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

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Do I Need to Schedule Maintenance for My Solar Energy System?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

When you switch to solar energy, you make a responsible decision for both your energy budget and the environment. However, this isn’t the last step in keeping your home running efficiently and protecting your electrical system. Like any electrical or mechanical appliance, a solar energy system needs regular maintenance in order to prevent sudden failure and to inspect for any problems before they cause permanent damage to your system.

When your system was installed, your technician had to make several decisions about placement, sizing, and installation, based on your electrical needs, how much sun you have and whether or not you need to be connected to the grid power as well. Furthermore, the technician should have taken many safety procedures to prevent electrical hazards. If you haven’t had anyone inspect your system since installation—especially if your system was not installed by an electrical expert—now is the time to hire an experienced company for solar energy system maintenance to make sure everything is working as it should.

Just as important as your initial maintenance visit, most experts recommend you continue to receive maintenance every year after installation to keep your unit working exactly as it should. A technician will test and adjust electrical connections as needed and inspect the wiring. The photovoltaic (PV) panels that collect solar energy simply cannot perform at their best if they are dirty or cracked, so a technician will inspect for damages and clean the panels so that they are in top shape. Periodic cleaning is especially crucial if you live in an area that is excessively dusty, and professionals know the safest methods to use for this type of cleaning.

Anytime you require solar energy system services, it’s a job that should be left to the professionals. Premier Indoor Comfort Systems has been installing, maintaining, and repairing solar energy systems for years, and can make sure your system is in top condition so you can continue to save money for years to come.

Call our team of solar energy system professionals today to get top quality maintenance your system depends on in Atlanta and the surrounding areas.

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Advantages of Using an Energy Recovery Ventilator in Waynesville

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Losing heat is a concern for every homeowner each winter. To combat this loss, many people make their homes energy efficient by sealing windows and doors and installing the proper amount of insulation in their homes. These approaches are all very good, but one problem can emerge: the home can become too air tight and healthy ventilation can become an issue. So how can Premier Indoor Comfort Systems help you have good ventilation in your home and still maintain your energy efficiency? Consider the installation of an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) in Waynesville.

What Is an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

An energy recovery ventilator is a ventilation system that exchanges the stale air from your home with fresh air from outside without wasting energy.

How Does an ERV Work?

An ERV works by transferring the thermal heat and moisture between exiting and entering air streams. During the winter months, the stale, warm air from your indoors is exhausted to the outdoors; at the same time, cool, dry, fresh air from the outdoors is drawn indoors by a fan. In the core of the ERV, the thermal heat and moisture from the outgoing air is applied to the incoming air. This action pre-treats the incoming air so that it is warm and has extra moisture before it enters your air flow. In summer, the opposite occurs: the outgoing dehumidified air pre-treats the incoming warm, moist air, removing excess moisture and cooling it before it enters your system. The pre-treating action of the ERV provides numerous benefits:

  • Better energy efficiency – the pre-treating action of the ERV helps take some of the workload off your system; when your system doesn’t have to work as hard to produce the temperature you want, you use less energy.
  • Better indoor air quality – with an ERV, your home has a steady, constant stream of fresh air, which can significantly improve your indoor air quality.
  • Balanced moisture control – during the winter season, the air inside your home can become too dry, making the temperature feel cooler than it is; in summer, excess moisture can cling, making the temperature feel warmer. An ERV can help provide better moisture control by adding moisture to incoming air during winter and dehumidifying it in summer.

If you’ve been looking for a way to improve your energy efficiency and indoor air quality, an ERV may be just the device you need.

Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today and schedule an appointment for ERV installation in Waynesville.

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What’s Included in a Heating Maintenance Program?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

A heating system is a large piece of equipment, and there is quite a hefty price tag attached should you need sudden replacement. That’s why it’s important to keep your heating system maintained in whatever way possible. Any heating system must be in top shape to run as efficiently and effectively as possible and to make it last throughout its expected lifespan. Scheduling professional maintenance is the best way to see the following benefits:

  • Longer Lifespan
  • Better Performance
  • Fewer Repairs
  • Greater Efficiency

To get these benefits and more in Kennesaw, sign up for the twice annual heating maintenance program offered by Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. Here are some of the steps of a heating maintenance program such as this.

Inspection

One of the major steps of maintenance is a full inspection of your entire heating system. A technician will check the system for proper operation and startup capabilities and test the thermostat, fan, and other moving parts. Most importantly, they’ll look for any safety concerns, like a cracked heat exchanger (which could leak carbon monoxide) or a gas leak, and ensure proper ventilation from the flue.

Cleaning and Adjustment

Dirt is an enemy to your heating system, reducing its ability to run as efficiently as possible. A technician will clean the outside portion of your unit, some inner components, and the furnace filter, if necessary. They’ll also make many key adjustments. This may include lubricating moving parts, adjusting the gas manifold pressure, tightening wire connections, and calibrating the thermostat.

Additional Services

Finally, a heating maintenance program may include additional discounts and services. A maintenance program involves paying ahead of time for a twice yearly visit from a technician for thorough heating and air conditioning maintenance, or making payments (depending on the service provider). Any additional services will vary from company to company. At Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, we offer a 15% discount on parts or a 5% discount on replacement equipment, and we identify you as a priority customer, so you’ll receive the first available or most convenient time slot whenever you need service.

To sign up for a heating maintenance program in Kennesaw that protects your system, reduces energy bills, and gives you more bang for your buck, give us a call!

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