Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC Blog : Archive for March, 2013

Common Problems with Your Air Conditioning in Swain County, NC

Monday, March 25th, 2013

As summer fast approaches in Swain County, NC, homeowners throughout the area are inspecting, cleaning, and firing up their air conditioners. Spring is the ideal time for making sure that your AC is primed and ready for the high temperatures and humidity levels. Come July, with stifling temperatures, AC repairs can be frustrating. While all homes are different, there are some common air conditioning problems that we see every year. While routine maintenance can go a long way towards preventing major problems, sometimes you just need professional assistance. For Swain County, NC air conditioning repair, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today!

Let’s take a look at some common air conditioning problems:

  • Dirty or clogged air filter. While the primary function of your air filter is to prevent the passage of noxious particle into your home, when it becomes dirty or clogged, it can actually begin to impede airflow. Not only does this decrease energy efficiency, but it also strains the rest of your system. It can lead to frozen evaporator coils and an overheated blower motor.
  • Inadequate cooling. This is a common complaint. If your AC was properly sized for your home, and you’ve noticed a sudden decrease in its ability to cool, then there may be a problem with your air handler, or, alternatively, a crack or leak in your ductwork. Duct leaks can be tricky and difficult to find without the proper training and equipment.
  • Uneven cooling. If you notice hot spots in your home, then there may be a leak in a particular section of your ductwork or a problem with your thermostat. If you have a zone control system, then it could be one of the  
  • Air conditioner won’t start. If you’ve already checked your thermostat, then this could be a thermostat malfunction—it may not be accurately communicating the temperature in your living space.

Unfortunately, like all mechanical systems, your air conditioner will probably need repair at some point of its serviceable life. Make sure you get the professional care your home deserves. Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems for Swain County, NC air conditioning repair today! 

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Why Schedule Duct Testing Before the Air Conditioning Season

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Your air conditioning system is only as good as its ductwork. It does not matter how highly your AC unit is rated for efficiency, if your ductwork has cracks, leaks, or debris within it. Duct testing is a great way to find out whether your ductwork is operating effectively. The process checks for not only leaks and cracks, but also insulation integrity and air loss. This ensures that you will cool your home efficiently all summer long. For comprehensive duct testing in Bryson City, NC, call Premier Indoor Comfort today!

Duct leaks can cause all types of problems. Leaks within the supply channel can allow your AC to cool your attic, wall interior, crawlspaces, or garage. This can also invite airborne pollutants, dust, insulation particles, and other debris into your indoor air. If you have a leak in the return channel, you may be inadvertently extracting hot air from the outside, causing extra work for your already taxed system. This can also create humidity problems. Because there is a certain amount of pressure necessary to the air conditioning cycle, leaks can also cause depressurization problems in the home.

How does duct testing work? The most common method of duct testing uses what’s called a blower door. This is a comprehensive whole home test, which measures duct leaks by pressurizing the entire home. Testing before and after your duct registers are sealed gives you an estimate of how much your ducts are leaking into the outside air. Your duct tester may also use a smoke puffer or a pressure pan to pinpoint leaks further. The other option for duct testing tests them more directly by temporarily installing a calibrated fan within the air handler that pressurizes the ductwork system itself and measures the airflow. It simulates the circulation of cool air, and can be especially accurate when performed correctly.

Ductwork faults are very difficult to find without professional testing. By inspecting your ductwork, you can then take the necessary steps to ensuring that your system is well prepared for the upcoming air conditioning season. For duct testing in Bryson City, NC, call Premier Indoor Comfort today! 

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Getting Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Homeowners in Waynesville, NC know that summer comes quickly and it doesn’t let up well into September. Spring is a wonderful time not only to get organized and clean up, but also to ensure that your air conditioner is ready to perform all summer long. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems offers air conditioning maintenance in Waynesville, NCA for all types and brands of systems. These are a few of the ways that you can make sure that your air conditioning system works well throughout the hot, humid summer here in Georgia.

Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance in Waynesville, NC

Here are some quick and easy things to do to prep for summer:

  • Clean your air filters. Your air conditioner has air filters that are designed to prevent insects, dust, and other debris from entering your indoor air. Without regularly changing, dirty air filters can actually inhibit the efficiency of your system, causing it to work harder to cool your home. Cleaning your air filters is an easy and inexpensive way to prepare your home for the Waynesville, NC heat.
  • Enroll in a preventive maintenance plan. Routine inspection and maintenance for your air conditioning system is one of the best things you can do for your home’s comfort. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems offers comprehensive air conditioning maintenance in Waynesville, NCA, which includes a biannual tune-up, cleaning and safety inspection. It gives our customers peace of mind and the satisfaction of knowing that their air conditioning is performing to the best of its ability all summer long.
  • Clean the surrounding areas. Your outdoor condenser unit may have attracted various debris and organic matter during its off-season. Make sure that no vegetation is crowding the machine and that it has proper airflow circulation on all sides. Get rid of any twigs, leaves or branches that may cause it to work incorrectly.

Getting air conditioning maintenance in Waynesville, NC is a great way to ensure that you enjoy crisp and cool air during the hottest months of the year. To learn more about our maintenance services, or to schedule a seasonal inspection, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today!

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The Basics Of Wine Refrigeration And What Every Wine Lover Should Know

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Guest Author: Cynette Montoya is a writer for Wine Cellar Innovations, a company specializing in wine cellarswine racks, and all of your wine storage needs. She enjoys talking about style, design, and customizing wine cellars. Check out her fun and upbeat articles in the Wine Cellar Innovations Blog on wine cellar transformations.  You can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Wine Cellar Door“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.”

~Andre Simon~

Just how much do you love your wines? A certified wine lover would treat his precious collection as well as possible. For sure, he would want to see every bottle aging gracefully and achieving its peak taste. But in order to accomplish this, he must create the best environment for his prized bottles. After all, wine is naturally delicate. It will not survive frequent fluctuations in temperature and humidity. It will also deteriorate if it is exposed to extreme heat or cold. That’s why if you care for your wines, you should seriously consider investing in the right wine refrigeration system.

The appropriate wine refrigeration cooling unit can provide wine cellars with consistent storing conditions. This would mean an ideal temperature range from 55-58 degrees and humidity of around 55-75 percent. If your wine refrigeration unit cannot meet these conditions for your wine cellar, then you should have it replaced as soon as possible. This can usually happen if the unit has already outlived its productive lifespan due to the wear and tear of everyday use. You cannot afford to scrimp on something so vital, otherwise, all your bottles, including your best vintages will age prematurely.

This is not the only thing a connoisseur should think about. There’s also the question of keeping your bottles nice and fresh and in proper serving temperature the moment you’ve popped open that cork. Keep in mind that serving temperature is different from the wine storage temperature levels we’ve earlier pointed out. The serving temperature varies with every kind of drink you open, unlike wine storage temperature which is generally constant for the entire wine cellar, no matter what bottles you put in there. For example, dry white wines should be stored at 55 degrees Fahrenheit and served between 46-57. Light red wine need to be stored and served at 55 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas full-bodied reds need to be stored below 55 degrees but served at 59-66 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wine Refrigeration

For this purpose, you will also need a good quality wine fridge to store those bottles which you have recently opened. After all, it’s inevitable that there will be bottles that you will not finish on just one occasion. By keeping them stored in the fridge with the right temperature levels, your wines can still remain fresh and in the best of taste conditions the next time you serve them. So basically, a proper wine cellar needs BOTH the suitable wine refrigeration cooling unit and wine fridge in order to give the best care to each and every bottle stored there.

Now would the location of your wine cellar matter when it comes to establishing the ideal wine storage conditions for your collection? Not at all! You can add wine racks anywhere in your home: in the basement, under the stairs, attached to your dining area, or even by converting an unused space anywhere in your home. As long as you install the appropriate wine refrigeration cooling unit, you can keep those bottles safe and sound, no matter where in the home your wine cellar will be built. So if you truly care for your wines, spend a little more time learning how to store and serve them the right way!

*Cheers*

 

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