Understanding HVAC Systems Better

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Understanding HVAC Systems Better

Posted On: March 14, 2018

Understanding HVAC Systems Better

Whether you are cooling your office in the summer or keeping your home comfortable in the winter, HVAC systems have become a part of your everyday life. Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is the combination of different systems used to provide a comfortable temperature in your home, and it also maintains high levels of air quality. As homeowners, it is important for us to understand the key roles that our HVAC system plays as well as how they operate in order to get the most out of them. 

HEATING 
The heating component of an HVAC system provides a warm and cozy climate for your home in the colder months of the year. With today’s technology, the most popular type of heating system would be the forced air system, but there are homes that use radiant and geothermal heating systems, among others. Regardless of what system you use at home, heat is still created at a central source and it is distributed through the home via different ways. 

No matter the type of system you have, your HVAC system will make your home warm and enjoyable for you and the whole family during cooler months. 

VENTILATION 
Ventilation plays a major role as it helps circulate and purify your indoor air. It also helps control moisture levels, prevent air stagnation, and remove unwanted odours. Ventilation can be done naturally (with fans and windows) or mechanically, and even through a combination of those two – but this depends on the age of your home and the HVAC system that you have. 

Forced air systems pass the air in your home via an air filter that keeps volatile organic compounds (VOCs), airborne particulates, and allergens out of your home. In such cases that you do not have a fixed air system, this can still be done using aids like air purifiers, air cleaners, humidifiers, and humidifiers. 

Understanding how your HVAC system helps keep your home ventilated is the first step to addressing any allergy or breathing issues that you and your family might be encountering throughout the year. 

AIR CONDITIONING 
In addition to heating and ventilation, your HVAC system is also responsible for keeping your cool during the warmer months. There are different types of AC units that come with their own pros and cons. It does not matter if you are using central air, split or ductless units, portable AC units, or window AC units, the process that each system uses to cool homes is similar. 

Your cooling system, as it collects and expels heat from inside your home, circulates refrigerant that changes from gas to liquid. It passes warm vapour refrigerant through its compressor where it is transformed into hot refrigerant vapour and then moves to the condenser. The hot vapour, when in the condenser, becomes cool as air from the condenser fan passes over its finned coils and will then turn into hot liquid. This hot liquid will pass through the expansion valve, creates a low pressure, cool liquid mist that will run through the evaporator coil. As the cool liquid mist evaporates, it then absorbs the heat from your house’s indoor air and returns to the compressor – this restarts the whole process. The absorbed heat is then pushed outside by the system, leaving your home cooler. 

Now that you understand the roles that your HVAC system plays in our lives, you can maintain your system better, learn more about it, determine what might be missing, and purchase a new system as needed. 

If you need any help or assistance, feel free to reach out to our experts here at Twintech Heating and Cooling anytime! 
 



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by Private User on Twintech Heating and Cooling

Just choose Twintech!

I do not usually write reviews and should have done this a few days sooner. But I was and still am enjoying the increased comfort in my home from the new furnace installed by Twintech.

From my initial call and conversation with Bob, I already had a good feeling that I would like this company.

I was provided information, pictures of great quality work previously completed.

When Bob came for the inspection of the furnace he was amazing. He gave so much great advice and told me all the areas that his team would resolve. I was very impressed as some of what he had suggested I had only seen in Youtube videos. The honesty and options for payment made this a no brainer. I decided I would like Twintech to replace my furnace.

The work was scheduled promptly week and took place within half a day. Gregg came to install the new furnace. Again amazing they carried out all the work promised. What was left was the best I have seen and speaks to how they take pride in the work they do and deliver. Gregg was really polite and professional and the furnace in my basement is a work of art.

by Private User on Twintech Heating and Cooling

They were friendly, fast, clean, & answered any questions I had. They are also offering an interest free 12 month payment plan - that really helped me out since this was an unexpected expense.

by Jamie, Windsor on Twintech Heating and Cooling

I had Twintech heating install a new furnace and ac unit. Bob, the sales rep, the installation team of Greg and Mitch were a 10 across the board. They were never pushy, gave me time to think about it. Once we decided , they were there in 24hrs. Great company to deal with. And they were nearly 5k less than a competitors quote for a top of the line furnace/ac unit verse mid level.
I highly recommend Twintech heating to anyone interested in anything HVAC.

by Private User on Twintech Heating and Cooling

Our hot water tank died and with an after hours phone called Bob the sales guy jumped into action. Friendly, courteous and genuinely wanted to do whats best for our house hold we were given options and he awaited an answer with no pressure.

