Most people are accustomed to traditional centralized air conditioners and furnaces, which heat or cool the air inside the unit before blowing them into the home with a fan. It’s a simple and effective way to control the temperatures in your home, but it’s not the only way to do so, and depending upon the needs of your home, you may benefit from something a little different.
Spring makes an excellent time to replace an old or outdated HVAC system with a new one. The weather is growing warm, but it’s not yet hot enough to need an air conditioner. And if a centralized system isn’t quite what your home needs, or you flat-out can’t make a typical system work given your home’s specific dimensions, then one of these alternate forms of HVAC system may be just what the doctor ordered.
Ductless Mini-Split Systems
One of the most common reasons why a given home can’t use central air conditioners is because it can’t support the network of ducts required for such a system. Homes built before the advent of air conditioning might not have the space, and other homes with similar architectural features may be forced to use window box units, portable space heaters, and similar jury-rigged solutions.
A ductless mini-split system solves that problem by installing multiple smaller units in your home instead of one large one. Each unit is responsible for heating and cooling a single room or section of the home. Not only does that provide comprehensive temperature control without the need for ducts, but it allows family members to set temperatures to taste in different parts of the house. And by turning off those units in parts of the home you aren’t using, you can save a great deal of money in monthly costs.
Heat pumps are a great addition to homes in the area that already have a duct system in place. They operate according to the same principles as air conditioning systems, but with a unique twist: the flow of refrigerant can be reversed, which releases warm air inside and cool air outside. That allows the heat pump to work as both a heater and an air conditioner, and because the system relies on refrigerant (which is not consumed like gas or oil) for heating, it can save you big money on your winter heating bills.
In many cases, heat pumps are installed as part of a dual fuel system, which includes a smaller furnace to help with particularly cold days. But the savings incurred are still considerable, and can be a huge boon next winter when the weather gets chilly, as well as helping your home stay comfortable more efficiently and lowering the overall strain on the system.
If either of these options sound like a good fit for your home, or you have one of these HVAC systems in your The Woodlands, TX home and it needs a little attention, call the pros at Vanderford Air, Inc. to set up an appointment.