HEATING, VENTILATION, & COOLING (HVAC)

HEATING, VENTILATION, & COOLING (HVAC)

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (or HVAC) are some of the most important elements of a home or commercial property. It keeps the building at a comfortable temperature at all times of year as well as keeping pipes from freezing and possibly bursting in the Winter.

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (or HVAC) are some of the most important elements of a home or commercial property. It keeps the building at a comfortable temperature at all times of year as well as keeping pipes from freezing and possibly bursting in the Winter.

During Your Inspection

The inspector will examine the heating and air conditioning systems to ensure that the furnace, air conditioner, thermostat, heat pump and ducts are functioning properly. Where visible, the inspector will also check the insulation. Carbon monoxide or gas leak inspections are optional.

During Your Inspection

The inspector will examine the heating and air conditioning systems to ensure that the furnace, air conditioner, thermostat, heat pump and ducts are functioning properly. Where visible, the inspector will also check the insulation. Carbon monoxide or gas leak inspections are optional.

Heating & Ventilation

There are many different types of heating systems for homes, most can be defined by using one or more of the broad categories to break down the components: The heat-conveying medium, the fuel used, the nature of the heat, the efficiency, and capacity of the system. To generate heat, the most frequently used method involves the combustion of fuel in a boiler or furnace. This heat is then dispersed through water or steam circulating through pipes, or forced air through ductwork.

COMMON HEATING SYSTEMS INCLUDE:

  • Gas Furnaces – operates by a pilot light igniting the fuel source (natural or propane gas), which ignite the burners in the combustion chamber. Heat then enters the heat exchanger, which transmits the heat to the air and raises the temperature. The heat level can be adjusted with a thermostat.

  • Oil Furnaces – operates similar to gas furnaces, but by using oil as the fuel source. Oil furnaces come in various sizes, efficiencies, and capacities and can be installed in numerous places in the home such as closets, attics, and basements.

  • High-Efficiency Heat Exchangers – utilizes the principle of changing the states of aggregation. When gaseous states cool to liquid states, they give off an enormous amount of heat.

  • Coal, Wood, & Multi-Fuel Furnaces – these have a sealed kiln or oven where the combustion process takes place. Fans then circulate the air over a heat exchanger and through air ducts.

  • Hydronic Heating Systems – also known as forced hot water heating systems. The water is heated in a boiler and is circulated via distribution pipes to radiators or baseboard convectors. The boiler heats the water by means of oil, propane, coal, natural gas, solid fuel (wood), or electricity;

  • Steam Heating Systems – operate by a cycle of steam and water. The boiler turns water into steam which rises through pipes to the heat-emitting components where the steam condenses back into water. The water returns to the boiler and begins the cycle again.

  • Electric Heating Systems – utilizes electricity to transfer heat by either radiation, forced air, or convection.

  • Electric Furnaces – produce heat almost immediately after the thermostat is set, because there are no heat exchangers that require warming up. There is no flame, no venting of gases to the outside, and no combustion.

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Air Conditioning

There are various types of air conditioning systems in homes. These include:

  • Evaporative cooling

  • Cold cooling

  • Gas-compression refrigeration

  • Gas-absorption refrigeration

  • Thermo-electric refrigeration

  • Cooling with steam

The most frequent types of cooling systems in homes consist of a condenser (outdoor coil), an evaporator coil (indoor coil), and a compressor (pump). Typically, a split system is installed, with the compressor and air-cooled condenser unit outside and the evaporator coil, fan, and heating system inside the home.

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With Sterling Inspection Group, you not only get an outstanding home inspection, you get the professionals you can depend on after the job is done. Each of our warranties is included with every successfully completed home inspection and add-on inspection services!

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The Sterling Difference

With the Sterling Inspection Group, you have the leading inspection team on your side – flexible scheduling, competitive rates, and over $100,000 worth of warranty coverage FREE with every inspection. Our reports are thorough, detailed, and delivered to you within 24 hours of inspection.

Our team is dedicated to providing superior service and attention to detail that both first time home buyers as well as seasoned property investors can appreciate. Helping people for over 20 years in the home inspection industry, you can feel confident we have the experience to provide peace of mind!

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