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

What Is a Ventilation Control System?

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The letters HVAC stand for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.” There is a good reason that ventilation is included so prominently: the ventilation system in your home is a crucial part of how well the air conditioning and heating work and how efficiently they operate. The best air conditioner ever manufactured will provide little comfort and drain large amounts of energy if attached to a deficient ventilation network. Perhaps even worse, a polluted set of ducts can lead to the ventilation lowering indoor air quality.

One way to allow for the best comfort and energy-efficiency in your HVAC system is through the installation of a ventilation control system that allows in fresh air without harming performance or air quality. You can call the professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems to find out more about how we can install a ventilation control system in Tyrone, GA for your home.

You deserve to receive the best quality from your HVAC system, and our technicians can deliver it for you. Call us today to learn more about ventilation control systems. 

What ventilation control systems do for your home

A ventilation control system consists of motorized dampers connected to control and monitoring devices. Once an installer hooks up these components, the monitors begin to track all the factors that will influence ventilation in your home. Specifically, the monitors measure the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the humidity, and your settings on the thermostat. The system then determines how much fresh outdoor air to ventilate to the inside, and for how long. The systems continues to monitor temperature and humidity (it will not allow indoor relative humidity to rise above 55%). The damper will also remain closed in cases of extreme temperatures (such as 100°F outdoor heat), although you can always disable this feature if you wish.

With the ventilation control system working for your home, you will receive a steady supply of fresh air that will benefit your indoor air quality, but without having a negative impact on your heating and cooling system that will drive up your bills.

You need to make sure that you have professionals install you ventilation control system in Tyrone, GA: it must be correctly calibrated and the dampers properly fit into the ductwork, or else the system will not provide you with the benefits you want—it may even work against you and cause extra stress on the heater and AC. A technician familiar with these systems will see that you receive a quality installation.

Contact our staff at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today to ask about how we can fit your home for a ventilation control system. We offer a number of ways to help you increase your indoor air quality—air filters, cleaners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and energy recovery ventilators—so schedule an appointment to learn what we can do to increase your home’s comfort.

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What Are the Advantages to Standard Tank Water Heaters?

Monday, August 18th, 2014

If you are currently looking to replace your home’s water heater, then you are probably already of the option of installing a tankless system. Tankless water heaters have numerous advantages which have made them an increasingly popular options for U.S. homes. Since they only apply heat to the water when a tap comes on requesting hot water, they won’t run out of hot water and use far less energy than standard tank models. In addition, they have longer lifespans (5–10 years) and take up less space.

However, tankless water heaters are not the ideal option for every home. There are some cases when you will want to stick with the familiar option of storage tank water heaters in Smyrna, GA. Although they are older technology, storage water heaters have some advantages over the newer models.

For detailed information on Tank vs. Tankless that will help you decide on the right system for you, call the professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.

Some of the benefits of storage tank water heaters

  • Lower installation cost: Tankless systems are more expensive upfront to have installed, sometimes as much as three times the cost of storage water heater. Although tankless systems will earn back the extra expense with energy savings, your immediate budget plans may make a standard water heater a better option.
  • No natural gas line changes: Natural gas is the best option for a tankless system, but the current natural gas piping in your home may be insufficient for the needs of the new tankless water heater. This can mean higher costs for installation. But a storage tank water heater can simply hook up to the current gas supply with no alterations.
  • No circuitry changes: What about an electric-powered system? The situation is much the same: tankless systems may require installation of a new circuit to handle the amount of power they need, but storage tank heaters will be ready to go with you current electrical power load.
  • They don’t need high flow rate: “Flow rate” is how much water you need heated at one time. If you do not have a household that places a large demand at one time on the water heater, the flow rate may be too low to activate a tankless water heater. Storage water heaters have no minimum flow rate, however.
  • Immediate hot water: Because storage water heaters have a supply of heated water standing by for use, you won’t have to wait long for the water to reach the taps. With tankless water heaters there can be significant lag time, which is both inconvenient and wasteful of water.

