As the cool spring is replaced with the heat and humidity of summer, your HVAC unit will be working overtime. The goal of your heating and air conditioning system is to keep your home comfortable, but the variety of weather we experience in Durham, North Carolina makes it challenging for your unit to keep up. With that in mind, we are beginning an educational series to help you understand HVAC and how to better care for your unit.
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
H-V-A-C stands for Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning. Venting is the process by which your system exchanges the air inside your home for the air outside. During this process, the air is either cooled or heated based on the needs of the occupants. At any given time, however, your system is doing more than simply pumping hot or cold air through the vents. Your HVAC unit is responsible for:
- Dehumidification: One of the main roles of the HVAC system, especially in the summer, is to dehumidify the air indoors. This can be difficult during humid summers in NC, especially if your unit is small, old, or has not been well maintained.
- Indoor air quality: Your system does not merely replace air temperature, but it is also ventilating air contaminated by dust, smoke, and other allergens, and replacing it with fresh air from outdoors.
- Protecting the environment: Heating and air conditioning your home requires a lot of energy. An improperly functioning HVAC unit may use an imbalanced amount of energy, which can affect the environment as well as your wallet.
Regular HVAC Maintenance
Your HVAC system affects your health as wealth as your comfort. That is why it is so important to have your system regularly inspected and maintained. Often, by the time our customers call us, something that was an easy fix has become very expensive. Over the next few months, we hope to educate you on ways you can help keep your system running. However, there is no substitute for professional maintenance. You can schedule maintenance with CWJ online.
Your HVAC is an important, expensive investment. Contact us if you suspect it is not working properly, or if it time for a professional inspection.