What Does HVAC Stand For

What does HAVC stand for? The HVAC system is the most energy intense element of your home. HVAC (pronounced "H-V-A-C" or "H-vac") is a common acronym used in commercial and residential construction to refer to the "Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning" systems used in homes or other buildings.

Does HVAC Stand For What Keeps You Comfortable?
In a word, yes. Your HVAC system keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It can help reduce the chance of mold formation in your bathrooms and can help get rid of the stench when you forget to take out the trash. In short, the elements of your HVAC system work together to keep the air in your home healthy and comfortable. Here are the players:

  • Just ducts. In most modern homes, special tubes called ducts carry air from the rooms of your homes to the various HVAC systems. Ductwork is carefully sized and designed to efficiently carry air back and forth through your home, allowing your HVAC system to operate at peak performance.
  • Heating. Heating systems can come in a number of forms. They can be radiant, use a furnace or a heat pump. Radiant systems heat up elements in the floor or along walls using hot water or electricity. The elements radiate heat, warming the air in the room. Furnaces burn fuel (either gas or oil) to heat air that is then forced by fan through ducts to the rooms of your home. Heat pumps collect heat from the outside air (possible even in winter) and transfer it to the air in your home.
  • Ventilation. Ventilating systems are responsible for exchanging fresh outside air for stale internal air. Ventilating fans are most common in kitchens and baths and are responsible for removing humidity, odors and other contaminants from the indoor environment.
  • Air conditioning. Air conditioners use a chemical refrigerant pumped through metal coils to cool the air in your home. As an added benefit, conditioned air sheds moisture as it cools, lowering the overall humidity of your home in the process.
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