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Whether your home is new or old, installing an HVAC system is essential to creating a comfortable environment. Choosing a new HVAC system can be challenging — do I need one system? Two systems? The right HVAC system for your needs can vary based on factors such as your home’s size and age. Here is our guide to HVAC systems and how to choose the best value system for your home.

What Is an HVAC System?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. These three elements make up the system that controls the temperature of your house. Whether you have different devices working together or one system for both heating and cooling, HVAC systems are essential to the comfort of living in your home.

Different Types of HVAC Systems

In general, there are three different types of HVAC systems available. Every house is unique, and we will help you choose a system that best fits your home’s specific needs. The three types of HVAC systems are:

  • Heating and cooling split systems: These contain two central units — one for cooling and one for heating. One system is installed outside and the other is installed inside. Split systems is often a less expensive option and requires a smaller amount of power compared to other options.
  • Ductless AC systems: Also known as mini-split units, ductless AC systems are small units that are installed in each room and are controlled by a compressor located outside the house. Multiple ductless AC units can be a more expensive option, but they offer the benefit of replicating central air in your house.
  • Packaged heating and air conditioning systems: These are combined units that contain both heating and cooling abilities. Typically installed on the highest level of the home, this system is energy-efficient and can be ideal for freezing temperatures if it runs on dual fuel.

A Quick HVAC Buying Guide

There are many details to consider when you are purchasing an HVAC system, including:

  • The weather and climate where you live
  • The size of your home
  • What system is already installed
  • The installation requirements for a specific HVAC system

Your location and climate will impact what kind of HVAC system you need to ensure your home stays comfortable all year long. In addition, you want to consider the HVAC system that is already installed. For example, it may be cheaper to add on a heating unit if you already have an air conditioning unit, instead of replacing the entire system.

Contact SMO Energy for More Information

Finding an HVAC system is only the first step. Once you have decided on a specific HVAC system make and model, you need high-quality installation services. If you live in the Southern Maryland area, contact SMO Energy. We offer free energy consultations, estimates and 24/7 emergency services.

Learn more about how we can install or replace your HVAC system on our website. If you have any questions, you can contact us online, and we will get back to you shortly!