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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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Why Excessive Humidity Is a Problem

Friday, June 20th, 2014

High humidity levels are a severe comfort issue in Georgia during the summers. We experience a humid subtropical climate, and that means humidity levels far above 50% for most of the season. The area around Atlanta has an average humidity high of 85%, and even at the lowest is still 52%.

Excess moisture in the air is a problem for a number of reasons, and installing a dehumidifier in your Smyrna, GA home is an excellent solution for the difficulties of our moist climate.

Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today and talk to our indoor air quality specialists; they will help you find the right dehumidifier for your house and install it. 

The reasons that high humidity is trouble in a home

  • Discomfort (and higher AC bills): You know that the higher the humidity, the hotter a summer day will feel. The reason for this is that increased moisture in the air slows down how fast sweat evaporates from your body. Since sweating is done to release heat, humidity traps extra heat in your body and makes the surrounding air feel higher than it is. You will need to run your AC almost continually in order to cool off. A dehumidifier will make the summer weather more pleasant, and you won’ have to keep the air conditioner churning all day.
  • Health problems: High humidity won’t just make you feel hotter; it can cause you to become sick. High humidity is linked to congestion, coughing, and irritated skin. Worse, it promotes the growth of mold and mildew, which are often responsible for creating toxic spores in the air that can lead to a variety of health complications, and are especially dangerous for people with allergies and/or asthma. Dust mites also thrive in a humid environment.
  • Damage to surfaces and furnishings: All that extra moisture in the air means water damage in your home. The main danger is wood rot, which can start out of your sight within walls and cause immense amounts of damage to your home. Here in Georgia, water in a home also attracts insects that will burrow into wood and other material and cause extensive destruction. Mold also attacks and ruins wood and other surfaces in homes.

To achieve balanced humidity in your house (excess dryness is just as bad a situation) you need the work of indoor air quality experts. Contact our team at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today, and we’ll get started finding the right dehumidifier in Smyrna, GA to solve your home’s excess moisture issues. You will feel more comfortable, have better health, and save money on air conditioning and home repairs in the future.

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Powder Spring Water Heater Guide: How a Storage Water Heater Works

Monday, August 6th, 2012

For decades, millions of Americans have used storage water heaters to heat and store hot water for future use, including many in Powder Springs. These tanks are very simple and in many cases have become much more energy efficient, but you probably are wondering how they actually work. Here is a quick overview of a storage water heater tank and how it works.

 The Basics

A storage water heater is exactly as it sounds. A large volume of water is funneled into a storage tank of between 20 and 80 gallons and heated for future use. When you turn on a hot water tap, water from the top of the tank is removed through the hot water outlet and cold water enters the tank through the cold water inlet – replacing the displaced volume and heated by the gas burner beneath the tank.

Water heaters can be electric, gas, propane or oil depending on what is available in your area. When the water temperature falls (as hot water is pulled from the tank), the thermostat opens and the gas burner ignites, heating the water until it reaches the preset temperature of the thermostat and it closes.

The Tank

When a tank is turned on, it is constantly heating the water supply. As a result, standby heat loss occurs. However, modern tanks are being built with exceptionally high insulation ratings (up to R-25) to minimize the loss of such heat. Additional heat loss occurs in gas and oil water heaters that must vent fumes and gasses through an internal flue. Fan assisted gas tanks and sealed combustion tanks reduce this type of energy loss in gas water heaters.

 Determining the Best Water Heater for You

If you want a new water heater for your Powder Springs home, make sure you do your research and learn what types of water heaters will minimize heat and energy loss without reducing your comfort level. Modern tank water heaters are surprisingly efficient, but only certain ones. A Powder Springs water heater professional like Premier Indoor Comfort Systems can help you determine which option is best for you.

