Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) are two terms that are often used interchangeably. However, there is a distinct difference between the two.
HVACsystems are designed to regulate the temperature, humidity, and air quality of a space, while HVACR systems are designed to do all of that plus provide cooling for perishable products in commercial environments. The main difference between HVAC and HVACR systems lies in their capabilities.
HVACstands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, while HVACR includes an additional component, refrigeration.
The “R” in HVACR represents the presence of a cooling system, which allows the cooling and temperature of perishable products to be regulated in commercial environments. Historically, the HVAC industry was regulated by HVAC equipment manufacturers. However, regulatory and standardization organizations such as HARDI (Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International), ASHRAE, SMACNA, ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America), Uniform Mechanical Code, International Mechanical Code and AMCA have been established to support the industry and promote high standards and achievements. Now that you know the difference between HVAC and HVACR systems, you can better understand how they apply to home comfort. Knowing the difference between these two systems can help you make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the right system for your home.