What is HVAC? HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning; it's an umbrella term that refers to the systems used to regulate a building's air quality.
Some form of an HVAC system can be found in almost any modern structure, be it residential, commercial, or industrial. Through various methods of controlling air circulation - including heat pumps - both between the inside and outside as well as within the building, an HVAC system is not only responsible for maintaining the temperature of the building, but also helps keep out airborne pollutants.
HVAC systems can be all-in-one units that rely on only a single appliance, or it could consist of several components, such as stand-alone furnace and air conditioning units. Ventilation refers to either a natural or mechanical method of controlling air flow, which can mean anything from simply an open window, to an exhaust fan in a kitchen or bathroom, to the larger exhaust units and extensive ducting used in office buildings.
In Victoria, HVAC systems provide more than just heating and cooling, they also can help maintain a high standard of air quality. They can remove odours, moisture, and dust, as well as airborne pathogens such as tuberculosis and the common cold. They also help reduce the carbon dioxide levels in a building by keeping a steady inflow of oxygen rich air from the outside. While HVAC systems are so common in modern homes that you expect every home to have one, it doesn't leave you any less thankful when they're keeping you from boiling in the summer heat.
Before HVAC systems were as widespread as they are today, there wasn't much refuge to be found indoors on hot days. The best way to handle an overheated house was to spend as little time in it as possible. Being forced outside on hot days might make our mothers jump for joy, but when you really do need to spend the day inside, it's a far more pleasant experience when you don't feel like a lobster boiling in a pot.
Troubleshooting HVAC systems There are many causes for a faulty HVAC unit, some of which may require an A+ rated Victoria HVAC company to come sort it out, while others are straightforward enough for a home owner to set right; the difficulty lies in diagnosing the problem. If, for example, you notice your power bill has shot through the roof, there's a number of things you can check before you call in the professionals. A good place to start is to make sure the filters in your HVAC system are clean. This should be done fairly regularly, and failing to do so can put extra stress on the system, to the point where it fails, at which point it can become hazardous in a number of ways (fire hazards, carbon monoxide leaks). The issue could also be caused by something as ordinary as a tripped circuit.
If your home has an outdoor unit, the air intake might be obstructed, causing it to work extra hard to compensate. The problem could just be that your home is poorly insulated, allowing the hot or cold air that your HVAC system is supplying to escape more easily than it should. Due to the fact that HVAC systems contain many essential parts, any of which could be causing issue, it's often best to bring in a certified specialist to remedy the situation. See Victoria Homes Approved HVAC specialists below.
Vancouver Islands most innovative heating and cooling provider, Lockhart Industries has been proudly serving the community since 1981. They specialize in HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning), refrigeration and GeoExchange systems in Victoria, Duncan and Nanaimo - for both residential and commercial clients. Lockhart also has their own in-house metal fabrication division.