Living in Atlanta means that you depend on the effective, reliable performance of your air conditioning system a great deal during the course of the year. Whether you are ready to schedule air conditioning installation or you are considering your replacement options, there are likely some terms you will come across that you may be unfamiliar with. At Air Conditioning Experts, we believe that the more you know about your air conditioning system, the better off you are likely to be when you need it. Here is some basic air conditioning terminology to get you started.
- HVAC: This stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
- Load Calculation: When purchasing a new air conditioner you should hear discussion of a load calculation. This is an important part of the system design process. The load calculation will determine how large your HVAC system must be to keep your home comfortable.
- Refrigerant: An important part of any air conditioning system is the refrigerant. This is the fluid that carries heat throughout your air conditioning system. The compressor of your AC compresses this refrigerant to a higher heat and pressure. It then goes to the condenser coil, where heat is absorbed by air and the refrigerant is converted to a high pressure liquid. The expansion valve allows it to expand to a cool gas. In the evaporator coil, air is blown across and across and heat is removed from the air, allowing it to cool.
- SEER: You should also be familiar with different efficiency rating terminology. SEER is a measurement of how efficiently an air conditioner operates. It stands for seasonal energy efficiency rating.
- MERV: The efficiency of an air filter is rated with a MERV, or minimum efficiency reporting value.
If you have any questions about the terminology you hear in regards to your air conditioning system, call the Atlanta air conditioning professionals at Air Conditioning Experts. We are always happy to share our expertise with you. Contact us today for more information.