Do you know your split-system options?
Is it time to switch your heating and cooling equipment out for something more efficient? There’s no doubt about it, switching to high efficiency is one of the best things you can do to maximize home comfort AND lower utility bills. But, which new system should you choose?
This post will focus on split-system HVAC system in particular. A split system differs from a packaged system. It is comprised of one unit (called the condenser) that sits outside of your home and one heating and coil/air handling component that is located inside of your home. If you are looking for a unit that has all components outside of your home, check out our information about packaged systems.
Here are the different split-system configurations that you may want to consider when you go to replace your old HVAC equipment.
Air Conditioner with Air Handler. If you live in an area that rarely sees the temperature dip below 60F, like portions of Florida or Texas, you can address all of your central cooling needs with an air conditioner paired with an air handler. These units often include back-up heat strips that create original heat using electricity. This is used for those rare, cooler days.
Heat Pump with Air Handler. For other residents of the South, a heat pump paired with an air handler is the right way to go. With this setup, you get all-electric heating and cooling power. When it comes to different electric heating methods, a heat pump is the way to go. Instead of using electricity to CREATE heat (a process used in heating equipment like heat strips or space heaters) it uses heat TRANSFER – a process that consumes less energy.
Air Conditioner with Gas Furnace and Coil. If you are asked to describe a heating and cooling system, chances are this is the one that immediately comes to mind. It is an air conditioner (provides electric cooling capabilities) paired with a gas furnace (provides powerful gas heating power). This can help you address year-round heating and cooling needs – keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Heat Pump with Gas Furnace and Coil. However, is this a better alternative to the air conditioner/gas furnace setup? Well, it all depends on where you live. If you experience a whole range on seasons, a heat pump paired with a gas furnace could be the route you should take. In addition to electric cooling and gas heating, you get the added perk of electric heating that uses heat transfer instead of heat creation – the much more efficient option when it comes to electric heating. This can help you address your heating needs during seasonal transitions more effectively and efficiently.
Does this address all of your split-system heating and cooling questions? If you need additional guidance, don’t hesitate to call your local, qualified heating and air conditioning professional. They can provide a wealth of useful information that can make selecting the right HVAC equipment for your home a breeze.