Does HVAC Terminology Sound like a Foreign Language?
Do you find yourself feeling a little intimidated at the thought of speaking with a HVAC professional? It’s easy to understand why most homeowners may feel this way because to the average customer, HVAC terminology sounds like a foreign language. Our technicians go through many years of training to learn this trade, the proper terminology and how to repair HVAC appliances. We have included a few terms that you will hear our technicians use.
Common Measurement Terms
There are common terms that you will hear your HVAC technician use when discussing various measurements in relation to your HVAC system.
- BTU is the abbreviation for the term British thermal unit. It is the basic measure of thermal energy, which is typically used to evaluate the heat output of appliances and fuels.
- SEER is the acronym for the term seasonal energy efficiency ratio. It refers the efficiency of your system. The higher the number, the more efficient it is, which equals huge savings. Today, 13 is the minimum SEER rating allowed.
- Absolute humidity is the amount of humidity that’s present in the air.
- Cubic feet per minute is used for measuring air flow and finding the air volume velocity.
Having an understanding of the common terms used to describe your HVAC system and its components will allow you to discuss your issues with confidence and make informed decisions.
- Thermostat consists of a series of relays and sensors that monitor and control the function of your HVAC system. There are several types of thermostats available, and they range from manual to programmable thermostats.
- Refrigerant, also referred to as Freon, is a liquid that produces a cooling effect when expanding or vaporizing.
- Dehumidifier is an air quality control product that removes the excess moisture from the air in your home or office.
- Zoning is a method used to divide your home into different zones to give homeowners better control over their heating and cooling needs within each zone.
- NATE certification, also known as North American Technical Excellence, is a nationally recognized certification that substantiates a technician’s knowledge and experience with heating and cooling systems.
Hopefully the terminology provided will help you communicate better with your HVAC contractor. We understand the importance of educating customers because knowledgeable customers make the best customers. If you’re in need of installation or repair services and you’re located in the Ponte Vedra Beach, FL area, please contact us today. At Mike Merritt Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer exceptional services at affordable prices.