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

Air Conditioning Installation Guide: How to Choose an AC

Monday, April 29th, 2013

While we’ve already entered the cooling season in Macon County, NC, it’s not too late to choose a new AC for your new home, or to replace your existing system with a highly efficient model. Because of the range of models and types of air conditioning systems now available, the task of selection can be daunting. You need to take your budget into consideration as well as the size of your home. Furthermore, the most important step should be choosing an air conditioning contractor you trust, and one who has a good reputation for excellent service. For superior Macon County, NC air conditioning installation services, call the experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today!

  • Size: Your AC needs to be match the size of your home. Make sure you find an installer who performs a load calculation of your home so that your AC is just the right size for your home. If it’s too small, then it will simply not be able to cool your home effectively, and may be subject to increased wear and tear because of this overworking. If it’s too large, then it may frequently turn on and off, and you may find yourself overly cold, or having to adjust the temperature constantly.
  • Energy efficiency: Make sure you purchase an AC with a high SEER rating. This acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and every AC sold in the US has one. Energy Star requires a SEER of 14.5. The higher the number, the better, although, there are numerous other factors to take into consideration, such as ductwork and insulation.
  • Ducts or no ducts? Conventional central air uses a system of ductwork circulate cool air through your home, but new ductless mini split systems don’t use ducts at all. Instead, their sleek indoor air handlers sit high on the walls, or recessed in the ceiling.
  • Other considerations: Want a new AC, but don’t have the space in your historical home? A high velocity mini duct system may be just what you need. These highly efficient systems are similar to a conventional system, except that they require much less room for extensive sheet metal ducts within your walls.

We hope this brief guide gives you some ideas. For more information, or to schedule your Macon County, NC air conditioning installation, call the experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today! 

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What to Do if Your AC Breaks Down

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

As we enter the cooling season in Atlanta, homeowners throughout the area are testing out their air conditioning systems to make sure they work properly all summer long. While professional maintenance can often keep problems at bay, sometimes a system failure is inevitable, particularly if your AC is old. In this post, we’ve tried to address what you should do if your AC breaks down. For air conditioning repair in Atlanta, call the cooling experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today!

  • Check the circuit breaker: Make sure that you haven’t just blown a fuse or tripped the circuit breaker. Both of these problems are frequent reasons why your AC won’t start.
  • Check for any water leaks: If there is a water leak around your indoor air handler, the problem may be a condensate drain overflow. The condensate drain pan sits below the evaporator to collect dripping water, and prevent it from damaging your air handler. If the drainpipe becomes clogged, it may overflow, and in turn cause the AC to shut off automatically.
  • Call a certified technician: Keep the emergency number of a reputable AC technician close to hand so that you can call for repair whenever you need it. He will be able to arrive at your home quickly to inspect your system, and recommend a solution.
  • Keep cool: There are a number of things you can do to stay cool if you experience a major AC breakdown. During the day, make sure to keep your shades and curtains drawn in order to reflect the sun’s heat. At nighttime, open the windows to let in the cool breezes. Use ceiling fans and other fans to circulate the air in the home. Cold drinks and light clothes will also help you to stay cool while your AC is being repaired or replaced.

We hope you find these tips useful. Remember to hire only certified professionals to work on your AC, and to say any DIY urges for your truck. For air conditioning repair services in Atlanta, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today! 

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Products to Consider for Your Home

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Solar energy is a relatively new technology that is still coming into its own. During the Bryson City, NC summer, it can be a great pleasure to know that we are not simply blocking the radiant energy of the sun, but actually harnessing it. Not only does this lead to long-term savings, but it also offers a way of living ecologically in tune with the season. There are an increasing number of solar products on the market today worth your consideration. For more information about how the energy of the sun can reduce your bills without sacrificing your comfort, call the Bryson City solar product experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today!

