Your HVAC system is what keeps your home comfortable. Because of the important role it plays in you and your family’s comfort, it can be a major expense when your system needs repairs or an upgrade. When you’re reviewing HVAC service quotes, it’s essential to be able to interpret them so that you get the best work performed at a fair and competitive price.
To better understand what is being detailed in HVAC service quotes, you may need to familiarize yourself with some of the industry terminology. Crucial components that are common knowledge in the HVAC world may be mentioned but that doesn’t mean that you’re familiar with them. Different HVAC systems have different components but here are a few of the terms you may come across when reviewing HVAC service quotes:
- Air Handler: A collection of components located indoors that includes the evaporator coil, air filtration system, and indoor fan. Collectively, it is responsible for distributing and purifying the air in your home. And is generally used with a heat pump system.
- Heat Pump: A heat pump is similiar to an air conditioner but it is also capable of producing heat in the winter months. The heat pump is located outside and includes the fan, reversing valve, electrical contactors, compressor and fan.
- Condenser Coil: This is the heat exchanger that is located on the outdoor unit and is essential to the process of conditioning your indoor air.
- Evaporator Coil: This is the part that sits on top of your furnace and becomes cold when your are cooling your home or warm if you have a heat pump and are heating your home.
An HVAC service quote may propose suggestions that will make your home more energy efficient. This could include the installation of programmable thermostats or even an upgrade of your entire HVAC system. These suggestions should be backed up by numbers that illustrate your potential savings. If you don’t understand why the suggestions are being made, you should feel free to ask them.
If you have more questions about HVAC service quotes or what you should be looking for in one, contact Ernst Heating & Cooling today. We will gladly share our expert advice and get you a quote for your unique HVAC needs. We have been proudly serving the Maryville, IL area for over 50 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.