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Alternatives to Air Conditioning in Your Atlanta Home

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Let’s face it – we rely pretty heavily on air conditioning in Atlanta to keep us comfortable during the warmest months of the summer. So, what do you do when the mercury dings 90+ and your air conditioner is either broken or you are in a place without AC? Luckily, there are alternatives. Here are some of the better options:

  • Move Air through the House – As simple as it sounds, air circulation can have a huge impact on the temperature inside, especially in the late afternoon. Mid-afternoon sun will hit your roof no matter how many trees you have planted. The result is a decent amount of heat pouring into your home. But, if you open the windows and let a cross breeze through, amplifying it with fans, especially ceiling fans, moving air will carry that heat out of the house later in the day when the temperature drops.
  • Block Direct Sunlight – Unless it’s 90+ degrees outside, most of the discomfort in heat comes from direct sunlight. Block that direct sunlight and you severely reduce how warm it might get in your home. Trees planted along western, eastern and southern walls do this very effectively, especially if they are deciduous and will allow in the warming sun in the winter.
  • The Power of Water – Feel warm? Get some cool water and place it on your forehead, arms or legs. A bowl of cool water in front of a fan can be soothing as well, assuming humidity isn’t a problem. If it is, consider getting a dehumidifier to run in lieu of an air conditioner for those days that aren’t too hot. They are less expensive and can reduce discomfort significantly.

The cooler you can make your home, the less your AC has to work. Call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems today for more information about how to effectively cool your home.

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Air Conditioners and Humidity

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Ever wonder why all of those air conditioners hanging out of people’s windows in Atlanta are constantly dripping water on hot summer days? All they’re actually doing is disposing of the moisture they’ve removed from the indoor air. That’s right – air conditioners are dehumidifiers too.

When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. After all, you know how much more uncomfortable 90° is when the humidity’s up around 90% than when it’s closer to 60%. Of course, some air conditioners are better at removing moisture from the air than others, so you should definitely consider how well an air conditioner dehumidifies when evaluating your air conditioning options.

Why Humidity Matters

High humidity, even at lower temperatures is uncomfortable. But there are more reasons than simple comfort to want an air conditioner that reduces indoor humidity levels. For instance, high levels of humidity promote the growth and spread of several allergens like dust mites and mold spores. High indoor humidity can also cause problems for the wood fixtures and furnishings in your home.

The Importance of Proper Sizing

Most Atlanta air conditioners do a decent job of controlling humidity indoors. But depending on the severity of your problem and the typical levels of humidity in your area during the summer months, you may want to pay special attention to each unit’s capabilities when evaluating your options.

An air conditioner’s ability to maintain proper humidity levels indoors has a lot to do with how well it’s matched to the size of your room as well. An air conditioner that’s too small likely won’t get the humidity or the temperature down to a comfortable level. On the other hand, that doesn’t necessarily mean that bigger is better.

In fact, an air conditioner that’s too large for the space you’re using it to cool will have a hard time bringing down the humidity level. Sure, you’ll wind up with a cold room, but that room will remain damp, making it no more comfortable than it was before the air conditioner was turned on.

For all of these reasons, it’s important to carefully evaluate your options when buying an air conditioner in Atlanta and make sure that the unit you buy is the right kind and size for the area you’re cooling. A little extra time spent researching your options will make your home infinitely more comfortable this summer. If you have any questions about choosing an AC unit for your home, give Premier Indoor Comfort Systems a call today!

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Does Solar Make Sense in a Cloudy Area?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

There is a longstanding myth that if you live in a cloudy area you can’t use solar panels because, after all, you cannot see the sun very often. However, the truth is a lot more complicated and thankfully for you it means that solar panels are in fact very useful in such areas.

First, the Science

Solar panels are designed to absorb ultraviolet (UV) rays which are what carry the light we see during the daytime. However that light is not the actual energy being absorbed by the panels. While we may see a ray of ‘sunlight’ as a single entity, it is actually very complex. The light itself may be partially blocked by the clouds, but the UV rays that your solar system needs to generate electricity still get through even on the darkest of days.

Of course, efficiency can drop on cloudy days, but for the most part, what is important is the number of hours of daylight, not the intensity of that daylight. Another thing to consider is that solar panels are actually more efficient when it is cold outside so cloudy environments that tend to be colder offset much of whatever energy loss they have due to lower daytime high temperatures.

