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10 HVAC Terms You Need To Know Before Your Next Service

You should be able to understand everything your HVAC technician says to you. Unfortunately, professionals don’t always remember that the customer doesn’t have the same training as them. So, here are 10 HVAC terms that will keep you and your technician communicating smoothly during your next service.

HVAC – The unit that heats and cools your home. It’s an acronym for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.

Refrigerant – The chemical used in cooling units more often referred to as Freon.

Compressor – Pumps the refrigerant through the system to maintain coolness.

Condenser – The part of the unit that’s usually outside and siphons heat off the unit.

SEER – The rating given to each HVAC unit that ranges from 10 to 20. It’s an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Ideally, you want to hear that your unit has a high SEER rating.

Ductwork – Refers to the system of pathways that make it possible for heated or cooled air to be distributed through your home.

Static Pressure – Indicates the amount of pressure that’s applied on the ductwork system. It’s used to determine if the system is operating poorly.

BTU – An acronym for British Thermal Unit. Refers to the amount of energy it takes to heat water (kind of like calories in the body). You want a heating unit with a high BTU because that means it’s able to achieve a high heating capacity.

MERV Rating – An acronym for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. It’s a rating that’s given to filters to describe the size of the holes in the filter. A high rating correlates with small holes and higher efficiency.

Joule – The basic SI unit of energy

Now that you know the basics, schedule your next HVAC inspection with JMAC Heating & Air at 702.227.5622 today.

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