difference between HVAC and AC

What is the Difference Between HVAC and AC?

In a state like Texas, where temperatures can range anywhere from the chilly ’30s to the balmy ’90s, having an efficient heating and cooling system is pretty important. It is also helpful to understand some of the acronyms used to describe the different systems. Especially if you’re looking to purchase a new home or need to upgrade your current system. To help you gain a better understanding, let’s break down the differences between the two most commonly used acronyms – HVAC and AC.

What does HVAC stand for? 

Highly versatile air control? No, but that’s not a bad guess when you think about it. HVAC is short for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. It describes your heating and cooling system as a whole. The heating portion of your HVAC system can come in a variety of different forms. Some properties feature central heat using a furnace that is powered by fuel oil or natural gas. 

But the most popular option is the electric heat pump. The electric heat pump is the most versatile way to heat and cool your home because it is one unit. The same unit is used to cool the air that heats the air. The system works by drawing in heat from the air and redistributing it through your ductwork. In colder months, when there is not enough heat in the air, the heat pump uses electricity to heat the air. This system is more efficient in southern climates where the weather is not as frigid as the northern climates and the winters are shorter. 

What does AC really mean? 

Air control, right? Yes, but AC is actually the acronym for Air Conditioning. After all, you are controlling the temperature of the air. Many homes feature the single unit system which heats and cools your home. Central air conditioning runs on electricity and cools the air using a refrigerant that creates cold air and is pushed through a series of ducts in your home by an air handler or blower. 

Whatever system you’re using to heat and cool your home, be sure to keep up with servicing that system to ensure optimal performance all year round. If you have questions about upgrading the HVAC or AC system in your home or would like to schedule a repair, contact the certified professionals at Advent Air. We’re committed to making your home a comfortable place to be by improving the quality of the air you breathe.