The HVAC system you choose for your home is an important decision for several reasons. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, HVAC accounts for an average of 48% of a home’s energy. It regulates the indoor climate, including temperature and humidity control. Most importantly, it is a significant financial investment made for the 15-25 years that most HVAC systems last. We have listed some of the best HVAC systems for you along with the different types.
Types of HVAC models
Heating and cooling split systems are the most common types of HVAC systems. Widely used for their general applicability, the systems are easily recognizable for its indoor and outdoor units. The system is split between two central units, one for cooling and one for heating. The cooling unit is usually placed outside, which comprises of compressors, a refrigerant, and coils to cool air. An additional fan is there to blow out hot air. The heater, usually located in a basement or other storage space, uses gas to heat the house. A fan or evaporator is then used to circulate the air. To set the temperature, a traditional thermostat is used.
Hybrid Split System
These systems are similar to the split systems but for some key differences. These systems can switch between gas power to electric, which is quicker, quieter, more efficient, and allows homeowners to decide how they want to heat their homes. It has traditional ducts, thermostats and other features that conserve energy and reduces overall utility bills. It provides users the option to mitigate their energy costs. It is most recommended for mild climates.
Duct Free Systems
A duct-free system has units that are individually placed in each room for cost-effective independent control. It is a mini-split system that comes with significant upfront costs but is beneficial for certain applications and needs. The units are usually mounted on indoor walls, attached to a compressor that is placed outside. They are easier to install and are perfect for homes or hotels where energy can be conserved by setting the temperature for each room based on usage.
Packaged Heating and Air
These HVAC units are all-in-one heating and cooling systems for homes. Usually kept in storage space or the attic because of its compact size and can also be useful for homes where placing the machine's exterior is not an option. Due to its size, it is not as powerful as the other HVAC models, but they are efficient and easily maintained. They are ideal for warmer climates. The heat is generated with electricity, but a gas connection is combined.
Based on the models mentioned above, here are some of the best HVAC models on the market today.
PIONEER’s system consists of a ductless indoor unit, outdoor unit, 16’ installation kit, and remote controller. The temperature setting range for indoors is 60-90 F, and if the house is unoccupied, a low setting of 46 F is present. For outdoor ambiance, the cooling range is 32-122 F and heating +5-86 F. It comes with a wireless internet worldwide remote access and programming module option. It is crafted with the latest technology at an affordable price. It offers an entire HVAC package of air conditioning, heating, dehumidification, and ventilation.
Goodman’s system includes an air conditioner, gas furnace and matching evaporator with TXV only. It is designed with fewer parts and consumes less energy compared to other compressors. The compressor uses chlorine-free R-410A refrigerant. At lower speed, the unit runs longer to help reduce indoor temperature control. The higher speed provides full cooling capacity on the hottest days of the year. Combined, both speeds help deliver steady and consistent cooling compared to single-speed compressors. Advanced diagnostics constantly monitor the air conditioner system, reducing failures and pinpoints trouble spots for a fast fix. It comes with a factory-installed in-line filter drier that protects the refrigerant system from dirt and moisture for longer service life compared to units without filter driers.
GREE’s Vireo wall mount system is powered by Gree’s G10 inverter-driven compressor and R410A refrigerant. These units can heat and cool multiple zones without distribution boxes. The G10 inverter technology saves energy, reduces outdoor noise and keeps room temperature steady by eliminating the harsh starts & stops of conventional systems. The Multi21+ Vireo Wall Mount has a compact design that fits comfortably into spaces. The system can be upgraded with a Wi-Fi kit accessory that provides the option of remotely controlling the unit with a smartphone. Unlike conventional systems, that regulate room temperatures running at maximum capacity and then turning off completely, the G10 inverter technology eliminates these frequent starts and stops. The inverter technology ensures the system will reach the desired temperature much faster and maintain consistent comfort levels, therefore achieving higher energy efficiency.