HVAC Definitions

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Furnaces – Furnaces heat and circulate warm air in the winter. Furnace heating ability is measured with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) percentage. A higher AFUE percentage indicates a more efficient furnace.Furnace

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps A split system heat pump keeps homes comfortable all year long. In the summer, it draws heat out of your home to cool it. In the winter, it draws heat from outside air into your home to warm it.

Heating and Cooling Systems

In a packaged system, all equipment is built into an outdoor unit, usually on a concrete slab or other platform. The “package” that gives it its name provides central air conditioning during the summer and heat in colder months.

Climate Master ThermostatThermostats Thermostats are extremely important because they are your interface and control system for your heating and air conditioning equipment. This is the device that will give you the information on what the equipment is doing, when it needs to be serviced, and allows you to set the exact temperature and humidity you want to maintain in your home.

Mini-Split – Mini splits are high efficiency ductless heat pumps ( up to 30 SEER). They are perfect for rooms where ductwork is not a viable solution and can be zoned up to five rooms. We use LG and Comfortaire Mini splits.

PTAC –  PTAC is a packaged unit heat pump. They are installed through the wall to a single zone ( 1 room ). Perfect for sun rooms or areas where a conventional system would be to large.

Evaporator Coils A traditional home comfort system has two parts: an outdoor unit, such as an air conditioner or heat pump, and an indoor unit, such as a furnace or air handler. The evaporator coil is a series of piping connected to a furnace or air handler that blows indoor air across it, causing the coil to absorb heat from the air. The cooled air is then delivered to the house through ducting. The refrigerant then flows back to the compressor where the cycle starts over again.

Home Climate Zoning- Zoning allows you to have different temperatures in each room or area of your house. You can have one temperature in the kitchen, another temperature in the family room, another temperature in your bedroom, etc.

Geothermal Heat Pump Systems- The geothermal process is based on a simple premise: Below the frost line – usually about 6 ft. deep—the earth is a constant temperature of 50 to 55 degrees all year long. During the winter, the heat pump absorbs heat from the ground and uses it to warm the air in your home. In the warmer summer months, the process is reversed, taking heat from your home and transferring it back into the ground. An optional hot water generator can create virtually free hot water in the summer and deliver substantial hot water savings in the winter.  Learn More About Geothermal

UV Air Purifiers Ultraviolet air treatment systems kill mold that would grow in the cool, damp interiors of your air conditioning system. This is the same technology that’s long been used by water treatment facilities, adapted for safe, efficient home air purifiers.Air Purifier

Air Handlers A traditional home comfort system has two parts: an outdoor unit, such as an air conditioner or heat pump, and an indoor unit. The air handler is the indoor unit that circulates cool air through your home in the summer and warm air in the winter. The indoor and outdoor units are designed to work together. Air handlers supply conditioned air evenly throughout your home, when used in place of a furnace, with either an air conditioning or heat pump system.

Dehumidifiers Dehumidification can be very important. High humidity in cooler temperatures gives you a wet clammy feeling and in warmer temperatures causes a wet sticky feeling and causes perspiration to stay on your body and soak in to you clothes rather than evaporate.dehumidifier

Air Cleaners Be sure your home’s air is clear of dust, pollen, fungi, smoke and other particles too small to see. It’s easy with a HEPA, Electronic or Media Air Cleaner. These cleaners provide stepped-up filtration, more effective than your furnace or air conditioner alone. In fact, these cleaners can remove up to 94 percent of the particles that pass through your home’s system. And since these pollutants can build up as film on walls and furniture, this is performance you’ll feel and see.