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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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5 Simple Ways to Improve AC Efficiency

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

improve-ac-efficiency-5-waysIt’s officially summertime, and that means we’ll all be using our air conditioning systems on a daily basis. Given that this time of the year is when our cooling systems are put under the most strain, it makes sense that you want your air conditioner to run as efficiently as possible so that it will cost you as little as possible to operate.

Have you found that your air conditioner isn’t reaching your temperature settings fast enough? Or perhaps it costs more than you think it should—or more than it did last year—to operate. Fortunately, there is something you can do to make your air conditioner work better. In fact, below we’ve covered 5 ways in which you can help it to work more efficiently and cost you less.

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Why Does Efficiency Matter When Replacing My Air Conditioner?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

If you are considering retiring your current air conditioning system and installing a new one for the summer heat, then the AC you now have is probably over 10 years old. (If you’ve taken care to provide it with annual professional maintenance, it might even be more than 15 years old. This is yet one more reason to schedule regular preventive maintenance.) During those years, advances in HVAC technology has created air conditioners with efficiency higher than your current system. When you switch over to a new AC, you’ll do better than return to the efficiency level of a new air conditioner… you’ll have better efficiency than you’ve ever had before!

Efficiency isn’t everything when it comes to air conditioning replacement in Atlanta, GA. You have to make sure that you have the ideal new system for your home that will save you money and keep you effectively cooled.

The best way to find the right air conditioner is with the assistance of professionals in HVAC technology like those at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems. Call for a free estimate.

How efficiency works with a new air conditioning system

There is a basic measure of efficiency that you can use to quickly ascertain the level of savings you may receive from a new system: SEER, which stands for “seasonal energy efficiency rating.” SEER won’t tell you if an AC will keep you sufficiently cool, but it will tell you how well it converts electrical power into cooling power. SEER is a ratio of the amount of cooling produced in BTUs to the amount of energy consumed in watt-hours. The higher the SEER, the less energy a unit needs to run.

So what is a good SEER number to look for? We can go to the U.S. government for that information. In order for an air conditioner to qualify for the EPA’s ENERGY STAR label for efficient and environmentally-friendly performance, it must have a minimum SEER of 14.5. If you’re interested in a particularly efficient system (which will cost more), then there are special ACs with SEER of 18 or higher.

Make sure that whatever system you decide to install that it has SEER at least the same as your last one—although we recommend you look for one that’s higher while also in your budget range. Work with your installer on this, since efficiency is only part of the equation of figuring out what air conditioning system will deliver the best results.

Premier Indoor Comfort Systems specializes in air conditioning replacement in Atlanta, GA that matches homes with their ideal new AC. We’ll see that you have improves efficiency and overall superior performance from the air conditioning that we install for you.

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What is a Matched HVAC System?

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

It has been about 200 years since the arrival of interchangeable parts during the Industrial Revolution. Today in Atlanta, we laud being able to take a malfunctioning part from a car, computer or vacuum cleaner, replace it with a newly minted part from any number of manufacturers, then keep right on plugging along.

Although this is a blessing in most arenas, when it comes to your Atlanta HVAC system, it is not necessarily a good practice. Heating and cooling systems work best when they are matched – but what does that mean? And why does it matter?

 Why Matched Parts Matter in HVAC Systems

When referring to HVAC systems, a matched system is one in which various components are designed to work together. For example, an air conditioner and furnace made by the same manufacturer can be matched, as can a furnace and a heat pump.

Typically, the matching is done in such a way that the “outdoor” components, such as air conditioners and heat pumps are designed to work best with their “indoor” partners, like air handlers and furnaces. There are also matched systems in which every component is matched to every other.

Efficiency Boosts

While this may seem to make maintenance and repairs a pain, the practice provides a big boost to the efficiency of the system. Because the components were designed and manufactured by the same team to work in harmony, the system performs optimally. Although you can often replace one component of a matched system with one from another manufacturer and have it work fine, the system can lose efficiency, often to a significant and noticeable extent.

For these reasons, it is best to make use of matched systems in your home whenever possible. This means choosing a new matched system to install, replacing broken parts with ones that match the rest of the system and even replacing older systems with newer ones to properly match, when necessary.

It may seem like a hassle at first, but it saves money in the long run by adding increased efficiency over unmatched systems. For more information about installing new heating or air conditioning systems in Atlanta, give Premier Indoor Comfort Systems a call!

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Common Causes of AC Short Cycling

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Air conditioning short cycling is a common problem wherein an air conditioning unit will have either short run times or short off times.  This type of quick movement back and forth between being on and off–or rather starting and stopping rapidly–can be detrimental to the overall life of your Atlanta AC unit, and is also not energy efficient.

AC short cycling can have many causes, and many fixes.  Below are the main causes for air conditioning short cycling, which can be checked, diagnosed, and fixed quite easily.

  • AC Refrigerant Leak:  There could be a refrigerant leak somewhere within the AC unit.  A temporary fix might be to add refrigerant and recharge the air conditioning unit, but long-term, an HVAC specialist will need to be contacted in order to find and fix the leak properly, ensuring excess money is not paid to continually add an unnecessary amount of refrigerant.
  • AC Coil Icing: This means that the evaporator coil or cooling coil has become encrusted with ice or frost and is causing the unit to malfunction by turning on and off in short bursts.  Turning off the unit completely and letting the ice melt, then checking and replacing dirty filters can oftentimes fix this problem.
  • AC is Oversized:  The amount of power needed (or the BTUs needed) to cool a space is directly proportional to the size of the space or room which is being cooled.
    • If AC short cycling has been a constant problem since day one of an AC system installation, it is entirely possible that the A/C unit is too large for the space which it is cooling.  This could mean contacting an HVAC technician to have the unit analyzed and a new, smaller unit put in.
    • If A/C short cycling is a relatively new problem, some possible causes could be: closing or opening doors which previously were not closed or opened frequently, or the addition of partitions within rooms which effectively makes the room size smaller.  This could mean simply adjusting the thermostat, or the blower fan to a lower speed to compensate for the change, or opening interior doors to increase the size of the space which is being cooled by the AC unit.
  • AC Control Board Problem:  While less likely, the problem could be in a control board or control switch which has been damaged, thus causing erratic and rapid starting and stopping cycles.  In this case an HVAC technician would need to be contacted in order to replace the broken control switch.
  • AC Compressor Damage or Start-Up Issues:  Some AC systems have hard-starting compressors which take time to re-pressurize properly after shutting down.  If the AC system is being turned on or off manually on a frequent basis, the compressor might have a hard time restarting because the high pressure which had built up on the previous on-cycle had not had a chance to come down to normal levels again.  An easy way to diagnose this problem is if after leaving the AC unit shut off for thirty minutes, the unit works properly after being turned on again.  To help this compressor issue, an HVAC service technician can add a starter capacitor to the AC unit.

These and other AC short cycling causes can be checked, diagnosed, and fixed quite easily by an experienced Atlanta HVAC professional. If you are experiencing any AC  problems, give Premier Indoor Comfort Systems a call today!

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