• Joseph Harris

All About Your HVAC System


From hot, steamy summer days to cool, crisp fall evenings, your HVAC system is hard at work making sure your home--and the loved ones you care about---remain comfortable year-round. With this system comprising nearly 50 percent of your energy costs, you’ll want to ensure that your system is in good working condition, clean, and efficient, no matter the season.

What do you know about your HVAC system? If you’re like most homeowners, you don’t give a thought to your HVAC system until you suspect a problem. Whether the issue is condensation and leaking on the basement floor or a system that fails to cool, knowing a few basics about your system could save valuable time and a whole lot of money when it comes to repair and replacement.

HVAC: The Basics--What is HVAC?

HVAC is an acronym for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. This all-in-one system is designed to heat and cool your home, keeping it at the desired temperature that you set and removing excess moisture and particulates from the indoor air that you breathe. While not many occasions in Florida call for extra heat, this aspect of your system may come in handy on a chilly winter evening when your air conditioner won’t provide the comfort you need. An air conditioning unit, on the other hand, is an essential piece of equipment in this area of the country and knowing a bit about its function and efficiency will be in your best interest as you decide how to service your system for best results. Let’s take a peek at the air conditioning component and how it serves you.

Your Air Conditioning Unit

Your AC unit provides cool air via a series of processes involving the movement of warm air across a series of refrigerated coils and delivering cooled air back into your home. This circulated air is also sent through a filtration system that removes dirt, dust, and debris from the interior of your home, improving your air quality.

Having a unit that serves your home appropriate to its size and structure will be essential to your comfort. Units are assessed according to certain factors such as:

  • Efficiency--Efficiency refers to the amount of energy needed for a unit to adequately cool your home. Specialists use a S.E.E.R. number to rate energy efficiency. The higher the S.E.E.R. number, the more efficient a unit will be at cooling your home.

  • Regional climate--In general, an air conditioner installed in Minnesota will not need to be called upon as often as one residing in southern Florida. Taking your regional climate into account, you’ll need to find a unit that is designed to work in the type of climate in which you live.

  • Size--Not all air conditioning units are created equally. Larger does not mean better in terms of size. An HVAC professional can accurately measure your home and determine which size unit is best for your heating and cooling needs. When deciding which type of residential unit is best for your home, the S.E.E.R number will be much more important overall than the size of the unit.

About Air Filtration

Air filters inside your unit are responsible for catching particles like dust, debris, and pet dander before it has a chance to circulate throughout your home. Your air filters are responsible for improving air quality inside your home, and they should be changed frequently to maintain the efficiency and cleanliness of your system. If not changed frequently, it can lead to substandard cooling, mechanical issues, and eventual breakdown of your system. Locate your system’s filters and commit to changing them regularly for best results.

The Need For Regular Maintenance

Your HVAC system has a number of components that, when working efficiently, provide you with cool comfort when you need it. When parts become damaged, worn, or dirty, your system will fail to work as promised. Performing a little preventative maintenance and upkeep on your system will ensure that it will continue to deliver when you need it most.

Tropic-Air Conditioning: A Comfortable Home All Year Round!

At Tropic-Air, we place the utmost importance on you, our valued customers. We provide top-notch service on the repair, replacement, and installation of all types of HVAC systems. With over twenty years of quality sales and service, we are confident that we can find the answers to all of your heating and cooling needs. Contact us today to see how we can improve your home environment. Visit https://www.tropicairfl.com/ for more information.