7 HVAC Terms All Florida Homeowners Should Be Comfortable With

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There’s no shortage of HVAC terms for professionals in the industry to learn and understand. If you thought government was thick with alphabet soup and acronyms, you should try studying to become an HVAC professional. Luckily for the average homeowner, that’s not necessary, but there are certain HVAC terms that are important to understand. 

Here are eight terms related to heating, ventilation and air conditioning that every Florida homeowner should be comfortable with:

  1. SEER – This is the acronym for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, which measures how much energy is necessary to cool your home over the course of a season. Generally speaking, the higher the SEER, the greater the A/C’s efficiency.
  2. Energy Star – This government program helps consumers identify energy efficient products and appliances for optimal performance and reduced utility costs.
  3. NATE – This acronym stands for North American Technician Excellence, which is a nonprofit organization of HVAC professionals that tests and certifies professional technicians who show extensive knowledge in heating and cooling-related topics.
  4. BTU – This stands for British thermal unit, and it’s the measure of your heating and air conditioning capacity.
  5. Load calculation – This is the mathematical calculation that determines how many heating and cooling BTUs your home requires. The calculation takes into account windows, square footage, number of occupants and many other factors to provide an accurate estimate.
  6. Zones – If you have a zoned heating and cooling system, you have the ability to independently control comfort in various areas, or zones, within your home. This provides a greater level of comfort for everyone in the family, and it helps you deal with inconsistent temperatures in the home.
  7. Heat pump – This one system provides both heating and cooling to homes in a genuinely energy efficient manner. It’s particularly helpful in mild climates that don’t experience extremely cold temperatures on a regular basis.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you have questions about any of these terms, or for answers to any other HVAC questions, contact the team at Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re always happy to help!

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