December 17, 2015
Have you spoken with a heating expert from our St. Charles heating service and not understood some of the terminology? Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, we don’t really expect our customers to know the exact terminology. All we care about is providing you with the best heating service in the area so your home is equipped with a heating system that keeps the whole family warm and cozy.
However, knowing heating system terminology is important so you’ll have an easier time understanding the ins and outs of your heating system. You’ll be able to identify problems quicker and explain to a heating experts on what went wrong. This also helps when you’re trying to maintain your heating system and clean it properly!
What Vocab Should You Know?
As far as we’re concerned, knowledge is power and the more terminology you know about your heating system, the better you can communicate problems to our heating experts. Here a few common words you can use:
- Flue:This is your furnace’s exhaust pipe. Your flue is connected to the heat exchanger component and needs to be kept clean and in good condition in order to keep your home fume-free.
- Ignition Control:The component of your furnace that actually kicks on the ignition mechanism within the heat exchanger (or fire box if you have an oil furnace).
- Inducer Blower Assembly:A small motorized small blower wheel rig that moves conditioned air and exhaust gases in their proper direction.
- Heat Exchanger:This component consists of a metal enclosure and is where the gas or oil that fuels your furnace is burned. Air from inside your home is circulated around the heat exchanger and picks up heat to be delivered to your living areas, typically through ductwork.
- Heat Pump:A highly versatile piece of equipment that can both heat and cool your home. Heat pumps are capable of reversing the flow of your HVAC system’s refrigerant, and then extracting heat from the outdoors which is distributed throughout your home via ductwork.
- Pilot:A gas furnace component that has a small opening and burns a small amount of gas to ignite the burners and begin generating heat.
- Sequencer:The relay unit in an electric furnace, indoor blower and heat pump air handler that starts and stops them in a “sequence.” This prevents your HVAC system from becoming overloaded which can happen when they all came on at the same time.
- Set Back Thermostat:A device used to monitor and adjust your home’s temperature. Most models have set points which can be programmed by the homeowner to lower or raise temperature at any given time. Best of all, they’re a great energy saver!
Contact Precision today if you want to learn more terminology used by our St. Charles heating service. When you enlist the help of Precision, you can become a heating expert too!