The Various HVAC Types: Their Pros and Cons

The Various HVAC Types: Their Pros and Cons

If you’re considering new HVAC upgrades, there’s no shortage of types to consider. Depending on your priorities, you can improve efficiency and lower costs as well as make home comfort more consistent. Technology integrated in new HVAC units manufactured today consumes less energy than a similar unit just 10 years ago. Reliability and average service life are also enhanced.

Here are some of the new HVAC types where you can make improvements by upgrading now.  

Variable-speed cooling

Standard traditional air conditioners are single-stage units. The system cycles on and produces maximum cooling output, then cycles off and produces zero cooling output. A new variable-speed A/C, however, runs more continuously and efficiently across a wider range of cooling output to fine-tune temperatures for maximum comfort and reduce energy consumption. A higher upfront purchase price is one drawback, but lower operating costs may eventually compensate for that expense.

Ductless heat pumps

Expanding central HVAC to a new room in a house used to include the expensive, disruptive process of extending ductwork. Today, a ductless mini-split allows you to add cooling or heating to one room without adding ductwork, too. This highly-efficient heat pump features a low-profile, wall-mounted air handler in the room connected to a compact outdoor condenser unit by a narrow refrigerant conduit. The primary limitation of ductless technology is that it’s most suitable for single-room applications.

Zoning systems

Can a single HVAC unit accommodate multiple temperature requirements? A zoning system distributes airflow from a central A/C or furnace into designated independent zones, according to the thermostat settings of each zone. The system utilizes electrically-operated dampers inside ductwork to adjust conditioned airflow into every zone. An independent thermostat in each zone signals a central controller that opens and closes dampers, regulating airflow and customizing temperature for that specific zone. Zoning systems are most appropriate for upstairs/downstairs installations or other scenarios where temperatures in the house vary widely by location.

Get more info about new HVAC options for enhanced comfort and efficiency by contacting Paitson Bros. Since 1922, we’ve been your Wabash Valley source for the latest cooling and heating upgrades.

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