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

What Are HEPA Filters?

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Air filtration in homes is no longer a luxury; it’s becoming a necessity to allow for fresh and safe indoor air for homes that have heavy air sealing to preserve their energy efficiency. Although you can open up doors and windows to allow in fresh air, there are very few times during the year when this is feasible for any length of time, and it causes a home to lose energy. With filters installed in your house’s HVAC system, you can enjoy increased indoor air quality without needing to overwork your heater or air conditioner and incur higher bills.

There is a variety of ways to have air filtration in Atlanta, GA. One of the most popular and inexpensive is through the installation of HEPA filters. You may have heard of these filters but didn’t know exactly what they are or how they work. We’ll go into details about these powerful filters. If you are interested in having HEPA filters put into your home, or some other method of air filtration, call the indoor air quality specialists at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today.

HEPA filters

The acronym HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate air.” It is a standard for air filters the U.S. Department of Energy sets. To qualify as a HEPA filter, an individual filter must remove 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns in size (also known as Most Penetrating Particle size, or MPPS).

A HEPA filter consists of a mat of fibers in a random arrangement, usually made of fiberglass strands between 0.5 and 2.0 micrometers. The space between the fibers is actually larger than 0.3 microns, but the filters do not work strictly through stopping particles like a strainer. Instead, the fibers attract particle to them through interception and diffusion. Through these processes, they also affect many particles smaller than 0.3 microns, making them effective for filtering out almost all physical particles from the air that pass through the filters.

However, HEPA filters are ineffective against gases and odor molecules, which are not affected by either interception or diffusion. For homes that need to combat gases such as cigarette smoke, household chemicals, and odors, an electronic air purifier is often needed as an adjunct to a HEPA filter.

The best air filtration choice for your home

We will find the best combination of HEPA filters and other systems to tackle whatever specific indoor air quality problems lurk inside your home. Call us today to get started with excellent air filtration in Atlanta, GA.

To find out how best to clean the air circulating through your home, contact the air quality professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today. 

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Why Excessive Humidity Is a Problem

Friday, June 20th, 2014

High humidity levels are a severe comfort issue in Georgia during the summers. We experience a humid subtropical climate, and that means humidity levels far above 50% for most of the season. The area around Atlanta has an average humidity high of 85%, and even at the lowest is still 52%.

Excess moisture in the air is a problem for a number of reasons, and installing a dehumidifier in your Smyrna, GA home is an excellent solution for the difficulties of our moist climate.

Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today and talk to our indoor air quality specialists; they will help you find the right dehumidifier for your house and install it. 

The reasons that high humidity is trouble in a home

  • Discomfort (and higher AC bills): You know that the higher the humidity, the hotter a summer day will feel. The reason for this is that increased moisture in the air slows down how fast sweat evaporates from your body. Since sweating is done to release heat, humidity traps extra heat in your body and makes the surrounding air feel higher than it is. You will need to run your AC almost continually in order to cool off. A dehumidifier will make the summer weather more pleasant, and you won’ have to keep the air conditioner churning all day.
  • Health problems: High humidity won’t just make you feel hotter; it can cause you to become sick. High humidity is linked to congestion, coughing, and irritated skin. Worse, it promotes the growth of mold and mildew, which are often responsible for creating toxic spores in the air that can lead to a variety of health complications, and are especially dangerous for people with allergies and/or asthma. Dust mites also thrive in a humid environment.
  • Damage to surfaces and furnishings: All that extra moisture in the air means water damage in your home. The main danger is wood rot, which can start out of your sight within walls and cause immense amounts of damage to your home. Here in Georgia, water in a home also attracts insects that will burrow into wood and other material and cause extensive destruction. Mold also attacks and ruins wood and other surfaces in homes.

To achieve balanced humidity in your house (excess dryness is just as bad a situation) you need the work of indoor air quality experts. Contact our team at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today, and we’ll get started finding the right dehumidifier in Smyrna, GA to solve your home’s excess moisture issues. You will feel more comfortable, have better health, and save money on air conditioning and home repairs in the future.

