A Metaphorical Voyage Into Your Home’s HVAC Unit
There are many things that go into making your home’s HVAC system work as efficiently as possible. In this blog, we go as in-depth as possible into the workings of HVAC systems. If you require any maintenance, Scott Heating and Cooling will happily help!
Small Maintenance for a Healthier Indoor Environment
If you want to lessen the probability of your HVAC system breaking frequently, getting it repaired and maintained on a regular basis will be your best bet. Maintaining your system on a regular basis will essentially prevent small, unneeded repairs from happening again.
Part of preventing your AC from needing repairs is making sure that the air filter in your system replaced regularly. It’s a simple task, which if left unattended, can again lead to major costly repair bills. Clean air filters will help your system run better and the air your breathe will be cleaned and more fresh. Dust and allergens often get caught in the filters and can clog the system. All in all, caring for filters on a regular basis will ensure that your system runs smoothly.
The Biggest Issues Start with the Smallest Debris
A major cause of HVAC issues is that they are dirty and do not get cleaned enough. Debris and dirt can build up in your heating and cooling systems easily due to air circulating outside of the home. When your filters are dirty, it takes more energy to pull in air. This causes your system to use more energy and cost more money each month. This can also cause your system to burn out and completely stop working. You can avoid all these costly repairs by simple actions that pay off in the long run.
We will make sure all your parts are working properly and let you know if anything seems off. We care about our customers and offer advice on how to better maintain your system throughout the year.
Bad air quality can be damaging to your family’s health both in the short term and the long term. Short term effects include the irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, as well as dizziness and nausea. Some reaction symptoms also include asthmatic attacks, humidifier fever, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Long term and more severe effects include the development of cancer, respiratory issues, and heart diseases.
An inefficient or old HVAC system is typically the cause of bad indoor air quality. In order to improve air quality, begin here by cleaning out your air duct system and calling a professional to check your system. Refrigerated air improves the comfort in the house as an added benefit to improving the air quality. These systems distribute clean, filtered and temperature controlled air throughout your home while sucking out stale and polluted air.
How the Seasons Affect Your HVAC System and You Should Do About It
Every season comes with its own issues that can crop up and become a problem if not taken care of. In order to keep your HVAC system functioning at peak efficiency, regular maintenance is absolutely essential. Maintenance is meant to be precautionary and predictive. It should not be delayed until the system fails, because then you are going to have to spend much more money. Preventative maintenance can save you money in the long run. Since El Paso can be extremely windy, the accumulated debris can do permanent damage to your system.
When it comes to HVAC systems, it is important to be extra vigilant as they are usually not the most visible elements in a home. At least once a month, stop to hear if your HVAC is making more noise than usual. Since HVACs are typically quiet, a loud hammering and humming indicate a problem in the system. If your vents and registers aren’t giving out the kind of air you expect, you should probably call a professional.
The National Weather Service defines the time period between June 15th and September 30th “Monsoon Season” for residents of Arizona, New Mexico, and southwest Texas. Monsoon Season is characterized by dangerous storms, intense heat, and humidity. While Texas does not experience storms to the severity of Arizona and New Mexico, it gets brunt of the heat and humidity. From June until September, the high temperature in El Paso averages at about 94 degrees, but this is coupled with rain and thick, humid air. In fact, roughly 5.14 inches of precipitation fall in El Paso during the Monsoon months.
Interestingly, humidity increases in El Paso during the winter months, with January exceeding 60% humidity nearly every day. Accordingly, if HVAC systems aren’t managed in the winter, homeowners are in for some incredibly uncomfortable living environments.
It is important that HVAC systems are working properly so that homes are protected from intense heat and humidity, especially during monsoon season. Good HVAC systems will also ensure that homeowners are breathing in fresh, clean air. While monsoon season is still a few months away, now is the time to begin getting your home ready.
During the winter, rodents and other small animals like to take shelter in AC systems. Throughout their stay, they can chew on the electrical wires and other components. If condensation begins to occur, you risk a build up a mold that will deteriorate the parts. Basically, the nature of the fault will determine the urgency of the repair. So, you don’t want to risk waiting until winter is over before you do something about it! Air conditioners rarely break down during winter so if you have any pending repairs, this is probably the best time to get it done. If you wait till it gets warm, you will likely be on a waiting list for air conditioner repairs. Your best bet is being on the safe side.
Helping the Aged
Older people often need air conditioning repair in El Paso ahead of the rest of us for health reasons. They might have respiratory issues or even high blood pressure that can be made worse in extreme heat, so it is always a good idea to have the number of a reliable heating and cooling company plugged into your phone.
If you have an older relative who might be suffering in the heat temporarily, here are a few warning signs they might be in some trouble.
Hot Skin: When your relative complains they feel like their skin is on fire, they might be suffering from heat stroke and it might be best to take them to the hospital. Likewise, if they complain of feeling dizzy and that they might faint, they could be suffering from the same issue.
Extreme Fatigue: When your relation has been sitting in the heat for some time and complains of this and some of the other issues listed here, they might be suffering from heat stroke.
Scott Heating and Cooling is Here for You
If you enjoyed this deep dive into HVAC systems and you’d like to learn more (or if you require any kind of maintenance), Scott Heating and Cooling can help! Give us a call today to learn more about what we have to offer.