  • SunSource system: The Lennox SunSource™ system gathers the energy of the sun with photovoltaic (PV) panels to power a complete heating and air conditioning system, as well as to supply electrical energy when it’s not being used for cooling. It is a comprehensive system. If your system is not in use, it uses solar energy to send back to the utility company to receive a credit on your electricity bills. The SunSource™ system uses what’s called a grid-tied PV system and you can add solar modules at your convenience to improve the quantity of solar energy your home can harness.
  • Solar water heaters: Instead of PV panels, solar water heaters use a solar collector, which is a large insulated box coated in glazing, which maximizes heat retention. Coolant circulates through tubes within this box, and these convert solar rays into usable heat. You have a standard storage tank, which has a heat exchanger or direct coil heater. The solar water heater is designed for up to 1 hour of continuous hot water usage. You can support it with a backup gas or electric water heater, so that you don’t have to worry about whether it’s bright enough outside to take a hot shower.

Using solar energy is an excellent solution to summer heat and humidity and rising energy costs. For solar products in Bryson City, NC, call the pros at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today! 

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Why You Cannot Postpone Air Conditioning Repair

Monday, April 8th, 2013

As summer fast approaches in Jackson County, NC, you need to make sure that your air conditioning system is running smoothly and efficiently. While we cannot control the costs of electricity, we can control how we use it. We can also make sure to repair even the most minor problems before they begin to damage our systems. Postponing AC repair is hazardous. After all, you made a significant investment in your home cooling system, and taking care of any necessary maintenance and repairs as you go along only helps the comfort of your home in the long run. For Jackson County, NC air conditioning repair, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today!

So, here’s why you cannot postpone air conditioning repair service:

  • Efficiency: It’s on everyone’s mind: the translation between your electricity bill and the comfort of your home. Energy efficiency is second only to comfort, but they often depend upon each other. For example, if you don’t take care of that clogged air filter, it can cause your evaporator coil to freeze over. If you don’t fix your frozen coil, then it can cause your AC to short cycle and it may even require replacement.
  • Longevity: Those pesky minor repairs that build up over time can start to decrease the longevity of your cooling system. When you invest in an efficient cooling system, you need to make sure that it works for as long as possible. Postponing necessary repairs along the way can cause premature replacement. Regular maintenance and repairs allows your system to work for as long as it was meant to.
  • Comfort: During the Jackson County, NC heat and humidity, you need cool and crisp air and you don’t want to take any risks of a major system breakdown. It will not be costly but also time-consuming. If you’re unprepared, then you might be out of an air conditioner when you most need it. By postponing repairs, you put your comfort and that of your family at risk.

Immediately taking care of any necessary repairs, no matter how large or small, ensures that your system will be energy efficient, provide excellent comfort and enduring the hottest summers for the years to come. For Jackson County, NC air conditioning repair, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today! 

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Bryson City Duct Cleaning Tips

Monday, April 1st, 2013

It is sometimes easy to forget about the important role that the behind the scenes components of our heating and air conditioning systems play. When there is a problem that impedes the operation of your home comfort system, though, it becomes much more difficult to ignore these components. If your air conditioning and heating system relies on a forced air distribution system to cycle air throughout your home, the condition of your air ducts is extremely important. Dirty ductwork can lead to a number of problems. Here are some tips from the Bryson City duct cleaning professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.

While not every home that uses air ducts will require professional duct cleaning service regularly, it is always a good idea to have them inspected during routine maintenance service. You can wipe clean your duct registers and even vacuum out the exposed area a bit. However, only a qualified, professional duct cleaning technician has the specialized tools and years of experience necessary to ensure a thorough cleaning of your air ducts.

A number of factors will affect your duct cleaning needs. Everything from the presence of pets in your home to the general cleanliness of your house will help determine whether or not you need to schedule professional duct cleaning. If poor indoor air quality is a persistent problem in your home, duct cleaning can help clear the air.

Dirty air ducts can even reduce the effectiveness and efficiency with which your heating and air conditioning system operates. While it is not likely your air ducts will become so clogged that they block off airflow, they can suffer from increased airflow resistance and can clog up air filters. This puts excess strain on your home comfort system, which can cause it to work inefficiently and even damage the system. Plus, the dirt and debris can make its way into your HVAC equipment, causing further operational problems.

If you notice a general decline in the performance of your air conditioning system, you may need to schedule professional duct cleaning. Do not let dirty air ducts have a negative impact on your indoor air quality and comfort. Contact the Bryson City duct cleaning pros on our team today for more information.

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