Do you have central heating and air conditioning in your home? If so, it is smart to educate yourself about the basic operation of the system. Of course, you don't need to know all the technical components and complicated mechanisms, but it can be very helpful if you know basic roles of certain components. 

The Furnace and Condenser Are Interconnected

Did you know that, when it comes to cooling off your home, the condenser unit is responsible for producing cold air, but the furnace is responsible for pumping air through your ducts. How is knowing this info helpful? First of all, if you notice that your air conditioner is not producing as much cold air as you think it should, but the airflow is still strong, you probably have a problem with the condenser, not the furnace. On the other hand, if the air coming out of your ducts is nice and cold, but it is blowing weak, you probably have an issue with the furnace pump. it is also helpful to know that both the furnace and condenser unit need to run in order to cool down your home. However, the condenser is not part of the heating system, so it will not power on when the heat is running. Don't be alarmed if you don't hear your condenser making noise while your heat is turned on. Knowing how these two central appliances are interconnected and how they relate to the heating and air conditioning of your home can be very useful knowledge whether you are going to contact and HVAC technician or try and fix the problem yourself.

You Need to Keep Up on Basic Maintenance 

The fact of the matter is most people neglect to do many suggested maintenance tasks in a timely manner. For instance, when was the last time that you changed your furnace filter? There aren't exactly any strict rules or guidelines for how often you need to change a filter, but doing it once a year is a good place to start. You could also invest in regular cleaning of your furnace system. This should not only include the air ducts, but also a cleaning of the actual furnace.

Just knowing these few basic things about your HVAC system can be very beneficial. You need to do your part and schedule regular servicing of your system, in addition to any DIY jobs that you take on. For more information, reach out to and HVAC contractor near you.