Upgrading Your Home Air Conditioner? Use Cooling Terminology Like The Pros

Upgrading Your Home Air Conditioner? Use Cooling Terminology Like The Pros

Upgrading Your Home Air Conditioner? Use Cooling Terminology Like The Pros

Las Vegas Air Conditioning

Upgrading Your Home Air Conditioner? Use Cooling Terminology Like The Pros

Las Vegas Air Conditioning

upgrading your air conditioner,  NevadaIt can feel like you need to learn another language when you’re upgrading your air conditioner, with all of the industry-specific terms used by HVAC professionals. But with this handy glossary, you can understand the terms and make informed choices when you’re upgrading your air conditioner.

  • British Thermal Units: The basic unit of heat transfer. This term is used in the industry because air conditioners transfer heat out of your home. What inches are to distance, BTUs are to cooling.
  • Ton: When used in reference to upgrading your air conditioner, a ton has nothing to do with weight. Rather, an air conditioning ton represents 12,000 BTUs of heat transfer per hour.
  • Cooling load: The number of BTUs needed to cool your home on a hot day. You must calculate your home’s cooling load to determine how many tons of air conditioning you need.
  • Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio: The average number of BTUs provided for each watt of electricity. A higher SEER number indicates higher A/C efficiency.
  • Delta T: The change in temperature as air passes through the evaporator coil of an A/C.
  • Air handler: The indoor half of a central air conditioning system and the part that actually cools your house. An air handler can be single-speed or variable-speed, with the latter being more energy efficient.
  • Condensing unit: The outdoor half of an A/C system. It transfers the indoor heat to the outdoor air.
  • Compressor: The pump that circulates refrigerant through the system. Some compressors are two-stage, which means they operate more efficiently.
  • Coils: There are two coils in an A/C system: the outdoor condensing coil and the indoor evaporator coil. The evaporator coil absorbs heat from the air, and the condensing coil releases that heat to the outdoors.
  • Refrigerant: The substance that flows through the coils, alternately evaporating (to absorb heat) and condensing (to release heat).

For assistance in upgrading your air conditioner, contact the Nevada professionals at Las Vegas Air Conditioning. We serve homeowners in Green Valley, Las Vegas, Henderson and Las Vegas County.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air conditioners and other HVAC topics, .

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