Although the term “HVAC” is used interchangeably with “air conditioning,” each has a very distinct meaning. HVAC is an acronym for a system that includes heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, while an air conditioner is a standalone unit used for indoor cooling. Plumbing & A/C Medic can help you to decide whether an air conditioning unit or an HVAC system is the best option for you.
Different Types of Air Conditioning Units
Residents in Phoenix and the surrounding areas fully understand the importance of air conditioning. There are several types of air conditioning units that suit a variety of different needs and settings.
Window air conditioning units are typically the most inexpensive option for cooling a room or other small space. A more common method of cooling an entire home is central air conditioning. Central A/C is connected through a series of ductwork that runs throughout the house and is connected to indoor and outdoor components.
The upfront costs associated with installing central air conditioning can be high, but these systems tend to last longer and are very effective. Ductless air conditioning is most similar to central air conditioning. These systems don’t require the installation of extensive ductwork, however.
Different Types of HVAC Systems
An HVAC system comprises multiple components; therefore, it allows homeowners to accomplish multiple different objectives in making their interiors comfortable by implementing one convenient solution.
Heating and cooling split systems include one system for heating and one for cooling. These systems have an outdoor cooling unit that includes coils, compressors, refrigerant, and typically a gas-powered indoor heating unit located in the basement or in a storage area. Hybrid split systems are able to mitigate energy costs by switching between electric and gas energy sources.
Packaged heat and air HVAC systems are installed in unoccupied areas of the home. These systems are ideal if installing components outside isn’t an option. Deciding between an air conditioner and a complete HVAC system depends on several factors, including the homeowner’s budget, home layout, and desired objectives.
Regardless of whether you have a standalone air conditioner or an HVAC unit, Plumbing & A/C Medic can help you to repair and maintain it. We also provide installations and can help you to make the best decision to meet your unique set of needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services.