Keep Those Cooling Systems Operating Properly for the Best Efficiency

by | Jul 18, 2016 | Local HVAC System

In this age of rising expenses and an ever-increasing cost of living, it is important to focus on how to save a little money and get the best performance from household heating and cooling systems. The first step is to have an expert come out and service the appliance. This is often easier than people think because many homes are equipped with an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system. This combined heating and cooling system provides an indoor air exchange unit and uses an outdoor condensing unit, allowing the AC to collect heat from the home and transfer it outside the building. It also makes it more efficient for cleaning or repair.

Typical cooling systems use a compressed refrigerant for collecting indoor heat. As the condenser compresses the refrigerant, it causes a state change in the chemical which allows heat to be captured and carried away. The result of this process is a chilled evaporator coil which the HVAC system takes advantage of by forcing air through the coil and into the building.

One of the drawbacks to standard HVAC systems is the large air ducts that are required for distributing the treated air. They can take up a lot of space and need to be installed with the easiest access to any treated rooms, usually an attic, but other possibilities include under the floor ducts. This type of distribution doesn’t work in every home. Consider a historical restoration that still needs to be functional: if common air ducts are used, the installer will need to cut a hole somewhere. Thankfully, there is an alternative known as high-velocity air ducts, which’s process uses small pipes, about two inches in diameter, for airflow. It does require a system capable of connecting to these ducts. If the cooling system has broken down and is due to be replaced, it pays to spend a little time shopping.

Talk with an expert such as those at website and determine exactly what type of system will fit the home. Keep in mind that some efficiency is important, but too much could be wasting money. Most extremely efficient systems are very expensive and the actual costs may not be recovered from lower fuel bills.

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