Would you like to know how your unit heats or cools your home? How your air your is purified for your comfort? This section is full of data and facts to help you lean more about the operation and efficiency of your system.
Terms to Help You Get Started
Duct system—Collection of tubes that distributes heated or cooled air to different rooms in a dwelling.
HVAC—Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.
Supply—Delivers conditioned air to a dwelling through individual room registers (i.e., vents).
Supply Registers—Vent-like units in walls, floors, or ceilings where conditioned air blows.
Return/Return Register or Grille—Picks up inside air for reconditioning, drawing the air through a changeable filter to the air handler of the central system.
Air handler—The indoor unit that moves the air through the heating/cooling system.
Cooling load—The amount of energy needed to maintain comfort levels in conditioned air.
Duct tape—Fabric based tape with a rubber adhesive used in many households for temporary fixes, but has been proven to become brittle and disintegrate over time.
Aluminum/foil tape—Specialty tape with an acrylic-based adhesive that performs consistently under extreme temperatures.
Mastic—A thick paste that provides a permanent seal at air-duct joints and connections; sometimes used in conjunction with a fiberglass mesh tape.