Getting to Know The Different Types of HVAC Systems
When it comes to HVAC systems, many homeowners typically only think about two
things: furnaces and air conditioners. However, there is a lot more to a system than its
primary components. What you may not know is that there are actually several different
types that fall under the HVAC category. These systems include: Heating and Air
Conditioning Split Systems, Single-Stage, Zoned, and Duct-Free Split Systems. This
variety allows homeowners to select the type of home comfort best suited to the
specific needs of their home and budget.
Heating and Air Conditioning Split System
Heating and air split systems are the most common in Canadian homes. In this system,
your air conditioner and furnace work together to maintain your home’s comfortable
temperature throughout all four seasons. This system consists of an air conditioner and
furnace, ducts, and a thermostat.
Single-stage systems are most widely used in areas that experience extreme clients –
whether extremely hot and humid or extremely cold. These are not known for their
energy efficiency, as they typically run at full capacity, even on days when it’s not
Zoned HVAC Systems allow you to control the temperature throughout set zones in your
home. This means providing less heating or cooling power in areas that are not being
used, in order to maximize the efficiency in areas where the heating and cooling power
are most needed.
Hybrid systems harness the power of both a furnace and a heat pump. The system
automatically alternates between one or the other to conserve energy in milder
Duct-Free Split or Mini Split Systems
Ductless split air conditioners are an ideal cooling solution for smaller or older spaces.
They can be easily integrated into your space, since the connection between the
outdoor unit and indoor air handler requires no more than a three or four-inch hole
drilled into an exterior wall for the conduit.
These units are known as ductless splits because there is a separation between the
outdoor compressor and the indoor air handlers. The compressor will sit outside, much
like the compressor on a central cooling system, while the interior air handlers are
connected to the compressor by hidden pipes.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits and features of the different types of
HVAC Systems available in your area, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more.