How an HVAC System Works

If you have a standard air conditioner or you are considering purchasing one, there are some essential things to learn about how these machines work, the operating expense, energy effectiveness, cost, size, and upkeep.

Air conditioners and refrigerators work the same way. Instead of cooling just the small, insulated space inside of a refrigerator, an air conditioner cools a room, a whole house, or an entire business.

Air conditioners use chemicals that easily convert from a gas to a liquid and back again. This chemical is used to transfer heat from the air inside of a home to the outside air.

Central air conditioners are ranked on the basis of a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the number, the more efficient the unit is and the less it will cost to operate it. Systems produced prior to 1992 typically had a SEER score of about 6. Standards in 2008, however, require that units have a SEER score of at least 10. If you are buying a brand-new traditional central air conditioning conditioner, you need to look for a SEER rating of 13 or even more, if possible, and the unit ought to offer the EnergyStar seal.

A number of these brand-new a/c units

Detailed shot of inside workings of an AC unit.

Detailed shot of inside workings of an AC unit.

have added energy-saving features, such as the capacity to run the fan without activating the ac unit, a programmable thermostat, flexible fan rate controls and high efficiency gadgets.

Choosing a main air conditioning system of the right size for your home is likewise crucial. Lots of homes today have over-sized air conditioning systems. Getting the right size a/c unit will save on both your initial investment and your continuous operating costs.

Heating and Cooling Suggestions

There are a number of things you can do to enhance the energy effectiveness of your traditional central air conditioning system:

1. Seal ducts in unused sections of the house.

2. Set your thermostat at 78° F.

3. Change non-reusable filters on a monthly basis.

4. Keep weeds and grass far from the compressor.

5. Have the system professionally serviced every year.

6. Turn the temperature level up or off throughout peak need hours of the day.

7. Set up a programmable thermostat.

8. Weatherize your home.

With utility expenses going through the roof, it would be in your best interest to run your HVAC system as efficiently as possible. Of course, our professional staff of technicians is always available to provide you with answers to any of your questions.