​Demystifying the HVAC in 5

​Demystifying the HVAC in 5

Access Doors and Panels on 25th Jul 2018

​Demystifying the HVAC in 5

HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units are not only complex but they can be costly. For some, they assume the bigger a unit the better; however, this isn’t always the case. Access Doors and Panels demystifies 5 ideas revolving around HVAC units. The more you know, the more savings for your pocket.

Bigger is better

While some would argue this is true, the reality is that sometimes bigger isn’t always better. When it comes to HVAC units, whether you are a client looking to upgrade or a contractor looking to install a unit, the functionality of a unit should not be based on its size because a larger unit may not always mean efficiency in functionality. Larger HVAC units for larger spaces does not mean a space will get the appropriate and maximize usage out of the unit, especially if there are unidentified issues with the internal flowing of the air, as well as the vents that may or may not be a result in the lack of airflow.

As well as HVAC units that are too large or too small for a space, depending on the settings the unit is set too, the HVAC unit can find itself either running constantly to maintain a temperature or one that struggles to regulate the temperature. This influx in temperatures can result in the unit working harder than it should be, which can result in higher bills as opposed to efficiently running.

HVAC only need to be inspected when there are problems

HVAC units are costly to install and depending on the make and model the costs can be even higher than most realize; therefore, when it comes to repairs and inspections, it can be hard to determine whether routine maintenance will help the life of the unit or not. The truth is routine maintenance, a minimum of once a year, if not twice a year can actually prolong the life of an HVAC unit. While it can add an extra expense, taking on preventative measures means mitigating any problems from arising. Imagine an HVAC unit as a car, a fridge or any costly appliance – if problems are ignored they can get worse and costlier to repair or worst, it can result in replacing the unit.

Routine checks allow for trained and knowledgeable experts to ensure that proper maintenance and care is taken. Contractors can also provide the tips and tricks on how to ensure from a user and owner perspective that it’s maintained routinely but how to properly use and take care of the units.

Energy efficient unit means lower bills

Someone who is inexperienced when it comes HVAC units may think that something labelled as energy efficient will result in lower energy bills; however, that is not always the case especially if there are pre-existing issues in the system itself and the wrong type of unit is purchased. An energy efficient unit will not always transpire into lower bills, it can contribute but it will not directly result in them; therefore, before an HVAC unit is purchased it is important to ensure all the duct works and such are in working order and no damages, or leaks.

Higher or lower the temperature the faster it cools or heats a space

For some dealing with HVAC they believe that by cranking up the heat or cooling down the temperature during a hot and humid day that it will result give faster results – false. This is not the case. Regardless of the size of the unit, the space, a unit will heat or cool at the same rate as if the settings were on low or medium or high.

It is also important to note that when it comes to an HVAC unit, taking it from a low setting and then extreme high can sometimes damage the inner workings of the system, if anything it should be a gradual increase. Imagine jumping into a cold pool after being in the heat, for some this gradual shock could make a person want to get out, the same analogy can be applied to HVAC units, from hot to cold, it can damage the motors and machine.

Covering HVAC units during the winter season

This myth is a preferential myth because for some, they see it as an opportunity to protect and promote longevity in their system; however, if you have an HVAC unit that is a heat pump, this unit runs all year round therefore should not be covered at all. If you have one with a fan, then you can protect it from snow and ice falling with a board.

Whether it’s a home or a business, HVAC units play an integral part of any space. For the most part many folks working and dealing with HVAC units find themselves being swayed every direction; however, doing your research and trusting reliable resources can help when its time to replace, repair or upgrade.

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25th Jul 2018 Access Doors and Panels