Your home’s HVAC system is an essential part of your home’s comfort and safety. However, the industry is filled with several HVAC acronyms which can be confusing if you don’t know what they stand for. Knowing what specific HVAC acronyms mean can make caring for your HVAC system easier due to knowing more about how it works.
Three Common HVAC Acronyms
- BTU. This stands for British Thermal Unit, which is a unit of measurement that tracks heating efficiency. Specifically, it measures the heat needed to increase the temperature of one pound of water by exactly one degree. When applied to HVAC equipment, it measures how much heat a unit can remove or add to the air in an hour. This is important because different-size homes have different BTU needs. If your HVAC unit has a BTU rating that’s too low, it can’t efficiently control your home’s temperature. By comparison, if it’s too high, the unit may not run properly and will waste power.
- HSPF. This stands for heating seasonal performance factor and measures how efficient a heat pump is. To calculate this measurement, you first total the amounts of heat output during a heating season and then divide it by the total electrical output used during the same period. A high HSPF rating means a unit is energy efficient.
- SEER. This acronym stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio and is used to measure how efficient an HVAC unit is at cooling. The Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute is the entity that sets SEER ratings. SEER is calculated by dividing the cooling output during a cooling season and dividing it by the total electricity that was used during the same period.
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