What does HVAC stand for?
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning, and is pronounced “h-vack.” In any home, the heating, ventilating, and cooling functions are very closely related, which is why you find them generalized in the same industry. If you’ve got a problem with any of the three functions, chances are good that you’ve got problems with the others as well. Fortunately, HVAC technicians are experts in all three and can address all issues simultaneously.
How does an HVAC system work?
The air inside your home is pulled into your air handler through the ducts that are found throughout your house. The air is then regulated within the air handler, either cooled or heated depending on which aspect of your system you have running, and then released back to the rooms of your house after traveling throughout your home’s ducting and being distributed from your vents, ceilings, or floors.
How often do I need to replace my filter?
Each HVAC system is different, so while there is no single answer to this question, you should check your filters regularly, at least once a month to start. If you hold up your filter to the light and find a significant amount of trapped dust and debris when compared to a clean filter, it is time for replacement.
Why should I replace my air conditioner?
Great advancements have been made in recent years in the cooling and heating industry, so if your system is more than twelve years old, you are most likely missing out on the benefits offered by these new high-efficiency systems. Not only can these new systems save you money each month and in the long run, but they are simply designed better and will keep your home more consistently comfortable.
What do SEER and EER mean?
EER and SEER are government standard energy ratings that stand for Energy Efficient Ratio and Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio, respectively. The difference between them is that EER ratings don’t take into account the time of year, while SEER ratings do. All air conditioners sold in the United States are required to have a minimum SEER of 13, while to be considered qualified for Energy Star, must have a minimum SEER of 14.
What do I need to know about replacing my air conditioner?
If you are thinking about replacing your air conditioner, consider first the amount of power and size of unit you need in order to properly cool and heat your home. Also consider whether or not having an energy-efficient system is of priority to you. Lastly, do your research when choosing the company to perform your service. Not all heating and cooling companies are equal, and you should focus on one who offers the highest quality service, rather than the lowest price, as simply selecting the cheapest option could end up costing you more later down the line.
What is one ton of refrigeration equal to?
One ton of refrigeration is equal to 12,000 British thermal units/hour of cooling. More understandably, it is equivalent to the consumption of one ton of ice per day, an idea which originated during the transition from using stored natural ice to mechanical refrigeration for cooling.
Why do you need to check for leaks in my cooling system?
Since 1992, it is illegal for refrigerants to be released into the air, even when done so accidentally, as it strongly contributes to damage in the ozone. In addition, if we simply cleaned your system without identifying and fixing these leaks, not only would your system continue to run poorly, but these refrigerants would continuously be released into the air around your home.
What is the Clean Air Act?
The Clean Air Act was created in 1963 to help control and maintain pollution levels in the United States. While the Clean Air Act encompasses many different ideas and industries in order to accomplish its goals, in regards to the HVAC industry, their goal is to encourage companies to use environmentally-friendly substitutes for harmful chemical coolants. Harmful ozone destroying chemicals were the norm for more than four decades, but thankfully, more environmentally-responsible refrigerants are used in modern systems because of their less harmful effects on the ozone.