HVAC systems allow us to stay safe, sane, and comfortable despite the crazy weather we now have. At a time when climate change is a pressing issue, it is a must for almost all enclosed spaces to have an HVAC system installed. These systems must be maintained because if you don’t, problems may start arising and you’ll end up spending more money for HVAC repairs and replacements than just simply hiring an HVAC pro to check your system and keep everything in excellent condition when you still have the time.
There are lots of ways for us to remain cool or warm depending on the season and the climate in the area. HVAC system failures and malfunctions will leave you hot and grumpy during the summer and cold and shivering during winter because your system failed to do its job when you need it the most. You can only benefit from an efficient system if you don’t take its upkeep for granted. After all, it is better to take care of budding problems rather than deal with big issues that may even warrant a replacement if a repair can’t fix it anymore.
There are different HVAC products that can keep your energy usage low without compromising your comfort. However, we must first be sure that our chosen system is ideal for our home and that it won’t be a burden for us to maintain. There are a lot of things that you need to consider starting from the system, the readily available fuel, the local climate, etc. that it is easy to make a mistake if you don’t consult a professional first.
Thermostats are available in many types:
- Dial-type or small boxes with levers: These are usually manually adjusted as environmental temperatures change and seen as very inefficient. However, there is no battery to replace every few months.
- The lever also makes adjustments as the system responds immediately. Many digital, programmable thermostats have a “tolerance” of 2 to 4 degrees, so the response may not be immediate.
- There are also digital manual units, where you get digital readouts and buttons but still get to control it manually like you would a lever.
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As the seasons change, our utility bills also increase in response to our needs. AC usage is intense during the summer and the furnace works nonstop during winter. All this energy use translates to bills you have to pay for each month. But if the spike in your utilities are beyond what you can comprehend, there may be something wrong with the system that only an expert can safely look into and fix. If you aren’t privy about these things, contact your local HVAC expert right away to prevent the situation from worsening and you end up paying for unnecessary expenses that could have been reduced early on.
Most battery-driven devices rely on direct current, or DC, as a power supply, but for large appliances in a household, an alternating current, or AC, is commonly used. The differences between these two dictate the way that a motor works. In an AC motor, the constant flow and reversal of the current induce a magnetic field, which then causes a rotor to turn. This powers the motor itself and allows the device to run normally.
Advantages of Induction Motors
With the exception of the air conditioner damper motor controlling the airflow, an air conditioning unit’s motor essentially only has one moving part: the rotor. The rotor is virtually suspended on a magnetic field that powers its movement and makes no contact whatsoever with the rest of the parts of an AC unit. This makes induction motors run quietly, a popular feature of most newer air conditioning models.
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Air conditioning units and different HVAC systems generally work in accordance to the thermostat’s settings. At times, air conditioning systems stay on all day long especially throughout the summer season and it can wear out your AC faster aside from the fact that it is a burden to your finances. If possible, lower the settings on your thermostat to a temperature that you can tolerate because it can go a long way in extending the life of the unit and in helping you save money too.
Your HVAC system delivers the precise temperature it is asked to provide. It has to work harder to ensure optimal indoor comfort if the indoor air temperature inside is very far from the outside temperature. Knowing how much your HVAC system has to work hard should be reason enough for you to ignore its maintenance because it is you who will suffer in the end if you keep on ignoring the problem.
Check out how air conditioners work by watching this video: