Replacing Your Heating System? Some Terms It Pays to Know

As winter approaches, summertime memories can easily fade into worry about more pressing matters. If you’re like most people, staying warm in a cost-efficient way is a huge priority. If you need to purchase a new heating system, need some work on the one you have or just desire better efficiency, you’ll find it useful to familiarize yourself with a few heating system terms to better understand what your HVAC specialist recommends. Read on for a few of the most important heating system terms.

  • Infiltration – This is when cold outside air enters your home due to poorly insulated spaces and openings. Reducing infiltration that occurs reduces cost.
  • Humidifier – This device adds moisture to dry winter air to increase your home’s comfort and make it easier to breathe.
  • HSPF – This stands for heating seasonal performance factor and rates your heating system’s performance in the same way MPG rates your automobile. Make sure yours is up to standards.
  • Energy Star – This Department of Energy rating determines the energy efficiency of an appliance. Be sure to use Energy Star-rated units.
  • HRV – A heat recovery ventilator will allow for pre-warmed fresh air to enter your home.
  • Heat Exchanger – This is part of a heating unit that transfers the heat from the heating unit to the air. It is also a critical part of your heating system and an important heating system terms.
  • Duct – Refers to the pipes that lead to the air vents. Ensuring that ducts are properly insulated is crucial for proper heating efficiency.
  • IAQ – Indoor air quality can often become an issue if a home is too well insulated. If this is the case, you might have to add to your current ventilation, or you may have a heating system leak.

By knowing just a few critical heating system terms, you can better determine where you might be lacking in efficiency and be better able to work with your HVAC specialist to ensure optimum performance and savings. Contact us at Airtron Houston today and put your new knowledge of heating system terms to use saving you money.


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