Keeping Your AC System Cleaner

Answers To HVAC Questions

by Yolanda White

When it comes to your home's heating and cooling system, you may find that you have more questions than you would have imagined. When you leave your questions unanswered, this can lead to you not taking proper care of your system or making other mistakes that can cause problems down the line for you. Here are some of the common questions some home owner's find themselves having about HVAC systems along with the answers.

What does HVAC mean?

HVAC stands for the heating portion, the ventilation system, and the air conditioning portion. The heating and air conditioning aspects are ore obvious. When it comes to what the ventilating part of HVAC means, it is referring to the part of these systems that pushes any form of the air through and also reduces air infiltration. There are many different types of HVAC systems you can choose from when you want to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home during different types of the year. You can choose a central system, a ductless system and more.

Can coolant be added when the system gets low?

If your system ends up getting low on coolant, you can't just have more added by an HVAC technician. The reason for this is due to laws in place that help to protect the environment by not allowing more coolant to be carelessly added to an HVAC system that may have a leak that will just allow even more coolant to seep back out. For this reason, your system must first be checked for leaks and any leaks found must be repaired before an HVAC tech can add more coolant.

Is there anything you should do to the outside compressor?

A central air conditioning system doesn't require much more than keeping the air filter clean. However, there are some things to do and to protect it from. Shade should be offered to the compressor to prevent it from overworking and getting too hot. Debris and weeds should be kept away from the unit, so the motor can breathe properly and excessive amounts of dust and dirt don't enter the housing unit through the vents inside of the metal housing. You should also take the appropriate steps to protect the unit from things like snow and damaged that can happen during certain occurrences, such as if there is going to be a hurricane in your region or if you live where monsoons are something to prepare for.

Contact a heating repair service for more help.