Posted on: 26 April 2017
When you are a new homeowner it can be a tad overwhelming. There are so many things you have to learn in order to keep your home and all its systems running smoothly. Just one of the many areas of concern you may have is your central HVAC unit. The good news is that this type of system is easy to maintain. The bad news is if you don't do the minimum required to keep it running smoothly then you can wind up spending a great deal of time and money dealing with problems. Therefore, you want to learn about the proper upkeep for such a system by reading the information offered below:
The thermostat serves as the whole systems control panel you control yourself
Your system has a thermostat. This is generally located at eye level on a wall inside the house. It allows you to choose the temperature you want the house to be, allows you to turn the unit on and off, and offers you the option of setting it to cool, heat or fan. There isn't any maintenance to the thermostat as long as it works correctly. If it isn't, then you need an HVAC technician to come look at it.
The registers are where air comes out
The registers are located in the different rooms of the house and they have small openings you can change the direction of so you can have the air come out at the angle you want. You want to dust them regularly to avoid having allergens getting blown into the house. You also want to keep them all open to promote a healthy movement of air throughout the entire home.
The ducts are what the air travels through
The ducts are hidden out of site above the ceiling and the air will travel through them where it will get dispersed throughout the house after it has been heated or cooled by the condenser. Ducts can develop leaks and this requires a technician to come out to seal them up so your cooled or heated air doesn't escape leaving your house at the wrong temperature so your system continuously works which raises your utility bills and puts more strain on the unit.
The filter pulls the air in
There is a large filter behind a vent where the air from the interior gets pulled in and moved through air ducts to the condenser. The filter needs to be cleaned or replaced often. Some filters you throw away or others can be blown out with the garden hose and put back in once they have air dried.
The compressor changes the temp of the air
The compressor is the outside metal box with the inner workings inside of it that the air goes to in order to get cooled or heated. It then loops around and makes its way back inside the house. The land that's a few feet within this box must be kept clean and you should give it some shade if you live somewhere like the desert where it can be put under a lot of constant heat.Share