We do our best to keep our house in good condition. It’s even a bit of a hobby for us that enjoy DIY projects, but no matter how diligent we are with our maintenance, some things will just break.
Roofs, insulation, and home appliances have a service life. Most of our house is made of components that suffer wear and will eventually need replacement. If you find yourself fixing things every week, this may be the problem. Parts of your house will need replacement.
HVAC systems have a service life that can range from 9 to 20 years. How long it lasts will depend on how some parts wear. Another big factor is how well the whole system was maintained and how much time it spent under normal operating conditions.
HVAC systems have an optimal operating range. This is the range where they work at their highest efficiency. If your HVAC system spends a large amount of time out of that optimal operating range, then it will suffer premature wear.
For those of us out there who aren’t very knowledgeable of HVAC, we sometimes can confuse a heat pump, furnace, and a heater. Although they all have the function of heating our homes, they go about it in very different ways.
Furnaces can be gas or electric, and they work by warming up the air and pushing it through your home’s ducts. These can be found in older homes since they have been the traditional way of heating homes. They can be fairly economical to install, but don’t offer very high-efficiency ratings.
A heater is usually electric and it works by heating up a component and using a sort of fan mechanism to push air. These are usually installed in rooms that don’t have ducts or if it’s overly difficult to install a central HVAC system.
A heat pump works by using a special refrigerant to take heat from outside of your home and distribute it inside. The main benefit of a heat pump is that it is much more efficient than a traditional gas furnace, up to 40% more efficient in some cases. This adds up to big heating bill savings and can also work as an AC system.
A heat pump is made up of two main parts, an air handler and a heat pump condenser. The air handler is the part that goes inside your home and the condenser is the part that goes outside. They are connected by copper tubing to transfer heat between on another.