Key Features to Consider for Your HVAC System

Oddly enough, what many people don’t realize about an HVAC system is that it’s just that: a system. It consists of different components working together to operate effectively, efficiently and dependably. And yet, some of us don’t pay enough attention to the little details.

No, you don’t necessarily need to buy heating and cooling units with all the bells and whistles, but you should at least know which things to look for. Below are the key features to consider when buying or upgrading your HVAC system.

Externally Insulated Round Ducts

Any experienced HVAC repair and installation technician would agree that round ducts are more efficient and much quieter than rectangular ones. Round ductwork allows less friction, letting the air flow more smoothly from one place to another. It’s also comparatively easier and less costly to install. With adequate insulation, the best characteristics of round ducts are amplified.

Then again, round ductwork isn’t suitable in all situations. While it’s generally recommended for medium- and high-pressure systems, only an HVAC professional can tell you whether it’s right for your property.

Balancing Dampers

Dampers are at the heart of a zoned HVAC system. These components provide the necessary resistance to minimize airflow to certain places, giving more control over which rooms are heated and cooled. Balancing dampers need to be correctly adjusted by a qualified HVAC specialist to function as intended.

R-410A Refrigerant

This coolant is one of the greenest alternatives to R-22, which is being phased out by the Environmental Protection Agency. Unlike its predecessors, R-410A doesn’t harm atmospheric ozone. However, like the refrigerants that came before it, R410A itself isn’t completely eco-friendly, because it does contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Nevertheless, R-410A is probably the AC coolant Nature would approve of the most at the moment. In addition, it’s been proven to improve the efficiency and reliability of air conditioners.

Schedule a Timely HVAC Repair to Extend the Life of Your Current System

Let Reliable AC & Heat inspect your heating and cooling system and carry out any necessary HVAC repairs. We can also provide expert advice about the best time to upgrade your equipment given its age and condition. Call us at (818) 423-4285 today to request our services.