What Are HVAC Basics Every Homeowner Should Know?

Apr 22, 2022 | DIY, Blog, HVAC, Indoor Air Qualitys, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Spring, Westerville

Are you unsure of the basics of your household’s heating and cooling system? Do you not even know where to begin? Do not let this intimidate you! Because before making any substantial purchases, Westerville Air Conditioning & Heating can you in the right direction for what you should know when selecting the best options for you and your home. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. This system provides comfort for you and your loved ones by heating and cooling your home. While there are many topics regarding HVAC, we will now concentrate on the importance of indoor air quality and the various factors influencing the cost of new HVAC systems.

Why Invest in an Air Purifier?

Air purifiers utilize one or more filters and a fan. The fans pull in air and push it through inside filters. These filters catch and trap pollutants such as bacteria, dust, and pollen. They then distribute more pristine air back into the home, supporting healthy air circulation indoors. The perks of air purifiers include replenishing stale air and reducing the probability of contamination-induced health issues, such as respiratory infections, asthmatic symptoms, and neurological problems.

Why is Indoor Air Quality Significant?

Multiple factors in the indoor environment can affect your comfort and health, including but not limited to; microbes, pets and pests, chemicals, humidity, and ventilation. Indoor air pollution is a cause for concern but able to be controlled. There is continuing scientific proof that the air within homes can be more harmful than the outdoor air in even the greatest industrialized cities. Research has also verified that people live 90% of their time indoors. Therefore, exposure to indoor air contaminants is not only as substantial but considerably more vital than exposure to outdoor pollutants. It is even further damaging for the young, old, or chronically ill living within the home. Sustaining a clean home, swapping out your air filter, and investing in an air purifier are just a few things we at Westerville Air Conditioning & Heating propose to enrich your air quality this spring!

What Affects the Cost of a New HVAC System?

Six primary factors affect the expense of installing a new HVAC system: zones/controls, ductwork/vents/returns, the type, add-ons, equipment size/cooling capacities, and SEER ratings. 

  • Zones/Controls: Zones and controls can most definitely affect system installation costs. Interior structures employing a multiple-zone AC contain spaces requiring multiple conditioning types within their rooms. Every home is unique, but we are confident in our specialists’ proficiency to help you identify your home’s specific needs.
  • Ductwork/Vents/Returns: Proper ductwork, vents, and returns are necessary for your HVAC system to perform adequately. They are responsible for how your HVAC equipment heats and cools your household. If there are dilemmas with any of these, they will require assessment by our experts at Westerville Air Conditioning & Heating.
  • The Type: A significant factor impacting air conditioner installation costs is which system you choose. Your options include a straight AC system, heat pump, packaged system, geothermal system, or a ductless system. People and their homes will have different requirements on an individual basis. The type you want is a big piece of the installation expenses pie, but that’s not all.
  • Add-Ons: Anticipate paying more when planning to invest in our optional add-ons for the first installation. Some of your options are a zoning system, whole-house humidifier, or UV light filter.
  • Equipment Size/Cooling Capacities: Determining the correct size of residential heating and cooling equipment is essential for achieving adequate interior conditions and sparing your wallet on initial and operating expenditures. Why settle when you can have equipment that is both energy efficient and comforting? In the end, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better! When equipment is oversized, the initial fees are more significant, efficiency decreases, and energy expenses rise, compromising comfort.
  • SEER Ratings: A SEER rating, seasonal energy efficiency ratio, is a maximum efficiency rating. Picture it as the miles per gallon for your car. There is no supernatural number for SEER, but anything above 13 is tremendous! Swapping out a low SEER system with a 13+ SEER unit could immensely lower the price of cooling your household.

When you are a homeowner, you will endure hardships here and there. Our hardworking team works diligently to evade disastrous situations so that you and your family can live happily with better comfort and health within your home at affordable costs! Westerville Air Conditioning & Heating today at (614) 810-0075, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! Let’s establish the indoor climates of your dreams!