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Understanding Your HVAC System: A New Homeowner's Guide

There are over 127 million houses alone in the USA. It is safe to believe that a majority of these houses contain HVAC systems to regulate the temperature according to the weather conditions. If you are a new homeowner, the HVAC system might be head-scratcher for you as there is so much to understand. Here, we have assorted the required information of the HVAC system that can help a new homeowner to better understand and make wise decisions.

What does HVAC stand for?

HVAC term stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning system. The unit allows you to control the temperature of the house despite the weather outside. Each HVAC unit consists of the following:

Heating system:

The heating system increases the house temperature so that the chilly weather can be sustained. The temperature is usually regulated with the help of a furnace that starts working as per the instruction of a person.

Cooling system:

The system contains an air conditioning unit that keeps the house air cool and dry in the hot weather. The AC unit has coils and refrigerants that turn hot exhaust air cooler.

Controlling buffer:

The control system consists of a thermostat that regulates the temperature as per the requirement of the house. The unit comes in various sizes and shapes that user can choose as per preference. The modern-day models consist of timers that can control temperature and help in shifting over.

What are the types of HVAC systems?

HVAC unit has the three following categories:

Ductless system:

The ductless HVAC unit is in the form of split designed to deliver cooler or warmer air to a single room without the presence of connective ducts. The system is ideal if users intend to add rooms to an already built house.

Heat pumps:

The heat pump HVAC unit can provide cooling and heating to a household and is an energy-efficient option. The pump requires mechanical energy to function. It removes heat from the air and moves it either inside or outside the house.

Traditional unit:

The traditional HVAC system offers split units that are present both outside and inside the house. The furnace of this system is usually present in the house's basement. At the same time, the condenser unit is present outside of the house. The condenser cools down the refrigerant gas that, in return, reduces the temperature of the air present inside the evaporator of the furnace unit.

HVAC basics information that every homeowner should know:

Modern day new homeowners are always looking for energy-efficient means. Knowing your HVAC unit will help you in cutting costs from utility bills and reducing emissions:


A regular visit of a trained/certified HVAC technician is a must twice a year. With proper cleaning and routine checkup, you can prolong the life of your HVAC system. Book the appointment months before the unit requires servicing to keep the heating and cooling unit working properly.

New Installation:

Suppose the HVAC unit has damage to a greater extent. In that case, it is advised to go for a new installation rather than overspend on the older unit.


The HVAC unit requires regular repairing. Repairs becomes inevitable when the unit uses more electricity, makes odd sounds, or malfunctions. In that case, it is time for you to opt for system repair as soon as possible.

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