This page is designed to help you find out more information about HVAC systems, how they work, how to choose the best one for you and how to prolong the life of your current HVAC system. This page is meant as a supplementary guideline to the advice that your personal HVAC professional will share with you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Coastal Mechanical today!
What is a boiler?
A boiler is like a furnace, but instead of using gas or electricity to heat air, it heats water. The water that a boiler heats can be used to heat the home with steam, or to provide a hot water supply to the household.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a type of mechanical innovation used for the heating and cooling of residential and commercial spaces. A heat pump transfers air from one room to another using a fan, a condenser unit, and coils which house a refrigerant. During the warm summer months, the heat pump takes hot air from inside the home and moves it outside. During the cold winter months, the heat pump takes hot air from outside the home and moves it inside. A heat pump is also used in refrigeration systems to keep food cold, just on a smaller scale.
How often should I change my filter?
It depends on a few factors such as how much dust you are noticing in your home, and if you’ve had any recent renovations in your home which may have caused a buildup of dust and debris in your HVAC filter. To get an accurate diagnosis, contact Coastal Mechanical and schedule a diagnostic walkthrough of your home. This short visit will allow your HVAC specialist to determine if your HVAC filters need changing or cleaning, and if any other parts of your HVAC system need attention or repair.
What does HVAC mean?
HVAC is an abbreviation that stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. An HVAC specialist’s job involves the installation, repair and maintenance of a commercial or residential HVAC system such as an air conditioner, heater or refrigerator.
How long does the average air conditioner last?
Depending on your usage, care and maintenance of your air conditioner, the average unit is known to last around 16 years. You can always make your unit last longer by performing regular inspections and ensuring all parts and pieces are clean and in good working condition.
How long does the average furnace last?
With the proper installation, maintenance, and care, a home furnace can last approximately up to 20 years. Similarly as with an air conditioner, a furnace can be made to last longer with regular inspections and extra care.
Factors to consider in choosing the right HVAC system:
- Your budget
- Your climate
- How many rooms you need heated or cooled
- If you enjoy using an air conditioner versus a fan
- If you have space for air ducts
- If you have allergies or sensitivities to dust
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