HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. HVAC systems are used to heat and cool your home, as well as to improve your air quality and home comfort. Products like air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, and packaged systems all fall under the HVAC category.
HVAC is a broader term that refers to all of the different systems that heat and cool your home, while AC only refers to air conditioning, typically central air conditioning in the context of a home.
HVAC systems can be either gas or electric powered. While most systems today are electric, many furnaces are either gas or oil powered. Air conditioners tend to be primarily electric powered.
When considering which option will save you money, take into account where you live and the efficiency of your unit. Furnaces measure it in AFUE, while air conditioners measure SEER. Higher ratings mean more energy efficiency, which lowers your energy usage costs.
Furnaces are a whole-home heating solution that work by burning a fuel source, like natural gas or propane, to make heat. The heat produced is combined with cold air from your home, then is re-distributed via ductwork to increase indoor temperature.
Air conditioners remove heat and humidity from the air in your home and place it outside to reach your desired indoor temperature. Central AC cools your entire home, while ductless AC cools just one portion or room in your home.
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