It is said that a team is only as strong as its weakest link. This is also true of your home's HVAC system. As HVAC components go head to head against dirt, debris and the heat gain/loss of your home on a daily basis, the bottom line to achieve success for system performance, your comfort and your energy budget is teamwork.
HVAC All-Star Lineup
HVAC components consist of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning units that heat and cool the air in your home's living spaces. Following are popular types of HVAC units:
- Cooling— Split-system air conditioners, which are commonly known as "central air," have an indoor air handler and a larger outdoor cabinet that sits beside your home. Central air systems are used in conjunction with furnaces. Heat pumps are also very popular HVAC units for home cooling.
- Heating— Heat pumps are very popular because they also provide home heating in addition to home cooling. Furnaces using natural gas or propane are efficient heating systems, too, and tend to last longer than heat pumps.
- Ventilation— A ventilation system consisting of a network of tubes is used to convey cooled and heated airflow to your living spaces. This MVP is called the ductwork system.
Whether heating or cooling your Santa Cruz home, or running the ventilation fan to circulate air, all of your HVAC components must work fluidly together to reach and maintain maximum efficiency. For example, a leaky or incorrectly sized duct system hinders the performance of your heating and cooling units. This increases energy bills and places unnecessary strain on HVAC components.
Additionally, your heating and cooling systems need regular professional maintenance to stay on top of their game. This is best accomplished with an annual service agreement with a reputable HVAC contractor.
If you're not sure if you are getting top performance from your HVAC components, contact Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical for an HVAC tune up. Further, visit our website for in-depth information on most HVAC topics, or just give us a call at (408) 868-5500. We serve residents of South Bay Peninsula and Santa Cruz.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the South Bay Peninsula and Santa Cruz areas of California about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).