If you’re looking for a more even heating and cooling system, want to be breathing cleaner air, and have improved air circulation, you should consider getting an HVAC system for your home. It’s a great thing to get if you’ve done air testing and come up short in terms of air cleanliness; the air filters in an HVAC can help remedy that problem. An HVAC system can also help improve energy efficiency, take some strain off your furnace, and can make your living conditions more comfortable. An HVAC system will monitor humidity and temperature and make sure that your home or apartment stays at comfortable and safe levels. You’ll also find HVAC’s in larger industrial buildings and office buildings, cycling fresh air through the building. If you’re curious in learning more about how HVAC’s can improve your living conditions, read on!
What Is an HVAC? What Are Its Primary Functions?
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and describes a machine that assists in keeping temperatures (hot or cold) at a comfortable level and maintains a safe level of air quality. It’s used in vehicles, as well as buildings, from residential to commercial. HVAC systems are a product of mechanical engineering that use thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics to properly operate.
The main functions of an HVAC are to help heat or cool your home, manage energy efficiency, and keep air quality high enough to pass any air testing. Ventilation will also help remove any unpleasant odors and keeps humidity down. Good ventilation may also reduce the severity of allergies related to fur, dust, or other irritants; again, improving air testing ratings.
However, there are other variations of the HVAC system; refrigeration can be included in the system and ventilation can also be excluded from the system, depending on what is needed.
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The heating part of HVAC can often be powered by a furnace of some kind and there are ways you can help your energy efficiency in addition to getting an HVAC. If your furnace is over 15 years old and an important part (like the control module) stops working, it’s most likely a better idea to just go ahead and replace the entire furnace, instead of trying to order a new part and fix it. If you upgrade your furnace or boiler from 56% to 90% efficiency when you do so, you could save one and a half tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year if you use gas for your heat. If you heat with oil, that number jumps to two and a half tons! Just upgrading your furnace can help up your energy efficiency by 50-90% — that’s huge!
As far as cooling goes, using high-efficiency air conditioners can cut down on energy use by 20-50% — important, when you consider that air conditioners suck up about 5% of all electricity used in the country today. Reduced energy use also means lower bills for you — what’s not to like?
On the flip side, if you don’t install your HVAC properly, your system’s efficiency could decrease by as much as 30%, which raises your utility bills and might even result in the equipment’s lifespan decreasing. Indeed, if your HVAC system is not working in tandem with good insulation, your energy efficiency decreases significantly.
How Should I Care For My HVAC?
Make sure that your system’s filters are being changed either monthly or once every three months, says Energystar.gov. If the system is being used heavily, you’ll want to change more regularly than if the system isn’t getting too much use. Be sure you’re cleaning the parts of the system thoroughly before heating or cooling (winter and summer) seasons really kick in and call a technician immediately if you suspect something is wrong. Neglect can seriously shorten an HVAC system’s lifespan.
Never worry about air testing again with an HVAC system. Your living conditions will be much more comfortable, both temperature wise and allergy/breathing wise. If you treat your HVAC system well and keep up with maintenance, your HVAC system will be around for years!