Heat ducts in a house are usually installed in the floor or the ceiling. But which one is preferable? Both locations have positives and negatives, depending on a number of variables.
Note: No matter where you place the ducts, fundamental facts of duct design always apply: The size of ductwork must be properly calculated to accommodate the required airflow volume and duct spans should be routed with as few sharp bends as possible.
The air filter inside your HVAC system is designed to catch harmful particles that can lower your indoor air quality. When it comes to choosing filters for your home, keep in mind that you’ll find more than a few types of air filters available. Knowing more about these filters can help you find the right type for your northeast Indiana home.
The concept of HVAC has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Romans and Greeks used channels under marble flooring to distribute heat. However, it was until 1902 that the modern A/C idea was launched by Willis Carrier. Today's systems have experienced tremendous technological upgrades that make them significantly different from the older ones. Let's explore the recent HVAC history that has contributed to that.
Whether you've been putting off HVAC maintenance or made it a priority throughout the summer season, now that fall has arrived, there are a few fall maintenance tasks that you should definitely pay attention to. Here are five tasks we think should be your top priority.
When you have a newborn, it’s important to make sure your home is as safe as possible. While electrical outlets and stairs are common babyproofing targets, don’t overlook your HVAC system. Keep the following HVAC system babyproofing tips in mind to help your child stay safe.
Keeping your home as dust-free as possible can help prevent you from experiencing health issues. Dust can accumulate in many areas of your home, leading to poor indoor air quality (IAQ). Learn more about the connection between IAQ and dust, so you can make your northeast Indiana home healthier.
Sadly, air conditioner breakdowns can occur at the worst possible times. How do you deal with the unexpected loss of comfort? What will the AC repair cost? These are the biggest worries that homeowners have to face. To make life easier for you, we've compiled the average costs for A/C repairs.
Air filters are a critical component in HVAC efficiency, performance and reliability. The average cooling and heating system circulates over 1,600 cubic feet of air every minute. A quality filter must remove damaging particulates and contaminants effectively without obstructing system airflow and reducing efficiency. For healthy indoor air quality, lowest HVAC operating costs and long system component life, air filters must be in optimum condition.
While heat pump heat is reliable and efficient, it’s also versatile. Unlike a standard gas-fired or electric furnace, a heat pump can generate comfortable warmth in several modes. While extreme temperature conditions may affect system performance, this is increasingly uncommon as today’s new heat pumps are more efficient to produce adequate heat—even if temperatures outside fall well below freezing. Here are three heating modes that ensure your home stays comfortable no matter what the outdoor conditions may be.
Comparing performance and efficiency of central air conditioners is made a lot easier if you understand the SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It’s a numeral prominently shown on the yellow EnergyGuide label displayed on all new A/C units. Knowing what SEER is all about helps you make informed choices when you’re considering upgrading your A/C.
The indoor environment in your home can cause a variety of effects on hardwood floors. How these factors impact flooring depends to some extent on the operation of your HVAC system.
Wood is an organic material and, even when installed indoors, continues to respond to natural influences, particularly humidity. Here’s how this specific factor causes certain effects on hardwood floors, as well as some ways your HVAC system can limit them.
Proper ceiling fan care helps keep you stay comfortable indoors during summer weather. It can also save you money. Those big, slowly spinning blades typically move more than 4,000 cubic feet per minute of air. This makes the ceiling fan an important cooling supplement to central air conditioning.
So you've succumbed to the charm of an old house, but you've known from the get-go that your new abode entails some major expenditures to make it comfortable. Your key for comfort in your new home is the HVAC system. Here are some of the HVAC options for old houses.
Two of the most crucial parts of your HVAC system are the fans. The fan located outside in the condenser is involved exclusively with the air conditioner, and blows air over coils to release heat from the home's air. The one inside in the blower distributes conditioned air into the home. When these fans break, your HVAC system won't cool or heat your home.
Your heating system needs annual maintenance to increase its dependability and life cycle. Many homeowners only start thinking about their furnace when the outside temperatures begin dropping. Unbelievable as it may sound, late summer and early fall are the best times to have a professional inspect your heating system.
Painting your air conditioner may improve its aesthetic appeal, but it could cause other issues if it’s not done carefully. Basic surface prep, followed by a couple of coats of spray paint may restore a pleasing appearance to an aging unit. However, it’s important to realize that painting your air conditioner won’t turn back the hands of time when it comes to the system’s cooling performance, efficiency or reliability.
You can think of refrigerant as the blood of your air conditioning system. When the system runs low on this vital fluid, it can't operate at optimum performance. As a result, you may notice changes to your home's comfort levels. Watch out for these signs of your A/C system having low refrigerant.
Your indoor air quality can be compromised by many things -- pet dander, pollen, dust -- and among the worst offenders, volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. VOCs can be harmful to the health of all living creatures, so they should be contained whenever possible.
These substances are found in many things, including pressed wood, solvents, fragrances, household chemicals and paint. That's right -- paint is one of the worst offenders when it comes to off-gassing VOCs.
Replacing insulation may enhance indoor comfort and increase energy savings. The question is: When is replacing insulation actually required?
Under normal conditions, insulation materials don’t “wear out” or simply deteriorate. However, when affected by specific events, insulation may degrade and no longer effectively inhibit heat transfer. Also, other factors must be considered such as advances in composition and manufacture of insulating materials now on the market.
This summer is shaping up to be a scorcher. When the record high temperatures are forecasted, nothing feels better than cranking up the AC and relaxing in the comfort of your home, at least until you see your HVAC summer energy bills.