What Is My Electrician Saying?

June 05, 2024

We’ve all heard electricity terms like HVAC and GCFI; we may even know the point of reference. However, if someone were to ask you what the actual acronym meant, would you be able to furnish the answer? You could blame the LOL generation or you could strap on your thinking cap and fully understand your Atlanta electrician instead of opening the door to confusion.

So what does HVAC really stand for? It most commonly refers to Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, however, the same abbreviation has been used referring to High Voltage Alternating Current. When referenced in heating and cooling, the function of an HVAC does more than just control the temperature of your home. It also helps to circulate and distribute air evenly and improves the overall quality by reducing moisture, removing smoke, unpleasant smells, airborne bacteria, and even carbon dioxide.

Another common term is GCFI, which refers to a type of electrical outlet. It stands for ground-fault circuit interrupter. GCFI’s were designed to protect against electric shock from electrical systems. A better way of understanding it’s purpose it to view it as a de-energizer for circuits as it monitors and balances the currents between grounded and ungrounded conductors.

Other common terms include words like OD (or Outer Diameter, like that of a cord) or IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission, you’ll see this on product labels as it appropriates standards for electrical products).

Although it’s the job of the professional electrician to be knowledgeable about your electrical system, obtaining further insight will equip you with the ability to better understand what is happening to your home. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to thoroughly communicate any issues you are having with your electrician over the phone for a better assessment.

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Last Updated: July 08, 2024