Since the cost of a new heating and cooling system can run into the thousands, you need to understand the differences between the available systems. There are many options and they offer a wide range of benefits. To help you make an informed decision, here is what you need to know about the most commonly installed systems.
Forced Air System
A forced air heating and cooling system relies on air to be pushed from the system through your ducts to distribute air. You have several options for powering the system, including electricity and gas. There are several benefits to a forced air system, such as the air is filtered, which means better air quality. If someone in your household has a breathing-related illness, this can help keep harmful allergens and other debris out of the air.
There is a downside to the forced air system. It requires ductwork to move air through your home. This requires space and careful planning. However, the system is one of the least expensive options.
A geothermal heating and cooling system relies on pulling heat and cool air from one source and moving it to another. For instance, extensive pipe work is used to pull heat from the earth and it is then looped back into your home. It is one of the most energy efficient systems available.
However, there is a major con to a geothermal system. It is one of the most expensive options available. However, the savings from your energy costs can help defray the costs over time.
Ductless Cooling System
A mini-split system, or ductless cooling system, functions a lot like a forced air system but on a much smaller scale. Instead of relying on extensive ductwork to push air throughout your home, the air comes directly from the unit itself and is forced into the home. A compressor outside of your home helps to power the unit. Ductless systems are inexpensive, but they are also limited in what can be done. They are limited in the area size they can cool. You would need to purchase a system for each room. They also only offer cooling, so a heating option would need to be found.
If you have specific questions about the best source for helping you to stay cool or warm, talk with an HVAC contractor from a business like Climec Residential Inc. The contractor can assess your home's area, heating and cooling needs, and your budget and help you choose the right system for your home.