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Different Kinds of HVAC Systems and How They Can Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

Every year, there are approximately 7 million premature deaths globally due to air pollution. In 2019 about 50,000 of those deaths occurred in the United States alone.

No doubt, outdoor air pollution was a major factor, but some of these deaths were also due to poor indoor air quality exposure. 

Thankfully, the US government has successfully implemented several policies to improve air quality.

You can also do your part to protect yourself and your family. It starts with the installation of the appropriate HVAC system in your home. It’s one of the quickest and most efficient ways to improve interior air quality.

Read on to learn more about the types of HVAC systems best suited for homes. This article also delves into how they can improve your home’s air quality.

Types of HVAC Systems for Your Home

There are many factors to consider when installing an HVAC system. One of the most important ones is the type of system you choose.

A company specializing in heating and cooling can direct you towards the best one for your home.

However, the HVAC units you choose will largely depend on the size of your home, Energy Star certification, and of course, your budget.

Common residential systems include:

Heating and Cooling Split System

You will find this system in most homes in the United States. Pennsylvania is no exception. It includes two separate units – one for heating and one for cooling.

The cooling part of the unit is usually found outside the home. It uses several components, including a refrigerant, compressor, and evaporator coil. These work together to bring cool air into your home. 

The heating unit is typically found in the basement of the home. They typically use gas to produce heat throughout your home.

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Packaged Heating and Air Conditioning System

This system combines one unit containing both heating and cooling components. It is usually placed near the foundation of your home or on your roof.

It can fulfill both your heating and cooling needs. This system Is ideal for smaller homes due to its compact size.

Hybrid Split System

This system is similar to the standard split system but has a unique hybrid heating system. You’ll have the choice of switching from electricity to gas when heating your home during colder months. This helps to increase energy efficiency.

Duct-Free Split System 

All the systems above involve the use of traditional ductwork. But not ductless systems.

It’s also a split system but involves installing the unit in the area of the home where it’s needed. This gives you temperature control for specific areas of your home. These zoned systems are good options if you’re trying to save on the long term energy costs of heating and cooling your home.

There are many benefits that come with using a duct-free HVAC system. One is that you don’t have to worry about losing energy through leaky ductwork.

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Improving Your Indoor Air Quality with an HVAC System

Indoor air quality can affect your health and comfort. You may choose one system over another for various reasons. But with any system, there are several things you can do to maintain higher air quality levels. This includes:

  • Proper and regular maintenance of your units
  • Setting the unit to increase air circulation
  • Checking your filter regularly

You can also invest in indoor air quality products. These include air purifiers, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers. Dehumidifiers help keep humidity levels low, which can prevent mold.

Getting the Best HVAC System and Installation

Nothing can compare to breathing in the fresh air. It not only helps to clean your lungs but also benefits many systems within your body. Unfortunately, these benefits are dependent on the purity of the air you breathe.

Recent increases in air pollution make this more challenging. But you can protect yourself and your family in your home with the right HVAC system.

Simply choose the type of unit that’s best for you and your home. Then follow the guidelines above to ensure improved air quality. 

If you’re unsure where to start, contact JDC Heating & Cooling. We provide a range of HVAC services, including installation and indoor air quality improvement.

Book an appointment today and start breathing easier!