanta Ga. – If there’s a specific room in your home that’s hard to cool or heat, a smart, energy-efficient option is now available from Premier Indoor Comfort.

“Lennox 7 Series Ductless Mini-Split air conditioners and heat pumps can make any room more comfortable any time of the year,” said Stephen Samson, CEO of Premier Indoor Comfort.  “They are great for areas like sunrooms that get a little too warm in the summer and too cool in the winter.  Or a room addition that isn’t connected to your ductwork.  Perhaps a media room that generates a lot of extra heat.”

Mini-Split systems use a compact indoor unit connected to an outdoor unit through a small home in the wall. “You don’t need ductwork, they’re easy to install, and they help protect you from insects, weather elements and theft,” Stephen said.

“These new Mini-Split air conditioners and heat pumps from Lennox are extremely quiet, have great energy-efficiency ratings with ratings of up to 22 SEER and are ENERGY STAR® qualified” Stephen explained. “Standard window units blast air into the room at full force, but these Mini-Splits use inverter technology so they slowly ramp up to speed and evenly condition the space.”

“Oh. And there’s a handy remote control, too.”

To learn more about Lennox 7 Series Mini-Split air conditioners and heat pumps, call Premier Indoor Comfort. Premier Indoor Comfort has been providing service in the Metro Atlanta area for over 20 years.

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