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A Glossary of Cincinnati HVAC Terms, Part 1

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While it is not necessary to know these terms to keep your Cincinnati heating and air conditioning system running at maximum capacity and efficiency, you may be curious to learn some of the language used in the world of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). We will post more next week.

Air Changes per Hour (ACH): Your system replaces the indoor air with outside air a number of times each hour. The ACH is the number of times this exchange happens. It is one way to measure the air exchange rate for your home.

British thermal unit (BTU): This is a measurement for heat. 1 BTU is the amount of heat required to cause one pound of water to rise in temperature by one degree.

Cubic feet per minute (CFM): Looking at any space in your home – a room, or a chamber, or crawlspace – the CFM is the measurement of how much air flows through that space in any given sixty-second interval.

Condenser coil: As outside air comes in, the air pushes refrigerant through this coil, which is inside your air conditioner.

Cooling capacity: In a given hour, how much heat can your air conditioner remove from a room? The cooling capacity is that measurement.

Energy Star: The EPA made the Energy Star program, with its rating system, to show which appliances and HVAC products are more energy-efficient.

Freon: This is an organic compound that some air-conditioning systems use as a coolant.

Heat pump: This pump pulls outside air in, heats that air, and then circulates it throughout your home through the ducts. Learn more about heat pumps in Cincinnati.

For a free Cincinnati consultation about your heat pump, heating system, and any other thermal questions, just get in touch with us at our southern Ohio headquarters, and we would be happy to help you. Fill out our contact form or call the HVAC professionals from Pinnacle Air Solutions at 513.984.HEAT (4328).

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