A Few Bay Area HVAC ‘Brain Teasers’ For Homeowners

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Homeowners in San Francisco, San Mateo, and throughout the Bay Area probably don’t know a lot about their heating/cooling, systems, only that they work to keep their homes comfortable year round. At Ortiz Heating & A/C, we have a few ‘brain teasers’ we thought may interest you, a few of those “Did you know?” questions. What’s your HVAC IQ?

Did you know the first ‘modern’ air conditioners, designed by Willis Carrier in 1902, wasn’t designed to cool the air, but to remove humidity? It’s true. Carrier invented a way to reduce humidity for a magazine company who had problems with pages curling up because of excess moisture. Of course this invention led to the invention of the cooling HVAC systems that keep our homes cool in summer months while removing excess humidity.

Did you know that the indoor air quality in your home could be improved just by using the right air conditioning filter? Standard filters that many homeowners choose are efficient for protecting HVAC equipment from the build- up of dust and debris, however they aren’t so efficient for filtering the indoor air. Replacing your filter with a high efficiency model can help reduce allergens, bacteria, and other airborne particles, improving the quality of the air your family breathes.

Did you know that Freon (R-22) designed to draw heat from surrounding air, therefore cooling it, is being phased out and replaced with greener alternatives? Up until now, most refrigerants contained chlorine and other substances which can deplete the ozone. In the U.S., air conditioners now being manufactured must use refrigerant alternatives that do not deplete the ozone. San Francisco Bay Area homeowners not only enjoy a comfortable, energy efficient home, but can also contribute to making the environment safer for future generations.

These are just a few things to think about – there is also the fact that your A/C can waste substantial energy if there are holes, loose connections, or gaps in your ductwork. These problems can be addressed by proper insulating and sealing of ducts.

As leaders in air conditioning installation and repair for more than 15 years, the professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning are dedicated to helping educate Bay Area homeowners about their HVAC systems, and what they can do to become “greener” while enjoying a more comfortable, energy efficient home. Contact us for all your Bay Area HVAC needs!