We decided on what we wanted and it was installed asap and Greg and team worked and cleaned up so well, you would never know there was a hot water tank there before!

We love our hot water tank and being able to have back to back to back showers without having to wait for the hot water tank to heat the water!

by Gary Grieves, Ajax on Twintech Heating and Cooling

I had heard of Twin Tech from a good friend of mine.
I needed to get a new Air Conditioner. It was not working properly and was 19 years old. I decided to get a new furnace at the same time.
I gave them a call on Saturday June 28.
I spoke to Bob Graham. I made arrangements for him to attend my house the following day.
I saw him on Sunday June 29 at 1100 AM.
He was on time and looked professional.
He spent 2 hours with me going over what I needed. He also suggested that I purchase a Humidifier. He gave me a quote of just under $11,000.00 for the purchase and installation of a Air Conditioner, Furnace and Humidifier. He was not pushy and gave me time to speak to my wife.
I called Bob on Monday June 30 and made arrangements to have it installed by the end of the week.
On Friday June 3 they arrived at 830 AM.
Again, right on time.
Greg and Mitch worked all day and finished the installation by 430 PM.
They made sure that everything was working properly and the basement was just as clean as it was before they came.
I will now be using Twin Tech to perform any maintenance needed on this equipment.
I was completely satisfied from start to finish with the service provided.

Thank You,
Gary Grieves.
Upchurch Ave.
Ajax.

by Kevin, Toronto on Twintech Heating and Cooling

We contacted TwinTech after having another ductless air-conditioning company come in to quote on a solution for our townhouse. We had a unique problem where my office was a hot spot - it's at the front of the unit and gets a lot of sun. If it's 20C outside, It's 29C in my office. The other company could not build a solution that would get a ductless unit to that room because of the location - the AC unit would have to be at the rear, and ductless systems would have to be on that side of the interior. TwinTech suggested a hybrid solution to fit our unique problem, where the ductless unit would move cold air to an air exchanger installed in our bedroom closet, and then they built a ducted vent system between all the upper rooms. This was less intrusive than building a central air system, and less expensive. Each room has a vent that I can close off, so I can push more cold air to my office when needed. We really didn't want ductless units sitting on the walls, and this looks and works better. I really appreciate the extra thought and care that went into the design of a solution, and the attention to detail in the installation. They answered all of our questions, and were able to do a bit extra by installing the ducts around the vents and painting them for us. It cost more than we originally planned for, due to our unique needs, but the fact that they offered financing helped us budget for more.
The job was done fast (I think we got lucky with timing where it wasn't the AC install busy season yet), and the team was very friendly and professional. They arrived and finished each day when they said they would. My office is now running at a comfortable temperature! I'm extremely happy with the experience and would whole heartedly recommend them.

by Private User on Twintech Heating and Cooling

How lucky are we to have this team come save us from our broken down, under sold, poorly installed previous unit (mind you there is a reason SEARS went bankrupt). Bob arrived on time to give us a detailed review of our unit and furnace; very knowledgeable. Greg arrived as planned with the new unit and reiterated what Bob explained how our furnace is equipped to handle the new unit and we didnt need to spend more money on a variable speed air conditioner. Cant say enough on how professional, efficient and personable this team is. Thank you so much guys!

by Private User on Twintech Heating and Cooling

We used Twintech for our replacement AC. Bob did a great job assessing what we needed and organized the install and showed up on install date. Greg and Mitch were on time and were very neat. They covered the traffic areas with a drop cloth and did an excellent install. Great clean up after install complete. Would recommend Twintech for heating and cooling.

by Private User on Twintech Heating and Cooling

They were fantastic, clean, freindly, great service. Would definitely recommend. Answered ally questions and more.

by Private User on Twintech Heating and Cooling

We woke up at about 7 a.m. the Sunday morning before Valentine's Day to a house that was barely 15 degrees Celsius on a really cold day. We tried to call some other suppliers but no answer or call back. We did a quick google search and Twintech came up. Had never dealt with them before. They had a chat line and lo & behold, someone answered; Greg. Helped us diagnose that our 40 year old furnace pilot light was out and walked us through how to relight it. All worked well; he even called me during this process. No charge I was told when asked.
15 minutes later, the pilot went out. It would not stay lit. Greg had Bob call us and we set up a meeting for about 11 a.m. that same Sunday.
Bob walked us through the options and even brought 3 electric space heaters for us to use. By Tuesday afternoon, we had a new Furnace and central air installed.

The team was helpful, responsive and respectful. Very glad we found them by accident and looking forward to a nice cool summer after a warm winter.

Thanks guys!

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