With so many different HVAC systems on the market, it is understandable while choosing the best one for your home could be so daunting. Learning more about the different types of systems may help you decide which one is best for your needs.
Option One: Split Systems
These systems have an evaporator coil tucked somewhere inside the home and a unit that sits outside. The outside units contains a condenser coil for heating and a compressor for cold air. A split HVAC system does not require complicated installation since they do not utilize ductwork. This type of system also tends to make less noise than a window unit. It also tends to be more cost effective than a window unit as well.
Option Two: Packaged Central AC Units
These units have all components packed into a single unit placed outside on a concrete slab next to the foundation. They require professional installation since ductwork is needed to allow the air to travel in and out of the home. You can get them with or without heat. If you get one without heater coils or you do not have it hooked up to a natural gas furnace, you will need a separate furnace inside the home.
Option Three: Heat Pumps
A heat pump works by pulling warm air from outside and pumping it through your home during the cooler months. During the warmer months, it does the opposite. This type of HVAC system does not work well in an area that experiences extended periods of freezing temperatures as there will be little warm air for it to pull into the home.
A geothermal heat pump, however, can pull heat from the ground when the air surrounding the home is not warm enough. The only downside to geothermal heat pumps is they tend to be significantly more expensive than the other options. Geothermal heat pumps are also newer to the industry which means not all professionals have experience with them.
As you can see, there are several different options to consider when trying to decide which heating and air conditioning system you want to install in your home. After considering your budget, the climate you live in, and the size of your home, you should have no trouble making a decision. If you are still having trouble deciding, do not hesitate to talk to the HVAC technician you are going to hire to help with the installation. He or she would be happy to go over the options and help you decide what is best for your home and budget.