Types of HVAC Systems – A Beginners Guide

Types of HVAC Systems – A Beginners Guide


When choosing among the product upgrade benefits available, having a grasp of the options can make the decision a bit easier. The purpose of this guide
is to provide a brief overview of the types of HVAC systems from which customers can potentially

Type #1: Standard Split System

Most HVAC systems will qualify as a standard split system. As the name implies, the HVAC system splits into two primary components, one located outside,
and one located inside. The standard split system usually consists of two of the following three components:

  • Furnace
  • Air conditioner
  • Heat pump

Each of these components has advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the building, climate and owner’s preferences, a tailored split system is possible.
Another advantage is that owners will usually have a large number of options to choose from.

Type #2: Ductless Split System

A ductless split system is like a standard split system in that it has two primary components, one inside and one outside. It’s unique because it doesn’t
require a ductwork system and one of its components cannot be a furnace.

Ductless split systems are ideal for buildings that do not have existing ductwork or in those where installing ductwork would be extremely expensive or
difficult. A disadvantage of ductless split systems is that they don’t usually work well in very cold climates. However, they are usually more affordable
and energy efficient than standard split systems.

Type #3: Geothermal System

Geothermal systems represent the pinnacle of energy efficiency. This is because they use the constant temperature of the earth to provide heating or cooling
functions that would normally require an immense amount of electricity or fuel. They are some of the most expensive and complex HVAC systems to install.
However, they provide tremendous energy savings that will usually allow owners to pay off the additional cost over the life of the geothermal unit.

If you have additional questions about product upgrade benefits from the various available HVAC systems, please contact our team
of experts at McCall’s Supply, Inc. today.