HVAC 101: What You Need to Know
Quality Heating & Cooling Services in Irving
Did you know that heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) systems are one of the top purchases an individual makes, behind buying a home and a car. It is an investment you make in your home and your comfort. But too often, new homeowners obtain a heating and cooling system without having all of their questions answered. At ARTC Heating & Cooling, we want you to be able to make informed decisions, which is why we offer the answers to your HVAC questions.
What You Need to Know About HVAC Systems
What Do HVAC Systems Consist Of?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. The average unit contains an air conditioner, furnace, ducting system, and a thermostat, which all work to regulate your home or business’ indoor temperature. Other advanced systems may also come with germicidal UV light, an electronic air cleaner, energy recover ventilator, and more.
What Regular Maintenance Does an HVAC System Need?
Like other appliances, your HVAC system must be regularly maintained to prolong its life expectancy and functionality. This usually includes changing the air filters, cleaning the debris from the condenser, cleaning the drain pipe/evaporator trap/fan blades. You should lubricate your condenser fan motor. It is a good idea to have your unit checked be a professional checked by a professional.
How Often Should I Change the Air Filters?
While HVAC systems may use different air filters, most filters should be changed every one to three months. This will ensure your treated air will circulate easily through your home. This will also prevent back up pressure and future problems.
Should I Check Anything Before Calling for Professional Service?
While our HVAC professionals in Irving can handle the in-depth inspections, there are things you can do to prepare for a visit. Make sure your heater and AC are turned on. Look at the thermostat to make sure it’s at the right temperature. Check that the breakers and disconnects are also on. Finally, make note of anything unusual about your unit, such as strange noises or smells.
Should I Repair or Replace My HVAC Unit?
While there is no right or wrong answer to this question, our professionals can carefully diagnose your unit and advise you on whether to replace or repair your unit. Essentially, it comes down to how old the HVAC system is and how much you spend on repairs. Sometimes you may save money by replacing the whole unit.
Turn to ARTC Heating & Cooling for any other questions. For quality HVAC repairs and maintenance in Irving, call (972) 737-1171 today!