And, More Importantly, Which One Is Right for Me?
Do you speak fluent HVAC? If you do, you probably already know that HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and cooling. You also might know the difference between a forced air system and a central air system.
However, if HVAC is still a foreign language for you, don’t worry! The team at Blue Ribbon is always here to translate and patiently answer your questions.
So, let’s get started with your first class in HVAC 101.
Traditionally, forced air refers to your heating system and central air refers to your AC. Keep in mind, though, that these terms are often used interchangeably because your central air system uses the forced air system’s vents and ducts to deliver cool air into your home.
Defining Each System
A forced air system starts with your furnace or heat pump, sending temperature-controlled air into your home using the air ducts and vents.
A central air system produces hot or cold air in a central location and delivers it into your home. For example, your air conditioner creates cool air in the unit located outside of your home and then uses the condenser, compressor and evaporator coils to send the air inside of your home through the ducts and vents.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Forced Air?
The Pros: Energy bills tend to be lower and comfort levels tend to be higher with a forced air system. It can easily be paired with a smart thermostat. It can also boost the value of your home because it’s in high demand.
The Cons: Forced air systems can be more expensive, especially when combined with a central AC unit. They can be noisier and require more maintenance, including changing the filter every few months and sealing and cleaning ducts every few years.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Central Air?
The Pros: Central air systems are quiet, highly efficient and require little maintenance. They also can filter out dust, allergens, harmful gases and humidity, helping to keep your air clean.
The Cons: These systems can cost more to install, especially if your home lacks the proper ductwork and furnace for the air system to work properly. They also can result in higher energy bills. And even though it requires little maintenance, a central air system should be cleaned at least once every year to prevent bacteria and mold from building up in the vents and ducts.
So, Which System Is Right for My Home?
If your home’s indoor air is extremely humid, a forced air system might be the right choice for you. If your home includes a properly functioning air duct system, a central air system might be the right call.
Of course, there are many factors you should consider, including cost. At Blue Ribbon, we have the training and expertise to assess your indoor space and other important data before giving you our professional opinion about the best choice for you. Once you decide, we’ll be more than happy to provide you with a seamless installation.
If you would like our help choosing a forced air or central air system or if you need any of our other outstanding services, call us at 512.866.9151 or contact us through the convenient form on our website.