How Your Heating System Works - Part 1

It’s cold outside, but warm inside. Or is it? If you’re not as warm as you would like to be, you are probably worried that your home’s central heating system isn’t working like it should be. Of course, if you don't have any heat at all then you need help fast. Call your trusted heating and air service company. GAMA Air has lots of satisfied customers in the Beverly Hills, Culver City, Mar Vista, Miracle Mile, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, Westwood, Downtown Los Angeles, Vernon, Huntington Park, Sherman Oaks, Encino area, so please don’t hesitate to call us at (323) 655-6126 and we’ll do our best to help you as quickly as we can. But the goal of this post is to educate. Please take a few minutes to read Part 1 of our newest series “Home Heating 101”.

If classes and courses aren’t your thing, don’t worry. This won’t get complicated and we won’t use all that technical jargon and mumble-jumble. And better yet, there is no test at the end! This is going to be sort of like Heating for Dummies. And if a dummy can understand it, then a smart and savvy homeowner like yourself will have no problem at all grasping the important details. First on the agenda is: “Why?”. Why does a heater heat? No, that’s not what we mean. The first question is: “Why should I bother learning how my heater works? There are several reasons. But we’ll name three:

1) If you understand better how your heater works then you are going to take better care of it. Some people think that regular maintenance is an unnecessary luxury. Those people don’t know how a heater works, and pay expensive repair bills when they least expect it.

2) If you understand better how your heater works then you will know how to get the most out of every penny you spend in utility bills. If you want to shave a good chunk off of your winter energy usage and costs, then you need to know how your home heating system heats so you can optimize its operation.

And 3) If you understand better how your heater works then you won’t fall prey to HVAC scammers that try to pass themselves off as experienced service technicians but really just know how to say the right thing to convince you to pay them big bucks to do something that may or may fix your problem. For example, if a heating and air technician told you “the relay on the reversing valve is burnt out”, is that really a thing or made up? How about if he said “the polarity on the defibrillator is seized up”? When you’re done with our simple lessons, you’ll know the difference between a condenser and an evaporator; and also, whether your heating system has a reversing valve, or a defibrillator. Like we said, “The more you know…”

So, in this series we will be explaining the various components that make up a heating system, and what each do. And we will talk about the two main aspects of a heating system: the control, and the process. In other words, what controls how much and when heat is added to your home, and what is the process for adding heat to your home. All that and more are coming up the next installment of “Home Heating 101”. Come back for more!

Need help right away with your home’s heating or cooling system? Call GAMA Air at (310) 651-6936 or use our online form to schedule a visit at a time convenient to you for a service call. We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee for our work.

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