It takes more than great products to make a custom made indoor weather system. Most homeowners have a basic need for heating and cooling, and this establishes the foundation of their indoor weather system. Split systems deliver year round indoor weather through the combined efforts of the indoor and outdoor units.
Please read below to learn more about the components and how they work.
What do the components do?
- Humidifiers will help you breathe easier and eliminate dry air during winter months.
- Ventilators solve the problem of stale indoor air by bringing fresh air into tightly constructed homes without wasting precious energy.
- Zoning Controls allow you to put heating and cooling where you need it most, enhancing your comfort and reducing your energy costs by as much as 30%.
- Furnaces and Boilers provide comfortable, even heat throughout your home and offer efficiency ratings that keep your energy bills at a comfortable level.
- Air Cleaners will remove the vast majority of the microscopic pollutants that settle on your furniture, your heating and cooling system, and - worst of all - your lungs.
- Air Conditioners work with your furnace to provide cool, dry air throughout your home and the Heat Pump is one system that shuttles warmth indoors during the chill of winter and delivers plenty of cooling when summer sizzles.
- Thermostats allow you to regulate the amount of heating or cooling you want for your home or for particular rooms.
How do the components work?
Furnaces & Boilers:
Gas- and oil-fired furnaces provide warm, even heat throughout your home by circulating heated air through ducts. The heat is created by burning the fuel (gas or oil) inside your furnace. Boilers create heat the same way but instead of heating air they typically heat your home by circulating steam or heated water through a system of pipes and baseboard or radiator-type heat exchangers.
Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps:
Heat pumps and central air conditioners are "split systems," which means that there is an outdoor unit (condenser) and an indoor unit (coil). The job of the heat pump or air conditioner is to transport heat from one "station" to the other. The "vehicle" your system uses to carry the heat is called refrigerant. While it's keeping you cool, your air conditioner or heat pump also works as a dehumidifier.
Air pollution is also an inside concern. Most standard fiber glass-mesh furnace filters only trap about 15% of airborne contaminants in your indoor air. A mechanical air cleaner has a heavy-duty media filter that can trap 28 times as many particles as a standard fiber glass filter, including animal dander and plant spores. An electronic air cleaner can capture 95% of all airborne particles - smoke, grease, bacteria and even many viruses.
Air heated by your furnace or heat pump passes through a ceramic-coated pad in your humidifier. The air absorbs moisture from the water-soaked pad and becomes water vapor that humidifies the heated air that is circulated throughout your home.
A ventilating system solves the problem of stale air by bringing fresh air into tightly constructed homes without wasting precious energy. Fresh air is drawn through a pre- filter and into the ERV core where humidity is drawn out. Heating or cooling is then transferred into fresh air, which is distributed throughout the home.
Thermostats help your heating and cooling equipment maintain the optimal temperature setting with the utmost energy efficiency. Microprocessors allow you to program your home temperatures to suit your lifestyle, so you can keep things comfortable while you are home and automatically set back your temperatures to save energy when you are away or sleeping.
Just as a single thermostat controls WHEN the temperature changes, a Zoning System controls WHERE they change. With zoning and programmable thermostats you can actually divide your home into two, three or four separate "zones" with similar comfort needs. Then, a system of electronic thermostats and electronically controlled dampers automatically adjust the level of comfort in each of those zones.