HVAC System Features That Are Essential to Efficiency

Homeowners will hear a lot about HVAC efficiency when dealing with the repair, maintenance, tune-ups, purchase, installation, and replacement of heating and air conditioning systems; but when it comes down to it, what truly constitutes efficiency, and what features are key to an HVAC system’s performance and efficiency? Today we will be looking deeper into HVAC system efficiency, and explaining all of the modern features that work towards higher energy, heating, and cooling efficiency.

HVAC Ductwork Efficiency

Many homeowners do not realize how much the ductwork of your HVAC system plays a role in both high efficiency and a lacking of efficiency. While many of the modern, technical advances in heating and cooling systems that have led to higher efficiency are in-fat housed within the mechanics of the unit itself, many homeowners forget that the most common place in a home or business where energy efficiency and heating and cooling efficiency is lost is within the ductwork.

Think about it – the treated air (warmed or cooled) makes a journey from the central unit to the various rooms and zones in a home. While it is inevitable that the air will lose a few degrees in either direction during this journey, some less insulated ductwork systems or incorrectly sized ducts can a detrimental amount of heated or cooled air, leading to a drastic reduction in efficiency.

Return-Air Efficiency

Another HVAC system feature that many forget about or never even consider when it comes to efficiency is the Return Air feature. A home is more or less hermetically sealed (airtight) space, this means that if you pump air into the space, there must be an equal amount of air leaving that same space, in order to keep the air pressure even and the HVAC system running efficiently. If more air is being pumped into the space than is leaving, you run the risk of breaking seals around ducts, windows, doors and even in the HVAC system itself. Conversely, if more air is leaving into the return-air than is being pumped into the space you will get a slight suctioning effect that drops HVAC efficiency and can be hard on system components.

As you can see, these two components of heating and air conditioning systems may often be forgotten or taken for granted, but they play a strong and integral part in assuring that ALL of your systems components work together in a cohesive strategy for maximum comfort and maximum efficiency.

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A few Options for HVAC System Types

Top HVAC System Options

If the time has come for you to purchase a new residential HVAC system, you may be wondering what the differences are between the different types of HVAC systems. There are a variety of options available and each of these systems functions differently. This quick overview will help you determine which unit may best fit your home’s needs, your personal preferences and your budget.

1. Packaged Systems

If your home is small or medium-sized, you may want to save space with a packaged system. Having two separate components for both heating and cooling can be a lot to manage. Packaged systems combine the air conditioner or heat pump with the evaporator or fan coil, creating one compact unit to save space. These units can be used to heat a small home or a large studio space. Despite being smaller, they still include a thermostat control panel and can be fitted with air purifiers, ventilators, and other accessories to improve the air quality in your home.

2. Split Systems

Split heating and air conditioning systems are the most common ones found in residential homes. Split systems have components inside and outside of the building and typically include several parts. The first one being the air conditioner that cools refrigerant, which is then converted by the furnaces and a fan so it can circulate the newly cooled air throughout the home. Internal ducts are used to carry the air through your home. The system also includes a control panel for you to manage the temperature and may have optional accessories such as air purifiers, UV lamps or humidifiers.

3. Duct-Free Split Systems

If you can’t install a conventional HVAC system, a duct-free system will likely be your best choice for a new residential HVAC system in Brighton. Like traditional systems, duct-free units have a heat pump and air conditioner to heat and cool the refrigerant, a thermostat control panel and optional air quality accessories. Unlike traditional units, duct-free systems use a compact fan coil and wires and tubing to connect the outdoor unit to the coil.

4. Hybrid Split Systems

If you’re looking for the latest in residential HVAC tech, you may be interested in the hybrid split system. The modern take on traditional HVAC systems makes the energy used work more efficiently. An ideal hybrid system will have several components, including a heat pump for heating and cooling the refrigerant and a furnace and evaporator coil to convert and circulate it. Air ducts, a temperature control panel and optional air quality accessories are also typical.

Choosing the Right One

Choosing the right HVAC system for your home depends on several factors. Consider how large your home is and how hot it typically gets during the summer months. You should also think about where the unit will be installed and of course, how comfortable you are in your budget for a new system.

If you still aren’t sure which type of new residential HVAC system to purchase, it is important to talk to professional technicians. The professionals at Premier Comfort Heating and Air will be able to help you choose the right system as well as schedule installation and even provide maintenance on a regular basis.