HVAC Systems for Beginners
No home is complete without a working HVAC system. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning are vital aspects of a home and though they may sound modern, it is clear that ancient homes had allowance for all these functionalities inbuilt into the home. However, with technology you can expect more reliable systems and in this guide, you can understand what HVAC systems are and how to choose the right system for your home.
When to Consider an HVAC System
Some HVAC systems come pre-installed inside aa new house. This is normal for rental units since landlords will have factored in Air conditioning as part of their bare minimum offers. However when it comes to a home you are building for yourself, then there is a possibility you might forget to factor in an HVAC system. Since most HVAC systems have an internal and external component, you should when planning for the system since if you make provisions for it, you must install it where there is an allowance. However, if your unit doesn’t have one, you can still renovate your house to include a quality HVAC system without having to cause unnecessary changes to your home’s design or structure.
What Comprised An HVAC System?
As the name suggests, HVAC systems have an air filtration system that is founded on the difference in humidity gradient between the air inside the room and the one outside. The air inside the room is humid and stale, whereas the air outside is fresh and active. A properly maintained HVAC system should be responsive to the user’s needs and retain a balanced internal temperature without the need to constantly adjust the thermostat. This requires an advanced self monitoring system that is automated and seamlessly works with other household appliances.
Maintenance and Repair of HVAC systems
Most HVAC systems have a warranty period of about 25-30 years with good use. Of course you can expect to stretch this period with good care of your appliance but this is not always assured. You will however need to constantly check whether your HVAC system is still in good working condition. One neat trick you can try is to install a ductless, mini-split system that won’t require any duct work on your home’s structure. Ductless systems can be wholly indoors and therefore works best for apartments and closed living spaces.
One common problem in HVAC systems arises when the outdoor condenser is covered, resulting in insufficient cooling. A good HVAC technician can easily diagnose this problem and make the necessary adjustments to your system in line with optimal working conditions. Also make sure you lubricate and dust off the HVAC unit as required in the manual or as advised by the technician. Accumulated dust will easily lead to poor ventilation and overheating.
Lastly, consider retaining your installer’s number for future repairs as they are best placed to understand why your HVAC system is failing and easily diagnose how to repair it. Going to another installer will likely lead to increased costs and delays since they will need to run a full appraisal and diagnostic run on your home and systems, something your primary installer won’t have to do.