HVAC Stands For What It Does
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. You have probably heard about it in passing in a conversation about home maintenance. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
However, did you know that HVAC is not the same as heating and cooling? A real mechanical engineer would ask that very question to explain what all this technical jargon means. “A boiler stands for what happens when water boils. In a space with little heat, you have the water boiling.
A boiler stands for what water does when you boil it. In a space with lots of heat, you have heating from water. And a gas furnace stands for what happens when heat rises.” This is the beginning of a very long and complicated argument between one of the most well-known home-repair experts and a novice.
The professional, (me) home mechanic had brought his son and daughter-in-law out to the house for a weekend to tell us about his love of HVAC and his frustration with the lack of knowledge of home-repair professionals about how to install HVAC systems. He was surprised to learn that the “can do” attitude many home-repair professionals exhibit is not just a result of the economy, but because they are also trained in other disciplines such as Electrical Engineering and Industrial Maintenance. He quickly concluded that home repair professionals need to get trained in Industrial Maintenance and Mechanical Engineering.
We discussed Industrial Maintenance, a field of study that is associated with more than 20 years of training in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Maintenance, two disciplines that were never touched upon during my instruction in Industrial Maintenance. He thought that it would be worthwhile to spend some time educating himself on the subject.
I believe it would be wise for a home-owner to have both the education and experience of a certified Green Building Inspector, Certified HVAC, Electrical Engineer, and an Industrial Maintenance Engineer to properly maintain the HVAC system. Hopefully that will do something for the home-repair professionals and give them an edge over other home-repair specialists.
All in all, while I appreciate his opinion, I am more concerned with how best to save our limited supply of fossil fuels and have a more prosperous, happy, environmentally conscious nation. While we are trying to preserve energy resources, it is important to understand how a small, simple task like turning off the water and electricity to a small section of the home can make a difference.
I am not suggesting that everyone in America use HVAC but, it is important that we understand the power of our HVAC. For that reason, it is important to expand the learning on how to use it and some of us need to specialize.