Distinguishing Between HVAC and Air Conditioning

In most modern properties, the air conditioning system is part of your HVAC system. It is the “AC” in HVAC. However, it is not the entirety of the system. Your HVAC system also encompasses your heating system, which is the “H.” Your ventilation system is the “V.”

Most people think of air conditioning as the system that cools the rooms down in the summer, but air conditioning is more involved than that. Air conditioners also lower levels of humidity and their filters pull some pollutants out of the air. The technicians at Aircon Heating & Cooling of Las Cruces, NM, are pleased to service your air conditioning and answer any other questions you may have about it. In the meantime, it’s important to learn the differences between HVAC and air conditioning.

What Is Meant by Air Conditioning?

Rather than add cold to the air, AC units remove heat. This is one of the reasons why they are more complicated than your heating system and why they cost more to run. Your air conditioner pulls in heat from the air and makes it cold through the interplay of condenser coils, fans, compressors, and refrigerant. In addition, your central air conditioning also works with your furnace to keep your house cool. The types of air conditioning systems are:

  • Window air conditioners
  • Ductless air conditioners
  • Evaporative coolers
  • Heat pumps, which double as heaters in the winter

Other Types of Air Conditioners

There are other devices that condition the air in other ways. These air conditioners include humidifiers, which add humidity to rooms that are too dry. There are also dehumidifiers, which take away the humidity that the air cooler can’t, and there are furnace filters and electronic air cleaners.

Call Us for Air Conditioning and Heating Service

If you are in the Las Cruces area and need a new air conditioning unit installed or an old one serviced, don’t hesitate to call us at Aircon Heating & Cooling. We are proud of our experience, skill, courtesy, and punctuality, to say nothing of our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We service heating systems as well.

5 AC System Sounds to Check

1. Clanking

This sound is a sign that some components might be loose. The compressor makes clanking noises when it’s out of place, but there are other parts that clank. You may hear this from the outdoor fan or indoor blower.

2. Clicking

Normally, you’ll hear clicking noises when the air conditioning system turns on or off. You shouldn’t hear these sounds during the operation of your AC unit. If you are hearing clicks for a prolonged period, you may have a faulty thermostat or another broken electrical component.

3. Buzzing

A buzzing noise could indicate a variety of issues. Loose parts might buzz in your AC unit, but you may also have wiring concerns. The length of the sound might tell you about the problem. If your air conditioning system has dirt buildup, you’ll probably hear quiet buzzing noises. Serious concerns will produce loud buzzes. You’ll need the assistance of a professional technician to understand what actions you should take.

4. Chattering

Chattering noises indicate your air conditioning system is going to break down. The deterioration of the AC unit causes the sounds, but you may have problems that you can repair. The first thing you need to do is check for any loose bolts in the unit’s casing. If you don’t see any other loose parts, contact a professional.

5. Whistling

When you hear high-pitched whistling, you need to turn off your system and contact a technician. The usual cause of this sound is a refrigerant leak, and you should consider this issue as a health concern. Another reason you might hear this is when your compressor has high internal pressure, and you’ll need professional assistance to find a solution.

Professional Services Available

When you hear unusual sounds from your heating or air conditioning system, you should try the professional services of A/C Care Heat and Air. We have a team of technicians ready to help you fix your problems. Rely on our services when you want quality repair or maintenance services. Contact A/C Care Heating and Air in Stuart to learn more information or schedule an appointment.