There’s more than one way to cool your home.
Cooling is not exclusively the job of a split-system air conditioner (that box that sits outside the home). There are many different options that can provide exceptional cooling power during the summer and more. Which one will you choose?
- Split-system air conditioner. What you may think of first when it comes to cooling. This unit sits outside your home and works with an air handler or indoor evaporator coil (with a gas furnace) to cool your home with electricity.
- Packaged air conditioner. With a packaged unit, all of your components sit outside your home in one unit mounted on either a slab or roof. Sometimes, these units use backup electric heat sources for when temperatures drop.
- Split-system heat pumps. Heat pumps use the same process as air conditioners BUT they are also able to reverse the process and provide warm air for your home using electricity. This model works with an air handler or indoor coil paired with a gas furnace to supply cooling AND heating.
- Packaged heat pump. Just like the split-system heat pump, but all of the components sit outside the home – no indoor unit required.
- Gas packs. This packaged system provides the best features of an air conditioner and gas furnace. These all-in-one units can provide year round gas heating and electric cooling power.
- Dual-fuel systems. These systems combine the best parts of a heat pump and gas furnace. Not only can it cool with electricity and heat with gas BUT it can also heat with electricity when that is the most cost-effective heating method.
How will you know which unit is best for your home? Ask your local contractor. They are the best resource to turn to for system information. Which type of system seems like a good fit for your home?