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

Be Prepared: Consider These Great Atlanta Heating Options

Monday, September 30th, 2013

In Atlanta, GA, we don’t have to worry about harsh winters, but we do have our share of cold days during the late fall and  winter. If you’re thinking about upgrading your old heating system with a new one, right now is a good time to get the work done so you’ll be ready for whatever the cold months can hurl at you.

You have a wider array of choices for heating than you probably did when you last had to consider getting a new heater. Here are some options we think you should consider for heating your Atlanta, GA home. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems can do the work you need when you want to upgrade or replace your current heating system. We aim for 100% customer satisfaction on every job we do.

Radiant floor heating: These systems work by using heated water channeled through tubing or by electric panels installed in your floor. The heat that radiates from them then warms up your home. Radiant heating is efficient because it doesn’t suffer heat loss along pipes or ducts. And nothing beats having toasty warm feet on a winter morning! Radiant heating can also function well for an add-on room, since they can be easily installed as the room is built.

Geothermal heating: A way to get clean and energy-efficient heating in your home is to have the earth do the heating for you. Geothermal heating systems use loops buried around your house to cycle refrigerant or water that carries heat from the earth up into your home. Geothermal systems aren’t right for every home, however, and do require extensive installation.

Programmable thermostats: If you don’t want to invest in a new heating installation, then consider the advantages of getting a programmable thermostat to replace an older manual or basic digital one. A programmable thermostat will increase your comfort—you can wake up in the morning to a warm house, and come back from work each evening to find the same cozy temperature—while saving you money on your energy bill.

Our technicians at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems can install all these heating options in your home. We can also provide advice on which systems will work best for your environment. When you want to take your heating to a new level of efficiency and comfort, contact us today.

Continue Reading

Why Should I Sign Up for a Heating Maintenance Program in Swain County, NC

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

“Why should I sign up for a heating maintenance program in Swain County, NC?” you may ask. After all, our winters in North Carolina are fairly mild, meaning that heaters and furnaces don’t suffer from the wear and tear that they would in colder climates. All the same, a heating maintenance program – with routine checks to clean key components and perform general upkeep – can end up saving you a great deal of money in the long run. Here’s how.

Any appliance like a furnace or heat pump undergoes a great deal of stress when it’s used. Individual components break down, parts overheat, and general wear and tear take their toll. That process can be accelerated with a heater, which is usually kept out of sight and therefore stays out of our day-to-day thoughts. Stress builds up unnoticed, the months of use take their toll and suddenly the entire unit breaks down, usually right at the point where it’s really needed. You’re then faced with a costly repair bill, to say nothing of the higher monthly energy bills resulting from a unit laboring with worn or faulty parts.

A heating maintenance program can avoid all of that. A trained technician comes to your home and cleans the unit, while replacing used filters and performing an inspection for any potential trouble spots in the bargain. Not only does that save a lot of wear and tear on the unit – increasing its efficiency and lowering your heating bills – but it can identify potential problems when they’re still small enough to deal with inexpensively.

If you know why you should sign up for a heating maintenance program, it pays to contact an expert to do the job right. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems handles all manner of HVAC issues, including heating maintenance. Swain County, NC is part of our service area, and we can set up a plan for you that fits with your schedule and budget. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and let us help you keep your furnace running as efficiently as possible.

Continue Reading

When Is It Necessary to Schedule Heating Repair in Bryson City, NC?

Monday, September 16th, 2013

You depend on your furnace to keep you warm during the North Carolina winter, so the moment a problem crops up with your heating system that seems beyond your troubleshooting ability, you need to call in professionals. Don’t guess at what the problem might be—there are many reasons that your furnace might start to make strange noises or develop trouble providing heat. An HVAC expert, like the ones at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, can diagnose the malfunction and offer quality repairs to get the heat moving steadily through your home again. For heating repairs in Bryson City, NC, look to Premier Indoor Comfort Systems to help solve the problem.

