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Frequently Asked Questions About our Air Conditioning Services

shutterstock_100882873Wades Heating and Air has years of experience working with home and business owners in Greensboro, Summerfield, Oak Ridge and other locations across North Carolina. Below you will find the answers to some of our most commonly heard questions. If you do not find what you are looking for on this page, we invite you to contact us for more information.

What does HVAC mean?

The term “HVAC” is frequently used to describe home heating and cooling systems. The acronym stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, which are the 3 primary functions of heating and cooling systems. HVAC systems control air temperature and humidity and maintain the quality of air in the home.

What’s the difference between between a central and a local cooling system?

Cooling systems may be classified as either central or local. Central cooling is the most standard method of air conditioning, and is defined by a system that produces cool air in one central area and then distributes it throughout the home. Traditional split systems to packaged product systems are just a couple of the types of systems that work as central air conditioning systems.

Local cooling, however, produces cool air in the room where it is needed and serves small spaces. Room Air Conditioners and Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC) are two types of local air conditioning systems.

How does an air conditioning system work?

Heat pumpWhole-home air conditioning systems are central systems that rely on ducts to deliver cooled air throughout the home. An air-conditioning system provides cooling, ventilation, humidity control and even heating (if using a Heat Pump) for a home. Air conditioning units cool refrigerants like Puron Refrigerant and Freon and deliver them to evaporator coils, which dissipate the refrigerant and blow cool air into ducts for delivery throughout the home.

Products such as room air conditioners are local cooling options for smaller areas within homes. Instead of delivering cooled refrigerant to a coil and then to ductwork, a room air conditioner contains all the components in a single unit and blows air directly into a room.

Air-conditioned homes often have sealed windows, because open windows would disrupt the attempts of the control system to maintain constant temperature.

Typical air conditioning products include:

  • Heat Pumps
  • Central Air Conditioners
  • Evaporator Coils
  • Room Air Conditioners
  • Single Packaged Products

How does a thermostat work?

The term “thermostat” commonly refers to a device that controls the temperature of a home by operating both the home cooling and heating systems. Programmable thermostats can also be used to manage the timing of the system’s functions, which can control overall energy use and costs.

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