What are Your Heating and Air Conditioning Options for Home Remodels?Published on: October 30, 2019
Home Remodel – Heating and Air Options
If you are about to start the process of home renovations, now is the perfect time to consider a new HVAC system. Are you are considering an air conditioning retrofit or are you wondering if you should be installing ductwork in an older home? Carefully consider your air conditioning options and your heating options. This will save you time and energy down the road. There are three types of non-traditional units that can be installed during a house renovation: a Dual Fuel System, a Ductless Mini Split System, and a VRF System. We’ve provided a brief description of all three, which can help you through the decision-making process.
Dual Fuel Systems
Dual fuel systems are heat pumps that are paired with a gas furnace that either uses propane or natural gas. These systems take advantage of the energy savings that heat pumps provide. They also heat from the furnace in the event of super cold temperatures. While much more popular in the past; dual fuel systems are starting to fall out of favor with the super high efficiency of ductless systems that use inverter technology. These systems can now provide heat down to -40 degrees in some cases. This is a large change compared to traditional heat pumps that only heat effectively to around 40 degrees and above.
Ductless Split Systems
Ductless split systems are also popular options for homeowners who are renovating their homes. Smaller units are a very good option for homeowners who cannot install ductwork. They are also great for those who appreciate the cost savings associated with these systems. These units are great for residents of the Southeastern USA as they are usually designed for moderate-to-warm climates. In addition, it is easy to install a ductless mini-split system in almost any room of your home and they permit you to cool your home one room at a time if you wish.
Installing a VRF system is a great option for people with older homes. The systems include both indoor and outdoor components and can be installed without ducts. These systems include heating and cooling options. Many units provide homeowners with the option of heating and cooling according to zones. These systems can even heat and cool at the same time. While residential VRF is in its infancy; many energy focused home designers are adding VRF as a residential option due to the super high efficiency and quietness of the system.
As you begin the process of remodeling your home, think about taking the opportunity to upgrade or add a heating and air conditioning system as well. It is the perfect time to ensure your heating and air conditioning system is up to date and functions flawlessly with your new layout. If you choose not to do the upgrade; you may find yourself in a tough spot if you realize the HVAC upgrade must be done and the remodeling has already been completed. Let us help you find a professional near you.