Different Types of Heating/Cooling Systems

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If your goal is to install a new HVAC system in your home, you should know that there are many different types to choose from. Some are designed for single-level single-family homes, whereas others can be installed in much larger facilities. They will also use different types of power to provide heat and cold air. The power of the system can also be improved by installing better heaters, air conditioners, and blowers. Here is an overview of the many different types of HVAC systems that exist today.

Standard Split Systems

These are referred to as a split system because two different components work together. One will be on the interior of the household. The other will be outside. These are traditionally the most popular type of HVAC system that is installed across the country. They will need to be configured based upon your altitude, climate, and how much hot air or cold air you will need to have access to. These typically incorporate a furnace and AC unit, an air handler and heat pump, and also a furnace and heat pump split system.

Ductless Split Systems

In most HVAC systems, you will have to install some type of ducting system to deliver the air. With a ductless unit, also called a miniature split system, the AC unit will be outside, whereas the heat pump will be used for both heating and cooling. You will not be able to use any type of furnace with these systems. Additionally, the component that is inside will have a fan that can disperse the hot or cold air.

Packaged Systems

There are three types of packaged systems. Some use gas or electricity to power them. This is usually an air conditioner and gas furnace combination. The second is simply a heat pump that can produce both cool and hot air. Finally, there is a hybrid unit. This is also equipped with a heat pump that will do all of the cooling and some of the heating. The additional heating will be provided by a separate gas furnace that is only utilized when temperatures are below the freezing level.

Which System Is The Best?

If you are going to choose a system that is designed to last, and is also environmentally friendly, a geothermal HVAC system would be the best choice. These can be more expensive to install, but they rely upon temperatures that are beneath the ground to create the cool and hot air that is produced. It utilizes a water-based system that will also have some type of refrigerant. Pipes will be installed into the ground to transfer and collect heat. These are perfect for homes where they have a large amount of acreage. The high cost is often attributed to the size of the loop that is installed in the ground to produce the HVAC effect.

Based on this information, you can now make a reliable choice on which unit will be best for you. It is most common for people to install standard split systems. This is because they are often the most economical. If you want something different, the packaged and ductless split systems will suffice. However, if you are environmentally oriented, you may want to consider the geothermal HVAC systems. These are now more efficient than ever, and you may be able to find someone to install it at a reasonable cost. Now that you know the different types of HVAC systems that are available today, you can decide on the best one for your new installation.

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