Wades Heating and Air’s Frequently Asked Questions

With more than 50 years of experience working with customers in the Greensboro, NC area, Wades Heating and Air has the knowledge needed to answer some of our most commonly heard questions. If you do not find the answer to your question below, we encourage you contact us at (336) 697–0300 – we are happy to help with any problems you may have.

What does HVAC mean?

You may often hear the term “HVAC,” which is used to describe home heating and cooling systems. The acronym stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning–which are the three primary functions of a home system. They control air temperature and humidity and maintain the quality of the air in the home.

What’s the difference between central heating systems and local heating systems?

shutterstock_77819551Heating and cooling systems may be classified as central or local. Central heating is the most standard method, and is defined as a system that produces warm air in one central area and then distributes it throughout the home. There are many types of systems that work as central systems, from traditional split systems to packaged product systems.

Local heating and cooling, on the other hand, produces warm air at the location where it is needed and serves small spaces best.

How does a heating system work?

Heating systems keep your home warm and comfortable. If you live in a particularly cold climate, the function of your heating system is a high priority. Most central heating systems are classified as forced air systems, because they send air through ductwork for distribution. The ductwork can contain products that filter or clean the air.

Radiant systems create heat and use components such as radiators that distribute the heat into the home. Boilers are a traditional radiant heat source.

Typical heating products include:

  • Heat Pumps
  • Gas and Oil Furnaces
  • Fan Coils
  • Boilers
  • Single Packaged Products
  • Evaporator Coils
  • Room Air Conditioners
  • Single Packaged Products

How does a thermostat work?

Digital Thermostat and male handThe term “thermostat” commonly refers to any unit that controls the operation of a heating and cooling system. Thermostats are used to turn on heating or cooling systems to bring the home to a set temperature. In addition to basic temperature control, programmable thermostats can be used to manage the timing of the system’s functions, which can control overall energy use and costs.

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