Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC Blog : Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

New AC Installation? Why Wait?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

AC-tools-on-topYour initial air conditioning installation in Atlanta is completed on a pretty obvious schedule. It should be installed, up and running, before you move into your home. Why? Well, because we’re talking about Atlanta here, and it is way too hot for way too much of the year to even consider living without a central air conditioner in your residence. It’s not a matter of “I’ll get around to it eventually”.

When it comes to your next air conditioning installation in Atlanta, however, things are not quite so clear-cut. If you think that you’ll just wait until your existing air conditioning system breaks down entirely before you decide to replace it, well, that’s totally within your rights. However, we have to warn you, that is not the way that we’d go about doing it. In the following post, you’ll get some valuable tips about when you should start the new AC installation process—as well as what that process may look like.

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Why Is My AC Leaking Water?

Monday, August 13th, 2018

angry-manIf you know a little bit about the ways in which your air conditioner works to cool your home, then you probably already know that a refrigerant leak is one of the most serious problems that you may encounter. What you may not know is that a water leak is another type of issue that you may run into. What you really may not realize is that this is not exactly a water “leak” as you may be thinking of it.

After all, a central air conditioner does not use water in order to cool your home, right? There is no water supply line running to it, and it certainly does not store water in a tank or reservoir of any kind. Does that mean the water that you’re seeing around your indoor unit is some type of wild hallucination, then? No, nothing so exciting/alarming, depending upon your viewpoint.  It may mean that you need residential air conditioning system repair in Atlanta, though.

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How Ductless AC Systems Save Homeowners Money

Monday, July 16th, 2018

house-and-money-seesawHere in Georgia, a great air conditioning system is not something that you can take for granted. You need to invest in a quality air conditioner from a trusted manufacturer, and you need to have that new system installed by a qualified professional that you can trust to do the job right. You also need to schedule ongoing maintenance and, yes, occasional repairs with a contractor of this caliber. We have omitted something one important step, though.

That step? Taking the time necessary to explore your air conditioning options fully and choosing your system with the care that such an important decision demands. While the split central air conditioner is certainly a perennial favorite among homeowners, there are a lot of different systems out there that you should at least look into. You may just find that something like a ductless AC system in Atlanta is what you’ve unknowingly wanted all along!

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Beware These Heat Pump Noises

Monday, December 19th, 2016

When your heat pump is operating as it should, it typically makes a fairly quite noise, described as a whirring sound when the compressor comes on to start the heat exchange process. You shouldn’t be able to hear any other noises aside from this when your heat pump is running. If you are, then you more than likely have something wrong with your heat pump that requires your attention.

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Proper Conditions for Wine Storage

Monday, January 25th, 2016

If you are a wine connoisseur, or you would like to be, then it’s vital that you have your wine bottles stored in the ideal conditions for temperature, humidity, light, and space. Only in the right conditions will the wine age properly and maintain the finest possible aroma and taste. For the best storage, call on professionals who can design a wine storage area with proper environmental controls. Below at the factors that need to be properly controlled:

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Yes, You Also Need to Change or Clean the Air Filter During Winter

Monday, October 19th, 2015

One of the important steps for regularly maintaining an air conditioning system during the summer is to change its air filter (or clean it if the AC uses a permanent filter) once a month. This advice also extends to your heating system if you have a furnace or other forced-air heater. Usually the heater shares the same cabinet with the air conditioner, and also uses the same filter that is housed where the return air ducts connected with the cabinet.

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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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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

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Solar Products Available for Installation in Atlanta

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

By now, you’ve probably heard about the many environmental benefits of switching your home’s power source to solar. Standard electricity and natural gas consumption contributes to greenhouse gases that pollute the air. Converting your home’s power source to solar energy panels can help you to protect the environment while cutting down on your monthly bills. In fact, you may notice solar energy savings beyond what you expected. When you produce enough solar energy to feed back into the electrical grid, your utility company credits you for the amount of the contribution, so you can actually get money back on your monthly bill. Any of the following products can help you to save money and use energy wisely with solar energy savings in Atlanta.

  • Solar Panels to Power the Entire Home: A whole-home energy system may be a possibility in your home, especially if you’re concerned about saving money from month to month. While the upfront cost can be quite large, the monthly savings should eventually make up for the cost. You can feel good about your environmental impact as this technology produces no hazardous carbon emissions and does not require any extensive drilling or mining to generate power.
  • Solar Air Conditioning and Heating: If you’re not ready to make the switch and power your entire home with solar energy, why not start with some of the biggest energy hogs in your home? The air conditioning and heating system occupies a large portion of your bills, but when powered with solar panels, you may cut your bills in half (depending on average usage).
  • Solar-Powered Water Heater: Conventional storage tank water heaters keep water heated throughout the day, resulting in quite a bit of standby energy loss—energy that is consumed by the appliance but not used. With a solar powered water heater, you won’t have to worry about the energy used to keep the water heated at all times, as this energy comes directly from the sun’s rays.

Not only do these products allow you to save money and feel good about your environmental impact; they’re also generally hassle-free. Solar panels require very little maintenance, and it’s not often that they’ll need repairs.

Call the solar experts at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems to discuss your home’s energy needs and find out about the potential solar energy savings available in Atlanta.

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How Does Radiant Heating Work?

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Radiant heating has long been a bit of a secret among homeowners. Though the technique at the core of radiant heating has been used since the Roman Empire was in power, the popularity of forced air heating systems has kept radiant heating somewhat in the background of the heating market. In an effort to dispel some of the mystery around radiant heating systems, let’s take a look at how they work. We’ll also tell you about some of their distinct advantages, and why you may want to consider installing one.

What is Radiant Heating?

The term “radiant heating” refers to a boiler-based system that heats a home by distributing hot water. This may not sound that much different from a water heater, and for the most part it isn’t. The difference is that a radiant system heats an entire room, not just the water coming out of the faucet.

Radiant heating installation involves installing a water pipe network into the subfloor of each room. These pipes are then connected to a central boiler.

How it Works

When the heat is turned on, the boiler heats and distributes water throughout the house. As the hot water flows through the pipes underneath the floor, they transmit thermal energy through the floor and into each room. This is why the system is called “radiant heating,” because the heat radiates up through the floor. The thermal energy is transmitted from object to object, eventually heating the whole room.

Why Install Radiant Heating?

There are any number of reasons to install radiant heating instead of forced air systems. Radiant heating is much more efficient than forced air, both at heating a room and saving energy. Water is a much more efficient thermal conductor than air is, meaning that the radiant system can deliver more heat to a location than a forced air system can.

Radiant systems can also heat a room much more evenly and comfortably than a forced air system. When warm air is blown into a room, it floats to the top. This leaves the bottom half of the room much colder and uncomfortable. Radiant heating moves from the floor upwards, and doesn’t use air as a medium for transmitting heat. This makes the room much more comfortable close to the floor, where people can benefit from it.

If you’d like to know more, call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. Our heating experts cover all of Canton.

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