You may have heard of HVAC, but what does HVAC stand for and what is it? Here are the answers you’ve looked for.
What does HVAC stand for? Well, that’s a good question. Particularly since many people go through their lives knowing HVAC has something to do with air conditioning and heating, but never actually know what it stands for.
What Does HVAC Stand For?
HVAC is an acronym for “Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.” It refers to the system in your home or workplace that cools, heats and ventilates it during the winter cold and the summer heat.
There are other acronyms associated with HVAC. These include:
- AC: It stands for either Air Conditioning or Alternating Current.
- EER: It stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio
- EMS: It stands for Energy Management System
Here is a full list of commonly used HVAC acronyms, in case you want to learn more.
What is HVAC?
HVAC refers to the hidden system of ducts that run through your home or office to evenly distribute dehumidified hot or cold air.
In recently built homes and buildings, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning ducts are part of a single system.
Your HVAC system can use between 20% to 50% or more of your total monthly energy costs, depending on several factors. These include:
- What part of the country you live in
- How much shade or sunshine you get on the lot your home occupies
- How much insulation you have built into your house
- How much you run your HVAC during the summer and winter
Residential vs. Commercial HVAC
Fundamentally, HVAC is the same whether it’s residential, commercial, or Industrial HVAC systems. But there are some substantial differences when you differentiate among these three. These differences include price, size, placement, drainage and maintenance costs. These differ greatly from job to job.
It gets even more complex when you include how many people use the building, the size and shape of the structure, and what materials are stored or sold in the structure.
HVAC Maintenance Costs
HVAC maintenance costs vary depending on several factors.
Aside from the variation of cost between residential, commercial and Industrial units and parts, the costs also vary depending on repair needs.
If you decide you need a residential, commercial or industrial HVAC quote, you can contact us and we’ll be glad to discuss your project with you.
HVAC is the system that cools, heats and ventilates your home or workspace. From basic residential setups to more complex commercial and industrial HVAC systems, the costs vary for components, maintenance and upkeep.