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Understanding Your HVAC System | The Loken Group

Keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter isn’t always as easy as it sounds. As a homeowner, it is critical that you understand the key roles your HVAC system plays in the air quality and overall balance of your home, as well as how you can get the most out of your system. We met with Jared Hatfield of Douglas Mechanical to cover the basics of HVAC, including everything from purchasing a brand new system to improving the amount of dust and dirt in your home.

1. How long does an average heating and air conditioning system last?

Due to the fact that the Greater Houston area is a little more humid than your typical climate, the average heating and air conditioning system will usually about 8-12 years.

2. What is one thing that I can do in my home to increase energy efficiency?

The most effective strategy for improving household energy efficiency is often times upgrading or replacing your system. Despite the fact that many people believe this to be the most costly solution, the average homeowner is overpaying on their energy bills by an estimated 25-50%.

3. How can I reduce the amount of dust and dirt in my home?

To reduce dust in your home, clean or replace the filters in your central heating and cooling system every 1 to 3 months. A standard air filter will only filter about 25-50% of your total household dust, which is typically a mixture of animal dander, carpet fluff, clothing fibers, and dirt that gets tracked indoors. To help prevent dust from accumulating, it is recommended that you use high-quality paper or pleated fabric filters that are disposable.

4. How do I eliminate hot and cold spots in my home?

Hot and cold spots are relatively common and can be an issue in many homes. This problem usually stems from poor duct work design and layout, which can lead to not only inconsistent temperatures in your space, but also stuffy air, lingering odors, more wear and tear to your equipment, and even mold growth in your ducts from excess humidity. Therefore, it is essential to involve knowledgeable HVAC professionals early in your renovation process to ensure that your duct layout is correct for the design and usage of your space.