Understanding HVAC Systems

Welcome to my blog! My name is Darren. My friends say that I am boring because I love the HVAC system in my home. I am not an HVAC professional, I just love the gentle hum of my air conditioning system as it gently brings the air in my home to the perfect temperature. When I was a kid, my family couldn't afford air conditioning so I spent many summers sweating away and feeling miserable. I vowed to myself then that when I grew up, I would have the best HVAC system money could buy. I hope you find my HVAC blog useful.

Three ways to keep your home's air conditioning unit in good condition


Home air conditioning systems are expensive to purchase. As such, it makes sense to do everything you can to keep yours in good condition. Here are three ways to do this.

Perform routine maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on your air conditioning system is one of the most effective ways to keep it in tip-top condition for as long as possible.

Simple things, such as regularly washing or replacing the unit's filters, will not only improve the air quality in your home but could also prevent dust from accumulating inside the system itself and causing it to overheat and break down. In addition to regularly checking and changing the filter, you should also wipe down the unit's condenser and evaporator coils every few months, to remove any build-up of grime which could affect their functionality.

Last but not least, if you own a split system air conditioner, you should periodically cut back any vegetation growing next to the compressor unit (this is usually located on the exterior of the building), as an overgrowth of grass and other plants can affect this component's ability to effectively circulate air.

Address minor faults before they become major problems

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make in regards to caring for this type of equipment is failing to address minor issues before they become major ones that end up destroying the entire air conditioning system. For example, a very small refrigerant leak, if detected at an early stage, is easy for an HVAC specialist to rectify.

However, if left unrepaired for more than a few days, a refrigerant leak can wreak havoc on an air conditioning system; in addition to affecting the system's ability to produce cool air, it can also alter the pressure levels inside it and destroy the compressor.

Don't overuse it

If you live in a warm climate and therefore have a tendency to keep your air conditioning system on full-blast all day long, there is a good chance that it will fail prematurely. Constantly keeping the system switched on will lead to the motor overheating and eventually burning out.

To prevent this from happening, invest in a programmable thermostat for your system. This will allow you to schedule the hours that the air conditioning unit is on so that it isn't in use when there's no-one in the house. In addition to extending the lifespan of the system, this approach will also help to reduce the cost of your energy bills.


2 May 2017