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It’s a word you’ve heard and probably said, but what exactly does it mean? Learn the ABCs of HVAC here.

What does HVAC mean?

HVAC — one of those acronyms most folks generally understand, but if you ask for a definition, you may get as many variations as people you talk to. Why? Well to answer this question, let’s start by defining what those letters stand for:

Heating: the function of generating heat to warm an area

Ventilation: the process of moving fresh air in and old air out

Air Conditioning (AC): the parts that work to provide cooling and humidity control

In short, HVAC refers to the systems used to heat and cool your home, as well as move air for ventilation. Simple, right (or not)?

What is the difference between HVAC and AC?

If you’ve ever used HVAC to refer to your AC, don’t worry, that’s pretty common. And it’s not wrong, it’s just one slice of the pie (since air conditioning is just one function of HVAC). In fact, in the heating and cooling industry, it’s common to see HVAC used very broadly because most service providers offer both solutions.

It also helps to understand that HVAC systems take different shapes and sizes and offer different benefits. Depending on the design and needs, it’s even possible for an HVAC system to not actually include an air conditioning unit.  We’ll cover types of systems in more depth here.

What’s the takeaway?

The bottom line is that your HVAC system manages the air you breathe and the climate you live in at home. You know how crucial those factors are to your family’s comfort and health, which is why you want only the best HVAC experts handling your heating and cooling needs.

Baker Home Energy technicians are HIS-licensed & EPA-certified. So when you work with us, you can count on a team that knows and follows local guidelines, plus has the EPA’s approval for our dedication to clean and safe practices. Whether we’re helping you with an emergency repair, routine maintenance or installing a new system, your comfort and safety are #1. Because we believe good HVAC care is really about good people care.

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