Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC Blog : Archive for March, 2015

What Is a High Efficiency Ductless Mini Split System?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

One of the great things about a ductless mini split system is that it can be quite energy efficient. This is due in part to the use of indoor blowers that help you customize your cooling and, if you have a heat pump, heating. But you can maximize the energy efficiency of your ductless system by choosing a ductless system that is considered high efficiency. What does this mean? A high efficiency ductless mini-split system for your Atlanta home is one that has a SEER rating over 15, which is two levels higher than the mandated SEER of 13. How is this important? We’ll explain more below.

SEER Ratings

SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio and it tells you, on a scale of 1 to 26, how energy efficient your air conditioner will be; the higher the SEER number, the better the energy efficiency. In 2006, the federal law regarding the minimum required SEER for air conditioners was updated, raising the minimum from 10 to 13. To be considered high efficiency, an air conditioner has to have an even higher minimum SEER than the mandated SEER, so high efficiency air conditioners typically start at SEER 16 and go all the way to 26. Why is this important? It’s estimated by the EPA that each SEER point higher on the SEER scale can save you an average of 10% on your annual cooling costs. This means that if you replace an older AC with a SEER of 13 with a new AC that has a SEER of 18, you could save up to 50% on your annual cooling expenses. However, it’s important to keep in mind that high efficiency systems typically have higher initial costs, so it’s important to balance these costs before purchasing and installing.

Ask a Professional

The best way to assess if a high efficiency ductless mini split system is a good choice for your Atlanta home is to work with a trained professional.

The AC experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems can help you choose and install a high efficiency ductless system that will work for you, your home and your budget.

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What Are the Benefits of a Residential Exhaust Fan?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Exhaust fans aren’t particularly exciting, nor do they change very much, but these steady components can help improve your home’s ventilation a great deal. The ideal placements for exhaust fans are kitchens and bathrooms, as these areas tend to generate a lot of odors and moisture. However, other areas, like garages and laundry rooms, can benefit from exhaust fans, too. Exhaust fans can offer your home several benefits, as we’ll outline below, but to gain any benefit at all, it’s important to hire an expert for installation. The electrical professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems have been helping customers in Atlanta and the surrounding areas since 1999, so if you are looking to install a residential exhaust fan, call us today!

Ducted vs. Non-Ducted

The first thing to know about any exhaust fan you install is that you can choose either a ducted or non-ducted fan. As the names indicate, a ducted fan uses an air duct by which to expel the indoor air and moisture; a non-ducted fan filter air through charcoal, then release the cleaned air back into the room.

Benefits Exhaust Fans Offer

As mentioned above, one of the main benefits an exhaust fan offers your home living spaces is better ventilation. But, there are some other benefits to consider:

  • They help remove excess moisture – exhaust fans pull excess moisture from areas and expel it, removing it permanently from your home. This action can be especially helpful with areas like bathrooms and kitchens.
  • They remove smoke and odors – we’ve all experienced the smoky dinner, or maybe you have a smoker in your home. Exhaust fans help to quickly remove smoke and odors, making your indoor air more breathable.
  • They help improve comfort – exhaust fans help maintain circulation and remove excess moisture, increasing your overall indoor comfort.

Call the experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems and schedule an appointment for exhaust fan installation for your Atlanta residence today!

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Can I Perform My Own Water Heater Maintenance?

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Water heaters tend to fall into the “out of sight, out of mind” category – that is, until they fail, and then you can’t move fast enough to get hot water flowing back into your home. However, there is a great way to avoid the scramble of a broken water heater: schedule annual maintenance. Annual maintenance for your water heater in Macon County, NC, can help keep your hot water heater in good working order, but to really gain the benefits of maintenance, it’s important to hire an expert for the job. The trained professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems can help you with all your water heater needs, so if it’s been more than 12 months since your water heater was last maintained, give us a call today!

Can’t I Do It Myself?

We get this question a lot, so here are some questions for you. Can you:

  • Thoroughly, expertly and safely inspect your hot water heater?
  • Check and test all the valves?
  • Find leaks?
  • Find corrosion?
  • Find and check the anode rod and dip tube?

Additionally, do you have the training and expertise to:

  • Conduct a flush of your water heater?
  • Remove sediment build-up?
  • Check the burner or the electric heating element?

If you didn’t answer “yes” to all of these questions, then it’s best to hire an expert.

Why Perform Maintenance?

When you hire a professional to perform annual maintenance on your water heater, there are a number of benefits you can see, including:

  • Better performance – when sediment is allowed to build-up in your water heater over a long period of time, it can interrupt the heating process. During maintenance, your water heater will be completely flushed and all sediment will be removed.
  • Better energy efficiency – a clean water heater is able to work optimally, so your heater will be able to achieve better energy efficiency.
  • Helps prevent repair – the thorough inspection of your hot water heater allows the technician to discover any problems that may interfere with your system’s operation.

It may be tempting to see if you can perform your own hot water heater maintenance in Macon County, NC, but to ensure that you reap the benefits of maintenance, call for one of our experts!

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What Happens During a Spring AC Tune-Up?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

It may not seem like spring is right around the corner, but it is, and with it comes the use of your home’s air conditioner. One of the best ways to get ahead of warm, spring air is to schedule a spring air conditioning tune-up for your AC system in Tyrone. Scheduling maintenance now puts you ahead of the many customers who will be calling in another month, and the appointment also gets your AC ready to work after sitting idle for the last few months. Operating your AC with last year’s wear and tear can put unnecessary stress on your air conditioner, but a full tune-up will have your system working optimally. The AC experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems are ready to assist you with your spring AC tune-up, so call us today!

Overview of a Spring AC Tune-Up

Just as a tune-up appointment for your car is a thorough process, so, too, is a tune-up for your air conditioner:

  • Inspection – your technician will closely inspect your entire AC unit to discover any existing or developing problems.
  • Cleaning – your AC attracts dust and dirt, and there may be debris inside the outdoor metal cabinet from this winter; all of this will be cleaned.
  • Adjusting – sometimes components can shift positions, which can affect their operation. If anything needs adjusting, like a fan belt or loose wiring, it will be taken care of during the appointment.
  • Check of refrigerant level and electrical voltage – the technician will make sure your AC system has the right amount of refrigerant as well as the right amount of voltage in various parts of the system.
  • Performance testing – lastly, your technician will make sure that your system runs as expected.

Annual maintenance for your air conditioner helps improve energy efficiency and comfort, prevents repairs and helps extend the life of your cooling system. To gain these benefits, it’s imperative to hire professionals who know what they are doing, and the experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems have the training and certification necessary to properly tune-up your AC.

Contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today, and schedule a spring air conditioning tune-up for your home in Tyrone!

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