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

The Ball in Times Square

Monday, December 30th, 2013

New Year’s is a time for parties, fun and great traditions, some of which go back more than a century. Among them is the famous “dropping of the ball” in Times Square, an event which is broadcast to millions of people every New Year’s Eve. With 2014 nearly upon us, we thought we’d take the opportunity to look at the history of this popular New Year’s Eve festivity.

The idea began in 1907 at what was then the New York Times building at One Times Square. The newspaper’s owner, Adolph Ochs, had been celebrating the New Year with fireworks since 1903. He wanted make the event even more remarkable, and added the ball in December of 1907 to welcome in the New Year. The first ball was designed by Artkraft Strauss, who made it out of iron, wood, and light bulbs. It took six men to hoist the ball up the building’s flag pole; once midnight struck, the tremendous ball was carefully lowered, and all were allowed to marvel at it.

Since then, the ball has undergone many changes in materials and design, and even the New York Times has moved to another building. But the tradition remains and the ball has dropped over One Times Square ever since. Today, the ball is electronically controlled, and uses LED lamps for its construction: designed by Waterford Crystal and weighing in at over 1,200 pounds.

A number of television broadcasts have helped carry the event over the years, but by far the most famous is “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which first ran in 1972. The show was created and hosted by Dick Clark, who became a staple of the event as much as the ball itself. Clark hosted the show every New Year’s Eve from 1972 until his death in 2012. Since then, it has been hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who shared hosting duties with Clark starting in 2005.

Whether you’re watching the ball drop on TV or have some other New Year’s Eve plan in mind, we here at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems wish you nothing but the best for 2014. Have a safe and happy New Year!

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Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Holiday greetings from Premier Indoor Comfort Systems! We hope you are having safe and pleasant season, enjoying your favorite traditions for this time of year. We wish you the very best, and we thank you for your business this year.

In honor of the season, here are some fun facts about one of everyone’s favorite holiday movies: It’s a Wonderful Life.

For years, one of the enduring December traditions in the United States was watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life playing almost nonstop on numerous television stations. No matter the time of the day, you could turn on the TV set, flip through channels, and discover It’s a Wonderful Life playing. Whenever you needed him, you could find Jimmy Stewart shouting, “Hello, Bedford Falls!”

But now… It’s a Wonderful Life only appears on broadcast television a few times during December, and most families instead choose to watch the movie on video. What happened?

The reason goes back to the film’s initial wide release in January 1947. (That’s right, it opened after the holiday season. It was not even promoted as a holiday film.) It’s a Wonderful Life was a box-office disappointment at the time, and its studio, RKO Radio Pictures, lost more than half a million on it. The movie’s production company, Liberty Films, was sold to Paramount to avoid bank foreclosure. (A bit ironic, considering the movie’s plot.) In 1955, the National Telefilm Associates (NTA) took over the rights to It’s a Wonderful Life, which included the television syndication rights.

However, NTA failed to properly renew the copyright in 1974 because of a clerical error, which allowed the film’s images to enter into the public domain. Although the movie’s plot was still under copyright protection because it was adapted from a published story called “The Greatest Gift,” television stations across the world could now broadcast it with only minimal royalty payments.

In 1993, Republic Pictures, which now owned the NTA library, tried to enforce their claim to the copyright of the film, as they possessed the rights to “The Greatest Gift.” Republic Pictures succeeded, and licensed exclusive television rights to NBC. Suddenly, It’s a Wonderful Life vanished from local television stations, and NBC made the movie’s broadcasts—usually twice during December—into major events. As of 1998, Paramount again has the rights to It’s a Wonderful Life… 43 years after they lost them.

It’s still easy to make It’s a Wonderful Life a part of whatever traditions you observe during the holidays, whether through home video or television broadcasts. Despite its lackluster initial reception in 1947, Frank Capra’s film is now an inseparable part of December in the United States.

Have a great holiday week!

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3 Reasons to Install a Radiant Heating System

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Radiant floor heating systems have been popular in Europe for many years, and they are gaining popularity in the U.S. as an alternative home comfort system to traditional furnaces. We think radiant floor heating is a fantastic option for many homes, and we’ve seen firsthand the benefits they provide.

Although they will not work for every home, and do require extra effort to install, there are many reasons we think you should place radiant heating systems among your top choices for home comfort installation. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems has radiant floor heating experts available to provide you with the service necessary to get the most from this technology.

Here are 3 of the best reasons for installing radiant heating in Bryson City, NC.

1. Extremely energy-efficient

Radiant heating has higher energy-efficient performance than most other systems on the market. Because radiant floor heating does not require ductwork, it loses less heat from ducts or exhaust pipes. Radiant heating also works quickly to warm up your living spaces, so you will need to have it running less.

2. Quiet operation

If you’ve ever had to live with a furnace that rattled all the time, or if you dislike the constant humming of a heat pump, then you will love the quiet operation of radiant floor heating. Because they use hydronic power (heated water) or electric coils to send heat to your floorboards, they require few moving parts that make noise pollution.

