Difference Between HVAC and AC

It’s vital to have a functioning air conditioning system during the sweltering Mid-Atlantic summers. The technicians at Real HVAC Services are well-versed in this important cooling technology. They can install, maintain, and repair your air conditioner to get your home comfortable again. However, these professionals are not just air conditioner technicians, they are trained in the much broader field of climate control known as HVAC.

AC Is Only One Part of HVAC

In much of the United States, there is a heating season and a cooling season. The air conditioner only handles the cooling season, drawing warm air out of your home and blowing cold air inside. Depending on the size of your home, you might have a couple of window units for individual rooms, or you might have a large unit that can provide central air to a whole house. In a full HVAC system, the AC unit is connected to a larger climate control system.

HVAC: Comprehensive Climate Control

A full HVAC system is built to provide a controlled climate throughout the year. The letters of HVAC stand for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The heating part of the system starts with a furnace that will provide warm air for the house. Traditionally, this furnace uses fuel like oil or natural gas to heat things up. However, these days there are more environmentally responsible options such as geothermal heating or heat pumps. A fan circulates hot air through ductwork throughout the building during the heating season. In the cooling season, the air conditioner blows cold air through the same ductwork.

Ventilation Is Very Important

The final part of a full HVAC system is ventilation. It used to be that ventilators were found only in commercial buildings. However, as residential homes have become tighter and more efficient, it is harder to have an exchange of indoor and outdoor air. This is the job of the ventilation system. Somewhere in the ductwork, there is a connection that draws fresh air in and blows stale air out. These days, modern ventilators can perform this job while transferring heat and humidity between the incoming and outgoing air. This makes the ventilator less expensive to operate.

Real HVAC Services has the HVAC experts who can handle your heating, cooling, plumbing, and air quality needs. It is our mission to maintain the comfort of your home in every season. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. We have an office in Salisbury, MD, and Rehoboth Beach, DE.

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