What is the Difference Between Air Conditioning and HVAC?

When it comes to the air conditioning industry, the term HVAC is often used instead of AC. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, while air conditioning simply refers to cooling the air in your home. Window units and central air conditioning are two of the most common systems used for this purpose. HVAC systems, on the other hand, are more comprehensive and include heat pumps and gas ovens in addition to air conditioning units.

This means that HVAC deals with both heating and cooling. It's a combination of the boiler, central air conditioning and ducting throughout your home or business that work together to keep indoor air comfortable in every season. An HVAC system also maintains indoor air quality. While the air conditioning or heating is working, the ventilation system draws indoor air and recirculates it with outdoor air, while filtering it so that indoor air is free of pollutants that can cause health problems for some people.

The “H” in HVAC stands for heating. This same air is used both in heating and cooling processes, and also acts against excess moisture in the air. Split or ductless systems are also part of an HVAC system, as they have two parts: one outside and one inside. Fresh air is obtained and introduced from the outside environment through a process called “ventilation”.

Central air conditioners are powered by electricity and cools the air using a refrigerant that creates cool air and an air handler or blower pushes it through a series of ducts in your home. On the other hand, an HVAC system is an integral electrical equipment that can perform all tasks, which may include heating, cooling, ventilation, and even air conditioning. In conclusion, while both systems are designed to keep indoor air comfortable, HVAC systems are more comprehensive as they include heating and ventilation components in addition to cooling. If you have questions about air conditioning or HVAC systems, contact General Heating & Air Conditioning in Monrovia, CA today.

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