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Heating and AC Cooling System Types

Everything You Need to Know About How Different HVAC Systems Work

The perfect comfort system for your home depends on several factors, including the physical specifications of your home. There are 4 primary types of forced air heating / heat pump and cooling systems: mini split systems, hybrid heat split systems, ductless split systems and packaged systems. Each of these us discussed below along with an interactive demo.

Radiant heating is a popular alternative to forced air and is also discussed below.

Hybrid Heat Split System

A hybrid heat split system is a more energy-efficient variation of the traditional heating and cooling split system. The inclusion of a heat pump allows the option of electricity-fueled heating and cooling, in addition to gas furnace heat. A cost-effective hybrid heat split system includes:

  • Heat Pump -Cools and/or heats refrigerant
  • Furnace and Evaporator Coil -Converts refrigerant and circulates air
  • Ducts -Carry the air throughout your home
  • Control or Thermostat-Your interface for controlling your system
  • Optional Air Quality Accessories such as Air Cleaners or Ventilators-Clean your air before it circulates throughout your home.
     

Split Systems

The most typical and traditional heating and cooling systems are split systems. With a split system, you have products that reside both inside and outside your home. An innovative split system includes:

  • Furnace with variable speed blower to circulate conditioned air.
  • Air Conditioner-Cools refrigerant. In case of the Heat Pump, also extracts heat from outdoor air.
  • Evaporator Coil (cooling coil) inside furnace or Fan Coil-Converts refrigerant
  • Ducts-Carry the air throughout your home
  • Control or Thermostat-Your interface for controlling your system
  • Optional Air Quality Accessories such as Air Cleaners or Ventilators-Clean your air before it circulates throughout your home.
     

Duct-Free Split Systems

Duct-free systems can be installed in places where conventional ducted systems cannot go, or are an ideal complement to your ducted system. Duct-free systems offer a matched combination of:

  • Heat Pump or Air Conditioner-Cools and/or heats refrigerant
  • A Compact Fan Coil-Converts refrigerant and circulates air
  • Refrigerant Tubing and Wires-Connects outdoor unit to fan coil
  • Control or Thermostat-Your interface for controlling your system
  • Optional Air Quality Accessories such as Air Cleaners or Ventilators -Clean your air before it circulates throughout your home.
     

Packaged Systems

If your home does not have the space for the multiple separate products typically found in a split system, MM Comfort Systems offers several packaged solutions. From one-room units to entire home systems in a single package, MM Comfort Systems has a variety of options, including:

  • Packaged Products - A heat pump or air conditioner combined with a fan or evaporator coil in a single unit. All you need is a control or thermostat and any air quality accessories you'd like. Packaged Systems may be located on the exterior of your home.
     

Radiant Heat

Radiant heating is typically associated with "warm floors". These "hydronic" systems use a boiler to heat water and a pump to circulate hot water through pipes or plastic tubing. The pipes heat floors or radiators which broadcast consistent and comfortable warmth.

Separated radiant heat zones are controlled by a thermostat and served by a manifold which distributes the flow of warm water to the individual zones.

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