An expert in tankless and tank water heaters in Smyrna, GA can help you determine the best choice for your household. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems aims to provide you with 100% satisfaction when you call us for water heater service.

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Should I Have an Air Cleaner for My Home?

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Indoor air quality is a major concern in the U.S. today. Most people in the country spend 85% of their time indoors, and the lack of sufficient air circulation in most buildings leads to stale air filled with various pollutants being cycled through the ventilation system.

You can increase the amount of fresh air in your house by opening up doors and windows. However, this is often impractical during hot and cold days, and your home will end up gaining or losing heat, putting extra pressure on your HVAC system. There are other solutions to the problem of low indoor air quality, however, such as having an air cleaner installed.

To find out if your home will benefit from an air cleaner, contact our indoor air quality specialists at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. We handle many types of air cleaners for Kennesaw, GA homes, and can offer other suggestions for improving your air quality.

What does an air cleaner do?

There is some confusion about the terms air cleaner and air purifier, and they are sometimes used interchangeably. For our purposes here, an air cleaner is a filter that uses mechanical means to remove contaminants from the air that passes through it.

The most common type of air cleaner, the HEPA filter, uses a mesh of fibers to catch particles down to 0.3 microns in size. A HEPA filter can remove 99.97% of these contaminants. It can also affect smaller particles, although not as effectively.

When is a mechanical air cleaner a good idea for a home?

An air cleaner is useful if you have people in your home who suffer from asthma or allergies, since the fibers will stop almost all the particles that can trigger attacks, such as dander, dust, pollen, dust mites, and mold spores. If your home does not have problems with gaseous contamination (smoke, exhaust, pesticides, other chemicals), then a mechanical air filter should be sufficient for your needs.

However, since mechanical air cleaners will not affect gaseous or odor molecules, you may consider having an electronic air cleaner installed instead. You may also choose to have both types of air cleaning systems put in. Consult with an indoor air quality specialists to find out what type of air quality control will benefit your home the most.

A professional will help you pick the right air cleaner for your home and install it so that it does its job. You should also rely on professionals for regular maintenance as well as replacement filters.

Premier Indoor Comfort Systems installs a variety of air cleaners in Kennesaw, GA. Contact us today and schedule an appointment to help gain healthier indoor air quality.

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What is Refrigerant and Why Is It Important?

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Some people believe air conditioners create cool air. It’s a reasonable assumption; when you put your hand near the vents, you feel cool air enter your home. However, this assumption is not entirely accurate. Instead, refrigerant, a chemical blend that changes easily from liquid to gas, removes heat from your home so that cool air can return through the ducts.

Refrigerant is a generic name for one of a number of chemical blends that continuously evaporates and condenses as it moves throughout your system. Originally, refrigerant was far more toxic than it is today, and it was once a major source of ozone depletion. However, these blends have been phased out in favor of refrigerant that is less toxic and better for the environment.

The ideal refrigerant blend uses very little energy to change from gas to liquid form. It begins its cycle at the compressor, where the chemical is compressed into a very hot, high-pressure gas so that it can move through the rest of the system. Then, it moves to the condenser coil. Here, a fan blows the outdoor air over the coil. As the air passes over the coil, condensation occurs and heat releases from the refrigerant into the air.

The cooled refrigerant, now a high-pressure liquid, moves indoors toward the evaporator coil after passing through an expansion valve which lowers both the temperature and pressure of the liquid. A fan blows warm indoor air over the evaporator coil starting the process of evaporation; refrigerant changes into a gas, absorbing the heat from your home in the process. Then, refrigerant moves outdoors to the compressor to begin its cycle again.

When your system is installed, refrigerant is given a certain “charge,” or level, at which it is to remain. If you run low on refrigerant, then either refrigerant was not charged correctly in the first place or you have a leak somewhere along the refrigerant line that needs repairs.

If you have a problem with your refrigerant, our technicians can recharge the refrigerant and seal any leaks for continued performance and efficiency.

When you need air conditioning repair or maintenance, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems for expert air conditioning services in Marietta.

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