Your HVAC system is the backbone of home comfort in your West Point area home, but how much do you know about it? A lot of acronyms get thrown around in discussions about these systems, including the HVAC acronym itself. If you want to understand your home heating and cooling, you can start by learning that HVAC stands for “heating, ventilation and air conditioning.” Here’s a bit about what each of those entail.

Heating

There are a number of different heating systems available to keep you warm in the winter months, and central forced-air furnaces are the most common in the United States. These furnaces burn gas or oil to heat air, which is them circulated through a system of ducts inside your home. The ducts carry air to all the living areas.

Georgia’s climate also lets homeowners consider heat pumps, either central or ductless, for heating and cooling. Heat pumps can be up to three or four times as efficient as combustion furnaces, though they don’t work as well when temperatures drop below freezing.

Ventilation

The air in your home isn’t refreshed by natural breezes or rain, which means that indoor pollutants and indoor heat can concentrate. Stale, stuffy air or poor air quality don’t help your home comfort, so ventilation is an important consideration in any home. Ventilation can be installed in specific rooms such as kitchen or bathrooms, or as a whole-house solution.

Air Conditioning

Your air conditioning is a form of heat pump, which keeps your home cool during the warmer months. Because cool air can’t hold as much moisture as warmer air, your A/C will also function as a basic dehumidifier, though if you have humidity concerns, you may want to install a whole-home dehumidifier as well.

For more information on what HVAC stands for and what it entails, check out Indoor Solutions, etc.’s HVAC solutions, or call us at 706-225-8241.

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