Heating and Cooling Systems

 When most people think of home, they think of a place where they can relax and be comfortable by doing so.  Some of the things that contribute to this comfort are the furniture that we own, the size of different rooms and other simple things like the temperature inside of the house.  If you haven’t ever dealt with installing a heating or cooling system, it may surprise you how much work really goes into making your home comfortable by controlling the temperature inside of it.  Some systems are pretty simple and easy to understand, while other systems are more complex and require more components to them.

            A simple way of controlling the temperature in our home can be as simple as using a space heater to warm up a room during the winter to using a portable fan to cool a room down during the summer.  These are nice to have if you will only be in one part of your home, but if you want to have your entire house around the same temperature, you need to get a little more complex in your system.  A swamp cooler can cool down a larger area than one room, but still may not be able to reach other areas of the home like the basement (if the swamp cooler is installed upstairs somewhere.


            The best way to distribute hot air in the winter or cool air in the summer is by having a central heating and air system.  This system may not seem to be something that is complex at all, since it can be controlled by the touch of a button or by the moving of a lever, but if you take a closer look, you will find that it isn’t so simple.  In order for a central air system to work properly, certain parts and components need to be installed.  You first need to have a way in which to distribute the air throughout the home.  This is done by having a duct system installed throughout the walls, floors, and in some cases, the ceilings. 

This duct work is designed so that the air passing through it can be blown out into different rooms in the home through vents.  Some of the vents have the option of controlling the flow that exits them.  The vent can be completely closed so no air is flowing to open all the way that full flow is happening or anywhere in between.  When you set your thermostat to a specific temperature, you expect that the home will be around that temperature.  The air that flows out wouldn’t be useful if there weren’t a way to tell what it has done for the temperature of the home.  This is why central air systems have grills where the return air is brought back into the system.  By having this set-up, the heating or cooling unit can determine whether the system should continue running or if it should shut off.  It is amazing how such a simple convenience in our homes can involve such a complex system!

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