You probably refer to your HVAC system as your air conditioner or heater, depending on the season. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, and while these systems are highly common today, many people aren’t aware of the differences in systems and that maintenance is required for optimum performance. If you’re not really “in the know” about HVAC systems, here are four basic facts you’ll find helpful.
1. All systems are not created equal. Maybe you’re upgrading your system or installing an HVAC unit for the first time. Regardless, it’s important to know that the quality and efficiency of these systems can vary tremendously, even those that are Energy Star rated. Your San Mateo air conditioning contractor can advise you about the most efficient and reliable equipment available today.
2. You can save on energy costs even while staying cool and comfortable this summer. While everyone’s idea of what’s comfortable in terms of temperature differs, you can save substantially on energy and utility costs by simply moving the thermostat up a notch this summer, making sure your home is properly insulated, and using components that are compatible in your HVAC system.
3. The importance of HVAC maintenance cannot be stressed enough. Just like your car needs maintenance, your heating/cooling system does as well to function properly and maintain efficiency. Ultimately, a good maintenance plan will result in fewer repairs (and repair costs) and money saved on cooling/heating costs. Your equipment will also last longer, so you won’t have to replace your entire system before its time.
4. A dual fuel heat pump is a great choice for Bay Area homeowners. Heat pump HVAC systems are gaining popularity because they offer cooling in summer months and heat in milder climates in winter months – all at a very reasonable price. You choose the temperature at which an electric heat pump will “kick in” in winter months, and a lower temperature that will trigger the fuel pump in colder weather, allowing you to save on electricity.
Heating and cooling systems are fairly basic in nature, however most homeowners don’t really understand exactly how they work. For more information or answers to your questions, call the San Mateo HVAC professionals at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning today!