HVAC systems are typically very complex, including many parts. Different components can be used or added according the specific needs of a building. Familiar HVAC components might be a furnace, air conditioner and ductwork. However, reliable and efficient HVAC systems can have other components that do not require ductwork and may complement or take the place of a furnace or air conditioner. In order to fully grasp the complexities of an HVAC system and take advantage of energy-saving options, it is worthwhile to understand alternative components and complementary devices. Read on to get HVAC educated by the experts at Approved Comfort.
The term “fan coil” applies to a range of products that circulate hot or cold water through a coil in order to condition a space. Fan coils are made up of three major parts: the blower, coils and thermostat. These parts form a packaged unit commonly found in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Fan coils do not require ductwork to operate. This fact plus the unit’s simple design makes it more economical to install than central heating systems with air handling units that depend on ductwork to disperse conditioned air. Fan coil units are excellent stand alone appliances that can economically and efficiently cool small spaces or areas that are for the most part unoccupied, such as corridors, storage rooms and loading docks. When used in conjunction with heating and cooling systems, fan coil units can boost energy savings by 10 to 16 percent.
An air handler is used to condition and circulate clean, comfortable air in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Air handlers generally have five major parts: a blower, heating or cooling elements, filter racks, sound mufflers and dampers. These parts together make up a packaged unit that usually connects to ductwork to distribute conditioned air evenly throughout a building. There are many types of air handlers. Vertical or horizontal configurations make air handlers easy to install indoors or outside. Air handlers provide consistent temperatures, improve air quality, and can save money through lower utility bills.
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Even though the time for air conditioner use has long since passed, if you’re thinking of replacing your heating system, it might be a good idea to consider doing the same for your cooling system. If they are both close in age, need constant repairs, or have just been acting a little out of the ordinary, it’s probably time they were updated. Replacing your systems will make them run more reliably and efficiently, while also making it more cost-efficient for you.
Paying for your new complete Nicor system replacement will also be cost-efficient with these rebate offers:
- Installing a high-efficiency furnace with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 92% and a central air conditioner with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 14.5, gets you a rebate of $700
- A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 92% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 16 receives $800 rebate
- A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 95% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 14.5 receives $800 rebate
- A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 95% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 16 receives $900 rebate
- A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 97% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 14.5 receives $900 rebate
- A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 97% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 16 receives $1,000 rebate