November is a perfect time to consider the many benefits offered by your home’s central HVAC system. While you probably take it for granted, modern heating and cooling equipment accomplishes several crucial goals for your home.
Here are four things to be thankful for with regard to your central HVAC system:
This one is obvious, but it’s not something that can be assumed with outdated or otherwise defective HVAC equipment. A modern central heating and cooling system should provide comfortable temperatures in every room in your house, and do so while consuming minimal energy. Which brings us to the next benefit of your HVAC system — energy efficiency.
2. ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The best heating and cooling systems provide maximum comfort for minimal energy consumption and cost. This not only requires quality equipment that’s been sized and installed correctly, but also complementary systems and home weatherization. Your ductwork should be clean and tight, the equipment should receive regular professional maintenance, and the house should be properly insulated and air sealed, to prevent heat energy and air from transferring between inside and outside.
3. PLANNED VENTILATION
Without sufficient ventilation, indoor air gets stuffy, clammy and dirty. You should use the usual exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms, but also employ mechanical ventilation to ensure a steady exchange of inside and outside air. Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators ensure that this exchange doesn’t add to the workload of your heating and cooling equipment.
4. INDOOR AIR QUALITY
An effective HVAC system should clean the air as it’s being circulated through your home. This is done with an efficient air filter in the furnace, A/C or heat pump, which may be complemented by a whole-house air cleaner. Nearly all of the contaminants in indoor air can be removed by this two-pronged approach. Humidity control is also essential for air quality and comfort, with whole-house humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
If your home’s HVAC system is missing any of these key benefits, please talk to us at Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical, providing superior services to the 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).