Learning About Commercial HVAC Systems
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Hello, my name is Jacob. I would like to talk about proper installation and repair of the HVAC system in your commercial building. Full scale HVAC systems for commercial buildings require ongoing maintenance and repairs to keep every floor and room at a comfortable temperature. These temperature control systems also control the air quality in the building by sending the airflow through filter elements. My site will cover all aspects of the upkeep needed for these systems. I will also talk about the benefits of keeping your air quality and temperatures at desirable levels. Thanks for coming to visit my website.

Learning About Commercial HVAC Systems

Three AC Systems To Check When Buying An Older Home

Isaiah Chapman

Buying an older home with an air conditioner already installed can save you plenty of money and time over a brand-new installation. To save yourself money in the future, however, it's important to make sure your air conditioner is working properly and that it's the right one for your home. This maintenance and checkup may take some money, but it's a worthwhile investment to have a properly running air conditioner.

The Size of Your AC

Before anything else, you should make sure your air conditioner is the right size for your home. Size, in this case, is measured in tonnage, which is measured based on its ability to cool a certain square footage of living space. If you have an air conditioner that's meant for a much bigger space, it will click on and off frequently and waste power, but one that's meant for a smaller space will struggle to keep your home cool.

To do this, you can use an online calculator; the most important information you will need is the square footage of your home, though some calculators will also factor in what type of air conditioner, the fuel type, and the region you live in. If the result is accurate, or at least very close, you should be fine. Otherwise, while you don't have to replace a working air conditioner, it will be more expensive to operate in the long run.

The Ductwork

Of the components that can deteriorate over time, aging ductwork can cost you the most money. Ductwork that has developed leaks or that is not properly connected will release plenty of hot and cold air before it ever reaches the vents in your home. For this reason, even if the outdoor unit itself is functioning just fine, the ductwork should be inspected by a professional to see if repairs are needed. As a bonus, whoever is inspecting your ducts can also identify whether a cleaning is recommended to clear dust, debris, or mold from the ducts. If the house had any history of leaks or water damage, this kind of inspection should definitely be done to make sure the ducts are clean and safe.

The Condensate Drainage System

Whenever air goes through your air conditioning system, moisture is pulled from it as it is cooled, which is why air conditioners also serve as dehumidifiers. That moisture has to go somewhere, and it typically falls into a condensate drain pan, which is then directed safely outside. The reason it's so important to check this early is that dirt and debris can quickly clog the drain, especially after long periods of disuse; if that drain is clogged, the condensation has nowhere to go, which, at worst, can result in water damage inside your home.

Luckily, cleaning this drain is as simple as unclogging any other drain. You can use a vacuum from the outside with an airtight seal, or distilled vinegar, peroxide, or bleach, depending on how severe the clog is. If it seems to be working fine, just pour some water down the drain to make sure it doesn't back up easily.

Contact a company like Pell City Heating & Cooling Inc for more information and assistance.