Need to Replace Your Heating System? Some Terms It Can Pay to Know

As winter approaches, your summertime memories can rapidly fade into worry about more pressing matters. If you are like most people, staying warm in the most cost-efficient way possible is a big priority. If you find yourself needing a new heating system, must get work on the one you have or are just looking for better efficiency, you’ll find it useful to familiarize yourself with several heating system terms to better understand what your HVAC specialist recommends. Check out some of the most important heating system terms.

  • Infiltration – This refers to cold outdoor air entering your home due to poorly insulated spaces and openings. Reducing infiltration reduces your costs.
  • Humidifier – This device will add moisture to dry winter air to increase comfort and make it easier to breathe.
  • HSPF – This stands for heating seasonal performance factor and rates your HVAC system’s performance the way MPG rates automobiles. Make sure yours is up to standards.
  • Energy Star – This is the Department of Energy rating that determines the energy efficiency of an appliance. Make sure to use Energy Star-rated units.
  • HRV – A heat recovery ventilator will allow pre-warmed fresh air to enter your home.
  • Heat Exchanger – This is a component of your heating unit that transfers the heat from the heating unit to the air. It’s a key part of your heating system and one of the most important heating system terms.
  • Duct – These are a series of pipes that lead to the air vents. Ensuring that ducts are properly insulated is important for proper heating efficiency.
  • IAQ – Indoor air quality can often become an issue if a home is too well insulated. If this is the case, you might have to add an addition to your current ventilation, or you may have a heating system leak.


By knowing important heating system terms, you can better determine where you might be lacking in efficiency and be better able to work with your HVAC specialist to ensure optimum performance and savings. Contact us today at Airtron San Antonio and put your new knowledge of heating system terms to use saving you money.

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