We asked Long Island HVAC Repair, (click here for site) to explain the differences between forced air systems to a traditional heating and a\c system.
Forced Air HVAC Systems
Forced air HVAC systems rely on a heat pump or furnace to heat the air, dispersing it throughout the home via vents, or ductwork. The temperature will be set using a thermostat, drawing cold air into the system, and filtering it to remove allergens. The air is then blown through the handling system, warming it using the heat source and spreading throughout the home via the blowing motor. If your primary heat source is a heat pump, then it will draw heat from the air (from the outdoor unit), which will pass through refrigerant lines fed into your home, through the handler, and into the ducts. This process repeats until the home’s temperature matches what you have set your thermostat to.
There are a variety of benefits to a force air HVAC system, and it provides you with a high level of control over your home’s temperature and air quality. Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Comfort & Air Quality – Provided your system is regularly inspected and maintained, a forced air system improves your home’s air quality. Filters force the air system to trap particles and allergens, which often result in allergies and exacerbated symptoms of asthma. Forced air systems can also combined humidifier or dehumidifier units to keep the humidity level in your home comfortable, without increasing your energy usage.
- Combination Cooling & Heating – A forced air HVAC system is the only type of HVAC system that combines both cooling and heating. So, the ductwork that is used for your heating, will also work to distribute cool air through your home during the warmer months.
- Energy Efficient – Government regulations require new systems to operate at much higher levels of efficiency than they used to. This ensures your fixed air HVAC system will efficiently heat your home, without risking your energy bills shooting through the roof.
Traditional AC & Heating Systems
As mentioned above, the forced air HVAC system is the only HVAC method that combines both heating and cooling. If you were to opt instead for the more traditional options of traditional systems, you will be relying on two separate systems to provide you with the temperature control you desire. It is also more difficult to maintain the level of temperature that you want.
Ease of Maintenance
You’ll need to change the air filters around every 90 days, and you’ll require an inspection twice a year (generally once in the fall, and again in the spring). The technician may suggest air duct cleaning Long Island, but provided you have stayed on top of your filters, this shouldn’t be required very often.
Your technician can also offer you a variety of tips and tricks on how to prolong the life of your HVAC system, and what checks you can be making regularly in between inspections to ensure that you haven’t missed a serious issue that needs immediate repair. Those checks that you should be completing including ensuring no debris collects around your outdoor air conditioning unit, and watching for clogs and leaks in the refrigerant lines.
Simplicity of Having an HVAC System
An HVAC system is a simple and convenient option for any home, with plenty of reputable technicians available if you find yourself in need of heating repair Long Island, or air conditioning repair Long Island.
An HVAC system certainly requires less maintenance than having separate systems, as the technician will be able to carry out the inspection and maintenance for the full system in just one visit. You can expect this visit to last anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes.
It’s important to note that while New York does not require HVAC technicians to hold licenses, local licenses are required. You should always take steps to ensure that you are working with a professional and reputable company, that holds the relevant insurance, understands the local code and regulations, and is registered with the Better Business Bureau. You can also check reviews on Yelp to see what other clients and customers have to say about their work before you make a final decision on what type of HVAC company to hire.
See our previous post on “Asking a Cesspool Installation company in Long Island about Risers”