Types of HVAC Systems

05/03/2018

HVAC system is also known as a heating, ventilation, and cooling system, that completely controls your home or business inside environment. Such a full HVAC system usually provides sufficient heating, good air ventilation, and a dependable air conditioning system packed into one unit. HVAC system is crucial in the design of small homes as well as large industrial buildings. HVAC systems regulate the building’s internal systems in order to maintain a safe and comfortable temperature and humidity all the time.

Which HVAC System Type to Choose?

When it comes to deciding which type of HVAC system to choose, factors like climate and home arrangement can help you decide which system type is best for you. But first you need to know what types of these systems exist. Four main types of HVAC systems and some of their advantages are described below.

  1. Standard Split Systems

Most HVAC systems are standard split systems. The name itself suggests that the HVAC system splits into two major components, one that is situated outside, and the other one is inside. Standard split systems can be arranged in several ways to provide more options: furnace and AC, heat pump split systems and hybrid (or dual fuel) heat systems. They still remain the most affordable and most popular type of HVAC system. If one component requires replacement, a new one can be easily installed and the existing ductwork or other components stay intact.

  1. Ductless Split Systems

A ductless split system is similar to a standard split system because it has two major components – one inside and one outside. However, it is different since it doesn’t need a ductwork system and a furnace cannot be one of its components.

So if there isn’t any ductwork at your home or you’re building an extra room, a ductless split system (or mini-split system) may be a great option. It has an air conditioner or a heat pump outside and a fan to distribute the air on the inside. These systems are very energy-efficient and have the option of zone climate control, but they are not intended for cold climates because of a lack of a furnace.

  1. Packaged Systems

A packaged HVAC system is an adequate solution to those homes and businesses which do not have enough space for all the separate multiple components of the split systems. Packaged heating and air conditioning units will mostly suit confined spaces whether it is a residential or commercial facility.

Packaged systems reduce noise inside your home, but they are not as efficient and don’t tend to last as long as split systems. If you don’t have any other options available, a packaged system would be your choice.

  1. Geothermal HVAC Systems

Geothermal HVAC systems are the highpoint of energy efficiency. A geothermal system operates by regulating temperatures through an underground or underwater pipe. After that water containing refrigerant runs through the pipes, giving off or taking up heat, depending on the season. Geothermal HVAC systems employ the constant temperature of the earth to provide heating or cooling that would otherwise utilize an immense amount of electricity or fuel. Presently these systems are some of the most expensive and complicated units to install. Although, tremendous energy savings are guaranteed with these HVAC systems that usually allow owners to compensate for the additional cost over time.

Purchasing HVAC system is a huge investment; make sure you choose the unit that will both suit your needs and your budget. If you need a professional advice in this matter and live in South Orange County, contact Brea/Orange County Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning and our experienced technicians will help you make the right choice!

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