As a homeowner, you need to know the basics of just about every system and appliance on your property, especially those related to heating and cooling. In a hot area like Tampa, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems are going to get a lot of use. You rely on them heavily for six to eight months out of the year, and knowing their ins and outs can help you immensely in the long run.
Don’t know much about HVAC? Tampa’s Air Zero can help. We’ve compiled a list of the six most important HVAC-related terms all homeowners should know. Check them out now:
- Compressor - The compressor is what makes an HVAC system tick. It compresses a refrigerant gas (such as Freon) into a liquid, so heat from your home can be absorbed and dispersed.
- Coils – Your HVAC system has two types of coils: evaporator coils and condenser coils. Evaporator coils absorb heat from your home inside while the condenser coil rejects heat from the unit outside. Typically, all coils are made from an aluminum or copper material because they transfer heat so well.
- Ducts – Ducts, often called “vents,” are what transport air from the furnace or AC unit to the rest of your home. They’re sometimes made from sheet metal, though they may be constructed out of fiberglass or vinyl.
- Freon – Freon is a liquid refrigerant that carries heat in and out of your home. The condenser converts it into a gas and then back into a liquid to accomplish the cooling process.
- SEER – SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, measures the overall efficiency of an AC unit or heat pump. This rating is usually listed on a unit’s label, and the higher the number, the more efficient the equipment will be in the long run.
- Split System – A split system is a two-part HVAC system. It has both a cooling and heating unit that work together to keep your home comfortable and temperate throughout the year. This is the most common HVAC setup Tampa residents will see.
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