Understanding HVAC Techno Babble

Have you ever had a service technician of some kind in your home and had difficulty understanding what they were saying because they used a lot of technical terms you didn’t know? This can make you feel confused and maybe a bit unsure of what you’re paying for. Before you call for furnace repair in Eden, here are some technical HVAC related terms you might want to know.


HVAC: This is the abbreviation for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. An HVAC system is also known as central air or a forced air system.


AFUE: Stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. The AFUE rating tells you how efficient a furnace is.


BTU: Stands for British Thermal Unit. This is the measurement for the amount of heat created by a specific heating fuel, such as propane or heating oil.


Capacity: This is the amount of heat or cool air your HVAC system can produce. It is used to determine what size system a home requires.


Condenser Coil: This is part of your outdoor air conditioner unit. It allows heat to transfer out of the AC unit to cool it down.


Ducts/Duct Work: The ducts or duct work are metal tubes that connect your HVAC system to all of the vents in your home. This is how the warm or cold air is distributed throughout your home.


Evaporator Coil: An important part of your air conditioner, the evaporator coil is a metal tube filled with refrigerant that absorbs heat and cools the air.


Heat Exchanger: An important part of your furnace, the heat exchanger creates warm air. The heating fuel burns to warm up the heat exchanger which heats the cold air as it passes over.


Heat Pump: This is a specific type of heating and cooling system that transfers heat back and forth between the inside of your home and the outside. It is highly efficient and works best in mild temperature climates.


Refrigerant: Otherwise known as coolant, this is the liquid substance in HVAC systems that absorbs heat and creates cool air.


SEER: Stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating of an air conditioner tells you how efficient it is. A system with a 16 SEER or better is considered to be highly efficient.


Thermostat: This is the panel on your wall that measures the temperature in your home and tells your HVAC system when to run in order to achieve the desired indoor temperature. Some thermostats are programmable, which allows you to save energy by setting different temperatures for different times of the day.


Zone System: Homes can be divided into zones for heating and cooling. This allows you to set different temperatures for different areas of your home.


Technicians You Can Understand 

Berico technicians won’t confuse you with techno babble when you call for furnace repair in Eden. It is of utmost importance that you understand what your system needs and the estimate to repair it. If a technician needs to replace a part, it is clearly explained so that you know what is happening. Berico technicians are happy to answer any questions you have to make sure you have no concerns about the service being done to your HVAC system.

Call 336-273-8663 or schedule service today.