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A learner’s Guide to HVAC Systems

Understanding how complex HVAC systems work may be a bit too tedious for most home owners. Even if you are renting your unit and you have a caretaker on standby, understanding how your air conditioning system works is a good start to less reliance on your caretaker in the event something goes wrong with it. Now imagine owning a house and you don’t even understand how the air conditioning system works. That is a much worse predicament and this article will serve as a guide to help you understand everything you need to know about HVAC systems and how you can go about maintaining them.

What is an HVAC System?

HVAC stands for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Of course, with heating, there is cooling and therefore your HVAC system should be able to handle basic heating and cooling of the air inside a closed space. It can do this either through using refrigerants or by simply using a traditional air circulation method. Of course for modern HVAC systems the refrigerant in use is more effective and you therefore have smaller HVAC units but which are more powerful and effecting.

Understanding the Split HVAC systems

A furnace is the most discernible part of the Split HVAC system which works in tandem with the heat pump which burns propane or other fuel oils to produce enough heat energy for circulation. Modern hybrid systems can combine both furnace and heat pumps during harsh winters to assure a more consistent and effective heat source.

What to consider when installing an HVAC System

The first thing to consider is that you definitely need a professional technician to handle your installation or repairs. If you read your system’s warranty documents you’ll notice a disclaimer that they will not indemnify any system if it wasn’t installed by a technician. Most companies actually have this in place and that’s why you need a qualified technician, who is well trained in HVAC installation and also in the particular brand you settle on. Basically, a technician is your best risk mitigation factor when installing a new system.

Secondly, you need to understand your air conditioning needs. There is no point in installing an HVAC system in rooms that are unoccupied. You also need to know your budget and since there are many options in the market, notify your technician on what your budgetary requirements are before you can move forward. Your technician can suggest a cost effective solution to your heating and ventilation needs that would be better than anything else and probably much cheaper.

The Future of HVAC systems

Technology is changing fast and with the advent of even faster digital technologies in automation, HVAC systems have had to join the bandwagon and unleashed fully autonomous systems. In the future these systems may offer more versatility to the users by allowing different systems and components to communicate with each other to reduce overall energy costs and also offer better utility for the users.

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