HVAC systems come in a number of shapes, sizes, configurations and price points. One thing we can pretty much all agree on is that we need them. From there, it becomes a mixed bag of choice, cost and feasibility when deciding on the HVAC type that works best for you and your home.
The HVAC system you choose will largely be based on your type of home, your heating and cooling needs and wants, as well as the climate you live in. It’s also a matter of personal preference and up front costs vs. long term savings.
To help you understand the differences and know your HVAC options, we’ve put together a list of the most common types of HVAC systems.
Traditional split systems
The most common system you see in residential homes today is the split system. As the “split” suggests, the HVAC system is two separate units for heating and cooling. The AC unit is usually placed outside and the furnace, while the furnace is in the basement, utility closet or attic.
The split system is controlled by one central thermostat that can direct the HVAC to heat or cool your home. The air is dispersed by a central fans through the ducts of the home.
The furnace is most often a gas/oil powered but there are also electric and hybrid options.
Ductless split systems
For homes that don’t have existing ductwork, the ductless split system comes in handy. Typically an outdoor compressor supplies treated air to indoor units, which can be controlled individually throughout different rooms. This system also works with a heat pump that can supply both hot and cold air. The ductless split system works best in moderate climates and can be a great energy saver, though it may cost more up front.
A packaged system provides heat and cooling in one unit. They’re usually installed in an attic or the top floor of a home and are used as an option when traditional split systems aren’t an option. They work better in warmer climates, as they typically don’t provide as much heat as a traditional furnace but there are advanced combo options that use gas and electric to supply more heat, as well as heat pump or dual-fuel options.
Growing in popularity, this HVAC system is more expensive to install but saves much more money in the long run than other systems. A network of pipes underground uses the earth’s temperatures to heat and cool your home. They transfer heat from the earth and bring it up into your home during the winter while reversing the process and sending hot air down below ground to return as cool air in the summer.
Now that you know a little more about HVAC system options, is it time to choose what’s best for you and your home?
Give us a call and we can come assess your home, hear your needs and help you decide what solution works best for you.