Summer is over and it’s time for the kids to go back to school! In the spirit of education, we’d like to encourage you to learn about your HVAC system. You know, that amazing thing that keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the Summer?
When you take the time to learn about what goes into your HVAC system it can help you keep it running smoothly and ensure it’s there for you when it’s needed.
Learning About Your HVAC System
It’s August and HOT. It may be 90 plus degrees outside, but your home is probably 15 degrees or so cooler. Know why? Your HVAC system!
That system that silently works in the background to ensure your air is clean and the temperature is regulated is one of the most important components in your household.
Let’s take a look at the different types of HVAC systems and how they heat and cool your home:
- Forced air systems take hot and cold air and force it through a series of metal ductwork throughout your home.
- Radiant systems regulate the temperature in the home by heating and cooling the floors, walls, and ceilings.
- Gravity systems send hot and cool air from the system in the basement. The hot air rises and the cool air sinks back down to the basement.
Working in sync with your HVAC system are several other components. For instance, the air conditioner brings the hot air out of the home and sends cool air in. The furnace heats the air in your home. And the thermostat controls it all!
HVAC System Maintenance is Crucial
The HVAC system in your home is important to the overall functionality inside. It’s essential that you perform regular system maintenance on it, otherwise you could be faced with a system breaking down or not functioning properly.
- Clean your outdoor unit and keep it free of dust and dirt. This will ensure that air can continue to move freely and the system won’t overheat.
- Replace your filters 4-6 weeks, sooner if you have pets or a smoker in the home.
- Make sure your HVAC system is serviced by a professional twice a year.
- Keep your ductwork in good shape and free of debris.
Know When Your HVAC is Due for Repair
Even if you regularly maintain your HVAC and take good care of all the components, it will still require repair or replacement from time to time. Keep these things in mind so you know when your HVAC may need to be serviced or replaced.
- Replace your HVAC system every 10 years.
- If your system seems to be having trouble regulating the temperature, it’s time to have it serviced.
- If your outdoor unit seems to be working overtime, it may be too small for your home and need to be replaced.
- If you notice your furnace is in bad shape, have it inspected immediately in order to keep your home safe from fire.
If you haven’t had your HVAC serviced yet this year, or you believe it may need repair or replacement, call Buric Heating and Air Conditioning.
We will send a certified technician out to your home ASAP, while promising you to make sure your HVAC system is running smoothly.