Reciprocating CompressorType of compressor that uses
a more efficient process for compressing refrigerant for better
Fuel Utilization Efficiency. Indicated as a percentage, your furnaces
AFUE tells you how much energy is being converted to heat. For
example, an AFUE of 90 means that 90% of the fuel is being used
to warm your home, while the other 10% escapes as exhaust with
the combustion gases.
Thermal Unit. Used for both heating and cooling, BTU is a measure
of the heat given off when fuel is combusted. Or for cooling,
its a measure of heat extracted from your home. One BTU
is equal to the heat given off by a wooden kitchen match.
ability of a heating or cooling system to heat or cool a given
amount of space. For heating, this is usually expressed in BTUs.
For cooling, it is usually given in tons.
A standard of airflow measurement. Cubic feet per minute. A typical
system produces 400 CFM per ton of air conditioning.
of a split-system heat pump or air conditioners outdoor
unit that controls the pressure applied to the refrigerant, necessary
for taking in heat to warm your home or getting rid of heat to
keep your home cool.
CoilPart of the outdoor portion of a split-system air
conditioner or heat pump. By converting refrigerant that is in
a gas form back to a liquid, the coil sends heat carried by the
refrigerant to the outside.
Condenser Pad The concrete pad which supports your condensing
unit may need replacement. If your old pad is broken, smaller
than required for your new unit or has sunk into the ground, a
replacement pad may be required.
type of "valve" used in duct work that opens or closes
to control airflow. Used in zoning to control the amount of warm
or cool air entering certain areas of your home.
disconnect is an electrical switch which is located at the condensing
unit. This switch allows anyone servicing a condenser to turn
off power at the unit. Most city codes require that a disconnect
be installed when replacing a unit if one does not already exist.
type of furnace that takes cool air from the top and blows warm
air to the bottomcommon where your furnace must be located
in a second-floor closet or utility area.
- Pipes or channels that carry air throughout your home.
Air Cleaner (EAC)An electronic device that filters out
large particles and contaminants in indoor air. It then electronically
pulls out tiny particles that have been magnetized, such as viruses
and bacteria, drawing them to a collector plate.
CoilPart of a split-system air conditioner or heat pump
located indoors. The evaporator coil cools and dehumidifies the
air by converting liquid refrigerant into a gas, which absorbs
the heat from the air. The warmed refrigerant is then carried
through a tube to the outdoor unit (condenser coil).
CoilAn indoor component of a heat pump system, used
in place of a furnace, to provide additional heating on cold days
when the heat pump does not provide adequate heating.
FiltersElectronic, pleated and electrostatic filters
are common upgrades to the throw-away, fiberglass filter your
system probably uses now. Depending on your needs, a new type
of filter may improve the air quality in your home.
Exchanger - A device for the transfer of heat energy from
the source to the conveying medium.
Heating Seasonal Performance Factor is a measure of the heating
efficiency of a heat pump. The higher the HSPF number, the more
efficiently the heat pump heats your home.
FlowA type of furnace, installed on its "side,"
that draws in air from one side, heats it and sends the warm air
out the other side. Most often used for installations in attics
or crawl spaces.
used for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.
piece of equipment that adds water vapor to heated air as it moves
out of the furnace. This adds necessary moisture to protect your
furnishings and reduce static electricity.
EstimateA series of studies performed to determine the
heating or cooling requirements of your home. An energy load analysis
uses information such as the square footage of your home, window
or door areas, insulation quality and local climate to determine
the heating and cooling capacity needed by your furnace, heat
pump or air conditioner. When referring to heating, this is often
known as a Heat Loss Analysis, since a homes heating requirements
are determined by the amount of heat lost through the roof, entry
ways and walls.
SystemA heating and cooling system comprised of products
that have been certified to perform at promised comfort and efficiency
levels when used together, and used according to design and engineering
CostThe day-to-day cost of running your home comfort
equipment, based on energy use.
AnalysisOverall measure of the efficiency and value
of your home comfort system. By combining your purchase price
and ongoing operating costs, a payback analysis determines the
number of years required before monthly energy savings offset
the purchase price.
used refrigerant to the manufacturer for disposal or reuse.
CompressorA type of compressor used in air conditioners
that compresses refrigerant by using a type of "piston"
cleaning and reusing refrigerant.
Refrigerant LinesThe refrigerant lines connect the
condenser to the evaporator coil. These copper tubes carry the
refrigerant which is under pressure (as much as 350 pounds per
square inch). If the refrigerant lines have had a history of leaks
or are smaller in diameter than recommended for the system being
installed, they should be replaced.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is a measure of the cooling efficiency
of your air conditioner or heat pump. The higher the SEER number,
the more efficient the system is at converting electricity into
CompressorA specially designed compressor that works
in a circular motion vs. an up and down piston action.
ThermostatA state-of-the-art electronic thermostat with
a built-in memory that can be programmed for different temperature
settings at different times of the day.
SystemRefers to an air conditioner or heat pump that
has components in two locations. Usually, one part of the system
is located inside (evaporator coil) and the other is located outside
your home (condenser coil).
Thermidistat Control monitors temperatures both inside and outside,
as well as indoor humidity and adjusts system operation to maintain
the temperature and humidity levels set by the homeowner.
that monitors and controls your HVAC system products.
unit of measure for cooling capacity. One ton = 12,000 BTUs per
type of furnace that draws cool air from the bottom and blows
the warmed air out the top into the duct work. This type of furnace
is usually installed in a basement or an out-of-the-way closet.
ventilator captures heating or cooling energy from stale indoor
air and transfers it to fresh incoming air.
way to increase your home comfort and energy efficiency by controlling
when and where heating and cooling occurs in a home. Programmable
thermostats are used to control operating times of the equipment.
Dampers are used to direct air flow to certain parts or "zones"
of the home.