HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. It refers to a unified system that essentially controls the temperature of any given building, making sure that it stays at comfortable levels.
When the building has only a small area, such as that of a bedroom or a small office then it would be impractical and expensive to use an HVAC system. Usually for such a scenario the ideal type to use would be a compact air conditioning unit.
In larger office buildings or houses however using a centralized air-conditioning system is more practical and would actually save energy and space. The system would also need to be part of the initial planning of the building before it is built for it to be optimal. This will also help facilitate the HVAC repair easier since it will be part of the building’s blueprint.
With the surge of powerful storms and weather anomalies the world is experiencing, the demand for household maintenance jobs is expected to go up. One important part of any building that would need regular checks and repairs is its indoor climate control system or HVAC.
Here are basic tips to maximize and extend the lifespan of an HVAC system:-
Manual J Protocol Evaluation
During the planning stage when installing an HVAC system, a Manual J protocol must be done in order to properly determine the correct size of HVAC system to use. If the unit used is too short, the system will be constantly working hard translating to shorter lifespans. If the unit is too big the result could be a damp atmosphere and also earlier HVAC repairs since the system would turn on and off more.
Stop, Look, and Listen
Most problems can be easily identified by observing your HVAC system. Try to look for obvious faults that catch your eye. Is the unit looking all dirty inside and out? Is there any significant rust in any part of the unit? Is there a leaking part of the unit that wasn’t there before? These ocular inspections can usually tell you if there is something wrong with your unit.
Likewise, listen to your unit. Is there an abnormal sound coming from the unit?
Does it sound like it is louder than it should be when it is running? Are there irregularities in the sound it produces while it is turned on? This information can greatly help if you’re looking for possible problems with your unit. HVAC Repair is easier done as you can tell your technician your observations.
Annual Routine Check Up
A yearly check-up by a service technician should be in order; even if the system may be new. This promotes early detection and prevents extensive damage especially from water and mold.
The important thing to note when considering an HVAC system as opposed to a standalone compact air conditioning unit is that the initial cost, maintenance, and repair would be higher, but the energy consumption would be much more efficient.
James Robert is an expert HVAC Technician who has years of experience under his belt. He has been in the HVAC repair business for 22 years.