Types of HVAC Systems & How Much They Cost
With the summer heat ramping up, you may be looking to replace your existing AC unit or install a new HVAC unit due to various problems with efficiency or energy costs. When preparing to make a decision, it is important to take the different types of HVAC systems available to you and what is best for your property and budget. There are three main types of HVAC systems – Split Systems, Package Systems, and Mini Split or Ductless Units.
1. Split Systems
Split systems house the heating and cooling equipment separately. This typically means that the cooling system is housed outside while the heating system is housed inside. In a split system set-up, the cooling system is the large apparatus outside of your property that houses the refrigerant, compressors, coils, and fans. The heating system is usually located near a gas source as it uses that to heat the house. In some instances, a humidifier or purifier may be included in the system to further improve your indoor air quality. Split systems are the most common type of residential HVAC systems you will find installed at residential properties. The benefit of having a split HVAC unit is that they generally work anywhere, regardless of regional or environmental needs.
2. Package Systems
Unlike split systems, package systems can both heat and cool your home. The package system is typically located in the attic, ceiling or roof of your home. Traditionally, these units do have higher upfront costs since they do house both heating and cooling elements. Service and maintenance to the package system are much easier than other units since everything is housed in one central location. Because of their size, they are ideal for properties that are limited on space. Also, because of their size, they are very energy-efficient and help you save money long term.
3. Mini-Split/Ductless System
Mini-split systems are great if there is an area of your property that cannot be reached with ducting or if you would like to add a bit more control of the temperature within a designated area. Mini-split, also known as ductless systems, have both an indoor and outdoor unit but do not require the ducting that a split or package system does. Since ducts are not required, the installation cost associated with a mini-split is lower than other HVAC options. Like the package system, because mini-split systems are compact, they are extremely energy-efficient, benefitting energy costs. Mini-splits also gives you the control a particular room at a time rather than the entire property unlike a package or split system. This is great if you have a room that you use more often than others or is hard to control the temperature of. Mini-split/ductless systems are best for warmer climates since their heating capability is not as powerful as other options.
Whether you would like a mini-split, package, or split system, meeting with a Bill Howe Comfort Advisor is a great start. They will go over what system is best for your property as well as an itemized estimate of costs covering what you will need. We will make sure the installation or replacement plan is a stress-free, well-communicated step-by-step process.
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