What Does HVAC Stand For

What does HVAC stand for?

Most of us would have seen the abbreviation HVAC before and linked it to some commercial application. But what does HVAC stand for? Well, it simply stands for heating, venting, and air conditioning. HVAC stands for an umbrella term that encompasses most if not all environmental comfort control. Within these broad categories there are many sub categories such as split systems and portable ACUs.


Heating is one of the most important requirements for us as people. It is part of the minimum requirement for us to survive. In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, it is part of the basic physiological needs. Meaning we cannot live without it. Heating can be from full central heating systems to portable electric fan heaters. On building sites and warehouses, where it can be hard to keep the environment warm, space heaters are crucial.

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Ventilation is one way to promote a steady airflow in a building. It is one of the most important ways any HVAC system efficiently regulates temperature and removes harmful pollutants from the air. It also can help combat airborne viruses and lower risk of respiratory diseases.

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Air Conditioning

To regulate a more comfortable working environment, air conditioning units can be portable or affixed to the building. A split system ACU is a HVAC solution that has all the heat creating components outside and pushes cooled air into the building. Air Conditioning can make hot days more temperate and even increase productivity.

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What other terms are used for HVAC and what do they stand for?

Now we have a better understanding of what HVAC stands for, there are other terms used that either mean similar, or are parts of HVAC systems


The British thermal unit (BTU) is a unit of energy used in the HVAC industry. It is specifically used in regards to heat. The British thermal unit is slightly over 1kJ of energy and refers to the amount of energy required to raise 1lb of water by one degree of Fahrenheit.


This refers to a fan coil unit. This is a small unit that is usually only a heating and cooling coil, and a blower. The main application for FCU is in smaller areas such as hotel rooms, flats and apartments.


The term for a packaged terminal air conditioner, this is a unit that is both a heater and an air conditioner. The PTAC offers both the H and AC of HVAC and is predominantly used in hotels.

What would you stand to gain from implementing HVAC systems?

Safe temperatures are not just a nice thing to have. As a species we have a narrow level of safe temperatures and if they are too high or too low, could cause long term problems. You stand to gain more than just comfort from an HVAC system, you will have much more safe and productive employees too.

What services can Broughton offer regarding HVAC?

There are several options Broughton offer in relation to HVAC systems. It stands to reason that you may want a solution from one provider for the added piece of mind. That is why we offer a wide range of solutions for you. The Split system ACU is great for permanent installation and keeps the temperature regulated. If you have certain areas of your business that are ineffectively heated, the portable fan heaters can help subsidise any heating troubles. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help!