The term HVAC is short for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. HVAC is a system unit designed to provide heating and cooling to homes and offices. While heating, ventilation, and cooling are tied up together in a single acronym, these functions are interconnected but are dependent on different equipment and policies to keep homeowners and their families warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
An HVAC system comprises of three fundamental parts:
H= Heating aka the Furnace
Without the furnace, heating cannot take place in an area where the HVAC system is installed. While the furnace consumes most of the space in an HVAC system, it is usually hidden and not visible.
Furnaces are generally responsible for transferring air from the heat exchanger into the rooms of your office or house. The air is able to move into the supposed area through the air ducts – conduits responsible for delivering and removing air.
AC= Air Conditioner
Both an air conditioner and furnace work similarly with the aim of passing air over tubes filled with refrigerant, using ductwork to effectively change the temperature of the desired space.
While air conditioning is a common appliance used for cooling buildings, homes, and vehicles, it is not the only cooling method that people opt for. Appliances like swamp coolers, attic fans, and heat pumps are also used for cooling a space without air conditioning.
V= Ventilation aka the Ductwork and Vents
Remember the V in HVAC? It refers to ventilation that takes place through the ductwork and vents. The function of ductworks is to move air from your cooling or heating system throughout your home or office.
For the appliance to work properly the airflow has to move in two ways; it should move out and come back to the cooling or heating appliance. Vents achieve this with the help of their rectangular covers that bring back the airflow to the heating and cooling unit.
Maintaining Your HVAC System
Regular maintenance of an HVAC system is important as it helps lower the utility cost, increase the shelf life of the appliance, reduce the replacement/repair costs, and keep the consumer happy and satisfied.
There are many ways to perform routine maintenance of your HVAC system; some of them are mentioned below:
1. Replace Filters Frequently
Inspect the filters often and replace when they are dirty. Ideally, filters are replaced every 1 to 6 months.
2. Examine the Air Vents
Air vents can harbor algae and mold, ruining the life of your HVAC. Therefore, you need to keep an eye on your air vents as it can be a source of harmful micro-organisms and pollutants.
3. Clean Your Air Conditioner
Cleaning your HVAC system will eliminate odor as well as mildew and keep your unit in its optimum condition.
From providing indoor comfort to thermal control, this packaged system is, indeed, a necessity in homes, offices, and industries and should be installed, where it isn’t, to bring you greater comfort and efficiency.
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