Are You Confusing An AC With An HVAC?

The difference between HVAC and air conditioning units confuses many people.
To add to the confusion, technicians may use the two terms interchangeably. However, there is a definitive difference between the two types of units. The acronyms are used interchangeably, but they refer to two different things.

What is an HVAC unit?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. An HVAC unit is responsible for heating and cooling the air and provides ventilation to allow moisture to escape. Your HVAC unit includes the furnace, the air conditioning unit (if you have it), and any ducts or vent-work designed to release moisture. While all HVAC units do reference air conditioning units, not all AC units are HVAC units.

WHAT is an AC unit?

AC is the system designed to cool the air in your home. Some technicians call an AC unit anything that conditions the air, hot or cold. But, the system designed to cool the air is the AC unit.

What is the difference?

An HVAC unit heats, cools, and ventilates your home. On the other hand, an AC unit only cools your home.

If you still have any doubts about this topic, feel free to call us and ask. Also, don’t forget to maintain your HVAC and AC regularly, so we recommend that you schedule professional cleaning once or twice a year.

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