Understanding Your HVAC System

What Is An HVAC System?

Once you know a few important details and what the system actually does for your home, understanding the HVAC is easy. Most importantly, knowing this information will allow you to be on the lookout for any potential issues. This can help you save money and keep the system running during the summer and winter months. So, what is an HVAC system?

Controlling The Environment

Homes and commercial buildings are usually built with insulation from the outside. That means regardless of the outside temperatures, the temperature inside shouldn’t be affected. However, any structure is going to be susceptible to outside temperature changes because no amount of insulation is 100% perfect. This is where the HVAC system comes in. HVAC systems come in many different forms but perform the same function: environmental control. They are designed to heat, cool, and ventilate the indoor temperature so people inside can remain comfortable, regardless of the weather.

Basic Components

HVAC systems include some sort of heating, cooling, and ventilation components to control the temperature and air quality indoors. Heaters and air conditioners can include individual units like the ones you can mount in the windows of individual rooms. However, these units are more commonly connected together using a centralized network of air ducts. Outside air is drawn into the ducts, heated or cooled via a heater/AC unit, cleaned using various air filters, and pumped into each room of the building or house.

Single Vs. Multi-Zones

One major difference between different HVAC systems is the number of zones the system handles. A single zone means the HVAC system will heat or cool the entire structure. For example, a single zone HVAC system in a house will control the temperature and air quality for each room and level. Multi-zones divide the structure up so occupants can control the temperature of different parts of the home. Single zones have been the most common form of HVAC systems in homes up until recent years since technology has been improving. More modern homes are now usually divided up by floor with different controls for the main and upper levels.

Basic Maintenance

HVAC systems tend to be reliable as long as they are maintained properly. The various components that make up the heating, cooling, and ventilation units will wear over time and will require replacement. Dust, dirt, and grime build up over time, clogging the air vents and ducts and prohibiting air flow from working efficiently. To keep your HVAC system running at efficiency, it’s good to have a professional come in and check it out. If repairs or maintenance is necessary, this professional will know how to get the job done. Check out our website to learn all about the HVAC services we provide.