As a homeowner, it is imperative for you to know all the little things about HVAC systems or at least your home HVAC system. This information could be very helpful and could save you from spending a lot on maintenance and trouble. However, sometimes you have to know more than your HVAC unit, but also learn about all types of HVAC.
In this article, everything a homeowner needs to know will be explained as well as the things they thought they knew.
HVAC or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning mean these types of AC are multi-function and not just for cooling air but also heating and circulating air. The air that is being warmed, cooled, or circulated pass through tubes that lead to systems and rooms called ducts. A central HVAC system is an example of a unit that has several ducts, but it is known to operate quietly.
Places that have temperate climate is less likely to have central HVAC units consume more energy than areas that are too hot or too cold. If you are in these areas, then almost 44% of your bill is from using the AC. Not to worry, though. Over the years, manufacturers of HVAC have improved the efficiency and quality of their units so that you can get the most of your unit and at the same time you wouldn’t have to spend a lot on maintenance and upgrading them.
An efficient and properly maintained central HVAC can positively affect your energy bill, especially if regularly checked and improved. An upgrade that is a must-have for central HVAC is a programmable thermostat. Thermostats are very helpful if you want to heat up the room while you are out during winter and come back to a warm room, and they’re useful in detecting if a room is too hot or too cold. A thermostat’s function can split your bill in half if correctly programmed.
Central HVAC heats up cold rooms with the use of furnaces that runs on oil or gas. In places where temperature usually changes, a central HVAC is ideal since it works both cooling and heating made possible by a heat pump. Heat pumps help your AC unit heat up your home up to three times better than the energy it consumes.
While heat pump’s job is to release heat in rooms through the ducts, a refrigerant’s job is to cool air. The process of cooling air starts with the compressor convert the refrigerant into a high-temperature and high-pressure gas. As this converted gas pass through the coil, it loses the heat which makes the refrigerant turn into a cold condensed liquid that goes through the copper tubes and then into the evaporator coil. This process is how cold air is made and blown in rooms.
Next is reading AC efficiencies and understanding what SEER is. SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is how ACs efficiency is rated. The higher the rating, the bigger you can save yearly. However, you have to take note as well that the higher the SEER, the more expensive the unit is but remember that they save you a lot of money in the long run on its energy consumption.