Exploring the Most Common Heating and Cooling Options

Your heating and cooling system is designed to keep your home comfortable, regardless of the temperature outside. Although HVAC appliances are designed for durability and long-term function, your heating and cooling system will eventually require replacement due to wear or loss of efficiency that increases the cost of operating your furnace or air conditioner. With many options to consider, your Columbia heating and cooling service will be happy to help you evaluate your home’s needs to determine your options and find the best solution for your family.

Central Air Systems

Central heating and cooling systems are one of the most common HVAC systems in use today. These systems incorporate both an air conditioner and a furnace, which share a set of metal ducts that carry heated or cooled air throughout the home. Air conditioners are generally powered by electricity, while furnaces may use electricity, natural gas, or oil to produce heat. In addition to sharing ductwork, these systems share an air return vent and an electric air handler, which moves the air up into the ducts and through the home. Thus, your furnace and air conditioner must work in concert to achieve home comfort. Especially if your HVAC system is original to your home, you can expect that these appliances were installed at the same time. When either your heating or cooling system needs replacement, it’s best to consider replacing both your HVAC appliances to achieve the best overall performance. In most cases, you can simply replace your current system with newer models of the same type; however, you may also want to consider the type of fuel your system uses and the projected cost of fuel over the next one to two decades. Many homeowners opt to replace older oil-burning furnaces with gas or electric models to improve efficiency and lower monthly costs; your heating and cooling service can help you decide whether this is the best move for you.

Heat Pumps

Heat pump systems have been used in U.S. homes for decades. These systems perform heat exchange with either the air or the ground to both heat and cool your home using a single appliance, rather than a separate furnace and air conditioner. Heat pumps are extremely efficient systems; although they cost more to purchase and install than central air systems on average, they also cost less to operate over the course of their expected functional lifetime. Modern heat pumps are typically powered via electricity and often use central ductwork to distribute heated or cooled air. However, heat pumps are also available as ductless mini-split systems that can service several rooms without the need for central ducts. Heat pumps are ideal for heating and cooling in climates that experience mild winters, making this type of system an important option for homeowners looking to reduce their energy bills and replace their traditional heating or cooling systems in Columbia. Especially if your home doesn’t have central heating and cooling, a ductless heat pump could drastically improve your comfort and reduce the overall cost of heating and cooling your home.

Are you ready to consider a replacement HVAC system for your home? Our Columbia heating and cooling experts are here to help you evaluate your needs and professionally install your new system so you can begin enjoying more efficient heating and cooling from day one. Please visit us on the web for more information about our heating and cooling repair, maintenance, and installation services, or check out our blog for more information about home heating and cooling systems and solutions.