Why the Difference Doesn’t Matter

The real issue in terms of solar generation is the number of hours of daylight averaged throughout the year. The longer the day, the more sunlight exposure your panels get and the more electricity they generate. Fortunately, most people have the option of staying attached to the power grid.

Unless you live in a rural area with no power grid nearby, you can simply remain attached and when the winter months roll around, pull electricity from the grid. Better yet, you can supply electricity to the grid during the summer months when you produce excess electricity (and yes, you will do that!) and have a credit on your account that allows you to get free electricity in return in the winter.

If you have any questions about whether or not a solar system will work with your Riverdale home, give Premier Indoor Comfort Systems a call!

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Question from Norcross: What Is an Indoor Propane Heater?

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

An indoor propane heater is an option if you’re looking to supplement your central heating system in a particular location. After all, when you turn on your heat, you’ll likely be heating your whole Norcross house. But if you’re only occupying a small area of the house at any given point in time, it may not be necessary to expend all of that energy to heat spaces that are completely unoccupied.

While electric space heaters are certainly an option in this situation, indoor propane space heaters are definitely worth a good long look. There are several different types of propane space heaters and most can easily be mounted on the wall of a room in your house to provide consistent warmth any time you need it. And because propane is generally much cheaper than electricity, you’ll be able to save a ton on your total home heating costs.

Indoor propane heaters are available in both vented and unvented varieties, and the type that’s best for you will depend on your specific heating needs and the dimensions of the space to be heated, among other factors. In general, it’s a good idea to have propane heaters installed by a professional to ensure that they’re safely in place and that they’re set up to provide the most efficient and effective heat possible.

The main difference between vented and unvented space heaters is that the unvented models simply circulate the air in the room and use its oxygen supply for combustion. Vented propane heaters, on the other hand, are able to take in air from outdoors for combustion and will also vent any gasses produced during combustion back outside.

When you do install a propane space heater in one or more areas of your house, it’s a good idea to have a carbon monoxide detector installed as well. That way you’ll have an early warning if something is going wrong with the heater. Although propane space heaters are quite safe, particularly when they’ve been professionally installed, you should still take every precaution to keep yourself and your family safe.

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Components of a Geothermal Heating System: A Guide from Cumming

Monday, October 17th, 2011

A geothermal heating system in your Cumming’s home has three basic components and some add-on ones as well.

Its most distinguishing feature is the ground loops. The most common is the “closed” ground loop system, which is a series of pipes that are buried underground. These pipes contain a heat transfer fluid, comprised of antifreeze and water. This fluid absorbs heat from the ground and carries it to the home. This fluid also absorbs heat from the house and sends it into the ground to keep the home cool.

Examples of closed loop systems include the horizontal closed loop, which can be used in larger parcels of land (over an acre for example). The loops are placed typically placed horizontally 6-to-10 feet below the surface. A vertical closed loop design is recommended for smaller parcels of land and loops are often buried vertically approximately 20 feet underground. Other types of ground loop designs use well water to transfer heat in an open loop configuration, or have a closed loop submerged underwater in a pond or lake.

The next component is the heat pump, which draws the fluid from the ground loop. In a heat pump, heat energy is exchanged with the ground to heat or cool the home. In the heating mode, fluid warmed from underground flows through the heat pump. A fan blows across the pipe warmed by the fluid. Because the fluid is much warmer than the air inside the heat pump, heat energy is released into the cooler air. The cool air is warmed and distributed inside the home. The process is reversed for cooling. Cool fluid in the pipe absorbs heat from the warm air inside the home. Once pumped underground, the excess heat in the fluid is absorbed by the cooler earth.

The final component is the air handling or distribution system. Here, a fan in the heat pump’s furnace blows air over a fan coil and the heated cooled air is distributed through the home’s ductwork. Some distribution systems are hydronic, where hot water is circulated through radiators or radiant floor heat tubing. This water absorbs heat from the heat pump and then distributed throughout the home.

In some homes, both a forced air and hydronic system, often referred to as a “hybrid system” work together.

