Tag Archives: HVAC technicians

spring heating system maintenance

Key Terms for Understanding Your HVAC System

 

All complex systems have a defined set of important expressions and abbreviations that help both the professionals and the consumers understand how everything works. It is our job, as responsible users of the HVAC system to take some time and learn all the key terms that describe our units, in order to better understand how to use them in our everyday lives, how to compare and make informed choices when buying new units, as well as how to properly maintain our systems. Let’s get back to basics!

HVAC – Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

The basic HVAC system is usually comprised of three elements: the heating system (a furnace or boiler), the ventilation, and the air-conditioning unit. There are simpler and more complex systems available, depending on the user’s needs. For example, more complex systems might include an air filtration and cleaning element, different humidifiers, radiant floors, swamp coolers, and so on…

SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

This useful abbreviation informs users about the cooling efficiency of their units. The SEER rating is determined by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute by dividing the cooling output by the total electric energy input of a particular unit. The higher the SEER rating, the better.

BTU – British Thermal Units

BTU is an abbreviation most often seen on units imported from outside the USA, signifying their strength. More precisely, one BTU stands for the amount of heat needed to increase or decrease the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.

How to find quality HVAC contractors

AFUE – Average Fuel Utilization Efficiency

The gas furnace in your HVAC system turns gas into energy, and the AFUE tag helps you know the amount of energy you should receive from your unit. When considering the AFUE values, keep in mind that the higher the rating is, the more energy (and money) you will save. For example, if your appliance’s AFUE rating is 90, this means that 90 % of the energy created is used to heat up your home, while 10 % is lost during heating.

HSPF – Heating Seasonal Performance Factor

Heating seasonal performance factor lets you know the amount of heat created during an entire heating system. Just like SEER and AFUE, the higher the rating, the better efficiency your HVAC unit has.

EER – Energy Efficiency Ratio

Before the introduction of the SEER ratio, EER was the standardized way of measuring the cooling efficiency of the HVAC system. EER is measured by a set inside air temperature, as well as a set outside air temperature and a 50 % relative humidity.

MERV – Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value

Another older efficiency signifier, MERV was used on Energy Star approved appliances before being replaced by the SEER. As well as the SEER, a higher MERV rating means better efficiency.

If you have questions about your HVAC system, feel free to contact us at Total Comfort Heating & Cooling and one of our experienced technicians will be happy to assist you

How to find quality HVAC contractors

More Than 18 Years Offering Residential Heating and Air Conditioning Services

It Is All about Quality and Customer Satisfaction!!!

When it comes to residential HVAC services, our family owned and operated company has been an industry leader in Denver Metro area for more than 18 years, and we will keep innovating and investing resources in technology and capacitation to keep providing our loyal customers the service and quality that they deserve.

All of our HVAC technicians are trained and certified by some of the best training programs in the industry like NATE, EPA, NCI, and ACCA, which means that when you choose our HVAC system services, you are in the most capable hands.

When we are in the hiring process of our staff members, they need to pass background tests as well as drug testing. Once this process is done, they will also receive a rigorous customer service training to guarantee that you receive the quality service that you deserve at all times. Also, when it comes to quality, we are very serious about it. We will never use cheap equipment, tools or materials to lower costs. In a matter of fact, Total Comfort has been a member of Tom Martino Troubleshooter Network for many years and has received gold stars from the Better Business Bureau.  

HVAC Needs in Colorado

Choose Total Comfort for Your HVAC Needs in Colorado

When you need quality home Heating and Cooling services, we encourage you to contact us today and let our professional HVAC technicians come to your home and give you the best advice based on your budget and needs. Or, browse our website and learn more about our HVAC products and services. We are sure that with our experience, unparalleled customer service and our obsession with quality, your HVAC system is in the best hands.