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

The History of Thanksgiving

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Thanksgiving is upon us: a time to get together with relatives, eat some great food, watch a little football or the parade, and stop to appreciate the good things we have in life. Beyond all that, however, there’s a fascinating history to the holiday and its traditions.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Records are spotty at the time, but indicate that the harvest was particularly good that year due to help from the local Native Americans. The meal was probably much different than the one we’re used to, with venison and fish more likely than turkey, but the general principle was unchanged.

It wasn’t a few centuries later, however, that Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. George Washington called for a “national day of Thanksgiving” in 1789, and again in 1795, but they were both “one shot” declarations, rather than a call for an annual tradition. Individual cities and states picked up the ball, but it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national once-a-year event. President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a Thanksgiving “to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it.”

From there, it remained a tradition until Franklin Roosevelt signed a law in December of 1941 making it a federal holiday. The law also changed the date from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday in November, making it a little earlier in some cases (which Roosevelt hoped would give the country an economic boost).

Wherever you celebrate the holiday and whoever you choose to celebrate it with, we wish you nothing but happiness and joy this Thanksgiving.  

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How to Tell if There’s a Problem with Your Radiant Floor Heating

Monday, November 18th, 2013

People in Atlanta use all types of home heating, not just traditional furnaces or boilers. That includes radiant floor heating, which runs a series or tubes of coils beneath the floorboards of your home, then warms them to produce radiant heat. It’s an extremely efficient means of heating your house, without the drafts or cold spots created by forced air furnaces. Like any other system, though, it can experience problems from time to time, and you may periodically need to call in a repair service in order to address them. Before that can happen, you need to spot the signs of trouble when they appear; in most cases, the sooner you can address the issue, the better. Here’s how to tell if there’s a problem with your radiant floor heating.

The first and most obvious sign is that the heating isn’t working. You don’t feel the warmth in the floor, and the room doesn’t feel any warmer. If your system extends over several rooms, you should check each room to see if the problem is systematic or limited to just one section of the heater. Either way, you should shut off the system and contact a service professional as soon as possible.

Another sure sign is to look for damage to the floorboards themselves. With some systems, you may be able to spot leaks or cracks in the floors, signaling an issue with the coils underneath. You may also notice an unusual smell resulting from a leak in the tubing or some other issue with the heater. Some homeowners will mistakenly increase the heat levels in an effort to “cook off” the odor. This is a mistake and could result in further damage to your floors. Again, the proper course of action is to shut down the heater and called in a trained technician.

If you know how to tell if there’s a problem with your radiant floor heating, you also know to contact someone properly qualified to fix it. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems handles heating repair in Atlanta, including a plethora of issues with radiant heating systems. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.

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What You Need to Know About Heating with a Heat Pump

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Heat pumps are designed to serve as both a heater and an air conditioner at once. Our mild climate fits in very well with the way a heat pump functions, and judicious use can save you a great deal in monthly heating costs. But how exactly does the technology work? Here’s what you need to know about heating with a heat pump in Atlanta.

In essence heat pumps act as reversible air conditioners, and understanding them begins with the system they share with air conditioners. The cycles stars when refrigerant gas enters a compressor, which subjects it to a great deal of pressure, which raises the temperature. Once pressurized, the gas then moves to a set of condenser coils, which dissipate the heat into the outdoor air, and the refrigerant enters its liquid state. The liquid refrigerant (still under pressure) travels to an expansion valve, which releases a set amount into a set of evaporator coils. As it evaporates, it cools the surrounding air, which can then be blown into your home to lower the temperature.

Heat pumps use two coils – one outside the home and one inside – which can each serve both condenser and evaporator duties. In the summer, the inside coil acts as an evaporator (cooling the air to be blown throughout the house), while the outside coil dissapates heat into the external air. In the winter, that process is reversed, with the outside coil absorbing the heat from the air and the indoor coil dissipating the heat into your home.

Heat pumps tend to work best in areas where the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing often, like Atlanta and elsewhere. For those cold nights where temperatures get chilly, most heat pumps have backup electric resistance coils that kick on when the heat transfer process becomes inefficient. Even then, the heat pump saves a great deal of money over traditional furnaces. For more on what you need to know about heating with a heat pump, or for general questions about heating, Atlanta residents can turn to Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. Call us today to discuss heat pump installation or repair.

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What’s at Risk with a Poor Heating Installation?

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Jackson County, GA heating installation services need to take more than a chilly winter into account. Ours is an old part of the country, with settlements stretching back to the Revolutionary War.  We have the housing to match that history, with modern developments sitting close to stately old Georgia mansions. You can use a variety of heating systems to keep them warm, but in every case, you want to make sure the system is installed properly. What’s at risk with poor heating installation in Jackson County? Time, money and a whole lot of bother.

Poor installation means a system that doesn’t fit its housings very well, a system where lines and connections aren’t in place the way they should be, and a system that, while functioning, isn’t as efficient as it could be. The causes for such shoddiness are numerous – the wrong parts, inadequate time spend in the installations, jury-rigging solution instead of following all the steps properly – but they all come back to the technician performing the installation. It’s his or her job to make sure the installation is as reliable as it can be.

Unfortunately, the homeowner tends to pay the price for poor heating installation. While the heater may function, it will labor to do its job more than it should, which means it will use more energy and cost you more in monthly heating bills than you’d like. And that strain eventually shows up in increased repair bills too, as individual components fail before they should and the wear-and-tear goes up demonstrably. In the worst cases, you may need to hire somebody else to reinstall your unit, or even purchase a new one if the installation if the first one is put in too carelessly.

None of that should be on your mind when installing a new heater; it’s supposed to make your home more comfortable, not more work. That’s why you need trained professionals like the ones at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems to help. We employ trained professionals and our goal is nothing less than your complete satisfaction. Give us a call today!

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