It shouldn’t be expected that homeowners know everything about their furnace and how it works, anymore than it should be expected that the average homeowner knows how a plasma TV works. Both are high-tech devices that bear little resemblance to their predecessors of just 20 years ago. But even if they don’t know the difference between a gas manifold and a heat exchanger most homeowners have a basic knowledge about how the system should respond and they know when they hear something that’s just not right. In this post we’re going to cover 5 things that may surprise you about your heating system that only an HVAC contractor might know.
An HVAC Contractor Lets You in on a Few Secrets About Your Heating System
Most people know a few basic facts about their heating system but are understandably short on details. After all, that stuff is the concern of the HVAC contractor, not the homeowner. In the interest of disclosure though here 5 facts about your heating system you may not be aware of.
1. The role of electricity: When people think of furnaces they think gas and so many are surprised to learn that a good number of furnace repairs are actually electrical in nature. Some of the most common types of electrical problems that befall the furnace are tripped breakers on the main panel, blown capacitors, blown fuses or a short in the control board.
2. Total energy usage: People tend to think that energy usage is distributed pretty evenly about the house with lights, TVs, computers and appliances all playing pretty big roles in the home’s total energy consumption. However, in an average home more than ½ of the total energy used can be traced directly to the HVAC system. Add to that the fact that more than 20% is used for heating water and you realize the HVAC system and water heater together account for nearly ¾ of a home’s total energy usage.
3. The filter: Most folks are aware of the filter and the role it plays removing dirt and allergens from the air. But did you know you may be able to increase your furnace efficiency by 25 – 50 percent by changing the filter every other month? It’s true. If you’re waiting for the filter to be black before having the HVAC contractor replace it you’re wasting a lot of energy.
4. The condenser coil: The condenser coil is where gaseous refrigerant returns to its liquid state. Contrary to popular belief the condenser coil is not a mechanical device. It’s simply provides an environment that promotes condensation. The condenser coil either has refrigerant in it or it doesn’t. And if it doesn’t you know you have a problem.
5. That wacky acronym: In a recent poll more than 90% of respondents were unable to accurately state what the letters HVAC stood for. Considering practically everyone in the Western World depends on HVAC processes to make their life comfortable it’s a little surprising. So we’re going to rectify that situation right now. Ready? HVAC stands for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning. So there you have it.
Any HVAC contractor knows there’s a lot more to your home heating system than we’ve had space to talk about here but hopefully these tidbits will help provide you a little better idea of how things work and the enormous role the HVAC system plays in your overall carbon footprint.
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