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By mscyoc | Other/Just Looking in Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoman's Need to Start with the Basics: What is HVAC?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, and refers to the technology of indoor and automotive environmental comfort. Just for fun, we’re going to do a quick summary of each of these below because they are super important for all Oklahoman's to know.

Heating
Central heating is often used in cold climates to heat privates houses and public buildings. This is accomplished through the user of a boiler, furnace, or heat pump to heat water, steam, or air in either a furnace room or mechanical room.

Ventilation
Ventilation is the process of replacing the air in a space to control temperature or remove moisture, odors, heat, dust, etc. Ventilation is a significant part of maintaining acceptable indoor air quality in buildings. The two types are mechanical/forced and natural.

Air Conditioning
Air conditioning and refrigeration are provided through the removal of heat. This is accomplished through radiation, convection, and heat pump systems through a process called the refrigeration cycle.

Other good-to-know info…

Efficiency
In recent years, HVAC equipment manufacturers have been making an effort to make their systems more efficient. This is driven by both rising energy costs and environmental issues. The following are just a few examples of ways
HVAC manufacturers have made their products more efficient: heating energy, geothermal heat pump, ventilation energy recovery, and air conditioning energy.

Filtration
Air filtration is extremely important – it helps remove from the air that which the lungs cannot remove on their own. This includes particles, vapors, gases, and contaminants. Make sure to check your filters at least once a month!

There you have it – just a few basics about HVAC systems. As time goes on, we’ll be sharing even more information, tips, tricks, and – if you’re lucky – maybe even a few trade secrets!

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