Maximizing the Efficiency of Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system is designed for a simple purpose – to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In order for your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system to work properly and run efficiently, you must do your part to maintain and troubleshoot the unit. It is merely not enough to have a state of the art HVAC system installed without providing the proper intermittent maintenance and annual inspections by a licensed HVAC contractor.
Modern HVAC units have been designed to use as little energy as possible while providing your home with the necessary climate control. Rising energy costs and an effort to make home appliances “green” has prompted HVAC system manufacturers to redesign units so they work more efficiently and cost less. This is good news for those who wish to save money on their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint, however the homeowner must do his or her part to ensure the system can maintain it’s optimum operating efficiency.
An HVAC unit sends temperature-controlled air through a serious of ductwork to reach the rooms in a home. This ductwork must be cleaned regularly in order to allow for maximum airflow. A build up of dust in your ductwork will force your HVAC system to run harder for longer periods of time until the desired temperature is reached. Furthermore, if you are building a new home, make sure the ductwork is installed properly and in the most organized manner to ensure the optimum performance of your HVAC unit.
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The refrigerants in modern HVAC systems have been retooled to be the most environmentally friendly possible. While R22 Freon was the standard for many years, R410A has proven to be a more effective gas. Troubleshooting the problems with the refrigerant should only be done by a professional HVAC contractor, as it involves using high pressure gas and reading gauges which require an understanding of your specific HVAC unit’s complex specifications.
If you take these uncomplicated measures to ensure your HVAC system has the ability to run properly, you’ll notice a reduction in your energy bills and have a home that is easily climate controlled to your liking. Consult a licensed HVAC contractor for yearly maintenance and troubleshooting of your unit to enjoy many years of an efficient-working HVAC system.
The Benefits of Scheduled Commercial HVAC Maintenance
Advances in technology and equipment have allowed commercial HVAC maintenance specialists to more accurately diagnose issues before they become more serious and costly to resolve. Diagnostics can be made more efficiently regarding air handlers, pumps, chillers, and variable air volume boxes (also known as VAV boxes.) By analyzing system databases, it is easier to detect the root source of equipment issues before the problems get out of hand. This results in issues being resolved quickly and often more inexpensively than if the problem was left unresolved. HVAC systems can now be controlled by sensors which can also dictate and monitor fire alarm systems, emergency air handlers and lighting systems, as well as security and access control systems.
One sensor being in charge of all these facets of an HVAC system can be very valuable for risk management and emergency planning. In the case of a sensor failing during an emergency, it will be unable to control any of the interoperable tasks, and planning should be done for this scenario. “Smart” buildings now even have HVAC override controls integrated into their IT networks. This allows an entire building’s system to be controlled from one computer, which has several advantages. One of these advantages over conventional HVAC setups is that the equipment’s performance can be analyzed with the computer, tipping off the viewer to malfunctions or energy waste.
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Filters should be changed each time commercial HVAC maintenance is performed in order to improve air flow, allow the HVAC system to function using less energy, and help prolong the life of the commercial air conditioning system’s compressor. Loose or old pulley systems can cause energy to be wasted by encouraging low air flow levels. If the HVAC system’s belt is not adjusted correctly it can result in failure of both motors and bearings. Air conditioning service specialists should lubricate motor bearings and blower bearings in order to minimize the amount of energy needed to have the system run. Having properly lubricated bearings can also prolong the life of the system and avoid expensive repairs. Condensate drain pans, traps, and piping which are clogged, dirty, or covered with debris can lead to water leakage and damaged HVAC systems requiring commercial HVAC maintenance. Thermostats which have not been properly calibrated can result in less comfortable indoor air, increased energy use due to longer running time, and decreased overall system efficiency.