Fall is upon us, and that means the atmospheric pressure is changing as well. Atmospheric pressure is defined as the pressure exerted by the earth's atmosphere at any given point. During this change of the season, we all need to begin learning what this means for our heating and cooling systems, and even our pockets.
Every outside heating and air unit needs to be able to handle change in weather and atmospheric pressure at any given time. Seeing as internal pressure is important to how a HVAC unit runs, It is good to also considering the pressure around the unit itself.
There are a few signs showing that your unit is experiencing negative air pressure. The signs include but are not limited to; random drafts of air, whistling sounds including odd noises, unregulated temperature in various rooms such is too hot or too cold, and the air seemingly pulling your door shut before you can do it yourself.
The main cause of negative air pressure within home is when the pressure inside your home is lower than the pressure outside. This is directly affected by the atmospheric pressure. Negative air pressure can bring various dangers inside your home such as poor air quality as well as Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
Luckily, our family team at Rudd Heating and Air can help you understand the importance of pressure inside and outside of your home. We want to help and make sure that your home is as healthy as it possibly can be. Take some time today and give us a call so we can schedule a time where we can inspect your home and see if your HVAC unit is working properly and pressure within your home is where it needs to be.
There is nothing quite like the comforts of home, and at Rudd Heating and Air, we could not agree more with this statement. There are many ways the weather can affect our lives, and with no way to control what's going on outside, there are measures to take that will help you and the ones you love make the best of a bad situation. Hurricane season in South Carolina can be a stressful time, but with the right plan in place you can decrease this worry, and we are here to help.
Heating and air conditioning units outdoors are at high risk of damage during bad weather this time of year, so you’ll want to have precautions in mind before the threat of a storm.
To prevent flood damage, your unit should be off the ground or on a platform, usually built on a concrete slab or reinforced cinder blocks. If this is not the case, you will want to buy a fitted cover, or a tarp to secure around your unit, then surround it with sandbags or quick-dams to make sure the water can not reach the unit. Covers and tarps will also help protect against flying debris from directly hitting the unit, and possibly crashing through to the wires and mechanics inside. If you choose to cover your unit for these situations, it is very important that the power is turned off before and during the time it's covered.
Even with these precautions, there is no guarantee the units will survive unscathed, so it's safer if all power to your units are turned off to reduce risk of starting a fire and damaging your home.
Not everyone has the knowhow or the capabilities to do these things, so we are here to help. Our team here at Rudd Heating & Air have special kits for these situations, please be sure to contact us if you are looking for advice or assistance!
HVAC is an acronym for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning. An effective HVAC system allows the owner to have control of the thermostat and comfort in their home. The three design principles of an HVAC system include; fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics. For a normal household, the energy mostly consists of heating and cooling. The importance comes down to understanding which HVAC system will meet your needs effectively. The last thing you want is for your system to be using more energy than necessary!
H is for Heating
Heating options are available so a customer can choose what is best for their place. Furnaces operate on natural gas or propane, while boilers operate with gas or oil. It is good to take into consideration the product a system runs on before installment.
V is for Ventilation
Ventilation assists in the circulation of fresh air within a home. Air circulation allows the unit to expel air into every corner of the room or house. Without ventilation, the air would be stagnant and feel stuffy. Ventilation should be prioritized when selecting a unit.
AC is for Air Conditioning
Air conditioners come in many different shapes and sizes. Conditioners can be used in an entire house, or simply a single room. It is important to stay cool in the summer months, so the system should be chosen carefully. The different systems include central, evaporative coolers, and ductless mini split air conditioners.
Now that you know and understand what HVAC stands for come to Rudd Heating and Air for your unit! Our experienced team will walk you through any questions you may have about what option is best for you!