Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC Blog : Archive for March, 2014

Some Contaminants That Duct Cleaning Will Remove

Friday, March 28th, 2014

You should schedule cleaning for the ductwork in your house every one or two years, depending on how much dirt, dust, and other pollutants build up in it. Cleaning will help your HVAC system work at its most efficient and make your home much cleaner.

Most important, however, is that duct work will prevent the contaminants that gather inside ducts from escaping to pollute the air in your home and lower its quality.

With proper cleaning from professionals with the best equipment, you will have the majority of the contaminants inside your home’s ventilation system eliminated. But you do need to hire professionals, since accessing the extensive set of ducts in a house on your own is impossible without the right training and equipment. For complete duct cleaning in Atlanta, GA, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today.

What Duct Cleaning Will Remove

  • Dust and dirt: The most common contamination that enters a ventilation system is old-fashioned dust and dirt, which the return vents of the HVAC system draw in as it gathers in a house. Even a thin coat of dust is enough to restrict the airflow from your forced-air heater and air conditioner, and you don’t want to have dust constantly circulating through the air you breathe.
  • Animal hair: If you have pets in your home, their hair and dander will start to gather in your ductwork, and make life more difficult for people with allergies to airborne pollutants.
  • Pollen and other allergens: Another problem for people with allergies—but which can affect anyone in large enough quantities—are allergens such as pollen. These are a leading cause for people developing flu- and cold-like symptoms because of low indoor air quality. Cleansing the ducts is a major help in eliminating these irritants from your house.Pest infestations: Insects and small animals will hide or make nests inside the protected dark of ducts, leaving behind hair as well as droppings. Among the smallest of animal pollutants are dust mites, microscopic creatures that live off biological components inside dust.

Indoor Air Quality Experts

Duct cleaning is one step towards healthier air inside your home. Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems and speak to our air quality experts to find out what else we can do to improve your quality of life with better air in your home. Along with our Atlanta, GA duct cleaning services, we offer installation of air filters, electronic air cleaners, air purifiers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, and special UV germicidal lights that will destroy any bacterial infections inside your ventilation. We can start with duct testing to determine what exactly needs remedy inside your home’s air circulation.

You don’t have to live with contaminated air… call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today.

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What Sort of Heating Repair Do Geothermal Systems Need?

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Geothermal heating has started to spread to residential use, and homeowners across the country are discovering the advantages of using the stable, natural power of the earth’s heat to bring comfort to their living spaces. Geothermal heat pumps offer reliable, quiet performance that saves money and reduces the impact on the environment.

People still hesitate about geothermal installation, however, because of worries about initial costs and the problems from repairs. Geothermal heat pumps work using underground pipe loops that carry heat from the ground into a unit inside a home, and it takes a great deal of work to dig the trenches for those pipes. However, repairing a geothermal heat pump isn’t as difficult as people think, as we’ll explain.

For assistance with geothermal heating repair in Bryson City, GA, contact our specialists at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. We offer comprehensive installation, repair, and maintenance services.

Geothermal heat pump repairs

The repair problem that most people think will afflict a geothermal system is leaking in the ground loops. But this is an uncommon issue, and the underground pipes can often last 50 years without needing replacement. Even when they do develop a leak, it isn’t as arduous a problem to fix as people imagine. A technician inserts a colored dye into underground loops, and then traces the dye’s appearance on the surface to target the leaks. This way, it requires only a small amount of excavation to fix the leaks.

Most of the other repairs that a geothermal system can require are the ones that any heat pump can encounter. Burned out motors, stuck compressors, and broken reversing valves need to be replaced. Leaking compressors lead to a drop in refrigerant, and the refrigerant must be recharged. Start and run capacitors malfunction and must be swapped out. All of these are basic repairs little different from standard air-source heat pump repair and don’t require any excavation.

Is geothermal worth the cost?

It’s true that a geothermal system requires a larger upfront installation cost than most other home comfort systems, but their efficiency means they will pay back their price tag in 5–10 years, and with their longevity they will have many more years of saving you money. If you have a home and property suited for geothermal, you should definitely give it serious consideration.

