Are You Using the Terms HVAC and AC Correctly?



You have probably heard the acronym HVAC many times in your life. It’s likely that you have used it yourself, but do you know what it means? Some people confuse HVAC and AC. Let’s discuss what the differences are.

What Does HVAC Stand For?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. When someone says they are an HVAC technician, this means they are skilled in all of these areas, not just one. HVAC techs from Gilmore Heating, Air, & Solar in Placerville, CA can fix your furnace, clean out your vents and install an air conditioner.

What Does AC Stand For?

AC stands for air conditioning. When technicians say they are repairing your AC, they are not going to clean out your vents or change the filter on your furnace. They are simply going to fix your air conditioning unit, whether that is a window unit or a central air system.

Are the Terms Interchangeable?

If you are talking about AC, you are referring to your air conditioning system only. If you use the term HVAC, you could be talking about any part of your heating, ventilation or air conditioning system. When you are talking to technicians about your problem, it is important that you use the correct terminology so that they know what type of problem they are looking for.

What About Heat Pumps?

A heat pump can occasionally cause some confusion because it both heats and cools. In this instance, it seems like you could use either the term HVAC or the term AC depending on the type of unit you are referring to. However, most HVAC technicians consider the term AC to mean systems that are made only for air conditioning rather than both heating and cooling.

We have skilled technicians ready to answer your questions and field techs who can visit your home or business to determine what is causing the problem. If you are experiencing difficulty with any part of your HVAC system, give Gilmore Heating, Air, & Solar a call today.