Taking the Whole-Home View of Your HVAC SystemTo get the most out of your HVAC system, it’s important to know what components your system has and how they all work together.

The Basics

During the winter months, your furnace generates heat energy via combustion and heats the cool air in your home. During the summer, your air conditioner extracts heat from the indoor air and exhausts it outdoors to create a cool environment.

The ventilation system in your home is what disperses the air that has been heated or cooled. The fans, air return and ductwork all play a vital role in keeping your home comfortable. Your air conditioner and furnace both use the same basic ductwork to disseminate air throughout your home.

The Holistic View of Your HVAC System

Think of the heating and cooling systems as the lungs of your Central Arizona home. The ductwork in the ventilation system is the airway. It’s important to make sure the “airway” is big enough to facilitate airflow. But ductwork that is too big will allow air to be lost, increasing your energy bill. A powerful fan system and several air returns are necessary to allow the entire system to breathe.

It’s also important to make sure that you have the right size system for your home. A furnace or air conditioner that is too large will waste air. An HVAC system that is too small won’t be able to keep up with your household’s demands and will work overtime to compensate.

Don’t Forget the Air Filter

One of the most common problems in any HVAC system is the filter. The furnace and air conditioner send air through a filter that is meant to eliminate dust and other debris. It’s important to change your filter regularly to prevent the ductwork from becoming clogged, which will cause your furnace or A/C to work harder.

For more information about your furnace or air conditioner, call the Central Arizona experts at Wolff Mechanical.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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