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Air Conditioning 101: The Value of an HVAC Tune-up

It’s been another roller coaster weather week here in the Olathe area. The week began with cool temperatures necessitating the use of the heater following by quickly warming, humid days that had a number of homeowners flipping the HVAC (heating, ventilating, air conditioning) unit from heat to AC. These switches from hot to cold and back again feature changing masses of air that fluctuate from dry to wet. Heat removes moisture from the air while humidity packs it in.

The higher the humidity, the more heat it holds, making the air conditioning work harder to remove the moisture accumulated in the air. While it’s impossible to see, the humidity can certainly be felt. As a result, wood floors and other surfaces tend to feel tacky to the touch and doors and windows may swell and be difficult to open and close. The need to remove humidity from the air was the catalyst for the development of the first air conditioner in 1902. It was designed by Willis Haviland Carrier, an electrical engineer for the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithography and Publishing Company in Brooklyn, New York.

Today, Carrier’s invention continues to make millions of individuals more comfortable when the temperatures rise. His innovative circular cooling system absorbs heat with the use of chemical compounds called refrigerants that evaporate and condense in a closed system of coils. Fans move warm air over the coils filled with refrigerant absorbing heat as it changes from a gas state to a liquid state. A second set of condenser coils and fans move the gas outdoors. Because cool air is unable to carry as much moisture as warm air, the home experiences a reduction in humidity.

Fully Operational When you’re ready

During these back and forth types of days you never know when you’ll need your heater or air conditioner in top condition. In order to be prepared to flip the switch at any time, it’s important that your home’s HVAC system is always in top working order. Not only can regular maintenance help avoid costly breakdowns, it can also help reduce energy costs, improve performance, extend the life of the system, and ensure safe operation.

When you call the Olathe HVAC service professionals at Davenport Service, you’ll receive the full treatment with our comprehensive 25-point cooling inspection. All services include an interior inspection of the system, removal of accumulated debris, checks for corrosion or pest damage, and a visual inspection for leaks or other damage.

Ways to Keep the HVAC System in Top Condition

  • Twice yearly HVAC maintenance from Davenport Services
  • Monthly filter changes
  • Remove items or shrubbery surrounding the outside system
  • Use digital and programmable thermostats
  • Reverse ceiling fans to assist with energy savings

Founded in 1980, Davenport Service Company has provided “Customer First” service in Johnson County, Kansas for over three decades. We provide 24/7 emergency service, preventive maintenance service, and seasonal tune-ups for commercial and residential heating and air conditioning systems. If you’re looking for a furnace tune-up in Olathe, call 913-441-2222 for hassle-free scheduling today!

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