Let’s face it– unless you’re in the industry, the topic of HVAC also known as Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning… might not seem all that interesting. We personally love anything and everything heating and cooling related.  However, we thought you’d still enjoy these rather interesting facts about HVAC systems. Here are ten interesting facts about HVAC you (probably) didn’t know. Who knows, they might help you win trivia night!

  1. The New York Stock Exchange was the first building to have air conditioning in it.

  2. Before HVAC units, it was thought that summers were too hot for children to learn, which is why we have “summer break” now.

  3. The first modern air conditioning unit was invented in 1902 by Willis Carrier, with the intent of keeping temperatures and humidity low for a publishing company in New York. It made their paper a more consistent product.

  4. It is estimated that the amount of energy used just on air conditioning and heat in the United States exceeds the total amount of energy used on the entire continent of Africa.

  5. The first car with air conditioning was introduced in 1939 by the Packard Motor Company. It wasn’t very popular due to it’s high cost and the fact that the system took up half the trunk space.

  6. The first fully air conditioned home was built in a mansion in Minneapolis in 1913. The owner, Charles Gates, unfortunately died before ever getting to use it.

  7. Herbert Hoover was the first President to enjoy air conditioning in the White House. He spent $30,000 to install the system in the oval office, just after the start of the Great Depression.

  8. Movie theaters were some of the first establishments to have air conditioning as a strategy to get more people to go to the movies. It worked handsomely, and this is why we have the term “summer blockbuster”.

  9. Studies have shown that since the invention of air conditioning, humans’ natural tolerance for heat has lowered. Therefore, a hot summer day seems much hotter nowadays than it would have centuries ago.

  10. Without the invention of air conditioning, many medications would never have been invented. In turn, some diseases would’ve never been cured.

10 Fun Facts about HVAC

  Let’s face it– unless you’re in the industry, the topic of HVAC also known as Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning… might not seem all that interesting. We personally love anything and everything heating and cooling related.  However, we thought you’d still enjoy these rather […]

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Hоw dоes a Gаѕ Furnасе work?

Undеrѕtаndіng how a gas furnace wоrks іѕ kеу tо determining why your furnace is blowing cold air.   A gas furnace works by taking іn соld air, сlеаning іt out thrоugh a fіltеr, and then hеаting thе аіr wіth a gаѕ burnеr. Tурісаllу, thеу use a “steel hеаt exchanger” that converts the air frоm сооl to wаrm. It will thеn blоw оut аnd dіѕtrіbutе thе air іntо уоur hоmе wіth a fan or blоwеr роwеrеd by a mоtоr.

Top 5 Reasons a Furnace May Blow Cold Air

A dirty air filter can be to blame.

When they become clogged and dirty, they block air flow and can even cause the system to overheat itself. When the system overheats, a safety switch will tell the furnace to shut down and retry when the furnace has cooled back down. If this happens more than three times in a row, most furnaces will start blowing cold air.  This lets the homeowner know something is wrong with the furnace. Clean the filters or change them with inexpensive replacements every two months. If the filter is not perfectly white, it’s time to change it. Remember, that’s the air you’re breathing, too! So keep it clean!

The Flame Sеnѕоr іѕ Dіrtу.

Newer furnасеѕ uѕе a flаmе ѕеnѕоr tо kеер thе furnасе burning, оnсе it starts. If thе flаmе sensor іѕ dіrtу, your furnасе will turn оn аnd begin hеаtіng but then turn соld rеlаtіvеlу quickly.

The Gas Valve is Not Working.

Another culprit behind your furnace blowing cold air may be a closed or blocked gаѕ valve. Sometimes moisture or sand in the gas lines will work itself into the gas valve. This valve is constantly opening and closing every time your heater turns on. If sand was to get in there, it could cause the gas valve to seat improperly. This obstruction could cause a small amount of gas to start leaking around the furnace. If this gas began to seep out into the combustion chamber, it’s possible that the flame could “roll-out” and cause an unsafe situation. It іѕ bеѕt to have a рrо look at thіѕ, as any time уоu hаvе tо mеѕѕ around wіth gas, there іѕ a potential for danger.

An Old Control Board.

A faulty control board is аnоthеr common рrоblеm. It саn bе саuѕеd bу the solder connections on your board fracturing, causing intermittent operation of the furnace. These can be tricky and annoying to a homeowner because the system is not working one day, but does the next day. Finally, after a few of these nuisance appointments, it finally goes out for good. Those solder connections get warm with the electricity flowing through the circuits until they start to fracture. At this point, it’s time to replace that control board. You’ll want an experienced technician for changing your control board.

Pressure Switch.

A pressure switch is a safety switch that lets the furnace know the exhaust from the gas burners is venting properly to the outside of the house. This pressure switch opens and closes with the on and off operation of the furnace. Sometimes that switch inside fails to open or close on a consistent basis and will need to be replaced. These can be changed out fairly easily, but it should be noted that proper suction from the inducer assembly is needed and should be verified with a manometer before turning the system back on safely.

If your furnace is blowing cold air, give us a call today – 208-246-9716!

Top Reasons a Furnace May Blow Cold Air

Hоw dоes a Gаѕ Furnасе work? Undеrѕtаndіng how a gas furnace wоrks іѕ kеу tо determining why your furnace is blowing cold air.   A gas furnace works by taking іn соld air, сlеаning іt out thrоugh a fіltеr, and then hеаting thе аіr wіth a […]

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Would you benefit from a zone system approach for heating and cooling your home? The short answer is, yes! 

There are many different variables that cause extreme hot spots and extreme cold spots within your home. It may just be that the sun hits a specific room most of the day. Either way, since zone systems were introduced into the HVAC world, that’s no longer an issue. Dampers are installed within your duct work strategically to shift the flow of air.

American Standard has brought Acculink™ Zoning system to life. This system allows you to control the zones from any web enabled device. It even allows you to control the temperature for each specific zone.

Comfort Tailored to every room in your home.
When your system is installed, your home is divided into different areas or “zones,” each monitored by a sensor in constant contact with the Platinum ZV Control. When the system detects a temperature variance in a particular zone, it can direct heated or cooled air to that specific zone using carefully controlled modulating dampers in your ductwork. As a result, you get perfectly heated and cooled air wherever it’s needed, along with the ability to adjust temperatures in different zones. So rooms that receive more sunlight won’t have to be hotter than rooms that don’t, and every bedroom gets a warm and cozy winter.
For more information give us a call today – 208-246-9716

Zoning Systems

Would you benefit from a zone system approach for heating and cooling your home? The short answer is, yes!  There are many different variables that cause extreme hot spots and extreme cold spots within your home. It may just be that the sun hits a specific room most of […]

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