Heating To Cooling
Changing over from heating to Cooling
Most people think that once we lose the cold weather and, like most Canadian seasons, spring seems just a week long and the summer heat hits.
First, we must think of balance and what I mean is the balance of the air within our homes. We all know that hot air rises and cold air sinks in an air mass. This is such an important fact when it comes to the air within our homes. So, during the heating season of late fall and winter we want the majority of the heat produced to be available on the first floor of the home so this heat then will rise up to the second floor naturally. This is the opposite in the cooling season with the majority or the cooled air being sent to the second floor. In the situation where the property is a bungalow then the basement is taken into consideration.
In a nut shell, the goal of air conditioning is to capture the heat inside the house and throw it outside. This is exactly how your refrigerator works and it dumps the heat into the kitchen.
Air Conditioning Diagram
- A: Cool air is supplied to the house via registers.
- B: The cool air rises and slowly heats and is returned via the return vents.
- C: The warm returned air is cleaned as it passes through the system filter.
- D: The warm air is now blown through the evaporator which is located down stream of the furnace. The air is then cooled again and is returned to the property via the registers.
So, if you follow the recommendations below you'll have a a balanced system which will run at its optimum and most economically..
- Set you cooling temperature about 3-5 degrees below that of the outside temperature.
- Close off some of the 1st floor registers to push more air upstairs and don't forget closing the ones in the basement. The basement is usually the last floor that needs cooling.
- Reverse ceiling fans so they pull up air from the floor.
- Clean or replace the system filter regularly.
- Inspect the condensing unit outside. Make sure there is no plant life etc. that could be pulled onto the condensing coils reducing their effectiveness.
- Make sure the condensation line from the evaporator goes to the sump pump or drain.
Follow these simple requirements for a hassle free Cool Summer.