“HVAC” stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. HVAC systems are interrelated systems of central heating and air conditioning that function not only to heat and cool buildings but also to facilitate proper ventilation. These regulate indoor air quality using fresh air from the outdoors. There are several types of HVAC systems, each with variations. The main difference is that some systems are packaged (combines multiple units like A/C and heat into one system), while others are split (individual units are separated). Both types achieve the same outcome, so homeowners need to decide which is most appropriate for their homes.
HVAC systems require professional installation, repair, and maintenance. In general, homeowners should have their HVAC systems inspected once a year.
Heating Overview and Services
The heating component of HVAC is used to provide warmth, typically using boilers, furnaces, or heat pumps to generate and distribute heat. Boilers use natural fuel or electricity to heat water or create steam, while furnaces heat coils that ultimately heat the air. Heat pumps do not generate heat themselves, but rather, they pull in heat from the outdoors and circulate it inside the home.
There are a number of professional services related to heating, including but not limited to:
- Furnace repairs and maintenance
- Furnace replacements and installations
- Heat pump services
- Heater replacements and installations
- Hot water emergencies
Proper choice, installation, and maintenance of heating systems require the help of specialized professionals.
Ventilation Overview and Services
The ventilation portion of HVAC refers to the replacement or exchange of air within a controlled space. Proper ventilation is crucial because it removes things like airborne bacteria, dust, foul odors, moisture, and smoke, all of which greatly diminish indoor air quality.
Ventilation can be either natural or forced. Natural ventilation is present in many homes and refers to the natural flow of air through windows, doors, and vents. On the other hand, mechanical ventilation is a forced system that uses an air handler unit to filter and distribute air, as is found with many HVAC systems.
Ventilation services typically relate to airflow testing and balancing to assess the operational efficiency and air duct cleaning to ensure proper airflow and clean air quality.
Air Conditioning Overview and Services
Air conditioners typically draw heat out of the house, transfer it outdoors, and replace the indoor air with cooler air (through the ductwork). Many homes use “central air” or “split-system air conditioning, which includes indoor/outdoor units, connective tubing, expansion valves, ductwork, and thermostats.
There are several different types of air conditioning services, such as:
- Repairs and maintenance
- Replacements and installations
- Air handler services
- Ductless mini-split AC systems
- New construction installation
Professionals should handle these services, as proper functioning allows for adequate cooling and air quality control.
About Mid Florida A/C
Mid Florida A/C of Melbourne, FL, is a family-owned and operated company that has been in business since 1980. Offering a full range of heating and air conditioning services, their team of friendly professionals will provide expert, quality workmanship with the best interests of each of their customers in mind. Give them a call for AC services in Melbourne today!