In your home one of the most important systems are those that heat and/or cool your home. Especially if you live in areas that experience cold, cold winters and very hot summers then you know just how miserable life would be without controlled temperatures. Understanding the two options of heating and cooling systems starts with knowing the differences between local and central systems. This article will give you a good understanding of the basic differences which are actually very simple.
Think of local heating as a “unit” that you would find in each room or area that needs heating. For example, a fireplace in the living room, a gas heater in a bedroom mounted on a wall, or an electric space heater in cold corner of the dining room. For local cooling, the easiest example would be a window air conditioning unit in a bedroom.
One of good things about local cooling systems like window ac units are that they can easily be installed in a small area. However, the bulky unit sticking outside of the home is unattractive plus local heating and cooling is not energy efficient at all and can also present safety problems.
Nearly all newer built homes today come with central heating and cooling units with good reasons. Older homes can also be switched over to a central system as well to enjoy the same benefits. In central systems there is one, main unit which delivers heated or cooled air throughout the home through a network of ducts within your home’s walls.
As we just mentioned, central air systems do not rely on equipment that needs a window opening or a fireplace with a flue for heating. Now windows and other openings can have their insulation improved to retain heat or cooled air in your home which increases your energy efficiency and saves on your utility bill. But does this mean that no fresh air is let in and only used, stale air is recirculated over and over?
You’ll be happy to learn that a central air system actually has the ability to improve the quality of the air you breathe in your home. This is done through an air heat exchanger that allows a flow of fresh air from outside your home to enter your home, all while remaining energy efficient. Furthermore, nearly all central units come equipped with a filtering system that removes things like pollen, dust, dander, and other allergens that cause allergies. If that weren’t enough you can even choose a model equipped with a humidifier to combat that dry air. When those humid summer months roll in a dehumidifier will keep humidity in check indoors so you can lounge comfortably.
Beyond the obvious benefits of saving on energy costs and living a more comfortable life every day, did you know that if you have an older home that installing a central air system can improve the marketability and possibly increase the value of your home? It pays in many ways to choose a central heating and cooling system as your choice in comfort control in your home.