We’ve all grown accustomed to enjoying comfortable conditions indoors even when it’s scorching hot out or, alternatively, bitter cold. This is possible thanks to HVAC systems. In most homes and businesses HVAC systems are used for cooling during the hot season as well as for heating during winter.
There are many different types of HVAC systems but the principals of operation in all of them are the same, refrigerant gas is compressed and then allowed to expand, when gas is compressed its temperature rises, when its pressure is allowed to drop the gas cools, this effect is harnessed for blowing hot or cold air into the air-conditioned space.
Good quality air conditioning systems are highly reliable but even the best ones require some maintenance and may need to be repaired at some point. The pros at Season Control, a leading provider of HVAC Los Angeles and AC repair Van Nuys services, have gathered for you 5 tips which will help you keep your HVAC system in good working order.
1. Clean Filters Regularly
There are two important filters in any HVAC system, one located at the air intake of the cold/hot air dispensing unit situated indoors and the other for preventing dust, dirt, leaves etc. from being blown over the compressor unit’s cooling radiator (the compressor unit is the one fitted outdoors). It is important to clean these two filters at least twice a year, a filter clogged with dirt and dust will cause the HVAC system to work inefficiently and eventually to break down.
2. Keep Drain Pipes Clear
As air is cooled it releases some of the humidity in it, water droplets form and must be allowed to drain out. There is a drainage pipe leading from the hot/cold air dispensing unit (fitted indoors), this pipe must be kept clear so that water can flow freely through it. When the HVAC system is used for heating the condensation occurs in the compressor unit (the one fitted outdoors) and water drips directly out under it.
3. Check Your HVAC System Out In Advance
It is a good idea to give your HVAC system a test run before you really need to start using it regularly, i.e. in spring before it begins to get really hot and in the fall before winter hits.
4. Don’t Ignore Early Signs Of Trouble
If your HVAC system is not cooling as well as it used to, if it takes longer for it to warm up the room, if it’s making a noise you haven’t noticed before or if there is any other sign that something may be starting to go wrong, call in a pro to inspect it.
5. Use Your HVAC System Efficiently
You can get your HVAC system to serve you well for many years if you use it only when you need to and not set the temperature too low or too high. Don’t leave it running if there’s no one in but at the same time make sure not to turn it off and on too rapidly also.