What Does HVAC Stand For?
The term “HVAC” stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. But what does HVAC actually mean? An HVAC system is the equipment in your home or business that is responsible for moving hot or cold air throughout the building. An HVAC system includes equipment such as an air conditioning unit and/or a heating system, as well as the ductwork that funnels the air from one part of the home to another.
How Does an HVAC System Work?
Understanding how HVAC works requires you to understand how various parts of the system work:
- Air Conditioning - An AC unit works to draw in warm air and cool it by forcing it over the evaporator coils. These coils draw heat out of the air and then send the cool air into the ducts to be distributed throughout your home.
- Heating - There are several different types of heating systems, including heat pumps and furnaces. Depending on which system your home has, it may function differently. A heat pump functions very similarly to an air conditioner, whereas a furnace heats air through the use of a combustion chamber and a heat exchanger.
Types of HVAC Systems
The heating and cooling systems aren’t the only systems that can differ from one home to the next. The actual HVAC system may differ depending on when your home was built, whether it’s been upgraded in the past, and the type of system your location requires. Some of the most common types of HVAC systems are:
- Split system
- Ductless mini-split
- Ducted mini-split
- Hybrid heat pump
- Packaged system
An HVAC professional from Integrity Comfort Systems can help you determine what type of HVAC system you have in your home, and can also help you determine if it’s the right fit for your needs.
If you need help with HVAC equipment repair or servicing, call (805) 301-9580 today to request a quote.
What Does Regular HVAC Maintenance Include?
HVAC maintenance refers to the regular upkeep and maintenance of your HVAC unit with the intention of prolonging the life of the system. Some of the typical HVAC maintenance steps include:
- Cleaning any coils or drains
- Checking the refrigerant pressure
- Checking the connections, motor, and thermostat
- Lubricating any moving parts
- Checking the safety controls
This maintenance checklist is intended to prevent serious damage or issues with your HVAC system, and prolong the overall life of your HVAC. While some may feel confident enough to perform their own regular HVAC maintenance, this is also something that you can hire a professional, licensed HVAC expert.
How Do You Service An HVAC Unit?
Servicing an HVAC system refers to the actual repairing or replacing of parts in your HVAC system. Sometimes your HVAC unit may require a complete overhaul if your system is outdated or has been too badly damaged. HVAC servicing is best left to the pros because of the complexity of the systems involved.