Call up Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today to schedule an appointment to find out if your home will benefit from geothermal. Call us for any installation or heating repair in Bryson City, GA that you need.

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Ways to Tell You Need Duct Cleaning

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

You should have regular duct cleaning done every one or two years to make sure you have high indoor air quality, as well as a clean, efficient heating and cooling system. However, sometimes your ducts can get especially congested with dust and dirt and you’ll need to schedule cleaning earlier.

Here are some tips from our Peachtree City, GA duct cleaning specialists at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems on how you can detect the need for cleaning:

  • Make a physical check: Take a small mirror or a digital camera and go to one of the more easily accessible vents in your home. Unscrew the grill from the vent. Reach down inside the vent with the mirror or camera. Look into the mirror or snap a flash picture with the camera. The image you get back will give you a good idea of what the interior of most of your ductwork looks like. If see something that looks like the lint catcher of a dryer after a load, then you have ducts that need cleaning… soon.
  • Your heating/cooling bills increase: Even a thin layer of dust on the interior of your ductwork will create friction against the passage of air from your furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump. This will make the system work harder and drain power. If you’ve seen a rise in your utility bills that you can’t account for because of malfunctions, breakdowns, or increased use, you may have dirty ducts.
  • Noticeable flu- or cold-like symptoms: If you notice that people in your home are experiencing symptoms that resemble allergies, the flu, or the common cold, contamination in the ductwork could be lowering the quality of your air. Look for headaches, nausea, runny nose, eye irritation, skin dryness, breathing problems, and difficulty sleeping. People in your house who have allergies will experience worse symptoms.
  • The house is always dusty: If a dirt-clogged ventilation system is constantly circulating dust through your home, you will have a hard time keeping it clean no matter how much sweeping and vacuuming you do. A consistent layer of dust over everything could mean you need to hit the source: the ducts.

This is a job for professionals

Sticking the hose of a vacuum cleaner into an open vent won’t get your ductwork clean. You need experts with agitation equipment and power vacuums to access your whole network and eliminate the ground-in dirt. If you think you have a dust contamination in your ductwork, contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems and speak to our indoor air quality experts. They will help you schedule duct testing and cleaning in Peachtree City, GA that will give you clean air, a cleaner house, and efficient heating and cooling.

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Ways to Avoid Heating Repair at the End of the Season

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

We’re coming to close of winter and end of the heating season. The furnaces and boilers will settle into summer hibernation, and the heat pumps will switch over to air conditioning mode. Or at least, this will all happen in theory. March and April can still send come cold shocks through us, and you need to make sure your heater is prepared so you can avoid heating repair in Atlanta, GA during the tail-end of the season.

At Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, we’re familiar with the sort of problems that can affect heating after a few months of colder weather. We have some suggestions for how you can avoid needing to call for repairs for your heater:

Have regular maintenance done (if you haven’t already)

We recommend that you schedule your annual maintenance visit for your heating system in the fall to prepare it for the colder weather. If you didn’t have it done in the fall, it’s never too late. You heating system will have experienced a large amount of wear and tear during the winter, so it’s imperative to have it adjusted, cleaned, and tuned-up so it won’t experience malfunctions.

Change the air filter

We hope you’ve regularly changed the air filter for your furnace or heat pump—once a month, preferably—during its periods of greatest use. If you haven’t changed it, do so now: a clogged air filter can lead to contamination in the cabinet and serious airflow problems.

Don’t overwork the heater

Since we’re moving into the warmer season and you will need the heater on less, keep it off as much as you can to reduce the stress, or keep it at a lower level and put on an extra layer of clothing.

We need to stress something: if you do end up needing repairs this late in the season, don’t put them off because of the arrival of warmer weather. The last thing you want when you need to activate your system once again in late fall is to have the heater break down because of a neglected repair. Call for heating repair in Atlanta, GA as soon as you know you need it!

Premier Indoor Comfort Systems is here to assist you with all your heating needs. And soon, we can assist you with all your cooling needs as well! We’re ready to help you no matter the season.

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