Outdated temperature control systems aren’t just inefficient and costly to run, they are unreliable and may compromise the comfort and high-grade air quality that you deserve. If you’re planning a new installation, the best HVAC system for your home depends on a range of variables.
We will cover some key considerations when selecting your system. We will also discuss the different types of HVAC systems and where to go for expert advice and product recommendations.
Types of HVAC System
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. This means an HVAC system covers both the heating and cooling of your home. It also plays a role in maintaining adequate ventilation and good air quality.
Some homeowners prefer a heating system that operates independently of the cooling system while others go with an integrated system.
Split (Ducted) System
As the name suggests, a split system has a separate heating and cooling element. There is an outdoor unit that cools the air, and an indoor unit (typically located in the basement) that warms the air. Air at the correct temperature is delivered to each room through a system of ducts. A single thermostat regulates the operation of both units.
Mini-Split (Ductless) System
A ductless system has one outdoor unit and one or more indoor units. Each indoor unit is located in the room where temperature control is needed. The indoor units operate independently of one another.
Homeowners may also consider hybrid systems, a packaged system or a heat pump. As an experienced HVAC company, we don’t usually recommend these, as they can’t keep up with our hot summers and cold winters as well.
- Property Size and Layout– a larger property, with multiple rooms, frequently benefits from ducted HVAC. A ducted system is capable of providing a constant temperature throughout. If you have a smaller property or plan to add additional rooms that will require HVAC, a ductless system may be more suitable.
- Occupancy Habits and Requirements – properties that are heavily used and/or contain vulnerable occupants, benefit from a split system.
- Existing HVAC Arrangements – if you already have a duct system installed, replacing the existing unit is usually the most cost-effective option.
- Upfront Costs Versus Running Costs – a ducted system can be slightly less to install, but running costs tend to be higher. This is due to a larger area being heated or cooled. With that said, modern, high efficiency HVAC units, with the use of zoned temperature control, can significantly reduce ducted system operating costs.
A mini-split is more costly to install, but as many users only have one internal unit operating at a time, it’s usually less expensive to run.
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