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HVAC Systems 101

Climate change is a reality that many people are just coming to acknowledge. Where it was previously okay to have some insulation and a fireplace, you now need a fully functional air conditioning system just to get by. In fact, for most homes in the Western Hemisphere, there is absolutely no assurance of comfort without a working HVAC system. However, not every knows about HVAC systems either due to reliance on rental units or not having a need to have on in the past. In this article, you can learn the basics of HVAC systems and this knowledge will help you when you eventually need to choose one for your home or office.

What Are HVAC Systems?

An HVAC system basically stands for Heating Ventilation and Air conditioning. For temperature control, heating and cooling are the main components but even after the air has either been heated or cooled, it needs to be circulated through the air conditioning systems. It is within this larger domain of circulation that ventilation also occurs. There are largely two types of HVAC systems in the market and these are Ductless and Central air conditioning.

Ductless Air Conditioning or Ductless HVAC

Nearly everyone has seen the duct air conditioning system and their work was simply to take hot/warm/humid air out and bring in cold/dehumidified air in. Technology has increased tremendously to offer ductless HVAC systems which don’t require ducts or an outlet to the outside. Some systems however can have a paired system with one component outside the house, and therefore this can only work room per room, with each space having its own Ductless HVAC.

Central HVAC

As the most popular HVAC system in the market, you can also expect the Central HVAC to be cheaper and more versatile. Your entire house can utilize one Central HVAC system because by using ducts it can supply dehumidified air to all the rooms in the house, whilst keeping it warm or cold as required. There is a central thermostat to control the temperature of the house and with the addition of a furnace you can keep your entire unit cheap and effective.

Choosing The Right Rating For Your HVAC System

Once you get a good technician, they will advise you on the best rating for your house. You might need an HVAC system in just one room and therefore your ratings will be significantly different from someone with more rooms in needs of air conditioning. The SEER( Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) serves as the primary the energy efficiency unit found in HVAC systems. The higher the rating, the higher the energy efficiency of your system. Thought systems with higher HVAC ratings tend to cost a bit more, they also save you more money in the long run through energy cost savings. With good implementation of maintenance standards, you can expect to get a very ideal balance on your overall costs. However, make sure your technician is fully aware of the ratings and how to calculate each components energy use before they can advise you to pair different components or repair using a different manufacturer’s system.

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