Tuesday, 4 December 2012

How Does Your Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Work For You – Your Energy Efficiency, Duct Work, Cleaning And More

 As a duct work cleaning company, we understand Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, or HVAC systems (as they’re more widely known) very well. But asking many people what they think an HVAC system can achieve, we often find that while most can tell you that it involves pumping hot or cold air around a building, many don’t realise the benefits and haven’t thought about cost implications.

In fact, for a lot of businesses HVAC systems have some very useful benefits that may well outweigh the costs involved in installation and maintenance.

What Is A Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System?
A heating, ventilation and air conditioning system does just what it says on the tin. Combining the warming, cooling and dehumidification of the air within a home or commercial property into one system, using structured duct work to distribute it throughout a given area.

The system may be powered via central air conditioning units, alongside which a gas or oil furnace sits, the pair providing cool air or heated air flowing through the same duct work, depending on demand. Alternatively it may work as a heat pump, combining both functions within the same system.

Both of these options will generally be made up of a condensing unit which sits outside the building, and another unit (the evaporator coil) which is placed within the building. These work by moving air between each other, either extracting cool air from the warm air outside on a hot day – literally by pumping it away from the warmer air it is sitting with, through refrigerant – to distribute around the building. Conversely, with a heat pump, the unit extracts the heat from the air outside (even on a cold day) to circulate through the duct work around your premises.

From Raised Energy Costs to Professional Duct Work Cleaning
If you have a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system within your premises, what are the ongoing costs?

In the UK the cost of heating our buildings probably accounts for nearly half of our energy bills, and with our planet warming and the demand for air conditioning increasing, your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system will likely be running almost all year around. And electricity and gas prices are ever on the up.

Add to these rising energy costs the cost of maintaining your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, as well as the potentially increased water consumption if your system is using water cooled air conditioning equipment. Of course, with the raised profile of environmental considerations, especially within the commercial world, raising your electricity, gas and water consumption is even more of a barrier.

Legislation also demands that your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is regularly maintained including duct work cleaning at least every two years – and by a professionally recognised company. This could be seen as an additional cost that is a step too far, but in actual fact, regularly carrying out duct work cleaning can make your system more efficient, reducing your HVAC running costs. And it can help reduce the possibility of having to cover the costs of damage should something go wrong, and take away the probability of fines for not carrying out your legal requirements.

So why choose a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system over heating or cooling each room within your property separately?

Clean Air, Ambient Temperatures and Enhanced Productivity
The popularity of HVAC systems is going from strength to strength, and this can be attributed to a number of aspects:  from global warming, giving us much more extreme external temperatures, advances in technology allowing for more energy efficient systems to come onto the market, and added concern for employee wellbeing.

And the benefits of having a heating, air conditioning and ventilation system within your commercial premises are many. It offers workers clean, fresh air, as well as an even, regulated temperature all year around – with the air conditioning working during the summer and heating taking over during the winter – helping employees to feel more comfortable in the workplace. The result of this most often leads to enhanced productivity and a positive impact on the bottom line.

By choosing  one of the newer, more energy efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems available today,  you may also benefit from reductions in your heating costs, as taking a ‘whole premises’ approach to your heating and regulating it with a programmable thermostat, can often be more efficient than piecemeal heating and cooling systems which can end up competing with each other and being more wasteful in terms of energy usage.

Ingot Services – Specialists In Duct Work Cleaning For Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
With a sound understanding of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems – their workings and their maintenance – you can be sure that Ingot Services will help keep your HVAC system working as efficiently, and as safely, as possible.

Find out more about Ingot Services and your duct work cleaning options.

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