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4 Efficient HVAC Systems

August 19, 2017

If your heater or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you should replace it with a newer, more efficient model to lower your utility bills, help the environment, and prevent an expensive, uncomfortable breakdown. The installation of a new HVAC system is a big investment, but it can save enough energy to pay for itself over time. Some of the most efficient types of systems are ductless, packaged, geothermal, and variable-speed HVAC systems. Installing any one of these systems can even increase the value of your Leesburg, Florida, home. 

Ductless Systems

A ductless HVAC system, also called a mini-split system, has an outdoor condenser or compressor like most conventional systems and one or more indoor units. Instead of ductwork, a small conduit connects the parts of the system. That way, you won’t have to deal with cleaning ducts or sealing leaks that waste energy. The compact indoor units hang on your walls or ceilings, so they don’t have to use energy to move air through your ductwork. They come in a variety of colors and styles, blending in with your existing decor.

Ductless HVAC systems often have a separate thermostat for each indoor unit, letting you and your family members change the temperature of one or two areas or zones without making your home uncomfortable for everyone else. You can make unoccupied rooms warmer in summer or cooler in winter to lower your utility bills. 

Packaged Systems

Packaged HVAC systems come from the factory in a compact casing, making installation and maintenance faster and easier. Also, they’re usually less expensive. You can use one packaged system or add zoning with two or more smaller systems, similar to ductless systems. Wall-mounted, window, and rooftop units are available. They’re all more efficient than conventional systems because air and refrigerant don’t have to travel between an indoor and an outdoor unit. A packaged system is a great choice for a new addition or as an inexpensive supplemental or backup unit.

Geothermal Systems

Geothermal heat pumps work like traditional heat pumps to transfer heat indoors in cold weather and get rid of excess heat in your home when the weather gets warmer. They’re more efficient than conventional heat pumps that transfer heat to and from the outdoor air because they move heat to and from the ground or a pond or lake near your home. They use underground or underwater pipes filled with water or refrigerant, and temperatures underground and underwater don’t fluctuate as much as air temperatures.

Many geothermal systems can help you save even more energy by working as water heaters as well. You can also have a radiant or hydronic heating system installed in your bathroom or bedroom. Pipes under your floor filled with warm water will make you feel warm and comfortable after a shower or when you wake up in the morning.

Variable-Speed Systems

Most heaters and air conditioners work at just one speed, but a variable-speed HVAC system can change its air handler’s speed to save energy. Instead of always working at full power, it works at a lower speed when possible. That way, you won’t have to listen to your system turning on and off all day or making too much noise for you to hear your TV or have a conversation when it’s on. Many models increase and decrease their speed gradually, keeping you from being startled by your HVAC system coming on.

You also won’t feel freezing in summer or hot and sweaty in the winter. Since variable-speed systems stay on at a lower speed most of the time, temperatures in your home won’t fluctuate as much. They’re also better at reducing humidity which prevents mold growth and helps you feel cooler and more comfortable in summer.

Sun Kool Air Conditioning is a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer with more than 25 years of experience. We can help you choose, install, maintain, and repair an efficient HVAC system as well as other useful heating and cooling equipment for your home. Call us anytime at 877-962-2120 to get excellent service and all the information you need to make your decision from our NATE-certified technicians.

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