ZONE/ZONING

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A home may be divided into several different areas, or zones, to better control the temperatures throughout the house. The process of dividing your home into different zones is called zoning.

 

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WATT/WATTS

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Electrical power, also expressed as “W.” For example, a 100W globe consumes 100 Watts of electrical power. The W in Watt is always uppercased, because it is named after a person.

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TON

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The ton ratings you see here have nothing to do with the weight of the unit. In fact a ton is simply 12,000 BTUs (see BTU definition on this page). A typical home cooling/heating system uses heat pumps or air conditioners with a capacity of between 1.5 and 5 tons.

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THERMOSTAT

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A temperature-measuring device used to control the operation of home comfort systems to maintain a comfortable temperature within the house. Programmable thermostats allow you to program different temperatures for different times of the day.

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SPLIT SYSTEM

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A home comfort system that uses an indoor and an outdoor component to deliver comfortable air to a living environment.

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SEER

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Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Used to express the efficiency of an air conditioning unit, or a heat pump in cooling mode. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit. The Department of Energy minimum is 10 SEER.

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REFRIGERANT LINES

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Copper lines used to transfer the refrigerant between the outdoor unit and the indoor unit.

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REFRIGERANT

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The liquid used to absorb and transfer heat from one part of the home comfort system to another.

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PACKAGE UNIT

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Equipment in which all heating and cooling components are located in one cabinet. Installed either beside or on top of a home or business.

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KWH

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If a unit uses 1,000 Watts in 1 hour, it is said to have an energy rating of 1kWh.

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