Planning a New Home? Consider These 4 Types of HVAC Systems

Building a new home in the Fort Collins area (or anywhere really) is exciting for a number of reasons. One important reason is the chance to do everything right, creating the home environment you (or your buyers) truly want. Among the many decisions you’ll need to make is how to heat and cool the house. Here are the types of HVAC systems available for your new home construction–and their benefits:

Split systems are a popular, traditional choice. Inside an indoor cabinet sits the evaporator. Its coil removes heat and humidity from indoor air. The condenser, outdoors in its metal case, contains the heat discharging coil and compressor that pumps refrigerant continually through both coils. Air circulates through the duct system–shared by a central heating system.

Think of heat pumps as reversible air conditioners–providing both cooling and heating (the latter working best in warmer climates). In summer, heat is pumped outdoors. In winter, refrigerant is warmed by heat in outside air and pumped into the home. In climates with more freezing nights, geothermal (ground source) heat pumps work better, extracting heat from just below ground.

Packaged air conditioning systems are types of HVAC systems uniting compressor and evaporator into one unit. The A/C sits on a concrete slab near foundation or on the roof. Ducts pull indoor air into the air conditioning unit—sending cooled air back into the home or commercial business. Easily combined with gas furnaces or heating coils, you won’t need an independent heating system.

Not planning for ductwork? No problem–when you choose a ductless mini-split system. Mini-splits use an outdoor condenser and compressor. It’s connected to one or more indoor air-handlers that include blowers, often installed high on the wall. A conduit connects inside and outside components, circulating refrigerant. Separate indoor units in each room provide local cooling. One advantage is the “built-in” zoning system: you control cooling for each space with distinct indoor units. Costing about one-third more for similar cooling capacity, mini-splits avoid energy losses that can come with duct systems.

For more information about the best types of HVAC systems, contact Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning.

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