We have two separate tags, and . Right now these are not synonyms, but I wonder if they should be.


The inverse tags, and have already been synonomized in 2017. It does feel like we should be consistent in our application of synonyms here.

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  • I think a synonym is the way to go.
    – LShaver Mod
    Mar 3, 2020 at 18:54
  • @LShaver Why not write that as an answer?
    – Nic
    Mar 4, 2020 at 16:11

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It shouldn't be a synonym. That is, in careful technical usage, they mean different things.

Cooling can be done without air conditioning.

Air conditioning can be done without cooling the room: keeping the relative humidity within a set range is part of what air conditioning does.

  • In that case, do you think the tag synonym for [space-heating] should be undone?
    – Nic
    Mar 4, 2020 at 16:11
  • I see your point. Of the questions with both tags, it looks like only this one doesn't need both
    – LShaver Mod
    Mar 4, 2020 at 16:16
  • I also tend to agree that it's not a synonym. We currently have 23 questions tagged with cooling and only a few of those are about air conditioning. The case with heating/space-heating is different. When we merged those tags almost all questions tagged with heating were in fact about space-heating.
    – THelper
    Mar 5, 2020 at 15:05

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