What is HVAC?

You have probably heard the acronym HVAC many times throughout your life. Chances are you may even have a general idea what HVAC refers to, but you may not realize exactly what it is that HVAC stands for, or understand exactly what it is. This article will help clarify exactly what HVAC is, in terms easy enough for anyone to understand.


HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. This is a general term used for these systems in your home or other location. You will normally see this term used when referring to the people who work on these systems.

Heating is any sort of heating system found in a home. Normally these are integrated into a large central system with the other parts, however heating systems can be independent and are sometimes powered by gas, wood or coal instead of electricity.

Ventilation systems are often integrated in the air conditioning of a home, though this is not necessarily the case. Many older homes have attic ventilation systems that are powered by a large fan in the attic.

Air conditioning often refers to central air that comes through vents in the floor or ceiling like the heat does. However, some homes have standalone air conditioning units that are installed in windows or other spaces.

So, now that you understand what HVAC is, you can better understand the temperature and climate control capabilities of your home. HVAC systems are often complex, so you may do best referring to a heating and air Roseville CA specialist if you find you have problems or concerns with any of these items in your home or office.

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