If you are building a new home or business in Palm Springs, CA, or renovating an existing one, you want to make sure that the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system can keep your home or office comfortable. For new construction, the HVAC system should be integrated into the building design. For renovations, adding space or changing room dimensions may require additional HVAC equipment for both comfort and efficiency. Here are several HVAC options to consider as you plan and implement your project.
Types of HVAC Systems
Choosing a new HVAC system can be confusing. There are four basic types of HVAC systems:
- Split systems include an indoor and outdoor unit. Standard units include a compressor or condenser located outside and a furnace located inside. Conditioned air is blown into interior spaces through ducts. Heat pumps, which heat and cool with the same unit, can be installed in split systems. They are energy-efficient alternatives to separate heating and cooling units.
- Ductless mini-splits use individual air handlers that provide conditioned air to individual rooms or zones without requiring ducts. Each indoor air handler attaches to an outdoor condenser by a conduit routed through a wall. Conduits contain refrigerant, wiring, and condensate lines. They are great for outbuildings or areas that cannot be easily connected to a ducted system, such as attics, basements, or add-ons.
- Package systems contain both heating and air conditioning components in one cabinet. If you have a small home or business, package systems require less space. They are often installed on rooftops or other outdoor locations in commercial buildings.
- Hybrid systems combine two types of heating to optimize heat pump efficiency. Electrically powered heat pumps lose efficiency as temperatures drop below freezing. Hybrid systems automatically switch to a less expensive fuel source, usually gas, when temperatures reach a preselected level.
Consult the Local Heating and Cooling Experts
As you consider the choices, consult with a local HVAC contractor who knows about the weather patterns and climate of your area. Vic’s Air Conditioning has served the Coachella Valley, California, area for more than 20 years. We understand how dramatic changes in temperature, hot sun, and dry air affect HVAC performance. To help you select a system that is just right for you, we discuss your indoor comfort needs, lifestyle, and budget. We often recommend Trane equipment for its dependability and energy-efficient performance. However, we install all types of HVAC equipment.
Contact Vic’s Air Conditioning Today
Our NATE-certified technicians have industry training in all aspects of HVAC sizing, installation, repair, and maintenance. Call today to find out more about HVAC options that optimize efficiency, reduce fuel bills, and enhance comfort in your new building project.