These HVAC Components Work Together

These HVAC Components Work TogetherYour HVAC system utilizes many parts to heat, ventilate and cool your home. When one part is out of sync, it negatively affects the other parts, your energy bills and your comfort. Whether you’re a seasoned DIY homeowner or not sure where to find the air filter slot, this basic guide to HVAC components could come in handy when you’re trying to troubleshoot problems or save energy.

Heat Exchangers

In their most basic functions, HVAC components condition indoor air, transport conditioned air and regulate indoor temperatures. That’s it, but it sure is a lot. The components that condition the air in your home are the furnace and A/C heat exchangers. While these components are quite opposites in purpose, they still share the HVAC ductwork, blower and thermostat to accomplish their respective heat exchange duties.

Ductwork System

The air ducts are the lungs of your HVAC system and home. They are simply a network of tubes that convey conditioned airflow from the furnace and A/C to the rooms of your home. When they’re in good shape, you won’t hear a peep out of them and your home will be comfortable.

However, even though ducts don’t have mechanical moving parts, they can still cause problems with energy efficiency and hot/cold spots in your home. It’s important to have your ductwork inspected each year by your HVAC technician to seal any leaks, check cleanliness and test air pressure from the vents. You can help by changing your air filter as needed. That simple device helps the other components work more efficiently.


Your thermostat probably gets most of the attention — good or bad — of the HVAC components. And, rightly so. The temperature settings you use determine how often your A/C and furnace operate to meet and maintain the setting. If your other HVAC components are in good working order, your thermostat can help you save money using turn-back/up temperature events, which is best accomplished with a programmable or smart thermostat.

If you have questions or need service for the HVAC components in your Middletown home, contact us at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC components and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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