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Oct 25 2022

What to Know Before Buying a New HVAC System for Your Home

Before you make your mind up on a specific type of HVAC system for your home, you should consider the specific needs of the space being heated and cooled. Factors to consider include the square footage of your home, the temperature fluctuations between the winter and summer, your desired temperature range for comfort, your environmental concerns, price, and more. 

Four Different Types of HVAC Systems

  • Split System—The most common type of HVAC system, a split system, has one unit for cooling and one for heating.
  • Hybrid—A hybrid system is similar to a split system but is more efficient due to the hybrid heater.
  • Ductless Mini-Split System—Ductless systems are used to cool individual rooms and are mounted on the wall of that specific room. Ductless can offer a more efficient way to cool down the rooms you are currently using. 
  • Packaged System—All of the components of a packaged HVAC system are located in one space, usually outside. This saves room but also provides high-quality heating and cooling for the entire home. 
  • Heat Pump—A geothermal heat pump is the most efficient, most environmentally friendly, and cheapest (in monthly costs) way to heat and cool your home. However, installing a geothermal heat pump is expensive, though large rebates will soon be available. 

Choosing the Right HVAC System for Your Home

  • Price—Price is usually the starting point for installing a new HVAC system. However, if you are seeking a less expensive option, remember that going the cheapest route may actually cost more in the long run. Going with a higher-performing, more efficient, and sturdier HVAC system can save a lot of money over the years compared to a cheap system that is constantly breaking down. 
  • Efficiency—The efficiency of your HVAC system has a direct impact on how much it costs to heat and cool your home. As such, efficiency should always be factored into the previously mentioned price category.
  • Heating and Cooling Capacity—Illinois is home to extreme cold and extreme heat. This must be taken into account when picking out a new HVAC system. Your new system needs to be capable of keeping up with these temperature fluctuations if you plan on being comfortable in your home. 
  • Climate Change and Environmental Impacts—Climate change is at the forefront of many homeowners’ concerns these days. As such, it is understandable that you want to heat and cool your home as efficiently as possible, especially since refrigerant used in AC units traps up to 12,000 times more heat than carbon dioxide, according to VOX

Contact Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning

Installing a new HVAC system is a big decision. Make sure it gets installed correctly. Call Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning today at 708-339-6444 to schedule an appointment.



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