“HVAC” might be a common term that you have heard many times, but do you know what it actually means? While you might have a general idea of what the letters stand for you might wonder how it applies to your home and the systems that keep it warm and cool. Super Heat & Air provides HVAC installations and repairs and has all the details on HVAC basics. Read on!
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What Is HVAC?
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. See? Now you’re a pro! The term “HVAC” refers to all the systems that are used in your house to move air between indoor and outdoor areas, along with the heating and cooling of your space. Your HVAC system is responsible for keeping you warm and cozy in the winter months, and cool and comfortable in the summer. Your HVAC system also filters and cleans the air that you breathe, and maintains the humidity levels in your home. Sounds like your HVAC system is a pretty big deal right?!
How Does My HVAC System Work?
Your home might have a central heating and cooling system that uses the same blower to circulate air via the ducts in your home, or you might have a ductless system that circulates air to different rooms or zones in your house.
Your HVAC system does more than just heat and cool your space; it also impacts the air quality in your house! While there are many different types of HVAC systems, they all have the same general essentials:
Fresh Air Intake
This process is called ventilation and is how fresh air is brought into your home. Natural ventilation refers to open windows, doors, vents, etc. Your home needs this type of ventilation to remove odors, replenish oxygen levels, and remove carbon dioxide and moisture.
Mechanical ventilation (the V in HVAC) uses a mechanical system to move air in and out of your home. Once the air is brought in by the ventilation system, it is drawn into an air handling unit where it draws the air through filters that remove allergens, dust, dirt, and other particles from the air. Next, depending on the time of year, the air will be either cooled or heated. During this process excess humidity is removed as well. Once the air is clean and cooled or heated, it is directed into your home through the ducts.
Parts of an HVAC System
- Furnace: The furnace makes up most of your HVAC system, and also uses the most energy. The furnace moves air from the heat exchanger through the ducts in your home
- Air Conditioner: The air conditioner works in the same manner as the furnace. Air passes over refrigerant filled tubes and is then forced through the ducts in your home to make your space cool and comfortable!
- Ventilation: The ducts in your home are responsible for moving the warm or cool air throughout your home. For your system to function properly, this air must be sent back to the furnace or air conditioner to be recirculated. Without ventilation, these systems wouldn’t work! During ventilation, the air in your home is also sent through filters making it healthy and clean for you to breathe!
While the HVAC acronym lumps heating, ventilation, and cooling together, these functions rely on different equipment to get the job done.
As you can see, the HVAC system in your home is an integral part of your comfort in any season! Now you should be an HVAC pro!
If you are considering a new HVAC system installation, or need repairs to your AC or furnace, give us a call at Super Heat & Air: 813-322-6823. With our Super Fast Guarantee, once you’ve scheduled a heating or air conditioning repair service we’ll be at your home within one hour or your service is free! We look forward to being your go-to Tampa Bay HVAC company!