The process of heating and cooling your home in Salt Lake City is a complicated one, and because it controls the comfort level of your home, you’ll know when things aren’t working properly. Take control of your system and get to know your HVAC system. Understanding the ins-and-outs will keep your system running efficiently and could save you time and money.
Unlike other heating and cooling systems, HVAC systems use the same ducts and thermostats to control both the furnace and air conditioner. These combo units are more efficient at heating or cooling your home because they work in tandem to control the temperature of your air. The air conditioner uses electrical power to cool the gas located inside a coil into a liquid. The warm air in your home is cooled when it comes into contact with the cooling coil and then the cool air is distributed throughout the home. The furnace consumes whatever fuel powers it — electricity or gas — and then uses the heat that is produced in the process to heat the air in your home.
- Regularly check and change out your filter. This is the single most important maintenance tip to keep your heating and cooling system running efficiently longer.
- Air Return. Your air return vents are where the magic of heating and cooling begins. These vents draw air through the filter and pass it through the rest of the system. Keeping your returns clean of dirt and debris will increase the lifespan of your filters and prevent damage to your heating and cooling system.
- Exhaust Outlets. One of the drawbacks of a heating system are the dangerous exhaust byproducts that are left to build up inside your home. Clean your exhaust outlets through the chimney flue or vent stack and check while simultaneously checking for the need for tune-ups.
- Ducts are the part of your HVAC system that carry your hot or cold air through your home. You should get your ducts cleaned by a professional every two to five years.
- The brains behind the whole operation, the thermostat controls when your system is on or off and regulates the temperature. If your unit doesn’t seem to be working properly, check the batteries. Sometimes a HVAC repair can be as simple as changing old batteries for new ones!
Understanding your HVAC system and how heating and cooling systems function in your home, you can prevent minor issues from becoming large problems. By preforming bi-annual checks and regular cleanings, your will ensure you system lives a long life doing what it loves best — heating and cooling your home! Contact us today to have a certified technician provide a pre-season furnace tune-up and an end of season tune-up for your air conditioner.