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What Does HVAC Stand For?

what does hvac stand for?

What Does HVAC Stand For?

If you own a home, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the acronym “HVAC” thrown around a lot.  You know it has something to do with controlling the temperature in your home, but you may not know exactly what it entails.  As a homeowner, is important for you to understand the acronym, as it is essential to the air quality and comfort in your home.


The H in HVAC stands for heating.  There are multiple ways in which heat can be generated through your HVAC system, whether it’s a boiler, a furnace (oil or gas), or a heat pump.  While the average temperature in Wilmington is rather warm, and doesn’t require a heater, the winters can get pretty chilly, so you want to make sure all heating components of your HVAC are in tip top shape for when the temperature does drop.

Heat pumps are a newer technology, and don’t generate heat.  Instead, they draw existing heat right out of the air.  They can also be used to cool (by pulling heat out of your home), as well as control humidity.


Stuck in the middle, ventilation doesn’t often get that much attention.  This part of your HVAC system acts like the middleman between the inside and outside of your home as air is exchanged.  While it doesn’t directly affect the temperature of the air, ventilation has a very important job.  It keeps the air comfortable, and the air quality high.  It prevents moisture from getting in (which would otherwise lead to mold!), as well as keeps out air pollutants, such as dust, dirt, pollen and other allergens.  Ventilation also prevents stale air, and instead keeps the air healthy and smelling clean.

Air Conditioner

Living in Wilmington, you’re probably very familiar with the air conditioner.  In fact, when the weather really warms up, it’s probably your favorite appliance in your entire house.  Your air conditioner can either be its own entity (if you have a boiler or a furnace) or it can be your heat pump working in reverse.  No matter which you have, they both work the same way: they use refrigerant to remove warm air from your home, as well as reduce the humidity levels.  Before the temperatures start to really climb, you’re going to want to make sure that your air conditioner is primed and ready to go.

Your HVAC system is an integral part of your Wilmington home.  In order to perform properly, it needs to be taken care of.  Trust the experts at Brinson & Sons.  Whether it’s installation, maintenance, repairs or replacement of your HVAC, we’ve got you covered.  Give us a call to schedule your consultation today!

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Back in 1974, before company mission statements were in vogue, Jack Brinson started his heating and air company with one objective – treat every customer with the personal and professional care they deserve. From new installation to system replacement to service and repair, our team of heating and air professionals will do it like it’s their own home. Our rapid response time is designed with your comfort in mind. That’s the quality of service you can expect. After all, Jack wouldn’t have it any other way.