The Main Parts of an HVAC System

A fully functioning HVAC system is crucial to a healthy and comfortable home. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and the well-integrated system will include all these parts. Smooth operation of your HVAC unit can maximize energy efficiency and ensure that maintenance is rarely required. However, you never know when something might require some adjustment, so it’s important to be familiar with the different parts of your HVAC system.

1. Heating

The heating element usually consists of a furnace or boiler in most residential HVAC systems. The heating system is responsible for warming the circulated air and can also be attached to a house’s water system, providing hot water along with warm air. This is a large component that is usually stored in a basement or utility closet.

2. Ventilation

An HVAC’s ventilation mechanism is responsible for moving heated or cooled air in and out of your home. Forced ventilation is often accomplished through the use of an air handler. This device will push air into the system and through your house. This method usually also includes an air purification system that will provide air filtration, reducing the number of allergens and contaminants in your air.

Other parts of the ventilation system that are often overlooked, but can require occasional maintenance, are the ducts that carry the air around your home as well as the vents themselves. A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning specializes in everything to do with HVAC systems and will gladly help you if you run into any problems with your equipment.

3. Air Conditioning

This part of an HVAC system is what cools down the air inside your home. Air conditioners usually use condensing units and evaporator coils to extract heat from a house by running it past a super-cooled fluid before returning it to internal circulation. This is a very effective system that allows for the quick cooling of your home, even on the hottest of days.

These three main components are responsible for keeping your home comfortable, and so it’s important to monitor them in case of any issues. A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning has over 60 years of experience working with HVAC systems, and our team of expert technicians is always just a phone call away. We’re your one-stop shop for all your HVAC needs, including solar equipment, ductless systems, water heaters, geothermal systems, duct cleaning, and build-your-own systems. Here at A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning in Meridian, ID, we install, maintain and repair all HVAC system makes and models for both residential and commercial facilities.