What Are HVAC Basics Every Homeowner Should Know?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Do you know of the different types of HVAC systems available to you? Or the importance of the manufacture date regarding the efficiency of your HVAC system? When directing your attention to your current HVAC system, these are just a couple of basic questions you should ponder upon. Still, if you’re interested and want to understand these questions better, Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling has the answers! So let’s focus on what is going on with your home’s HVAC system presently.

What is the Importance of Your HVAC System’s Manufacture Date?

Generally speaking, you can search for your HVAC system’s manufacture date on its nameplate. To locate the nameplate, examine the outer cabinet of the air conditioning system. A metal plate should be affixed to it, commonly settled to the backside of the cabinet, containing the system’s technical descriptions. Once you pinpoint the nameplate, it’s time to ask yourself, “Should I retire my current system?” The average life expectancy for a refrigerant-based air conditioner ranges from 10 to 15 years, with most warranties protecting your system for only 10 to 12 years. Replacement grows to be the most cost-effective alternative when an AC has been around longer than ten years. If your AC functions long enough for its 15th “year around the sun,” it is time to count your blessings and pursue an investment in a replacement!

What Types of HVAC Systems Are There?

There are four basic types of HVAC systems: hybrid systems, split systems, duct-free systems, and packaged heating and air systems. Each type of HVAC unit has its ups and downs, and familiarizing yourself with each can assist in narrowing down the most appropriate design for your home’s needs.

  • Split Systems: A split system is an HVAC system with outdoor and indoor units joined together through copper tubing. A split system air conditioner spreads cool air with precision while also lowering energy costs. It is a superb appliance for households that can’t effectively utilize window units. 
  • Hybrid Systems: A cost-effective alternative, a hybrid system, aka a dual-fuel system, gives you the option of either using a heat pump or a gas furnace. A heat pump is an electric-powered choice, while a furnace operates with the help of propane or natural gas. Hybrid systems are a practical option for long-term savings by decreasing your monthly energy costs.
  • Packaged HVAC Systems:  A packaged HVAC unit contains all the parts and pieces of a central air system into a sole unit installed outside the home. Therefore, if your home lacks indoor space or belowground storage, then a packaged HVAC could likely be the choice unit for your home.
  • Duct-Free Systems: Ductless heat pump or air conditioner typically combines a wall-mounted indoor unit with an outdoor compressor. Unlike window units, ductless units require only a tiny hole in the wall, producing a less exposed situation, preventing air leakage and safety concerns. Also, they’re visually and audibly discreet while simultaneously being reasonably energy-efficient! Standard HVAC compressors turn off entirely, wasting a lot of energy when it starts up again. Ductless models are efficient and intentional in speeding up and slowing down based on the system’s needs.

Still uncertain about what system your home utilizes or its manufacture date? Call Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling today at (740) 212-5849, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here! We will cheerfully assess your system and present options for you on how and when it’s time to upgrade. Our specialists look forward to working alongside you in uncovering the choice that best suits your home’s heating and cooling needs.

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