The Ultimate Heating and Cooling Systems Basics Quiz

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The Ultimate Heating and Cooling Systems Basics Quiz
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About This Quiz

When a home's heating or cooling systems fails, most home owners do not know what to do and call for a professional. Knowing some basic information about how heating and cooling systems work may help you deal with system mishaps by yourself. Take this quiz and see how good your knowledge of heating and cooling system basics is.
What is the power source for air conditioners?
electricity
propane
fuel oil
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Wrong Answer

Air conditioners are powered by electricity.

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A heat pump heats and _______ the air.
humidifies
cools
freshens
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Wrong Answer

A heat pump heats and cools the air.

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Some radiant systems depend on gravity. Why might this be a problem?
pipes slanting incorrectly
mineral clogs
both answers
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Wrong Answer

The pipes used for hot water may slant in the wrong direction.

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What is the key component of a thermostat?
bimetallic element
light bulb
battery
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The key component is a bimetallic element. The element expands or contracts as your home's temperature changes.

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Modern heating and cooling systems use what type of thermostat to control air temperature?
solid-state electronic thermostat
two exposed contacts
coiled bimetallic strips
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Wrong Answer

A solid-state electronic thermostat is used to control the air of modern heating and cooling systems.

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How do your repair a faulty solid-state thermostat?
replace
rewire
reset
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Wrong Answer

When they cease to operate, these thermostats must be replaced.

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What is an advantage of solid-state thermostats?
more accurate
less accurate
breaks easily
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Wrong Answer

Solid-state thermostats may be more accurate than older models.

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What type of slab construction is needed for radiant heating systems?
concrete slab
wood
steel stumps
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Wrong Answer

Most modern radiant systems are built into homes with a concrete slab foundation.

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Climate-controlled systems have how many basic components?
two
three
four
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Climate-controlled systems have three basic components: a source of warmed or cooled air, an air distribution system and a control to regulate the system.

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What control is used to regulate heating and cooling systems?
thermostat
rheostat
timer device
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Wrong Answer

A thermostat is used to regulate heating and cooling systems.

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What can be a source for warm air?
air conditioner
furnace and air conditioner
refrigerator
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Wrong Answer

A furnace is a usual source for warm air, but an air conditioner can also be set to heat as well as cool.

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What is a source for cool air?
air conditioner
furnace
water heater
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An air conditioner is your usual source for cool air.

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In homes with central air, other than cool air, what will most likely flow through the same air ducts?
moist
warm
stale
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In homes with central air conditioning, cool and warm air usually share the home's air ducts.

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When using heating and cooling systems, how is air moved to the various rooms in a home?
forced-air
radiant systems
both answers
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Wrong Answer

Air is distributed by forced-air, gravity or radiant systems.

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Forced air systems use what mechanism to move air?
blower
gravity
hot water pipes
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Wrong Answer

A forced air systems uses a blower to force air through a home's duct system.

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Gravity systems are based on what principle?
hot air rising
cold air sinking
both answers
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Wrong Answer

The principle of hot air rising and cold air sinking is the basis of the gravity system.

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In radiant systems, what heats the water?
boiler
microwave
furnace
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Wrong Answer

At the source, a boiler is used to heat water.

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What is a common problem of forced-air systems?
blower issues
leaking ducts
collapsing ducts
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Wrong Answer

Problems with the blower is a common issue for forced-air systems.

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What principle are the systems heating and cooling based on?
What goes up must come down.
Heat moves from a warm object to a cooler object.
Water flows from a higher level to a lower level.
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Wrong Answer

The principle of heat moving from a warm object to a cooler object.

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In homes with central air, what does the thermostat usually regulate?
heating
cooling
both answers
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Wrong Answer

The thermostat usually regulates both the heating and cooling systems.

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