Finding the right heating and cooling system for your home can be a challenging process. Working with a company that specializes in designing and installing HVAC systems can often be a solid step in the right direction when determining what type, size, and configuration to select for your new air conditioning and heating system. Here are some points to keep in mind when selecting a new HVAC system for your Windermere home or business.
Types of Systems
The temperate climate of central Florida allows for a wider range of options when choosing an HVAC system for home or office use. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can generally choose between a split-system air conditioning system or a packaged system that is located outside your home or business.
- Split systems are the standard for most residential properties. In these systems, the condenser and the compressor are located outside the house. The air handler and the evaporator are located inside the property. If you are only replacing the air conditioning unit and not the furnace or heating system, a split-system central air conditioner is usually the most cost-effective solution for your needs.
- Packaged systems are most often used for commercial buildings and larger complexes. These systems are designed to be placed on rooftops or concrete slabs outside homes or businesses. Because all major components of packaged systems are located outdoors, choosing a packaged system will significantly reduce the noise inside the building.
In most cases, you can also select a heat pump rather than a system that includes a separate air conditioning system and furnace. Choosing a heat pump that is rated highly by ENERGY STAR can potentially save you a significant amount on the cost of cooling your home throughout the year. Heat pumps are suited for areas that have moderate to warm climates and provide energy-efficient cooling for homes in our area. Working with a qualified HVAC contractor is usually the most practical way to determine if a heat pump is right for you.
Selecting the Right Size
Companies that offer HVAC services and installation can provide you with expert guidance on the correct size for your heating and cooling system. In general, most HVAC contractors recommend at least one ton of cooling capacity for every 600 square feet of climate-controlled space. For a 1,800-square-foot home, this adds up to a three-ton air conditioning system. Making sure you have adequate cooling power for warm Central Florida summers is essential to promote the greatest indoor comfort for yourself, your family members and your business premises.
While heating capacity is not quite as critical in the temperate winters of our area, making sure that your furnace is up to the challenge can allow you to avoid the unpleasantness of a chilly house in the early morning. The rule of thumb for sizing a furnace is somewhat different than that for an air conditioning unit:
- Most HVAC specialists recommend choosing a furnace with a capacity of 25 BTU per square foot in warmer climates. For a 1,800-square foot home, this requires a 45,000 BTU furnace unit for optimal comfort during the coldest parts of the year.
Your local heating and cooling company can provide you with the most accurate recommendations for right-sizing your furnace and air conditioner in our area.
Configuring Your System
Ductless systems are becoming more popular across the United States thanks to their ease of installation and the improved energy efficiency and flexibility these systems provide. By eliminating ductwork from the equation, ductless systems can put the full power of heating and cooling precisely where it is needed most. This can reduce the expense and noise of HVAC installations while allowing you to enjoy greater comfort year-round. Your HVAC contractor can provide you with added information to help you decide if going ductless is right for you.
The friendly experts at ACR Air Conditioning & Refrigeration can provide you with the right solutions for your HVAC installation or replacement project. We offer comprehensive HVAC services designed to suit your needs and your budget. To learn more about our air conditioning installation solutions or to request a quote from us, call us today. We look forward to the opportunity to serve your heating and cooling needs.