Optional components include a heat pump “desuperheater,” which is used to help with domestic hot water heating. In warm weather, the desuperheater recovers some of the heat – that would otherwise be sent to the ground loop – to help produce hot water. In cold weather, some of the heat pump capacity may be diverted from space heating for the same purpose. Desuperheaters save approximately 25% on domestic water heating costs.

Another component is an auxiliary electric heater, which is built into the geothermal heat pump This auxiliary electric heat is installed to allow heating and cooling technicians to size – or resize – a home’s geothermal heat pump system to assist the system during the few coldest days of the year. Auxiliary electric heat is also an emergency backup heat source if there are any operational issues with the geothermal heat pump system.

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How Do Solar Cells Work? A Question From Norcross

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Rising energy costs and concerns over depleted resources have many people seeking out alternative energy sources for their Norcross homes. One popular solution is solar cells, which harness clean energy from the radiation of the sun to use as electricity. This technology is not terribly new, of course, having been used in calculators for years. A house is rather different from a calculator, though, so the prospect of using solar cells as a source of electricity lends itself to some questions, especially “how does it work?”

How it Works

As you might imagine, there is some complex science behind how cells really work. Rather than get down to the nitty gritty physics of it all, a brief overview should do. Essentially, the radiation from the sun is a tremendous energy source, emitting up to 1000 watts of energy per square meter of Earth in a single day.

The materials in solar cells make them photovoltaic (PV), meaning they are able to convert light to energy. When light strikes the PV cell, its energy is passed along to a semiconductor, thereby generating a current. There’s a good deal more complexity involved in the process but essentially that’s it.

Making It Work for You

There are a number of issues to consider and obstacles to overcome in installing solar cells that work properly, such as:

  • Angle and Orientation – Ideally PV cells should be directed south, at an angle that is as close to the latitude of their location as possible. All sources of shade and other obstructions must be removed for the sake of efficiency.
  • Storage and Backup – The sun doesn’t shine all the time, so you will need a backup system in place. Some options include connecting your home to the power grid, using deep cycle batteries to store energy for use later, or installing a backup generator.
  • Current Inversion – The current produced by the photovoltaic process is DC, so in order to be used like “regular” electricity from a wall socket, it needs to be converted to AC. This means installing an inverter as part of the system. Some PV cells come with invertors built in.

Installing SunSource® Home Energy System can be a clean and budget-friendly idea, but it can also be somewhat complicated. Proper materials and installation are vital to proper functioning, so consult with a professional if you are in doubt.

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Is Your Home More Valuable with Energy Efficient Appliances? A Question From Fairburn

Friday, September 16th, 2011

It’s impressive the things people do to improve the value of their Fairburn home. We’re talking about crown molding, new floors, new siding, upgrades to the landscaping and much more. The cost of upgrading these things can grow out of hand quickly and if the boost to your home’s value isn’t equally exponential, it’s hard to justify the expense.

So, it’s always nice to find a simple upgrade that can be performed for a few hundred dollars that will save you money immediately and improve the value of your home in the future. Your appliances are one such upgrade.

The Value of Energy Efficiency

An energy efficient washing machine can save upwards of $150 per year on water costs. An energy efficient toilet cuts consumption by as much as 150%. Low flow shower heads cut water costs by one third to one half and your heating and air conditioning systems can be improved by 10-35% depending on the upgrades available to you.

When you add up all those savings, the result is a tremendous amount of money that can be saved each year on everything from your water bill to your cooling needs. Imagine what happens when someone looks to buy your home. They see that there are all new appliances with energy efficient ratings that will save them money.

It’s not just lower bills; it’s a decrease in upfront investment. On the surface, it’s unlikely that your energy efficient appliances will directly increase the value of your home, but they can increase the likelihood of someone paying what you’re asking for the home. They add value to the livability of the home, if not the property itself and in today’s housing market, that’s a major plus.

Best Upgrades

The best upgrades to your home’s appliances are the ones that save money without additional work. Major upgrades to your heating and cooling are good if you need an upgrade anyway or you plan on staying in your home for a few years.

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