Although your heating and cooling systems work via very different principles,
they may be more closely intertwined than you think. Home heating and
cooling systems share many components, making the maintenance of one just
as important as the upkeep of the other. Thus, if you experience a problem
with your furnace or air conditioner, repairing it as soon as possible
will protect not only the system that is affected, but its counterpart
as well, improving your home’s overall efficiency and comfort throughout the year.
If your home has central heat and air, both systems use the same ductwork
to distribute heated or cooled air, depending on the season. Ductwork
that is poorly sealed, too small, dirty, or damaged will thus affect both
your heating and air conditioning, reducing their efficiency and making
both of these systems work harder to achieve your desired temperature.
If you are having trouble achieving the temperature you want and your
HVAC system is in good repair, the problem could be
leaking or poorly-designed ductwork, rather than an issue with the appliances themselves. Additionally, your
ducts end in air registers that allow heated and cooled air to exit the
ducts and enter the living spaces of your home. If your home doesn’t
have a sufficient number of registers, it may feel too cold or too hot
despite the fact that your HVAC system is working correctly. An HVAC expert
can evaluate your home’s duct system and the energy losses it may
be causing to let you know if you might need to add air registers or schedule
duct cleaning or repair.
Your furnace contains a fan, or air handling unit, which pushes heated
air away from the appliance and through your ducts for home comfort. Air
conditioning systems that are installed alongside furnace systems use
the same air handler during the warm season to push cooled air into your
ducts. Because these systems share a single fan, furnace problems during
the winter can translate into air conditioning problems during the summer
if your fan is the culprit. Furthermore, because your air conditioner
and furnace are connected via this fan system, an air conditioner that
isn’t properly installed could also be allowing cold air to enter
your ducts and hinder your furnace’s efforts to provide adequate
heat for your home. This potential energy loss is why it’s so important
to ensure that your air conditioner and furnace are installed by an experienced
HVAC professional. Additionally, if you find yourself needing to replace
your air conditioner, it can be beneficial to consider replacing your
furnace as well. A new air conditioner might not deliver the cooling capacity
and energy savings you expect if it is coupled with an older furnace fan
system that is not capable of circulating cooled air effectively. Replacing
both systems at once is the best way to enjoy the greatest boost in both
heating and cooling performance.
Trusting the care of your HVAC system to an experienced professional is
the best way to enjoy years of efficient operation and energy savings.
Take a look through
our website to find out more about the heating and cooling services we offer throughout
the Detroit area, or
click through our blog to read more about protecting and maintaining your HVAC system.