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How to Choose the Best HVAC System

by VitalStorm Content on November 1, 2019

how to choose the best hvac system

The level of comfort in your home is only as good as your HVAC system. Your HVAC system is the key to regulating the temperature, humidity level, and overall air quality of your home. As such,  your HVAC system should be carefully selected to ensure all your household needs are met, year-round. Are you looking for a new HVAC system but don’t know where to begin? Don’t sweat it! The pros at Blue Flame are here to advise you on how to choose the best HVAC system for your home!

Types of HVAC Systems

In order to consider all your options, it is good to know which types of HVAC systems there are on the market. With that in mind, here are the 4 types of HVAC systems to consider for your home:

  1. Split System

  • This is the most popular type of residential HVAC system.
  • As the name indicates, this system is split between two units. The outdoor unit contains the condenser and compressor, while the indoor unit contains the evaporator coil and blower.
  • With the indoor unit typically connecting to a furnace or heat pump, a split-system is the most efficient and cost-effective choice for homeowners who have a furnace, but no air conditioner.
  • A split-system includes a thermostat to set and control the desired temperature. You can also add on some accessories, such as air scrubbers, purifiers, and UV lamps to regulate the quality of indoor air in your home.
  1. Hybrid Split System

  • A hybrid split system uses an electrical-powered heat pump in conjunction with a furnace that burns natural gas, propane, or fuel oil to heat and cool your home. In other words, heat pumps are air conditioners that can work in reverse to heat your home.
  • With this system, you can choose how you want to heat your home, as you can switch between gas and electric power.
  • This system uses traditional ducts and thermostats. It provides all the benefits of a split system but offers the added option to conserve energy and lessen your utility bills.
  • Because of its ability to alternate between the quicker and more complete gas power and the quieter and more efficient electric, a hybrid system is ideal for homeowners living in a mild climate.
  1. Ductless/Mini- Split System

  • Contrary to the previously discussed split systems, a ductless or mini-split system offers independent control with individual HVAC units in each room.
  • Mounted on walls indoors, these units are usually attached to an outdoor compressor, creating a bit of an eye-sore for some homeowners. In addition to being visually obvious, the installation process of these individual units is expensive.
  • While these units may not be ideal for a whole-home HVAC system, they can be perfect for new additions such as a garage, guest house, or work shed.
  • However, because you can save money by only heating or cooling the rooms you need, it can be a good option for you if you are retiring or downsizing to a smaller space.
  • One thing to keep in mind is the regular and intensive maintenance and cleaning a ductless system requires to continue to function optimally.
  1. Heating and AC Package System

  • As perhaps the most niche type of HVAC option, a package system has a contained heating and air unit that is stored within the home, usually in the attic or top floor storage space.
  • Because of its compact size, a package system unit is useful for smaller spaces or homes.
  • A benefit of a package system unit is its high efficiency and easy maintenance.
  • Generally, this type of system is used in warmer climates, because the heating system is not as powerful as the heating system of other HVAC options.

Weighing the Different Benefits

Now that you have some base knowledge about each type of HVAC system, you can start weighing the different benefits of each option in relation to your household heating and cooling needs. Here are some to consider for each HVAC system:

  1. Split Systems

Benefits:

  • They work well in a variety of different climates and environments.
  • You can add on accessories to improve your home’s air quality.
  • Efficient and affordable for homes with a furnace, but no AC.
  1. Hybrid Split System

Benefits:

  • You can mitigate energy costs by switching to electric heat for warmer months.
  • Like a regular split system, you can add accessories for improved air quality.
  • With a hybrid system, you still have the same ductwork and thermostat to easily control your home’s temperature, but more flexibility to save on energy costs year-round.
  1. Ductless/Mini-Split System

Benefits:

  • This system is a good solution for homes without a conventional ducted system.
  • A ductless system can serve as a good compliment to existing ducted HVAC systems.
  • Giving residents the power of autonomy over the temperature in his/her individual room, a ductless system can help you save money by only heating or cooling rooms that are in use.
  1. Packaged Heating and Air System

Benefits:

  • Using only one unit for heating and AC, this system is compact in size and useful for smaller spaces or houses.
  • It provides a solution for homeowners that do not have the option to place a unit on the exterior of their home.
  • A packaged heating and air system can be very efficient and is easily maintained.
  • These systems are an ideal energy-efficient option for homes in warmer climates.

How to Choose the Best HVAC System for YOUR Home:

Allow the pros at Blue Flame to help! We are dedicated to finding the perfect solutions for any of your HVAC needs. For reliable service and guidance from experts you can trust, call us or fill out a service request form on our website today!