|Licensed Professionals||License No||Phone No|
|James Vito, Inc.||LC901746||301-703-3324|
|James A. Wheat & Sons||LC900099||301-830-7921|
|Jimmy Gusky Heating & Air||RC870||301-202-3780|
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) can be the most impactful of your monthly bills than any other aspect of your home simply due to the sheer energy being used. As HVAC systems vary greatly in method and efficiency, choosing the HVAC system that is best suited for your home is of paramount importance, not only for your comfort but also for your personal finances.
Types of HVAC Systems
Simply categorized, HVAC system types can be divided into two primary methods — radiant and forced air. Radiant systems utilize piping that circulates water throughout the building, radiating heat into the rooms via the floor or a radiator. Radiant heating systems are commonly paired with window air conditioning units as radiant cooling is only appropriate in very arid climates due to the condensation produced through such a system.
In the DC metropolitan area, forced-air istypically found than radiant systemsas they can accommodate the home’s cooling and heating needs in one system. There are a number of forced-air systems –gas furnaces, central air, and heat pumps, for example – so it’s important to engage a contractor to determine the kind of system that would be best for your home.
Sizing a System
Properly sizing an HVAC system is exceedingly important. An undersized system will not sufficiently control the temperature of the home on days that are uncommonly warm or cold. An oversized system will frequently cycle off and on, resulting in excess noise, low efficiency and a potential for decreased humidity control. A new system is sized by the contractor selling it. Therefore, it is certainly recommended that you engage a reputable company when choosing your system.
A Typical Maintenance Visit
Aim to have your HVAC inspected in both the spring and in the fall each year by a professional. A biannual HVAC checkup can increase the system’s efficiency and effectiveness.