Your HVAC System Is More Than Heating and Cooling Alone

|Your HVAC System Is More Than Heating and Cooling Alone

Your HVAC System Is More Than Heating and Cooling Alone

The Importance of Your HVAC System

Due to Chicago’s wild climate changes, you have to pay attention to your home HVAC System, not doing so will cost you deary. Learning exactly what HVAC stands for may help you start building the knowledge you need to improve your control over your HVAC System and lower your energy costs.


Heating, the H in HVAC, usually comes from heat pump, but also refers to furnace & boiler. A furnace burns fuel, such as natural gas or propane, to create a flame. A fan in the furnace blows your home’s air over a heat exchanger, which moves heat from the flame into the air. The warm air continues into your ducts and out to your rooms.

A heat pump or furnace is, in essence, an air conditioner that can work in reverse. In heating mode, it uses the refrigerant it contains to absorb heat from the outdoor air and move it into your home. It’s the most efficient electric heating method available and ideal for our climate.


The V in HVAC stands for ventilation, an easily overlooked part of your home HVAC System. Although it doesn’t directly affect something as noticeable as your room temperature, good ventilation has a number of benefits. Not paying attention to proper duct sealing is one of the most commonly overlooked issues.

Air Conditioning

The AC in HVAC stands for air conditioning, which can be supplied by either an air conditioner, used when the home also has a furnace, or a heat pump. An air conditioner and a heat pump in cooling mode work the same way, using refrigerant to carry heat out of your home. These systems also reduce humidity as they cool.

Whether your home could use an improvement in airflow, or your heating or cooling system is due for an upgrade, contact us at Atlas Heating Service in the greater Chicago land area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Chicago land area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

By |2016-05-12T14:05:29+00:00July 31st, 2012|HVAC Maintenance|8 Comments

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  1. David Hawkins May 23, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I had no idea that ventilation could impact your AC unit so much. I know that people often complain of poor ventilation in my home, but I thought it just meant they thought it was dusty. I’ll have to hire a AC contractor and see if there is anything they can do to fix that problem for me. Thanks for the advice!

    • Edward Breden June 22, 2016 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      Monthly replacement of our filter works best for me.

  2. Brown December 28, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Ventilation really is important when it comes to your heating and cooling system. Keeping the air vents cleaned will help make sure the air that circulates through your home is in fact clean.

  3. Arizona HVAC Experts February 18, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Great information you are sharing, thank you for post. I also work in HVAC solutions in Arizona.

  4. Brian Gamble January 5, 2018 at 3:08 pm - Reply
  5. Brian Gamble January 5, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply
  6. Brian Gamble January 5, 2018 at 3:17 pm - Reply
  7. Heating and Air Folsom September 12, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    HVAC well spelled out for us! Thanks. Getting an annual system evaluation is valuable and can save you money so that your AC unit runs properly!

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