Heating and Furnace Terminology to Know
There are many words and acronyms used in the HVAC industry that experts use throughout their conversations. It’s easier to make an informed decision when you know the common terms.
A device used to regulate and circulate air as part of an HVAC system. It’s usually a large metal box containing a blower and heating or cooling elements.
The direction in which the distribution of air occurs.
AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency)
A measure of how efficiently your furnace can utilize its fuel. The more efficient your furnace, the more heat you will get per unit of fuel.
A device that facilitates the combustion of air and gas.
Used to increase or decrease temperature via heat transfer.
A system that pairs an electric heat pump with a gas furnace and alternates between the two sources.
Fan Coil Unit
A device that uses a coil and a fan to heat or cool a room without connecting to ductwork.
Part of an HVAC system that converts natural gas or propane into high-temperature heat for your home.
A heating component that is located in the furnace and transfers heat to the surrounding air, which is then pumped throughout the home.
Heat pumps transfer heat into or out of your home, keeping you comfortable all year long.
HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor)
A measure of how efficient your heat pump or air conditioner is. A unit with a high HSPF rating is considered more energy-efficient.
Part of an HVAC system which converts heating oil into high temperature heat.
An air handler or furnace that is installed in an upright position and circulates air through the side or bottom and out through the top.