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Which HVAC System is Right for You?

August 15, 2018

Here are five of the most common types of HVAC systems and the facts you need to know to make an informed decision.

If you are a new homeowner looking to install an HVAC system in your house or you are simply wanting to replace your existing system, you should make yourself aware of the different types that are available to you.

 

Heat Pump

One of the most popular HVAC systems utilizes a heat pump to transfer heat into your home. This system is unlike many others because it does not need to burn fuel to heat your home. Because heat naturally migrates from warmer areas to cooler ones, the heat pump is able to heat your home without the use of outside fuel sources. There are three different types of heat pumps to choose from: air source, ground source, and absorption.

 

Furnace

The furnace is another widely-used HVAC system. A furnace is comprised of a burner, a heat exchanger, ductwork, and a vent pipe. To regulate the temperature inside your home, a furnace utilizes both electricity and natural gas. One reason many homeowners use this system is the longevity because a furnace can work for as long as twenty-five years. The one major drawback is that the filter can quickly accumulate dirt (particularly in the colder months), but this can be remedied through regular maintenance.

 

Boiler

Another HVAC option you can choose is a boiler. Depending on the type of boiler you purchase, it can use a variety of fuels to operate, including oil, coal, and natural gas. The boiler works by burning fuel inside a tank, where a chemical reaction takes place that generates heat. This heat is then distributed throughout your home via pipes and steam radiators. One benefit of this system is that it distributes more natural-feeling heat, as opposed to dry heat that some other HVAC systems emit.

 

Mini Split HVAC System

This is one of the newest systems on the HVAC market, and it can be desirable for homeowners looking for a system that is a little more high-tech. The mini split system does not have any ducts, which makes it one of the lowest-maintenance systems money can buy. Additionally, a lack of ducts means that this system is significantly quieter than its traditional counterparts, meaning you can install it anywhere without worrying about noise.

 

Geothermal

The geothermal HVAC system is another one that is relatively new to the market. The name sounds intimidating, but it simply means that it utilizes heat pumps in the winter and re-uses refrigerant in the summer (instead of expelling it after it is used). It circulates refrigerant in loops underneath your home, which is highly energy-efficient. This system is one of the best options if you are looking to save money and the environment!