Troubleshooting My Furnace

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Troubleshooting My Furnace

As soon as winter rolled around this year, I knew that I had a problem. Our home heating system didn't seem to be working well, and it was really frustrating. We would wake up to absolutely frosty mornings in our own home, and so I decided to pull out the user's manual. I started researching different furnace problems and it occurred to me that the issue might be the filters. I checked them, and you wouldn't believe how full of dust and debris they were. After they were replaced and the air handler was blown out, my furnace started working again. Check out this blog for more information about troubleshooting your furnace.

Better Energy Design Combining Conventional HVAC With Evaporative Cooling For Home AC

If you are renovating your HVAC system with things like energy upgrades and new AC, then you may want to consider systems that use evaporative coolers. Evaporative cooling systems are also known as swamp coolers, and modern technology has helped them evolve into an option for more efficient cooling in your home. Here are some of the ways evaporative coolers can be used in the energy design of your AC system:

1. Supplementing an AC with A Conventional Swap Cooler

With a regular AC system, you may find that the system is constantly running during dry and hot weather. When the weather is warmer and dry, these are the perfect conditions to use an evaporative cooler. You may want to consider supplementing your conventional with an evaporative cooler, which will be an efficient solution during dry weather. There are even mobile and window units that you can use for this. It is important to remember that you cannot run the evaporative cooler and a conventional AC at the same time.

2. Combination Systems That Use Both Compress Gas and Evaporation

Another option that you may want to consider if you live in an area where the weather can change is a newer combination system. These are systems that are evaporative coolers with a conventional compressed gas component like AC. The AC will kick on and cool your home when the humidity outside is too high for an evaporative cooler to be effective.

3. Ducts with Evaporative Cooling and AC for Changes in Weather

There are also solutions that can combine evaporative cooling with the ducts in a conventional AC system. You can contact an HVAC contractor, like those at Edge Guys HVAC, and talk with them about installing a swamp cooler to be integrated into your existing AC system. Like the other solutions, the evaporative cooler will be used in dry weather, but the AC will be used when the humidity levels outside are higher. When humidity is high, the cooler will not evaporate water effectively and may actually make your home feel warmer, which is why it is important that AC and evaporative coolers are not used at the same time.

Combining conventional forced-air AC with evaporative cooling is a great way to improve the energy design of your cooling system. If you are ready to improve your AC, contact an HVAC contractor to talk with them about some of these solutions for more efficient cooling.