Different HVAC functions: what are they and how do they work?

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If you ask us, you can never be too informed, especially when it comes to a purchase as important as your home’s heating and cooling system!

This month, we’ve talked about how HVAC installation works. We’ve also gone over the installation process.

Today, we’re going to cap it off by covering something that’s equally as important: specifically, the main functions that your HVAC system performs.

For a lot of homeowners in Melbourne, their knowledge of HVAC extends to “it keeps the house cool”, with some people also understanding that it also doubles as a heating system during winter.

However, that isn’t all it can do!

One of the reasons the Alpha Air team chooses HVAC to meet the heating and cooling needs of Melbourne homes is because it can do much more than just cool your house.

However, it can be a little hard to “sell” homeowners on the benefits if they don’t know what HVAC brings to the table – hence today’s article!

H2> What is HVAC and how does it work?

We’ve talked about the installation process, as well as what needs to be considered when installing your system.

What we haven’t covered however is the actual parts that make up your HVAC system, and the mechanics behind it.

What is the best type of heating and cooling system?

Many people use HVAC to refer exclusively to reverse cycle ducted heating and cooling systems.

While it’s true that the lion’s share of these systems are ducted, it’s important to remember that HVAC refers to a type of technology, not a type of system.

As such, HVAC can be found in a variety of options, including:

  • Ducted
  • Split system
  • Multi-split

Each of these systems functions exactly the same way, using the same components, refrigerants and basic principles.

All that changes is the way that these systems are organised, with ducted systems cramming all the mechanical parts themselves into the outdoor unit, while split systems (naturally) split them between an indoor and outdoor unit.

Which one’s the best for you? That depends on your needs.

Unsure if you need a ducted, split or a ducted split system in Melbourne? Our team will help you decide!

What are your HCAV system’s different functions?

You already know that HVAC systems double as heating and air conditioning, allowing you to keep your home or business comfortable no matter the season – this is what the H and AC in HVAC stand for!

Of course, that leaves the final letter.

Standing for ventilation, HVAC systems can also help you clear the air inside your home, allowing you to enjoy fresh air in addition to a pleasant temperature.

The point is to help you feel more comfortable, after all – and ventilation is an important part of that.

What should I look for when buying a new heating and cooling system?

As you might expect, there’s no simple answer to this question.

As with all things heating and cooling, it all depends on your property, as well as your unique needs. That’s why it’s so important that you think about engaging an expert early on to ensure that you’re getting a system that perfectly matches your requirements.

Some of the things your system will need to account for include:

  • Room volume
  • Appliances
  • Installation challenges
  • Home orientation
  • Windows and insulation

These are just a small number of the things we assess when deciding on an air conditioning system for your home or business – and it’s something you’ll likely need the help of a professional with.

What is the most reliable heating and cooling brand?

If you ask us, while choosing a reputable brand is important, it’s equally important to look out for brands you should avoid. When we say that, we’re talking mainly about cheap. no-name “brands”.

A lot of these “brands” have no support network in Australia, with spare parts few and far between (if they exist at all). What’s more, many also don’t offer warranties and other extras for Australian customers.

And we haven’t even gotten started on how they also tend to wear out earlier and need more frequent repairs due to lower-quality construction!

When you choose a reliable, globally-recognised, reputable brand like Daikin ducted heating and cooling or Mitsubishi reverse cycle ducted air conditioning, you know you’re choosing quality, long-term support, and efficiency.

More than air conditioning installation…

Good planning is absolutely crucial when it comes to air conditioning installation – however, it isn’t the only time you’ll need the help of an air conditioning expert.

Your system is going to be with you a long time – years, as a matter of fact. If you want it to keep working like a dream for all that time (and maybe even extend your HVAC system’s life past its official use-by-date) it’s crucial that you keep your system well-maintained.

What is included in heating and cooling maintenance?

During maintenance for ducted heating and cooling systems in Melbourne, our team will begin by performing an in-depth analysis of your system from top to bottom.

It starts by inspecting your outdoor unit and taking a look at all of the internals that are responsible for cooling (and heating) your home.

This means checking:

  • Refrigerant levels
  • Cooling coils
  • Your drain pan
  • Electrical wiring

The next step is to inspect the ducts for any leaks or seals that have come loose, and to test the gates used in your zoning system.

Finally, we take a look at your filters inside to make sure that the ventilation aspect of your HVAC system is working as it should.

When it comes to split system HVAC, the process is largely similar, only without the ducts!

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How often should heating and cooling be serviced?

It depends on how frequently you use your system – as a general rule however, it’s a good idea to arrange ducted reverse cycle air conditioning service with a professional HVAC expert once a year.

Just to be clear, pushing your next service out isn’t going to be the end of the world – your system will still work.

However, it does raise the issue of your system potentially not operating at its peak, as well as small issues going unnoticed, which is why we recommend sticking to the annual inspection schedule regardless.

This is extra important for commercial properties. Many offices and workplaces need to maintain a consistent temperature all year round, meaning that their HVAC systems are always on with no exceptions.

And as such, they’re going to need more frequent repairs and service.

In these cases, the annual inspection requirement is even more important than ever – and in some cases, you might need to get your system looked at more than once a year.

Get in touch with Alpha Air today

Whether you need heating and cooling installation in Melbourne or want your existing system inspected before we head into winter, it’s important that you choose an experienced HVAC professional.

And that’s where we come in.

Our team is committed to looking after your comfort. Moreover, we’re committed to keeping you comfortable while also keeping your bills and installation costs down with high-tech, innovative solutions like Daikin VRV for Melbourne homes and businesses.

Find out how we can help you today – give our team a call on 1300 854 525, or click here to get a free quote online.

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