Most people have a vague understanding of how their home’s HVAC (heating, venting & air conditioning) works. We all know the basics of our heating and cooling: Set the thermostat, hear it kick on, air blows from the vents, and our home is ready to withstand the elements. In actuality, these systems are actually quite intricate, and do more than just deposit cool air into our rooms.

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Your heating and cooling system actually works a lot more like a cycle: As air is pushed from the system into your rooms, a current of air is simultaneously extracted through the return vents scattered throughout your home as well. These supply vents are actually extremely important to the health of your system, as they provide the air that will become heated or cooled. This essentially means that if your return vents are blocked by debris or dust, your system will not put out as much treated air.

Trunk Placement is Key

While it may seem like your HVAC lines run directly from your furnace, this is not actually the case. In reality, air is both collected and returned to your furnace using a “trunk” system. This basically equates to one large line that feeds a series of smaller lines. Typically the trunk runs under the floor of the main level, with branches coming off the trunk to feed the rooms just above, as well as additional stories of the home. Understanding where the trunk is and should be, as well as what that means for potential HVAC work is one of the many reasons that only certified professionals should ever make changes to your HVAC system.

Maintenance is Necessary

Maintaining your heating and cooling requires regular, routine checkups. Think of your HVAC as your smile, with the technicians representing your dentist; it is important for both to perform routine maintenance and check for issues at least twice a year. We recommend doing it in opposite seasons, so either fall/spring or summer/winter. Regular maintenance of your system is crucial for keeping professionally maintained portions clean, checking for carbon monoxide creation, monitoring the health of the system, and generally understanding what you can do to get the most out of your heating and cooling.

Contact Us Today

The expert technicians at Legacy Heating & Cooling are always available for appointments ranging from routine maintenance to major repairs or installations. We want you to understand what makes your system work best for you, and help to keep your heating and cooling consistently working without worry.

Contact us today for more information!