Part of being a homeowner means educating yourself on the different HVAC systems that are available for your home. Whether you’re a new homeowner, long-term one or someone who is simply interested in flipping houses, knowing about the HVAC systems you may encounter can help you make choices to protect your investment. Here are some things you should know about different HVAC system options.
An energy assessment is perhaps one of the best things you can do to determine what type of heating and cooling system your property needs. After you’ve added insulation and made some improvements to the rest of your home, you may be looking for additional ways to improve its heating and cooling efficiency.
Now is the time for you to decide if your home needs a single or multi-stage system. Single systems are ideal for homes that are located in places that have hot summers and cold winters. Since your home is located in Tennessee, one of the coldest and hottest places in the country, you may be able to benefit from having a single stage heating and cooling system. Single stage systems can provide you with optimal comfort on those extremely hot and cold days. The only downside is that to enjoy that comfort, the system will need to run practically nonstop which can be draining on your resources.
Multistage systems tend to be more financially effective for property owners who are concerned about finances. They use less energy which means lower energy bills. The way they work is by using different levels or stages of heating and cooling to cool and heat the air. Whatever temperature you set, the system responds by using the lowest of output needed. On days where the temperatures are really hot or cold, the system responds by using a higher level of heating and cooling energy. Because the system doesn’t need to cycle on and off, it can use lower levels of energy to maintain a comfortable and steady temperature. Many newer heating and cooling system options are multistage. Older heating and cooling appliances tend to be single stage systems.
Humidity has a big impact on an environment’s comfort. When there is excess or too little moisture in the air, you may notice that it’s harder for you to maintain a comfortable temperature. You may need to adjust your thermostat more often to stay cool or warm. To help counteract the effect that humidity has on your home’s environment, you can use humidifiers and dehumidifiers to regulate the moisture. You want to aim for humidity levels that are no greater than 60 percent. Anything significantly less or more than that can affect your comfort.
You have the option of regulating the humidity manually and automatically. An HVAC installer can install a system onto your HVAC appliances. But if your home uses a forced air heating system that has a boiler, you’ll have to resort to regulating the humidity in your home manually with the use of a separate portable humidifier and dehumidifier.
Depending on your priorities, you may be interested in adding a zoned system to your home. Zoned systems allow you to control the temperature in specific parts of your home instead of heating and cooling the entire place. Many homeowners and business owners find that zoned systems enable them to lower your energy expenses and reduce the load on their HVAC systems for better efficiency and longevity.
Be sure to stay tuned to our blog for part 2 of HVAC System Options. In the meantime, feel free to contact PJ’s HVAC at 615-645-3233 for any HVAC-related reason you may have.