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The 4 Main Types of HVAC Systems

The mechanisms behind cooling and heating your home may feel too complicated to understand, but the process is less confusing than you might assume. Our technicians at ACHV Services believe it’s important for you to understand how HVAC systems work so you can make informed decisions when it comes to keeping your home’s air comfortable and clean. 


We explain the four primary categories of HVAC systems so you can figure out which makes the most sense for your home. These include: 


  1. Heating and Cooling Split Systems 
  2. Hybrid Split Systems 
  3. Duct Free 
  4. Packaged Heating and Air Conditioning Systems 



1. Heating and Cooling Split Systems 


These are by far the most common types of HVAC systems, especially here down in Tampa Bay. As the name suggests, these units are split into one system that cools and one that heats. They are easily identifiable by the large, boxy outdoor units.  


The cooling component you see outside uses compressors, refrigerants, and coils. The heater resides in a utility closet, the attic, or a crawlspace, using gas to warm the house.  


2. Hybrid Split Systems 


While hybrid systems share many features with split systems, they have some key distinctions. The hybrid heating system is one of the main differences and benefits compared to split systems, as it helps lower energy costs. This is due to its ability to switch between gas power and electricity. 


Like a split system, it relies on traditional ducts and thermostats, but it has the additional benefit of reduced utility bills. 


3. Duct-Free 


A duct-free, also known as a mini-split system, has a much larger upfront cost, but it has fantastic benefits in certain situations. If a conventional ducted system is not an option, duct-free systems offer a compelling alternative.  


These systems offer more convenient independent control, so they work well in buildings such as hotels or co-working spaces that allow tenants to control the temperature.  


4. Packaged Heating and Air Conditioning Systems 


These compact units contain a compressor, condenser, and evaporator in one little system. These work well in environments with a tight squeeze. They offer stellar energy savings and are easy to maintain, although their heating capabilities are not as powerful as other options. 


For this reason, they are best suited for small homes or small businesses in warmer environments. 



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Find Your System with ACHV Services 


Now that you understand the four standard types of HVAC units, you have some general guidelines for what to look for when finding the perfect HVAC system.  


It is important to properly research the various options to find the best fit for your unique needs. We also recommended working with a reliable (and honest) technician to install and maintain your HVAC system for optimal performance and energy efficiency. You can always expect the very best when working with ACHV Services 


Call/text our 24-hour on-call team today to settle any HVAC challenges!  (727) 453-2432 or (813) 917-2982. 

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