There are several different types of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems available to homeowners today. While most homeowners in our area choose a heat pump, if you’re thinking of upgrading your system, read on to learn about the ins and outs of three other types of home HVAC units.
A ductless, or mini-split, system is a great option for air conditioning. Copper pipes are used instead of ductwork. Ductless HVAC systems have indoor and outdoor components that need to be placed properly. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these can cost $1,500 to $2,000 per ton. Despite the initial cost, ductless systems save money in the long run.
Packaged HVAC Systems
In packaged systems, all the components are housed in a single box. Packaged heating and cooling systems are great when you live in an area that gets both warm and cool seasons. You can even add humidifiers and dehumidifiers to your system to control the humidity in your home. If you live in a very dry or humid area, these can be a worthwhile add-on to your packaged heating and cooling system.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Geothermal heating systems can save you money on both your cooling and heating systems. Geothermal heat is very eco-friendly since the heat is coming from the ground. The downside is that the installation fee can be fairly high, especially if you live in a high-density area where a pipe would need to be drilled hundreds of feet into the ground or have the use of a pond or lake.
As you can see, each type of HVAC system has its advantages and disadvantages, but ductless, packaged, and geothermal heat pumps are all great options. Weigh the pros and cons of these HVAC systems to find one that will work for you.
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