To many people the systems that heat and cool our homes are complicated and mysterious. In fact, the basics of heating and air conditioning are fairly easy to understand. Time for an HVAC lesson.
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. It’s a whole system with the sole purpose of making the indoor environment comfortable.
HVAC systems are currently available in four different types. These four types of HVAC systems all come in different sizes and specifications to suit your business or home.
It’s called a split system because there is an outdoor unit containing the condenser and compressor, and an indoor unit containing the evaporator coil and blower. Split-system central air conditioning is most popular type of residential heating and air conditioning. The indoor unit is often connected to a furnace or heat pump.
If you have a furnace but no air conditioner, a split-system is the most efficient and cheapest to install.
HVAC split systems will typically have:
In a hybrid heating and cooling system, a heat pump (powered by electricity) is used in conjunction with a furnace that burns natural gas, propane, or fuel oil.
Heat pumps are air conditioners that can also work in reverse to efficiently heat your home. One device that efficiently heats and cools your home.
The problem is that when temperatures dip below 40 degrees, the heat pump isn’t very efficient. That’s when the furnace kicks on to do the heating.
On all but the coldest of nights (where you’ll need a furnace backup), a heat pump can take heat out of the air outside and transport it into your home. And in the summer, it functions just like an air conditioner, so you’ll get year-round energy savings from one product.
An ideal hybrid heat split system will have:
A duct-free HVAC system provides a solution for spaces where conventional ducted systems aren’t compatible. They can also be great compliments to existing ducted types of HVAC systems.
Ductless mini-split units are installed directly into the zones of the home that need heating and cooling. You can have as many as four indoor air handling units (four zones or rooms) for each outdoor unit.
Ductless mini-split systems will have the following:
A packaged HVAC system contains the compressor, condenser, and evaporator all in one unit, often located on a roof or near the foundation.
It is a good solution for homes and offices without adequate space for all the separate components of split systems. They are sometime used in small commercial buildings and often include electric coils or a furnace for heating.
Packaged HVAC systems include:
That concludes our lesson in HVAC for now. Hopefully it has educated you a little more on the various types of HVAC systems and what each of them contains.
The primary goal for any HVAC system is to provide indoor comfort for every room in the building. With good knowledge of the available types and an understanding of your specific needs, it cannot be too hard to know what kind of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system you would need.
Don’t underestimate the value of a quality HVAC installation by a reputable HVAC company. A quality installation ensures you will get the energy efficiency and comfort you expect. Ask these 20 questions when shopping around for superior service.
And to make sure your expensive home comfort system remains efficient and reliable for many years to come, remember to schedule annual maintenance every year for your heating and cooling system. Or, sign up for a Maintenance Value Plan (MVP).
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