You rely on your HVAC system every day, but do you know how it works to keep your home in comfortable? As a local HVAC contractor in Northwest Arkansas, we field a lot of questions about home HVAC systems. Learn more about your home’s HVAC system and what your HVAC options are.
What HVAC Stands For
“HVAC” is a term that heating and air conditioning contractors use frequently, but not every homeowner knows what it means. HVAC stands for “heating, ventilation, and air conditioning” and refers to those systems that work together to keep your home comfortable year-round. We group these systems together because they are usually all controlled through one interface — your thermostat.
Your HVAC System Options
Here in the Fayetteville and Rogers areas, homeowners have a few options for their home heating and air.
Furnace & Air Conditioner
This is the option that you are likely the most familiar with. A furnace burns a fuel like natural gas or propane to generate heat for your home, while an air conditioner uses electricity and refrigerant to provide cool air. Heated and cooled air is distributed through your home via a central system of ductwork.
These are great HVAC options because there are many energy efficient models available which can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills. Plus, these HVAC units are some of the most affordable to install.
A heat pump is a dual-purpose HVAC unit that provides both heating and cooling via your home’s system of ductwork. It transfers heat from one place to another, moving it out of your home in the summer and into your home in the winter. This process is extremely efficient, making heat pumps one of the most energy efficient HVAC options available.
A heat pump typically costs more to install than a furnace or air conditioner; however, when you consider the fact that you get both heating and cooling with one unit as well as the fact that heat pumps are extremely energy efficient, the cost can be well worth the investment. If it’s time to replace both your furnace and your air conditioner, now is a good time to consider switching to a heat pump.
A ductless mini-split is a special type of heat pump that provides targeted heating and cooling. Rather than connecting to ductwork to distribute conditioned air throughout your home, a ductless mini-split is installed directly in the room it is meant to condition. Mini-splits are especially efficient because there is no risk of wasting energy through air leaks in ductwork.
Many homeowners here in Northwest AR choose to install a ductless mini split in a hard-to-condition room as a supplement to their existing HVAC system; however, you can also install multiple mini-splits throughout your home for a complete home comfort solution.
BurtonWright: Your Local HVAC “Smart Guys”
When it comes to keeping homes in the greater Fayetteville and Rogers areas comfortable, we are your local HVAC smart guys. Our highly trained technicians have extensive experience installing and repairing all types of HVAC equipment, including furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps. If you’re a homeowner in Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale, Elkin, or Bentonville, don’t hesitate to give us a call when it’s time to service or replace your HVAC system!