When it comes time to replace your HVAC system, choose carefully. While most homeowners tend to get the same type of system that they are replacing, this is an opportunity to assess new technology and decide if you would be better served with a new HVAC type. Read on for a brief summary of the most popular types.
Types of HVAC Systems
- The most common type of HVAC system is the forced air furnace and air conditioner. Most homeowners have a split system forced air HVAC, consisting of an outdoor condenser/compressor, and an indoor air handler and evaporator coils with air delivered through ductwork. Newer central air models can be extremely efficient, with such features as a condensing furnace, electronically commutated motor, scroll compressor, and with a smart thermostat, the ability to control temperature remotely.
- Heat pumps have come a long way in the U.S. market, and have won over many homeowners because they are clean (no fossil fuels are burned), quiet and efficient. Heat pumps move warm air out to cool a home, and move refrigerant warmed by outside air inside to heat a house. They also are available with scroll compressors for greater efficiency.
- Geothermal heat pumps won’t work on everyone’s property, but if yours offers a viable location and you’re prepared for a pretty hefty installation cost, you will enjoy the benefits of clean operation and efficient heating. Like a regular heat pump, this HVAC type moves warm refrigerant in and out of the home to heat and cool, but the warmth is derived from the earth, or a body of water, rather than from the air like a standard heat pump.
- Ductless mini splits have considerable appeal for those homeowners who don’t have a ductwork system in their home. These are heat pumps, but instead of ductwork, they distribute conditioned air through an air handler. Up to four air handlers can be installed. They are also clean operating and efficient.
Want to learn more about new HVAC types and their benefits? Contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve Peachtree City and the surrounding area.