Dayco Systems Blog: Archive for the ‘HVAC’ Category

What Is a Plenum in an HVAC System?

Monday, December 20th, 2021
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In order for your traditional central air conditioner or furnace to function, and bring chilled or heated air into your living space, it needs a series of air ducts to do its job. This ductwork is generally made up of sheet metal, however other rigid materials can be used as well, including fiberglass or insulated plastic. There is one component of this ductwork that has a big job, but its name isn’t very well known–the plenum!

There are actually two types of plenums, which are typically in a rectangular shape. The supply plenum is on one side while the return plenum is typically catty-cornered to it. Read on to learn more!

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What is an HVAC Sequencer?

Monday, December 13th, 2021
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Unless you’re an HVAC professional, chances are you know very little about the inner workings of a furnace or air conditioning system. That’s okay! We wouldn’t expect you to know a whole lot about this. But it’s only natural that you’re curious, and we’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have. Some of the questions we get revolve around the components of an HVAC system and how or why they need to be repaired on occasion.

We would never encourage DIY AC or furnace repairs, for safety reasons, but we’re happy to let you in on what these various components are and what they do. Take the HVAC sequencer, for instance. This is a component designed to stage different parts of the electrical equipment within the HVAC system so that it doesn’t overload and damage the circuits within the system itself or your home’s electrical system. Read on to learn more!

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What Does CFM Stand for in HVAC?

Monday, December 6th, 2021
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There’s a lot you might not know about your air conditioner. For the most part, this is okay, because it’s what we are here for! Our team has the expertise and the experience to handle any HVAC problem that you may have with either your air conditioner or your heater.

There are some HVAC facts, however, that can be really helpful for you to know as a homeowner. For instance, did you know you should be scheduling maintenance for your heater and air conditioner every year for each system? This will keep it working as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible.

A common question we get from homeowners looking to invest in a new HVAC system is “how do we know we’re getting the right one?” You not only want to get the right model, but you want a heater or air conditioner that is correctly sized for your home. This is where CFM–or Cubic Feed per Minute comes in. Read on to learn more!

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What is the Effectiveness of a UV Light in HVAC?

Monday, September 27th, 2021
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For almost two years now, there’s been an intense focus on how to stay as healthy as possible while isolating at home–or at least staying home a lot more than we have in previous years! As a result, more and more homeowners are thinking about their indoor air quality. Even pre-pandemic, the average home without the right indoor air quality systems and services in place could have worse indoor air quality than outdoor air quality.

If you haven’t already done so, you’d do well to consider the installation of a whole-house UV air purifier. Also referred to as UV lights or even UV germicidal lights, these indoor air quality systems are key to helping homeowners breathe healthier, or at least metaphorically “breathe easier” at home, knowing they’re well protected. Read on to learn more!

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How Does a 2 Zone HVAC System Work?

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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Temperatures are slowly but surely warming up, letting us know that spring is right around the corner and summer isn’t very far behind. You may think it’s not quite time yet to start thinking about your air conditioner, but we beg to differ. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your air conditioner.

If you have an aging system and are considering a replacement this year, you may be considering a 2 zone HVAC system. A zoned HVAC system splits your home into “zones” using motorized dampers, controlled by external thermostats, which are placed in the ductwork. This allows you to turn off cooling (or heating) to one section of the home while still providing other sections of the home with cooling or heating. Will this type of cooling or heating benefit your home? Read on to find out!

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What Does SEER Mean in HVAC?

Monday, February 15th, 2021
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While in many areas of the country homeowners are still dealing with the chilliest of winter temperatures, we know that with spring right around the corner, temperatures can warm back up real quick! So if your air conditioner was on its last leg this past summer, now is the time to start looking into a replacement. This isn’t a decision you want to rush into—you should make sure your new AC system is properly matched to the type of home you have and your individual comfort needs.

You’ll also want to look into SEER ratings when making your decision, too.

Wait, unsure what SEER means? Well, it’s an energy efficiency rating that applies to all central air conditioner and heat pump systems. Knowing the efficiency rating of your new air conditioner could be the difference between affordable comfort and astronomically high energy bills.

Read on as we uncover more about what SEER is and what it means.

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