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What Are the Different Types of HVAC Systems?

Oct 10 ,2018
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There are many different routes you could take when it comes to an HVAC system. It will all depend on the climate of the region you are in, the size of the area that you need to keep warm or cool, and more individual dependencies. When really breaking down the types of common HVAC systems, there are three main types that people tend to choose from for their homes. It is important to begin thinking about whether or not to replace or service your existing system as winter approaches.

Single Or Multi-Stage

Single or multi-stage heating and cooling systems have everything to do with the temperature settings. In a single stage heating and cooling system, the machine only reaches one hot and one cold temperature without any variability. If you live in extreme conditions, that would be a reason to choose a system like this. It is important to keep in mind that you could have significantly higher energy bills due to the machine continuously working. Multi-stage heating and cooling systems are more common. They allow you to pick your exact preferred temperature and adjust accordingly, saving you money and life for your machine.

Zoned HVAC Systems

Zoned systems are especially neat because you can heat and cool different parts, or zones, of your home based upon preference. It cuts down your energy costs significantly, and is controlled inside your property’s vents or ducts. With this type of HVAC, it is important to factor in humidity based on the climate you live in. You will likely need to purchase a humidifier or dehumidifier separately depending upon the type of system you have. Forced-water heating systems unfortunately cannot have humidity control systems added on. Air conditioners and furnaces also cannot provide humidity control unless the system is always turned on.

Standard Heating and Cooling HVAC Systems

These are going to sound familiar to you, as they are the most common choices for homeowners today. When it comes to heating HVAC systems, HVAC Direct says there are two categories that are encompassing of all of them today: furnaces and forced-water systems. Furnaces are powered by either electricity or gas, and distribute air all around using ventilation. Forced water systems, or boilers, are also fine options that circulate the air by pump. Heat pumps are also commonly used and are energy and environmentally efficient. For cooling, there are the options of window air conditioning units, mini-split units that can vary indoor or outdoor all around your home, packaged air conditioners, and central air conditioning for larger places.

Call Northern’s Today

If you ever need any advice on which type of heating or cooling system would best fit your needs, you can speak with one our team members. At Northern’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer many different options and incomparable pricing. We can also easily install whichever unit you choose. Should any issues arise, we are always available for service and repairs, too. Call us today at 763-412-1197. We serve the Minneapolis area and are looking forward to helping you choose the optimal HVAC system for your home or business.

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