Difference Between HVAC and AC


When you buy a home, you encounter a ton of new words and acronyms. HVAC and AC are two of those. Well, you’ve probably already heard “AC” before, but maybe not HVAC.

Even if you had heard of both before, you might not know the difference between HVAC and AC. If that’s the case, you’d be in good company. Many people don’t know the difference.

We’re here to clear that up for you right now.

What’s the Definition of HVAC and AC?

HVAC: HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.

AC: AC stands for Air Conditioning


AC refers to the technology in your system that cools your home.

HVAC refers to the technology that heats, cools, and ventilates your home.

It’s like the idea that all bugs are insects but not all insects are bugs.

In other words, all HVAC units have air conditioning capabilities but not all AC units have heating and ventilation capabilities.

What does the V mean in HVAC?

As we mentioned, the V in HVAC stands for Ventilation.

What does that mean?

Good question.

Ventilation refers to the process of improving indoor air quality. This involves temperature control and dehumidification (removing moisture).

What Equipment Makes Up an HVAC Unit?

Like we mentioned above, HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.

So, an HVAC unit consists of a furnace or boiler for heating, forced or natural (using outside air) ventilation, and central (most common here in Florida) or ductless (doesn’t use air ducts) air conditioning.

Which HVAC/AC Unit is Right for My Home?

This is a great question, and we’d love to help you answer it.

Ultimately it depends on the specifics of your home, including how big your home is, whether you’re able to run ductwork in your home, what the climate is like, and more.

Getting the right HVAC unit is very important, especially here in Florida where it’s so incredibly hot and humid.

To find the right fit for your home, contact your preferred local HVAC professionals.

HVAC and Air Conditioning System Installation In Clearwater, Florida

Living in Florida, it’s extremely important to have the right HVAC unit for your home.

If you’re looking to have a new HVAC system installed in your Clearwater home, or if you aren’t sure if your current unit is right, the Climate Design team is here to help.

Contact us today for all of your HVAC and AC needs in the Tampa area.