HVAC: A Building Necessity
Providing thermal comfort and indoor air quality using the most efficient method is what every HVAC manufacturer
strives to attain for their customers. HVAC is not about just heating and cooling, it is also about efficiency and being environmentally sound. Today, consumers have more options to choose from aside from just furnaces
. Echo-friendly options such as radiant heating
, heat pumps and solar heating
are on the rise as alternative energy resources. See ARCAT's CAD files for HVAC manufacturers here
The Evolution of Heating Over the Years
Hot water heat was once the most preferred method for heating a home - but since the 1980's, efficiency has been the industry's main priority. Due to increased costs, forced air systems (where furnaces
are required) have become the ideal choice and exist in approximately 35 million homes in America today. Serving a dual purpose of both heating and cooling appeals to any consumer looking for economical ways to live. Zoned heating/cooling is another example of how heating has evolved: this system has separate zones, each is controlled by their own thermostat
. This cost-effective method should be considered for your next HVAC installment/replacement project.
Ventilation and Keeping the Air Clean
Warm or cold air that circulates through the duct system of any building needs to be clean and breathable. That is why ventilation
in your heating and cooling system is essential in order to filter out odors, moisture, airborne bacteria, smoke, dust, or carbon monoxide and replenish oxygen. There are two types of ventilation: mechanical/forced or natural. Bathrooms and kitchens use mechanical/forced ventilation to reduce odors and excess moisture/humidity through means of fans
and exhaust vents
. Natural ventilation is an inexpensive way of ventilating a structure with outside air without the use of fans. It is utilized via windows, louvers
or trickle vents. Natural ventilation requires little energy and is great component for a heating system. ARCAT offers numerous BIM files for ventilation here
What's the Difference Between Central and Split Air Conditioning?
The key functions that air conditioner manufacturers
have been focusing on year after year are simple: cooling and humidity control. Over the years, air conditioners
have come in all shapes and sizes. Central air units using outside air condenser/evaporators, which direct cool air through a system of ducts, can be found in many residences or commercial buildings present today. Split air conditioning units have a newer technology, which includes an outside condenser that is connected to an indoor fan. This system is ductless and cools a single room or small area making it a great alternative. Whether you choose a central air or split air conditioning unit for your project, both types of air conditioning require maintenance, including filter changes.