HVAC systems work by warming, cooling, and cleaning the air inside a building. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and you’ll find these systems in nearly all residential and commercial buildings. Even if you live in a moderate climate and don’t often require heating or cooling, it’s still important to have clean air circulated inside your space.
HVAC systems include basic elements, including:
- The heating element. This is generally either a furnace or a boiler, depending on what type of HVAC system you have. Using a network of pipes throughout the property, it heats your building during the cold winter months and keeps the temperature comfortable.
- The cooling element. The opposite of heating, HVAC systems cool a space by extracting hot air from the interior and releasing cool air back into the same room. The extracted air is carried outside through a network of vents, and air coolant is pumped into the system to lower the temperature.
- The ventilation element. This element keeps clean, fresh air flowing throughout the space at all times. This is especially important for crowded spaces and public places.
What is the difference between HVAC and air conditioning?
When someone talks about an HVAC system, they’re referring to a system that does all three: heating, cooling, and ventilation. Air conditioners only provide the cooling element and do not heat or ventilate the air. You may have heard these two terms used interchangeably, but the reality is they’re different. Most commercial and residential spaces require a good HVAC system instead of only an air conditioner.
Just like other things in your home, your HVAC system requires regular maintenance to keep it in top working condition. The life of your HVAC system will depend on the brand, but with consistent maintenance your system will heat and cool your home for years to come.
For more information about HVAC systems, or if you have any questions about servicing your heating and cooling system, please contact our team at Crosstown Plumbing today. We look forward to hearing from you.