The residential HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioner) is very important for homeowners in the warmer and colder parts of the country where the temperature is often extreme and varies widely depending on the season.
The most common types of comprehensive systems can be thought of as a hybrid combination of components; there are heating and cooling specific parts and then shared resources such as ducts, blowers, and the thermostat. Put it all together and you have a whole-house HVAC solution.
For most of us, this whole-house solution functions much better than maintaining several window AC units in the summer and space heaters during the winter.
Key Benefits of the HVAC System
Temperature in specific areas of the home can be regulated with an optional zone control system.
Minimal impact on the environment
Shared resources means less equipment to purchase and maintain.
Consistently high air quality which is important for comfort and family members with allergies. Return air filters are available with a range of densities allowing homeowners to tailor to their specific needs.
Consistent moisture control in the summer, minimizing the risk of dangerous mold and mildew.
The same temperature can be maintained year-round in all rooms equally.
It is possible to lower utility costs by using an energy-efficient model.
Modern programmable thermostats allow you to automatically fine-tune the temperature to specific days and time periods for even more savings.
Seasonal HVAC Maintenance is Critical
In order to keep your HVAC operating at peak efficiency and delivering benefits, it is important to have it inspected and maintained on a seasonal basis. Ideally this should be done when it is time to switch from heating mode to air conditioning and back again.
This will also ensure that any issues are resolved before they become problems, such as needing a refrigerant recharge. Nobody wants the air conditioner to go out in the middle of a scorching summer.
Anyone considering ways to reduce their energy bills should consider having an energy audit done on their home. Even if the system is working properly, it could be over-working due to other problems, reducing the potential benefits.