3. Better indoor air quality

Another benefit of operating without ducts is that radiant floor heating won’t lower the quality of your indoor air. Dust, pollen, dander, hair, and other debris that build up in ductwork over time will get blown out along with the air into your home, which is both bad for your health and will make your home dirtier. Radiant floor heating operates cleanly, and is especially ideal if you have people living in your home who suffer from allergies.

If these reasons (and there are more!) make you eager to have radiant floor heating installed, then you should call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists. We’ll find out if radiant heating will work for your home, and look for the best way to install it. If radiant heating isn’t right for you, we can search for an installation alternative that will fit your needs. For all your heating in Bryson City, NC, look to Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.

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I Don’t Use My Heater Much, So Why Bother with Heating Repair?

Monday, December 9th, 2013

We occasionally hear this from our customers in Atlanta: “Well, I don’t really use my heater that often. Is it necessary to worry about repairs?” We don’t think that most people who ask this honestly believe that their heater will never need repairs; they simply think that the heating system won’t see enough use that repairs will ever be necessary.

However, we ask people to consider the evenings during the winter: although Atlanta doesn’t experience cold temperatures anywhere near what northern cities go through, the nights can still drop to uncomfortable chills. Now consider a heater breaking down during one of those nights. It isn’t a pleasant thought, is it? No matter how infrequently you use your heating system, you need it in good repair so it will always come on during those times when you actually need it.

It’s not difficult to find quality heating repair in Atlanta, GA. All you have to do is call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. We offer free estimates and aim for 100% customer satisfaction.

No matter how small the malfunction in your heater may seem, you need to have it repaired because it will develop into a much bigger problem. If you think that the heater in your home can simply soldier on with only a single malfunction, you will end up with an unpleasant surprise when more repair needs crop up, leading eventually to a full breakdown (which will likely occur on the coldest night of the year). The longer you let malfunctions go, the more expensive they will eventually be to fix.

Something else to consider: a malfunctioning heater will drain extra power to run, and therefore cost more to run. You may not use your heater that much, but do you really want to pay extra when do use it?

If you have a heat pump installed in your home, you especially need to keep it in good repair, since it also provides you with air conditioning during warmer weather. Keep in mind that a heat pump isn’t two separate systems combined in one package, but a single system that operates in two different directions. If your heat pump loses its heating capability, it will probably also lose its cooling capability.

Air conditioning may be uppermost in your mind during the year, but don’t let your heater slide into disrepair just because you only need it for a few months. Have it repaired promptly when you notice malfunctions. You should also schedule regular maintenance for it along with your air conditioner, so your AC receives a check-up in the spring, and your heater in the fall.

Take care of both your needs for air conditioning and heater repair in Atlanta, GA with the expertise of Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.

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Why Is My Heat Pump Still Blowing Cool Air?

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

During the summer, a heat pump works as an effective air conditioner: through the process of heat exchange, it extracts heat from inside a home and places it outside. When the cold weather begins to arrive in the late fall, a heat pump switches over to heating mode: the direction of the heat exchange reverses, and the heat pump moves heat from outside and moves it inside.

However, you may encounter a problem when winter arrives and your heat pump keeps blowing out cool air. This might mean a malfunction, or there could be a simpler explanation. We’ll look at some possibilities here.

For help with your heat pump in Robbinsville, NC, call a company that aims for 100% customer satisfaction with every job: Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.

Why your heat pump might still blow cold air

If your heat pump blows cold air in the winter, the first thing you should check is the thermostat. You may have set it wrong or programmed it in a way that the thermostat doesn’t know it should switch over to heating. Another possibility is that the thermostat has become miscalibrated, so it incorrectly gauges the ambient temperature and will not sense when it needs to start the heating cycle. An electrical malfunction in the thermostat might also cause it to lose its connection to the heat pump, in which case it will remain on its previous setting.

However, if this issue isn’t with the thermostat, than the most likely reason for the problem is a flaw in the reversing valve. This component of the heat pump is responsible for allowing the system to work as both a heater and an AC. The valve sits on the refrigerant line and changes the direction of the refrigerant flow, which in turn causes the indoor and outdoor coils to swap functions. The reversing valve is in either “excited” or “relaxed” state, and which one controls heating and which one cooling depends on the manufacturer’s settings.

If the reversing valve breaks and becomes locked in one setting or the other, the heat pump will only be capable of doing half its job. Fortunately, this is an easy fix… for a professional. You should not attempt to open up the cabinet of your heat pump and try to replace the reversing valve yourself. Call in an HVAC technician, who should be able to fix the trouble in no time at all.

Don’t let your heat pump do only half the job that it’s supposed to. When it stays with cooling even as winter creeps in, you need to have professionals examine it. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems will come to your assistance to restore your heat pump in Robbinsville, NC to its full capability.

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