Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what HVAC stands for—or how to pronounce the abbreviation (h-vac). Not many people know how an HVAC system supplies indoor air and maintains the environment inside their home. While it makes sense to leave installation and repair services to professional technicians, understanding the basics of HVAC can help you consider your options and save money.
What is HVAC, anyway?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Nearly every modern home, office, and industrial building has an HVAC system designed to regulate temperature and maintain indoor air quality, using components such as:
- Heat exchangers
- Evaporator coils
- Condensing units
- Refrigerant lines
- Air conditioners
- Whole-home ventilators (fans)
Homes can be heated by gas or propane furnaces or water systems with boilers that use gas, oil, or fire. Depending on the system, heat is distributed through the ductwork, vents, or radiators. Some homeowners choose to install radiant floor heat systems as a second heating source.
Ventilation systems use fans, ducts, and vents to circulate the air throughout your home and provide each room with fresh oxygen for safe breathing. You can open your windows to increase air flow naturally, but that’s not an ideal solution in the winter months. Ventilation systems include bathroom and stove exhaust fans that carry out moisture and smoke to prevent mold and mildew growth. Filters, dehumidifiers, and humidifiers also improve the air quality in a home.
Apart from just a window or wall A/C unit, most homes have a whole-house air conditioning system. Air conditioning can come in two forms: split systems and packaged systems. Split systems use an outdoor and indoor unit to cool the home; packaged systems come in an all-in-one, compact unit.
Depending on the efficiency of your units, the size of the system in relation to your home, your local climate (in Minnesota, that’s a no-brainer), and how much you use it, the average monthly electric bill in the summer and winter can be well beyond a hundred dollars. Read our tips for an energy efficient home.
Heating & Cooling Two services
An HVAC system uses energy and can break down at unopportune times, leaving you and your family shivering in the winter or uncomfortably warm in the summer. We can take care of any problem your HVAC system circulates your way. We can
- Install Hybrid Heat dual fuel systems, Geothermal Heat Pumps, or hydronic infloor radiant heat for a more energy efficient heating system.
- Replace your A/C with a high efficiency unit for more cost-effective cooling.
- Equip your HVAC system with furnace filters, humidifier filters, air filters, replacement bulbs, Diamond Vent Screens, and A/C covers.
- Add HVAC accessories, such as air purifiers/cleaners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, filtration systems, ventilators, UV lamps, garage heaters,fireplaces, and a Supreme Stands® heat pump stand.