Heating and cooling systems are vitally important to modern homes, providing warmth and comfort during the cold winter months, as well as refreshing coolness in hot summer weather. Prior to the widespread adoption of these systems, people had to resort to creative heating solutions, such as open fires, while cooling relied upon natural airflow through open or screened windows.
In our technology-driven world today, we are fortunate to have access to efficient and effective devices that improve our living environments year-round. From forced air systems with programmable thermostats to geothermal and solar cooling solutions, heating and cooling technology has come a long way since its inception. Not only do these advances promote better indoor environments for us all, but they also meet the challenges of energy efficiency in an increasingly conscious effort toward sustainability.
What Types of Cooling Systems Are in the US?
In the United States, cooling systems come in various forms.
- Split systems put a condenser outside and an air handler or fan coil inside – these are ideal for homes with limited space in the basement.
- Furnace-cooling combinations, meanwhile, integrate a furnace and an evaporator coil, while a ductless system connects indoor blowers that can be placed in multiple locations around your home.
- Heat pumps may also be used when mild temperatures outside allow for economical heating, attractively priced for those seeking to save money on their utility bills.
- Lastly, geothermal systems are becoming increasingly popular as they use underground pipes to generate significantly lower costs compared to traditional air conditioning methods.
Regardless of the choice, each type of system offers unique strengths and should be carefully evaluated before making a decision.
What Types of Heating Systems Are in the US?
Heating systems in the United States vary depending on where you are located.
- In northern states, the popular options are furnaces fueled by natural gas or propane. These furnaces provide warmth and air circulation throughout the home during cold months.
- Other states, such as Florida, rely mostly on heat pumps due to their moderate winters. Heat pumps efficiently transfer outdoor air from cooler spaces and into warm areas, allowing air handlers to be installed instead of furnaces.
- District heating systems using a central boiler (or other heating sources) are also used in certain urban cities for greater cost savings and environmental friendliness.
No matter which type of heating system is used, Americans rely on them to keep us comfortable during chilly weather and cold winters.
Is There a System That Can Both Heat & Cool a Home?
Yes, there is! An HVAC system can both heat and cool your home and offers a great deal of convenience throughout the year. Although wood-burning or oil furnaces were once the only options, most modern households have switched to energy-efficient HVAC systems that also allow for cooling in the hotter parts of summer. Not only is this more convenient – it’s also more environmentally friendly, costing less money and consuming less energy overall.
Combined heat and cooling systems, therefore, represent a wise investment for both short-term comfort and long-term value.
Heating and cooling with one system also improves air quality by controlling humidity levels in your home and removing airborne pollutants from the air. Combined heat and cooling systems, therefore, represent a wise investment for both short-term comfort and long-term value.
What Are Common Problems With HVAC Units?
Here in the Middle Tennessee area, from the north side of Nashville up to the Kentucky border, we see all types of heating and cooling systems. One thing we run into quite often is old and outdated units that are in need of replacement. Many people worry about the overall cost and you might expect to pay $150 to $350 per month depending on the size and scope of the home. That said, there are many options to finance the cost over time, so your family can get the benefit of a brand-new and more efficient unit without breaking the bank.
Another issue we see are units that should be in good working order, but have been neglected over time and now either need replacing or repairs. Most of the things we run into are easily maintained by getting the units serviced for heating in the fall and cooling in the spring. We provide homeowners service agreements at a discounted rate so they don’t even have to think about getting this done every time. We keep the records, make the calls during the seasons, and schedule service at a day and time that works for you. Getting the service twice a year is the best money you will spend over time to maintain any heating or cooling unit.
Give Us a Call to Book Your Next Service
No matter what type of heating and cooling you use, when you need service, maintenance, or a replacement unit for your home or business call Petitt Heating & Cooling at 615-654-0814 or reach out online to book a spot. We’d love to help you out with it all!