What is the Relationship Between HVAC and Air Conditioning?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, and it is a system that is responsible for heating and cooling the air in a building, as well as providing ventilation to allow moisture to escape. It can include heat pumps, gas ovens, and air conditioning units. Companies often use the terms interchangeably because many air conditioning repair services deal with heating and cooling solutions. It is important to understand that HVAC is a broader term than air conditioning.

It is a general term that applies to all types of interrelated air traffic control systems. HVAC systems are milestones in the construction of mechanical systems that provide thermal comfort to occupants along with indoor air quality. They can be classified into central and local systems according to multiple zones, location and distribution. Major HVAC equipment includes heating equipment, ventilation equipment and refrigeration or air conditioning equipment.

Central HVAC systems are located away from buildings in a central equipment room and deliver air conditioning through a supply duct system. They contain air, water and water systems. Local HVAC systems can be located within or adjacent to a conditioned area and no ducting is required. They include local heating, local air conditioning, local ventilation and split systems. It is also important to note that not all HVAC units are air conditioning units, although air conditioning units are included under the HVAC umbrella.

Similarly, not all air conditioning units are HVAC units. For example, an outdoor unit that is not connected to an oven but uses the same distribution system (vents, chambers and ducts) to circulate cold air in your home would be specifically referred to as an air conditioner but not an HVAC unit. Understanding how the boiler and air conditioner work together can help you make HVAC installation and maintenance decisions that result in the best home comfort available to you. The size of the fans depends on the air flow required to condition the building, and can be centralized or localized based on availability, location and cost. The selection of HVAC systems in a given building will depend on the climate, the age of the building, the individual preferences of the building owner and the project designer, the project budget, the architectural design of the buildings, as well as warmer climates where an oven may not be necessary. This is a design philosophy that makes mechanical ventilation even more important in homes with HVAC systems. If you think your HVAC systems aren't working as expected, Island Heating & Air Conditioning in Oak Harbor, WA is here to help.

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