We’ve written blog after blog about HVACs, from their maintenance, to choosing the right one. But have we ever truly discussed what an HVAC is or does? We didn’t think so. See, as professionals, we are constantly surrounded by HVACs, performing routine maintenance or installations that it never dawned on us that some of the topics we discuss and terminology we use aren’t common to everyone. At Action Cooling & Heating of Fort Meyers, Florida, it’s our goal to make HVACs easy for everyone. How can you properly take care of your home if you don’t understand how it works? You can’t. It’s that simple. With that in mind, we at Action Cooling & Heating in Fort Meyers want to teach you a little overview about the basics of HVACs. Welcome to HVAC 101.
What is HVAC?
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. The primary job of this technology system is to provide good air quality, acceptable air conditions, and proper ventilation for the home or business in which it is installed. Buildings of all shapes and sizes, from tiny homes to massive skyscrapers, all need HVAC systems.
How Does HVAC Work?
Understanding the basic functions of your HVAC unit are important to good maintenance. There are three main functions of your HVAC unit:
- Heating: Through a central heating unit, the surrounding air enters through the unit and is then warmed up by a heat pump furnace. This heat is then distributed through the air ducts.
- Ventilation: Your ventilation system is the part of the unit that works to provide quality air for the inside of the building. There are a series of ventilations and ducts that circulate the air throughout the building.
- Air Conditioning: This portion of the HVAC is hands down the most misunderstood. Many people believe that HVACs cool the air. In fact, they actually remove the humidity from the air, which in turn creates a cooling effect.
What are the Different Types of HVAC Systems?
Many people think all HVACs are created equal, but this not the case. While the most common system is the split system, there are quite a few other HVAC systems to consider. These include:
- Ductless Systems: Provides flexibility for spaces where ducts are not an option.
- Geothermal Systems: Uses external factors to influence your internal temperature settings.
- Communicating Systems: Communicates when to use the heating vs air conditioning.
- Packaged Systems: Contains every aspect of the unit in one holder.
There’s no such thing as a one size fits all solution for HVACs. That’s why it’s good to have a little bit of knowledge before diving into any repairs or maintenance questions. For assistance or installation questions, be sure to contact Action Cooling & Heating in Fort Meyers.