Protecting your HVAC system will not only keep your family comfortable throughout the year, but it will also save you money. Many homeowners don't understand what they need to do to keep their HVAC system in good shape, and then they pay for it later, literally. Here are some things you should be doing to keep your system nice.
1. Make Sure The House Has Good Ventilation
Did you know that the V in HVAC stands for ventilation?
Are you moving into a fixer-upper? Are you making a list of things that need to be repaired so that you can prioritize them? While something like having a roof that doesn't leak should be one of the top items on your agenda, there are other things that may be more important. One of these things is having an electrician check over the house and make any necessary electrical repairs. Here are some things to have your electrician look for:
Your central air conditioner relies on a chemical refrigerant that moves through the system, passes through two different sets of coils for phase changes, and provides the cooling source needed for your indoor air. The refrigerant's trip through the exterior condenser coils turns the gas into a warm liquid, which passes through a lineset into the air handler within your home. The refrigerant eventually heads for evaporator coils for a cooling phase change back into a gas.
The productivity and energy efficiency of your central AC depends on a number of factor. The efficiency of your condenser unit is one of the most central factors. If your condenser is not working properly, you will experience reduced airflow, higher electricity bills, and you will put more stress on your unit. Ultimately, investing a little time and money into maintaining your condenser will save you money in the long run.
A fireplace may seem like an accessory in the home that does not require serious maintenance. However, a fireplace and its connected chimney, like anything else inside a house, is prone to damage. The masonry and brick of the fireplace and the chimney are just as susceptible to damage as walls and sidewalks outside. Since a fireplace is not exposed to harsh weather elements, damage seems less likely to occur. If weather-related problems create out of the ordinary issues with a fireplace, homeowners positively must look for damage and safety hazards.