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What is so Important About HVAC Systems?

Written by Posted On Saturday, 16 July 2016 19:20

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning are all things we take for granted here in the United States and other parts of the developed world. Only a relatively new technology, the HVAC system (acronym for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) has been making our lives safer and more comfortable since their initial invention. We often think of this system as a luxury, something only newer homes incorporated however, HVAC systems can also be life-saving. There are reasons why we developed the HVAC system to begin with and it wasn’t because we didn’t like to be hot while attempting to sleep.

HVAC systems are highly important for individuals living in colder climates because they keep you warm during frigid days and nights. Historically, people were known to be killed during the winter months if the power to their home was turned off, disabling their HVAC system. When the HVAC system ceases to work after being shut off, ice and snow will begin to accumulate on it, along with everywhere else around your home. Your home will become colder and colder, eventually leading to deadly temperatures. It can be very hard to warm yourself up after you have lost heat, regardless of how many layers you put on.

During the summer months, some areas of the United States can reach up to 120 degrees, beyond deadly temperatures. Cooling services associated with your HVAC system, can keep your home at a livable temperature so you can relax inside instead of outside. With temperatures as high as they can get, some people will literally fall over, dead in the heat. The heat takes an exhausting toll on an individual’s body; especially the elderly and infants so making sure that they have regular access to cool air when it is hot and warm air when it is freezing is imperative.

On top of the obvious benefits of heating and cooling, HVAC systems also provide ventilation and help diminish the presence of bad air while also filtering the good air. Ventilation systems also take the humidity out of the air which can make it easier and prevent the growth of mold in certain areas of the home that are more damp than others. Mold can grow in bathrooms, laundry rooms and other damp and not well ventilated areas. We often take for granted the importance of our heating and cooling systems.

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