What the Heck is HVAC? HVAC stands for heating, ventilating and air conditioning, and it’s all about the use of technology to provide a satisfactory indoor climate. This includes a comfortable air temperature along with healthy air quality.
HVAC and You
The ‘heating’ part we all understand as most of us – at least up here in Canada – need some kind of heater to keep us warm. Most often that is a forced-air furnace, typically one that burns natural gas or oil, although more and more electrically-fired furnaces are popping up. There are even wood-burning furnaces, some of which include an electric heating element in case the wood supply doesn’t last.
Ventilation is very important, too, as it helps control the temperature in our homes and offices. But it is also critical in replenishing the oxygen we breathe, removing excess moisture and controlling odours and bacteria in that air.
Though you may laugh at the thought of air conditioning in Canada, each year more and more people want it in their homes. Of course, almost all of our business and commercial buildings have been air conditioned for decades now. And, with the increasing temperatures that climate change is bringing, air conditioning will be much more common in the very near future.
Things Just Get Better and Better
Technology is amazing and we all benefit from the vast improvements it has brought when it comes to HVAC. Today’s furnaces use far less fuel than before and they are more compact and quieter, too. Automated thermostats lower temperatures at night for us, warming our homes up in the morning before we get out of bed. And many new homes now have carbon monoxide detectors, a life-saving and inexpensive technology that just wasn’t available in the past.
One of the reasons for the increase in popularity of air conditioning is the heat pump. First popularized as an efficient way to control year-round comfort in American and Japanese homes in the 1950s, heat pumps have benefited greatly from new technology.
Why You Should Consider a Heat Pump
In the early days of the heat pump, they were large, expensive and typically used buried pipes to extract heat from the ground (in winter) or to transfer heat to the ground (in summer). 21st century heat pumps are smaller and cheaper than ever before and therefore are a real alternative to other heating systems. The big advantage is that they provide heat in winter and cool air (air conditioning) in summer. And many now accomplish both of those functions by exchanging thermal energy (heat) from the outside air, meaning no more expensive, buried pipes. And, yes…they work in winter! You can feel the difference between +5 degrees and -10 degrees, and that is because air at -5 degrees has more thermal energy in it. Modern heat pumps can actually extract that heat and use it to heat your home!
All the brand names of furnaces you have known for years now make heat pumps, including Trane, Lennox, Carrier, LG, Rheem and so on. For more information on how a heat pump can benefit your new home or fit in with upcoming renovations, contact a good HVAC contractor. One such business in the Vancouver area is Pioneer Plumbing & Heating.
Just as in days of old, furnaces and heat pumps need maintenance and – occasionally – repair. Avoiding high repair costs as well as inconvenience is the goal of scheduled maintenance and something you should talk about with a representative from Pioneer Plumbing & Heating.
In fact, when it comes to maintenance and repair of any kind of heating system, as well as sales, installations and advice, the friendly professionals at K.C.’s can help anyone in the Metro Vancouver area.
Pioneer Plumbing & Heating Inc
Vancouver, BC V5T 3K4