HVAC Terms

Air Balancing-This is the process of adjusting an HVAC system so that air flows evenly throughout an environment for more efficient heating and cooling

Air Cleaner-A device that removes a host of impurities such as dust, allergens, mold, bacteria, pollen and pet dander from the air

Air Conditioner-A device or piece of equipment that is dedicated to cooling the air in an environment

Air Filter-A device that removes particles from the air. Air filters have ratings which show the level of quality. The higher the rating on the air filter the more effective it is.

Air Handler-This is the area where the air is forced through the air conditioner or heater into the ductwork

BTU-British Thermal Unit (BTU) is the measurement of heat that is released when fuel is ignited or when heat is removed from the environment

Circuit Breaker-This is the equipment that releases the electric current. This usually occurs when an overload of electricity occurs.

Compressor-This is used to increase the temperature of refrigerant by squeezing the molecules of refrigerant together

Condensate-Condensate is the moisture that collects on the condenser coil

Condenser Coil-This is found in an outdoor heat pump or air conditioning system. The coil is responsible for moving heat gathered by the refrigerant to the outside.

Ductwork-This is the unit which consists of hollow pathways which allows for the transport of air to the vents into an environment.

Electronic Air Cleaner-This type of air cleaner uses the power of electricity to draw impurities from the air onto a collector plate.

Heat Pump-A device that extract heat from the outside air in order to heat the air in a home

Humidifier-This equipment adds moisture to the air. It is commonly used in dry climates and in the winter when the air has less moisture.

HVAC-Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning

R-22 Refrigerant-This product is commonly known as Freon, and it has been used for years in many air conditioning and refrigerant products. R-22 is currently being phased out as of 2015.

R-410A Refrigerant-R-410A is a more eco-friendly refrigerant that will soon replace the use of R-22 (Freon). It does not contain chlorine which prevents the depletion of the ozone layer. Caution must be taken to prevent the exposure of this refrigerant with water as the synthetic oils that comprise this refrigerant do not react well when exposed to water.

Split System-This refers to an air conditioner/heating system that has two components. One is located inside and the other is positioned outside the property.

Thermostat-This is a switch that is used to control the temperature in an environment. Thermostats are available in both standard and digital programmable varieties.

Zoning-This involves sectioning certain parts of a home or property for individualized heating and cooling.

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