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Interior renovationsA Cozy Dwelling Thanks to HVAC
Did you know that indoor air can be 100 times more contaminated than outdoor air? Your HVAC system, aside from keeping your living spaces comfortable year-round, plays a vital role in ensuring you breathe quality air.
Your system, whether it’s a humidifier, dehumidifier, fan, or air filter technology, can make a difference. However, everything has to be in order. A malfunctioning, half-functional, or obstructed system will use more energy and end up being less cost-effective. This article will focus on maintaining your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning system.
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. It’s a system that’s installed inside a residential or commercial building, and it ensures efficient indoor airflow as well as adequate exhaust. Therefore, not only is it responsible for the home’s occupants' well-being and comfort (heating and/or air conditioning), but also the air quality inside the dwelling.
An HVAC system functions as a heater, fan, and air conditioner. To come full cycle, the system requires the following elements: filters, compressors, coils, fans, exhaust vents, ducts, and other electrical components. Some components are located inside the building, while others are situated outside.
While heating and air conditioning functions are vital, ventilation is just as important. An adequate ventilation system circulates a decent quantity of fresh oxygen, whilst eliminating dust, smoke, harmful gasses, and other contaminants. It eliminates most airborne bacteria and controls humidity levels to prevent the growth of mould spores. A proper HVAC installation should also prevent potential hazardous substances from recirculating in the ambient air. Some HVAC systems can also measure carbon monoxide levels in a predefined area.
An HVAC system is far from a luxury, it’s a must-have to both monitor and control the temperature and air quality, as well as relative humidity levels. All that and still saving energy.
This is typically a central heating system combined with an air exchanger. This system centralizes all settings in terms of humidity levels and room temperatures in every part of the house. This system can be customized to include additional functions.
This is a wall-mounted device in a housing unit with a compressor and condenser located outside the home, not unlike a wall-mounted air conditioner.
This system is somewhere between a central HVAC system and a ductless unit. Its efficiency is also halfway between the two! The units can be installed both indoors and outdoors.
The use of this one is recommended in restricted spaces; it’s perfectly suited to small houses, condos, and apartments. The system comes in a single unit. Since it’s rather easy to install, the homeowner or tenant can do it themselves.
With an HVAC system, all the components work together to ensure the comfort of the home’s occupants. To ensure optimal efficiency at all times, the system must be maintained.
While it’s best to hire a professional or dedicated service to handle the system’s yearly maintenance, as a homeowner, you also have a crucial role to play to ensure the devices are functioning properly. Here’s how:
Make sure that the area surrounding your outdoor unit is devoid of debris to ensure adequate air circulation. Remove leaves and make sure that nearby vegetation isn’t impairing the device’s proper functioning.
You can also inspect the different ducts inside the home to ensure no leaks, deterioration, or damage that could limit the device’s proper functioning and increase energy consumption.
Change the filters every three or four months. When dust and dirt clog the ducts and unit, your HVAC wears prematurely and inconveniences the occupants. And, you could develop various health problems.
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Have you spotted a leak or heard weird noises? The best way to steer clear of unfortunate surprises is to ensure the device is regularly maintained by qualified technicians. It’s a good investment since, in most cases, it prevents the unit from breaking or malfunctioning.
Yearly HVAC maintenance carried out by a professional is highly recommended. Here’s what the latter should include:
Visual inspection of the device (oil spots, embedded dirt, etc.)
Analysis of the device’s functioning
Analysis of temperature discrepancies
Applying antibacterial products
Visual inspection of the outdoor unit
To prolong the service life of your units, maintenance and cleaning should be carried out every 5 years. Along with the above-mentioned maintenance tips, the following should also be done:
Cleaning fans, coils, and unit housing
Steam sanitizing the coils
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Last modified 2023-11-07
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