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Understanding HVAC: A Guide for Homeowners

Nov 14

There are few things that are more relaxing on a hot summer day than walking into an air-conditioned room. But, exactly, what is happening in your house to help keep your home cool?


The air conditioning system in an apartment is part the larger system known as the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (or HVAC for short). The heating as well as cooling Colorado Springs system in your house is in essence one of the largest machines that include a ventilation system, a thermostat, and numerous gadgets which cool or heat the air.


Understanding the fundamentals of how the system functions can be extremely beneficial when deciding whether to fix or replace it. This article will explain what goes on behind the behind the scenes to keep your home cool in summer and warm in the winter. It is explained in plain language.


Ventilation duct system (V)


Vents for supply and return (also known as registers), ductwork, filters and a circulating fan are the ventilation element within your HVAC. The circulator draws air from your home through return vents, through the ductwork, as well as through the heating and cooling systems. The air is then directed back into the rooms of your home through supply vents.


This type of system, also known as a forced-air system, forms the basis of you home's cooling and heating. But, before we dive into the particulars of heating and cooling processes an elementary physics class is needed.


Heat Pump for Heating Systems


While heating systems in the home are more varied than their A/C counterparts The basic idea is the same. The air is taken into the ductwork that is part of an HVAC device, heated and circulated around the house. The greatest variation can be found in the manner that air is heated.


Some technologies, such as heat pumps, are reversed AC systems. Heat pumps are able to chill and heat up by changing the cold and hot coils. The function of the heat pump is as stated above when in air conditioning mode. The hot and cold coils are reversed in heating mode, and the heat pump draws in air from the outside and then delivers the heat inside your home. Some heat pumps pull heat from below the ground.


Other techniques, like a furnace, can heat air through burning fossil fuel (oil or natural gas).


Heating and cooling units, as well as Central Air Conditioning. Heat Pumps

Many homeowners aren't sure the best way to heat and cool their homes using the use of a heat pump or a combination furnace with a central air conditioner.


Benefits of heat pumps include:


  • Since a heat pump is able to simultaneously cool and heat the air, it only requires one unit maintenance.

  • Heat pumps are also more efficient in terms of energy consumption than furnaces or central air systems, however, all systems are available with different efficiency levels.


Benefits of a furnace as well as central air conditioning


  • Because each component operates for a short period of the year, combined systems generally last longer.

  • Although this is susceptible changing, over the years, natural gas or the oil used in a furnace has been less expensive than electricity.

  • Most experts agree that a heat pump is the ideal choice when your climate isn't prone to the freezing point. A central air or furnace system are, however, are generally the best option if you reside in an area where winters can be long and cold.


Hybrid cooling and heating systems


In addition to the two choices that were mentioned earlier, a third hybrid system has emerged as a popular choice among homeowners. A hybrid heating system combines a furnace and a heat pump and the other one being utilized based on the outside temperature.


The system is able to determine what temperature it is more cost-effective to run the furnace or the heat pump (the economic equilibrium point) The system then alternates between the two as the temperature increases or decreases. Depending on your environment it is possible that a hybrid system will be the most suitable option for you. To help you assess your options, talk to an expert HVAC contractor.


A professional HVAC specialist should repair the problem with a condenser.


You can be more confident about determining the source of issues and when they occur now that you have an understanding of how HVAC systems work. You'll also be more relaxed when speaking to the HVAC contractor or considering your options.

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Colorado Springs, Co

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