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Home ownership comes with a lot of responsibility if you want to live comfortable and healthy. Two of the most important comfort advantages is personalized heating and cooling. Which whole home heating and air conditioner system to choose is one of the biggest decisions you may make for your home and family’s comfort.

You may frequently hear the term “HVAC,” which is used to describe home heating and cooling systems. The acronym stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning—which are the 3 primary functions of a home system. They control air temperature and humidity, and maintain the quality of the air in the home.

Central HVAC Systems

There are multiple options when it comes to a central heating and cooling system. A central system produced warm or cool air in one central area and then distributes it throughout the home. There are many types of systems that work as central systems, from traditional split systems to packaged product systems.

Products typically used in central heating and cooling systems include:carrier heating and air conditioners

  • Heat Pumps
  • Air Conditioners
  • Gas and Oil Furnaces
  • Fan Coils
  • Evaporator Coils
  • Controls and Thermostats
  • Humidifiers

Heating

Heating systems bring warmth to your whole home. If you live in a particularly cold climate, the function of your heating system is a high priority.

Most central heating and cooling systems are classified as forced air systems, because they send air through ductwork for distribution. The ductwork can contain products that filter or clean the air.

Radiant systems create heat and deliver it via components such as radiators that radiate the heat into the home. Boilers are a traditional radiant heat source.

Typical heating products include:

  • Heat Pumps
  • Gas and Oil Furnaces
  • Fan Coils
  • Boilers

Cooling

Air conditioning will keep you cool in the summer heat and these days you have multiple options to choose from. Whole-home air conditioning systems are central systems that rely on ducts to deliver cooled air throughout the home. An air-conditioning system provides cooling, ventilation, humidity control and even heating (if using a Heat Pump) for a home. Air conditioning units cool refrigerants like Puron® Refrigerant and deliver them to evaporator coils, over which air is then blown to be cooled and ultimately directed through the ducts throughout the home.

Typical air conditioning products include:

  • Heat Pumps
  • Central Air Conditioners
  • Evaporator Coils
  • Blowers

Thermostats

Thermostats are the “remote control”, if you will, of heating and cooling. Thermostats are used to turn on heating or cooling systems to bring the home to a set temperature. In addition to basic temperature control, programmable thermostats can be used to manage the timing of the system’s functions, which can control overall energy use and costs. Also there are now thermostats that allow you to control the temperature of your home from your phone or computer.

Humidifier

A humidifier is an important component in a heating or cooling system. Pennsylvania is notorious for its dry climate. Low moisture inside homes could be dangerous and could lead to all types of illness. Bleeding nose, dry throat, and a general feeling of discomfort are common indications of lack of moisture. Make sure you have a humidifier that maintain the correct humidity in your home. Click here to see what humidity levels you need at home.

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