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Examining the Various Components of a Residential HVAC System

Last updated 5 years ago

Every home in Southern California should be equipped with a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system or a similar indoor climate control setup. Together, these appliances and components work together to keep the interior of your home at a comfortable temperature no matter what the weather is like. Take a tour of your home’s HVAC system below:

Air Conditioner

To keep the house cool when the summer sun is blazing outside, most homes use an air conditioner. These appliances reduce the air temperature by blowing warmer air across refrigerated coils and into the space you want to keep cool. Apartments often use small window units, but many single-family homes are equipped with central air conditioning, controlled by a thermostat.

Heating Unit

The variety of heating units available is much greater than the variety of cooling units. Homeowners can choose between traditional gas and oil-fired furnaces that burn fuel to generate heat, or install a modern energy-efficient heat pump that warms the home by extracting ambient heat from the air outside. 


Furnaces and some heat pumps are equipped with filters that trap dust and pollen to keep the blower mechanism clean. Check your HVAC units’ filters at least once a month, and do not run a unit with a dirty or clogged filter, as this will reduce efficiency.

Ducts and Vents

In homes with central HVAC units, the heated or cooled air is distributed through ducts that run inside the walls and vents that open into each room. You should have your ducts inspected periodically to ensure that they are not leaking climate-controlled air and costing you money.

While you can perform some HVAC upkeep on your own, such as changing the furnace filter, you should contact an air conditioning and heating expert to conduct annual tune-ups and inspections. Aladdin Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. has over 30 years’ experience serving homeowners in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and nearby communities in Southern California. Call us today at (805) 273-4320 to schedule a tune-up appointment or HVAC replacement consultation.


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