We talk about your HVAC system all the time, so it’s easy for us to speak in jargon like saying HVAC instead of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. And while the V-for-ventilation is very important to us when we are checking your system, you may not know what it means, or why you should pay attention to it.
Here’s why V-for-ventilation is so important.
Simply put, ventilation is the exchange or replacement of air in your space. It is responsible for providing better air quality by removing particulates like allergens, smoke (a big plus during fire season, for sure!), our desert dust, airborne bacteria, and gasses like carbon dioxide. Proper-ventilation also replaces the stale air in your space with fresh air and helps maintain temperature control.
Your mechanical system is truly a wonder. Too much fresh air creates air balance problems, particular smells coming from one room to another (restaurant kitchens or restrooms come to mind) or doors that open and close by themselves. You might have thought you had a ghost, but it’s probably poor air balance!
Too little air movement makes a room feel stuffy, and the system can’t move out all the bad stuff to make way for the good stuff, like oxygen.
So, how does V-for-ventilation work?
Air return: This works kind of like your lungs. Air is sucked into the return air grate in your home – usually located in the ceiling – through a filter, and into the main system. You’ll want to keep the return air grate clean and free of dust.
Filter: I know, I know, we talk about filters a lot in our trade. Filters are just that important. Change these filters regularly to avoid excess dust and particulates from getting into your system. Clean is good.
Ducts: Air travels through your mechanical HVAC system through a series of ducts.
Outdoor unit: Comprised of a compressor and coils, the outdoor unit also contains the fan that provides the push that air needs to get through the system. This unit, which is what most people consider to the AC part of the HVAC system, should be kept free from debris and scrub. It’s not pretty when plant life gets sucked into this part of your mechanical system.
Compressor: The compressor converts refrigerant from a gas to a liquid and sends it through the coils, which cools the air. These components will be checked in your professional maintenance as potential system failures may be caught before they happen with regular service.
Blower: while it sounds contradictory, the blower draws warm air into the main part of the system. This should also be kept clean for efficient air movement.
Exhaust: Mechanical systems create exhaust that is expelled through your chimney flue or vent stack. Keep these clean with regular service.
So you’re starting to see the overall picture – your mechanical HVAC system is a complex series of components that work together to bring you comfortable temperatures and a steady supply of fresh air in any building with HVAC.
Regular maintenance by a professional technician will keep your system humming along with greater efficiency and fewer catastrophic repairs.
Call us to schedule your service appointment today!