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

Heating Tip: Why Your Home is Stuffy

Monday, October 28th, 2013

In Smoky Mountain towns like Bryson City, heating systems must compete with the appeal of the great outdoors. People come here to enjoy the beauty of the mountains, which can sit at odds with the needs of heating in the winter. You may notice that your home grows stuffy and stifling in the wintertime when you’re trying to keep warm. A stuffy house is an uncomfortable house, but you can address it both casually and permanently if it becomes a problem. Here are a few possible reasons why your home is stuffy.

  • Poor ventilation. A lack of ventilation keeps moisture and other undesirable elements trapped inside instead of escaping like it should. Poor ventilation also means poor circulation, making air stale and irritating to the throat. You can address the issue by improving the flow of air within your home: expanding on the ducts or upgrading your heating system to address the ventilation issue.
  • Excessive humidity. A good heater can help matters by dehumidifying the house, removing excess moisture and helping the air feel fresher. (Take care not to dehumidify too much, however: an excessively dry home can be as uncomfortable as an excessively wet one.)

For these and other solutions your home being stuffy, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. We serve the whole of western North Carolina, so call us today if you need Bryson City heating repair service. We’ll discuss your options with you and find a solution to make your home less stuffy.

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Electrical Surges and Heating Repair

Monday, October 21st, 2013

A power surge—a sudden increase in voltage along a power line—can damage your heating system and might wreck all the careful care and maintenance you put into it. Although you can take steps to protect yourself from these surges, such as getting whole-home surge protectors installed and correctly matching up large appliances such as refrigerators to your home’s electrical supply, sometimes you cannot avoid the effects of a power surge that may require you get heating repair in Atlanta, GA.

For example: lightning storms are part of life in this state. Although as marvelous to behold as fireworks, arcs of lightning pose a threat of power surges that can overcome almost any surge protector in your home and blow internal fuses in your appliances or burn them out completely. When a lightning storm starts, you should disconnect all unnecessary appliances—computers especially—to prevent damage from a lightning-strike power surge.

If you have a gas-powered boiler or furnace, you have few worries when it comes to power surges and your heating system. The part of the system that could suffer the most damage is the thermostat, and you can hire professionals like those at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems to fix that sort of trouble quickly.

It’s a different matter if your heater uses electricity to run. Even a small power surge can cause enough damage to shorten your heating system’s life. The larger surges, such as anything 20 VAC (volts alternating current) higher than what your system uses, will hurt internal components, melt insulation, and cause sparking that could ignite a fire. If you can get by without your heater for a short time, disconnect it from its electrical source during a storm.

If your heater shuts down due to a power surge, get a professional to look at it and see what repairs are needed. Often, the fix will be as simple as replacing an internal fuse that burnt out to prevent further damage. But the technician may need to replace any motors that stop working because of the power increase and look to see that there is no further fire hazard.

You should also seek out a professional’s help if are experience smaller power surges, even if they don’t shut down your heater. The surge could be causing long-term damage.

When a trained technician from Premier Indoor Comfort Systems completes your heating repair in Atlanta, GA, you’ll also receive advice on how to guard against future surges. Taking protective steps is the best way to protect your heater from an unexpected spike in power.

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How Ductwork Affects Heating in Atlanta, GA

Monday, October 14th, 2013

The network of ducts connected to the forced-air heating system in your home is an often invisible but important part of keeping your home warm during the cold months. Designed to channel air from the central heater to the vents around your house without losing pressure or heat along the way, ducts need to be in good shape for you to get effective comfort. But because people rarely see their ductwork, except if they look through one of the vents, they often take for granted the work they do, and sometimes fail to recognize that the problems they may experience with their heaters are due to faults in the ducts.

We’ll explain how ducts affect your heating, and why repairing them and keeping them in good shape is so important. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems works on many types of systems for heating in Atlanta, GA, so call on us when you think you have ductwork repairs that need expert attention.

Because ducts are supposed to be sealed their whole length, ruptures or breaks will cause a decline in their heating ability. Heat will escape and the air pressure will drop, leading to lower temperatures and weaker airflow. The central heater will need to work harder to attain its target temperature, and this can lead to malfunctions and premature system aging.

Another problem that gaps in the ducts can cause is a reduction in air quality: a broken duct may begin drawing air from dusty parts of your house, such as crawlspaces and the gaps between walls. This problem can also cause an uncomfortable rise in your home’s humidity—something you definitely don’t want to experience in Georgia.

It’s important to remember that ducts are complex systems and should only receive installation and repairs from experienced HVAC professionals. (Poor installation is one of the most common causes of the ductwork problems we see.) Trying to repair ducts yourself opens up the possibility of causing further damage to them and doubling the problem. It’s tempting to use duct tape to seal up leaks, but despite the name, duct tape is bad for closing ducts. Professionals use mastic sealant to close breaks in ducts and keep them closed.

Make sure that you put your important ductwork in the hands of skilled technicians. For top-quality solutions for heating in Atlanta, GA, whether it’s your ducts or anything else, contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.

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Why Schedule Heating Repair in Swain County, NC for “Minor” Problems?

Monday, October 7th, 2013

With a device as complex as a heating system—from radiant floor heating to geothermal heat pumps—you can expect to experience occasional small malfunctions. Some of these you can fix yourself, such as when a circuit breaker gets tripped. But if it’s something you can’t remedy on your own, you might feel tempted to ignore it. If it doesn’t seem to affect the heating level or general performance of your heater, you might think it’s okay to let it go until later, when you need repair for something larger.

But “something larger” might happen because of the minor fault. Small issues in heaters can eventually turn into large issues that require expensive repairs… or even an entire system replacement. You need repairs done for all problems with your heater, no matter how unimportant they may seem.

If you need any kind of heating repair in Swain County, NC, call on Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, where no fix is too small.

Here’s a good example of a “minor” problem with a heating system—in this case hydronic-powered radiant floor heating—that shows how serious they can get. You detect a small leak in one of the boiler pipes. It doesn’t seem too bad, so you place a bucket underneath to catch the excess water so it won’t get into the house’s structure—and then you forget about it. However, it turns out the cause of the leak is increasing pressure inside the boiler tank because of sediment build-up. Cracked underground pipes, out of your sight, have let dirt and gravel into the tank, which raises the temperature as the water gets less space. This problem might eventually cause the tank to rupture and need replacement.

This is a case where the small problem is the visible part of a larger problem. A small problem might also cause a domino effect that triggers further trouble. With forced air systems, bent fan blades can start striking other components and damage them. A clogged air filter will let in debris that will contaminate the unit interior—and the filter might even collapse and fall into the unit! Malfunctioning thermostats could make a heater overwork, hastening wear and tear and the need for repair.

We hope we’ve convinced you to pay attention to any problem that develops in your home heater. If you can’t find a user error source for the problem, or a simple cause like a tripped circuit breaker, you need to call an HVAC professional to diagnose what’s wrong and fix it.

Place even your smallest needs for heating repair in Swain County, NC in the hands of Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. We offer free estimates.

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