“Winter is coming.” Yea, I started this off with a cheesy Game of Thrones reference, however it doesn’t excuse the fact that winter is actually coming. With luck, when winter arrives here in Chattanooga we will not have to deal with the half-dead blue-eyed zombie creatures, but only some lower temperatures. If you’re like me, some of you would rather deal with zombies as opposed to the cold weather.
My job during this time of year isn’t necessarily to keep you warm, no. My job is to prepare you and your HVAC system for the cold shock it is getting ready to receive. Granted we can keep you warm yes, but my point is, we are not in the full throws of winter yet. We still have time to fix your system before it’s too late.
Let’s explain somethings, specifically how your heat works. No, it’s not just flicking the switch from cool to heat. We have 2 main styles:
Heat Pumps: These things dominate the residential heating market and have since the 1940s. They use a refrigerant cycle to absorb heat from the outside and bring it inside, where air blows over a coil and produces heat from your home. It is essentially an air conditioner but the cycle is reversed. The process uses all the major components of the typical HVAC heat pump system along with something called a reversing valve. They work best in climates that don’t get too, too cold and where energy rates are cheap.
Gas Furnaces: Some of you may have a gas furnace. The gas furnace uses gas fuel to heat air either directly or indirectly. The air is then blown through ductwork with a blower to warm the home. These work very well and efficiency has increased dramatically over the years. The limiting factor is living somewhere the gas company services.
There are other types but these are the 2 that we will concern ourselves with now.
With winter staring us down, we must, like I said above, prepare ourselves and our heating units. We do this with regular maintenance. Imagine your system is like you. You have laid down to go to sleep. After laying in the bed for a few moments you finally pass out. That night you are getting some of the best sleep EVER! You’re out cold. An earthquake could not even wake you up. In this scenario, we don’t have an earthquake, but we do have one of your kids. During your slumber one of your kids comes in your room and shakes you awake. “Mommy, I’m hungry.” You wake up startled. Keep in mind you were just having the best sleep of your life! Now your awake, fuzzy headed with your night’s sleep cut short.
You are the child in the scenario flicking the thermostat from cool to heat. When it gets cold enough during that night and heat comes on from its summer slumber we have essentially woken it up.
Resting components come to life and the heat magically starts working. I mean, it is supposed to start working..
We would love to come out and service your system and get you ready for the cold season. Southern people don’t do cold, so let us ensure the heat comes on.
www.indoorairsolutionsga.com or 706-820-6041