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Can Solar Power Really Be Used to Cool My Home?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The power of the Sun is a power we associate with heat—for obvious reasons. The Sun is a heat source, burning at the center of our solar system at an astonishing 5,778° Kelvin (9,940°F) surface temperature. However, one of the best uses for harnessed solar power is to cool a home. We’ll explain how this works and why using solar air conditioning in Atlanta, GA is an excellent idea.

You will need to consult solar power experts and installers to learn how to best fit your home for a solar AC or any other solar-fueled appliance. You can hardly do better than to contact our solar specialists at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems and ask about how they can fit your home for sun-powered air conditioning this summer.

How solar air conditioning works

Let’s first consider a standard air conditioning system: how does it run? Electricity. An air conditioner uses electrical power to operate its mechanical components that set in motion the process of heat exchange. The motors, fans, and compressor run from electrical power and need no other energy source.

So, to have solar power run an air conditioner, all that’s necessary is to convert the solar energy of the sun into electricity and use that as the fuel source to run the AC just like any standard AC. This is exactly what standard solar power systems with photovoltaic cells do: they capture radiant heat from the sun and change it into electricity. Because the power of the sun is free, this is one of the most cost-efficient ways of powering an air conditioner.

The SunSource® Home Energy System

At Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, we offer Lennox’s powerful SunSource® Home Energy System. The system uses solar modules on the roof of a house to power an outdoor condenser of an air conditioner. But it also sends the power directly to an electrical panel in a house that distributes energy to other parts of the home to help run additional appliances. You can also install a heat pump instead of an air conditioner, and that way you receive both indoor heating and cooling through the free power of the sun. If you need additional power or wish to add on more appliances, you can expand with additional solar modules on the roof.

Premier Indoor Comfort Systems has a staff ready to answer your questions regarding the excellent SunSource® Home Energy System and how it can bring you quality cooling (and heating) during the year at a fraction of the price of a standard air conditioner.

If you are giving serious consideration to going solar in your home in Atlanta, GA, solar air conditioning through Premier Indoor Comfort Systems is a great place to start.

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Why Ductless Air Conditioning Systems Make for Easier Repairs

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Here in Bryson City, ductless air conditioning systems make a popular alternative to the centralized systems most people associate with air conditioning. The principles remain the same: both ducted and ductless systems use refrigerant cycling through a series of valves and coils to lower the temperature. The differences come in the size and application of the air conditioning unit itself. Centralized systems use a single large unit that distributes the air through a series of ducts.  Ductless air conditioning systems, on the other hand, use multiple small units spaced throughout your home. Each unit is charged with cooling a single room or area. This allows you to tailor the temperature in individual rooms and even turn the air conditioner off in parts of the home you aren’t using. The dynamic also makes repairing damaged units much less of a hassle. Here’s a quick breakdown on why ductless air conditioning systems make for easier repairs.

When a centralized system experiences problems, it usually means you have to shut down the entire system. If that takes place during a heat wave, it can turn your home into a sauna bath, increasing the urgency of repairs and forcing the technician to work more quickly in order to make your home habitable again. With ductless systems, however, you have more options. When breakdowns occur, they usually only affect one unit instead of the entire system. Not only does that mean repairs are likely to cost a little less, but they don’t render your entire house uninhabitable. You simply move to another part of the house cooled by a functioning unit, then let the technician do his work. That reduces the urgency of repairs and ensures that you can still enjoy cool temperatures while you’re waiting for the fault unit to get fixed.

If you live in Bryson City, ductless air conditioning systems offer all kinds of advantages, and if you understand why ductless air conditioning systems make for easier repairs, then you can see the appeal of the system.

The experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems provide advice, installation and repair services for ductless systems. Give us a call today to set up a consultation. You’ll be glad you did!

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