A Go-To Guide to HVAC Systems
HVAC systems are complicated technologies, and that’s why some people may prefer to simply call an installer before even understanding what it entails. However, as you will soon learn, understanding how an air conditioning system works will lead to cost savings and ensure longevity on your system. This doesn’t mean that you ignore the fact that you need a qualified installer and technician to advice on which system to go for, it just means you are better placed to choose a good technician once you understand what the system entails.
Types of Air Conditioning Systems
There are several types of HVAC systems and they mostly fall into two main categories; split or central HVAC systems.
· Split HVAC systems
If you have seen air conditioning or HVAC systems with duct work, then these are split HVAC systems. The duct work means that they have to circulate air from inside closed quarters to outside. The heat inside the room goes through the duct work and this air is warmer therefore denser. It naturally will flow where the air is thinner and in exchange the thinner, fresher air will flow into the room. The refrigerant not only cools the wamr air, but it also dehumidifies it allowing the thermostat to maintain a constant temperature indoors. Some systems combine a furnace to ensure the heating components are more effective, last longer and are cost effective.
· Central HVAC systems
The packaged or central HVAC system features an internal condensing and evaporation components within the same unit. This means you don’t need a refrigerant since the gradient between the humidified air and dehumidified air is already in place naturally. Warm air is pumped outside and cool air pumped into the house.
Tips to Minimize HVAC Energy Use
HVAC systems use a lot of energy especially when they are in full use. Older systems tend to use even more energy since most of their components are analogue and there is no viable means for self regulation. Therefore the best and most reliable means of reducing energy use in such cases is simply by opening air vents in order to help in circulation. You can also change the filters to remove dust and any blockage which might cause overheating or reduce the overall efficiency of your system. However, for more digital HVAC systems then you’ll simply need to ensure your thermostat is programmed to operate optimally only when there is someone in the house who needs it. However, when the house is empty the system can operate at is bare minimum.
The best way to ensure your system operates optimally is through constant and consistent maintenance and repair. You don’t have to wait for your system to start acting up. Instead you can schedule regular checks with your trusted technician. These checks can be after few years or after a major weather event. Despite all these, it is a known fact that the best way to ensure good utility is by purchasing the right HVAC system for your home or office. A well rated HVAC system has less risk of failure than any others with poorer ratings.