Choosing an HVAC system is not an easy task, but factors like climate and home layout can help you decide which is best for your home. Let’s take a look at the four major types of HVAC systems and the advantages of each one.
1. Standard Split Systems
Standard split systems can be configured in several ways to give you more options: furnace and A/C, heat pump split systems and hybrid (or dual fuel) heat systems. Standard split systems continue to be the most affordable and most popular type of HVAC system. If one component needs to be replaced, a new one can be easily installed without any major changes to the existing ductwork or other components.
2. Ductless Split Systems
If your home doesn’t have any ductwork or you’re building on an additional room, a ductless split system (or mini-split system) may be the way to go. This type of system has an air conditioner or a heat pump outside and a fan to distribute the air on the inside. These systems are very efficient and have the option of zone climate control, but they aren’t made for cold climates because a ductless split system cannot host a furnace.
3. Packaged Systems
A packaged system, like the name suggests, is contained in one big cabinet outside. Pros for this system include cutting down on noise inside your home, but cons are that the system is not as efficient and doesn’t tend to last as long. Packaged systems are usually only used when they’re the only option available.
4. Geothermal HVAC Systems
Geothermal HVAC systems cost quite a bit more than the other three systems, but they save on energy costs because they are extremely efficient. A geothermal system works by regulating temperatures via an underground or underwater pipe. Water containing refrigerant then cycles through the pipes, giving off or picking up heat, depending on the season.
Since buying an HVAC system is a big investment, don’t choose one until you’ve talked to an experience HVAC professional. If you live in the Houston area, contact Richmond’s Air today.
To read more about HVAC systems, check out our article: Common Types of HVAC Systems.