Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, its what HVAC stands for to those of you that did not know what people were talking about when you heard the acronym. Let’s take a dive into what some of the options are when it comes to heating and cooling your home in Kentucky.
Electric Air Conditioning. Electric air conditioning uses, well, electricity to cool your home. It does so by using a refrigerant and a sort of science that pulls the warm air from the indoors and pushes it outside.
Gas Air Conditioning. Gas air conditioning uses, you guess it, gas to cool your home. Deciding between gas and electric for your AC system is one you will look at several factors for making the decision. Check out the average pricing from the utility companies that service the home. Also, safety is a consideration with gas and the hazard that comes with it. Another factor is efficiency, which plays a role along with pricing.
Heat Pump. Heat pumps are a part of your AC unit that are used instead of having a furnace in your home. To heat your home, the heat pump will pull heat from the outdoors and use it inside your home. It is used to transfer heat, rather than make it. Heat pumps can also source heat through a geothermal process through the ground.
Furnace. Furnaces use forced air heating. This essentially uses signals from the thermostat to ignite heat in the furnace to then distribute throughout the home. You can find furnaces in a closet of a home, in the attic, basement or even a crawlspace if the space allows for it. These can be gas or electric powered. You can see the paragraph above on “Gas Air Conditioning” to see some factors comparing the two energy sources.
For Central Kentucky, these are the main sources of heating and cooling that you may see when searching for a home to purchase. There are certainly other options out there such as baseboard heating and window units. This should get you familiar with what a few of the terms mean when you’re reading about the details of a home.
If you would like more information on HVAC systems, check out local HVAC company websites or even give them a call to get a better understanding. They are the experts in this field-not me-I just wanted to scratch the surface a bit to get you started! 🙂 Here are a few recommended local HVAC companies:
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