Purchasing a new heating and cooling unit is a big investment – one of the largest ones you’ll make in your home. Gathering basic knowledge on terminology, system styles, and brands, and pricing will ensure you get the most out of your HVAC purchase.
Central Air Conditioner (typically start at $3,500)
Central air conditioners are typically installed as part of a “split system,” paired with a heat source such as a furnace or boiler. Central air units use refrigerant, compressors, and coils to cool air, distributing it via ductwork through your home with the help of a fan/blower system.
Air Source Heat Pump (typically start at $5,500)
This variation on a central air conditioner can provide both heating and cooling. They cost a bit more upfront, but are extremely energy-efficient, quickly recouping this extra expense. In the case of air source heat pumps, they work by transferring heat, moving it outside in the summer, and inside in the winter. Like central AC systems, they also use refrigerant, compressors, and coils, and distribute air via ductwork with the help of a fan/blower.
Geothermal Heat Pump (typically start at $25,000)
Geothermal heat pumps work much the same way as air source heat pumps but rely on the constant temperatures within the ground. They are super-efficient, using 25-50% less energy than conventional systems. Like air source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps provide both air and heat, and can also be used to heat water and operate radiant heat flooring systems.
Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump (typically start at $3,000)
Mini-split heat pumps also work by shuttling heat. They are easier to install than central and heat pump systems but cost more upfront. However, they are extremely efficient, making them an increasingly popular choice. Mitsubishi ductless air conditioners feature multiple indoor units, which distribute air within the home, connected to a compressor located outdoors. Because they require no ducts and components connect via only small refrigerant lines, they are a great choice for small/historic homes with little space for these structures. They also work well for cooling garages and new home additions and are an ideal solution for those who want independent control of room temperature across multiple areas of the home.
Your local air conditioning company will be able to help you determine which of the units above is best for your home size, area climate, budget, and comfort needs. Once you decide on the type of system you want for your home, you’ll want to compare air conditioner brands and get estimates on installation costs. At H & H, we’ve been providing trusted A+ BBB and Angie’s List Super Service Award-winning services to Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery County residents for over 30 years.
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