Choosing an HVAC system for your home can be tricky. All it takes is one wrong decision to find yourself dissatisfied with the performance of your HVAC unit. You can prevent this from happening by familiarizing yourself with the various components of an HVAC system.
Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling, one of the most trusted home heating companies in the area, lists five key features of HVAC systems that you should know.
The design and type of ductwork used will determine the comfort of your home. The ducts must be sized and balanced properly so you can get the most out of your HVAC system. Externally insulated round ducts are usually the most efficient, while long runs of flexible ducts tend to be unreliable.
HVAC systems using R-410A refrigerant are considered more eco-friendly. If you’re looking for an air conditioner replacement, check on the type of refrigerant your AC uses.
Consider installing a filter-dryer in the air conditioner liquid line. It will remove moisture and grit and help extend compressor life.
Check the minimum allowable efficiency for new air conditioning units. Typically, higher SEER means lower energy costs. In choosing an air conditioner, however, don’t forget to take other factors into account as well.
Location of Indoor and Outdoor Units
The location of the indoor and outdoor units is essential to keeping your HVAC system in top condition. Outdoor units shouldn’t be placed in areas where they can be easily damaged, such as under the edge of a gutter-less roof. It’s also not recommended to install them outside a bedroom window, where they can be easily seen and heard.
For attic-mounted furnaces, you’ll need to consider getting a secondary condensate pan and drain line in order to prevent leaks and ceiling damage. Alternatively, you might want to consider furnaces that are mounted in closets at floor level, since these are usually less prone to leaks and water damage.
Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling offers an array of services including HVAC installation, heater repair and others. Call us at (503) 344-1315 or fill out our contact form to request an appointment.