Heating and cooling are two of the most important concepts of home ownership. In fact, heating and cooling systems are major factors for those looking to purchase homes, and are a critical part of living comfortably in a home.
You may frequently hear the term “HVAC,” which is used to describe home heating and cooling systems. The acronym stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning – which are the three primary functions of a home system. They control air temperature and humidity, and maintain the quality of the air in the home.
Heating and cooling systems may be classified as central or local. Central heating and cooling is the most standard method, and is defined by a system that produces warmth or cool in one central area and then distributes it throughout the home. There are many types of systems that work as central systems, from traditional split systems to packaged product systems.
Products typically used in central heating and cooling systems include:
- Heat Pumps
- Air Conditioners
- Gas and Oil Furnaces
- Fan Coils
- Evaporator Coils
- Controls and Thermostats
Local heating and cooling, on the other hand, produces heat at the location where it is needed and serve small spaces. Room air conditioners and Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) are examples of local heating and cooling.