Here are some specific issues that could require heating repair:

Problems with radiant heating: Using electricity to heat the floorboards in your home is an efficient and safe way to warm you household, and usually presents few maintenance issues. However, before you begin using your radiant heating system for the cooler season, check to make sure there is no damage to the floor that might have occurred over the summer. Cracks or warping can expose the heating elements, so inspect the floor for any gaps that may have opened. Do a trial run of the system to check for odors that can lead you to damaged spots. Because radiant heating is hard installed into your floor, repairing it will require professional assistance.

Problems with the furnace: If your furnace stops sending out hot air, there are a few steps you can take on your own to see if there is a simple reason for it. Change the air filter (you should do this every two months during the winter) and see that the vents are open. Check to make certain the thermostat is set correctly. A circuit breaker might be tripped. If this maintenance doesn’t solve the problem, then it is probably time to call in an experienced technician to get to the root of the trouble. The furnace may require repairs or need to have parts replaced.

We know how important your heating system is to you in Bryson, NC. Heating repairs done by professional HVAC technicians are the surest way to get the problems fixed without causing additional damage. Since 1999, Premier Indoor Comfort Systems has aimed for 100% customer satisfaction. Contact us as soon as you need heating repairs.

Continue Reading

Air Conditioning Repair Needs: Damaged Air Ducts

Monday, September 9th, 2013

The ducts in your home that circulate the cool air you need during the hot and moist weather in North Carolina may be invisible to you most of the time, but they need your attention just as much as any part of your air conditioner. Breaks in your ducts don’t just cut down on the efficiency of your AC, they can also lead to issues with indoor air quality.

One of the first signs of breaks in your ductwork is warmer air wafting from the vents. When breaches form in the sheet metal of your ducts from corrosion or debris, the gaps can start drawing heated air in from other parts of your home: the attic, a crawlspace, or the gaps inside your walls. The higher temperature in your home will force your AC’s motors to work harder to get the temperature back down, causing heavier wear and a drain on electricity. So along with warmer air, watch out for a spike in your energy bills as a warning that there might be trouble in the ducts.

Another warning sign: an unusual smell coming from your vents. This happens because the air pulled from those warm, closed-off spaces in your house is often dusty. Along with that unpleasant odor comes a drop off in the air quality you want inside your home.

A highly-trained expert in air conditioning service can determine where the breaks and breaches in your ductwork are. But you don’t just need to know where the trouble lies. You also need a professional to repair the cracks. And, despite the name, plain old duct tape won’t be enough. A professional will use mastic, an adhesive made from the resin of the mastic tree, to seal up the damage in your ducts and make sure the repairs holds.

You can also stop duct damage before it starts with regular preventive maintenance. Think of it as a tune-up, just what you would get to keep your car from abrupt break downs. Enrolling in a maintenance program means a professional will spot problems in your AC that might lead to damages to your ducts and help you avoid headaches and costly repairs in the future.

Since 1999, Premier Indoor Comfort Systems has provided fast and professional service from our three locations. We serve North Carolina in Swain County with maintenance plans and emergency repairs. When your ducts need work, contact the Swan County air conditioning repair specialists at Premier Indoor Comfort systems and set up an appointment.

Continue Reading

Happy Labor Day!

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

On the first Monday of every September, we celebrate Labor Day in honor of workers everywhere who strive to make our local community and country great. We enjoy the holiday like any other business as a time for BBQ, hanging out with friends and family, and celebrating the end of summer. It also means the start of the NFL and college football seasons.

The origins of Labor Day are disputed, as is the case with many other holidays. Some cite Matthew Maguire, the machinist and secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York, while others cite Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor. Whomever the original founder, by 1894, the holiday had become widely recognized and was designated a federal holiday by Congress and President Grover Cleveland immediately following the Pullman Strike. This strike pitted US Marshals and US Military against employees of Pullman Palace Car Company outside Chicago, as workers sought to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives. At the time, the holiday was a way of repairing ties with workers and recognizing the importance of their contributions.

Today, we see Labor Day as an opportunity to recognize all the people who work hard to contribute to our county. Thank you, and Happy Labor Day from all of us! 

Continue Reading