Which HVAC System is Right For Your Home?

Published on: August 1, 2020
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What type of HVAC Systems works best for your home?

There are five main types of HVAC systems. This abundance of options makes choosing which type of heating and air system works best for your home an overwhelming task.  AC Southeast® is here to help.  Below we list out the five main comfort systems and suggest which might be the best option for your home. 

  • Dual Fuel Systems

Dual fuel systems combine a gas furnace and electric heat pump to heat and cool your home.  These systems work together to select the most economical fuel source (electric or gas) to heat your home, resulting in superior efficiency. 

Dual fuel systems might be a good option if your home already has a gas line and you plan to stay in your home long term.  The installation of a dual heat pump and furnace combo will be more than just a heat pump or furnace alone.  However, your energy bills will be lower, and you will get your investment back in a few years.

  • Split Systems

The split system is the most traditional of the HVAC systems.  A split system has both an indoor and an outdoor component. The outdoor unit contains the compressor and condenser.  The indoor unit – typically located in a basement, crawlspace or large closet – is composed of your furnace and evaporator.

Split Systems work well for average to larger size homes.  Also, as split systems have SEER ratings as high as 26, they offer long-run cost efficiency.

  • Packaged Systems

A packaged system combines the furnace and air conditioning equipment in one unit.  This unit is usually installed on the roof or on an outside concrete slab at ground level. Packaged systems can offer electric-only or gas and electric heating and cooling options.

A packaged system is often the preferred choice for smaller homes that lack the space for a split system. 

  • Ductless Systems

Ductless systems provide heating and cooling through an indoor and also an outdoor unit.  However, as the name suggests, they do not use ducts. Ductless systems are compact and also come in a variety of options: wall-mounted, ceiling concealed, floor level, and more.

Ductless systems are best installed in garages, detached buildings, new extensions, or other rooms that need heating and cooling that don’t have ducts. 

  • Geothermal HVAC Systems

Geothermal systems use thermal energy found underground to heat and cool your home. A geothermal system has only two parts, ground loops and a heat pump, making it low-maintenance. Also, it has a long lifespan as it isn’t exposed to the elements. With a geothermal system, you get the greenest and most cost-effective heating and cooling system available. 

Geothermal systems have a higher upfront cost, but also exceptionally low operational costs.  They make an excellent option for your home if you are looking to go green and also plan to stay in your home for several years. 

Which System is Right For You?

HVAC systems are complicated. Thinking of upgrading or replacing your current HVAC system? Call a local technician to discuss which of these types of heating and air systems would work best for your home.  AC Southeast® can locate a certified Bryant or Carrier dealer in your area today.