Some people believe that the terms HVAC and AC are interchangeable. However, this isn’t really the case. Here, we discuss the differences between AC and HVAC, plus other terms you need to know. Keep reading to learn more!
HVAC vs AC: What Is the Difference?
As you know, AC is short for “Air Conditioning.” HVAC, on the other hand, stands for “Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.” So while HVAC refers to a system that is able to either cool or heat your home, AC is reserved for systems that only cool the air.
If you use both terms interchangeably, don’t worry: Even HVAC professionals do this sometimes and it’s not a big deal. However, knowing the difference between AC and HVAC is important because in certain situations you need to clarify which type of system you (or someone else) is referring to.
These are far from the only terms that can be confusing in the AC/HVAC world, so in the next section we’ll provide you with the precise definitions of other essential technical terms.
Other AC and HVAC Terms You Need To Know
- Compressor. This component is essential, because it pumps refrigerant through the HVAC system. Any hint of compressor malfunction should put you on alert immediately, as it may lead to serious damage to your unit.
- Condenser. Component that sits outside of your house and either removes or brings heat into your home. The basic parts of a condenser include condenser coil, compressor, and fan.
- Thermostat. A device that monitors the ambient in a room and makes the necessary adjustments to maintain the temperature set by the user. Most thermostats are wall-mounted.
- Programmable thermostat. A thermostat that features a digital memory allowing the user to program settings that kick it automatically at the desired time and day. While most people prefer programmable thermostats, non-programmable thermostat (also known as manual thermostats) are still available.
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