When you build a new Savannah, Georgia, home, you will probably get to provide some input as to what type of HVAC system it will have. Different systems have different costs, requirements, and energy efficiencies. Installing a more efficient system is usually more expensive, but lower utility bills make it a good investment, especially if you plan to stay in your new home for several years. Some of the best HVAC systems for new homes are geothermal systems, ductless systems, and packaged systems.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
A geothermal heat pump has an indoor unit and a network of water-filled pipes underground. It transfers heat to and from the ground instead of the outside air like most heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps are more efficient because the temperature underground stays constant all year long. Some geothermal systems can also double as water heaters.
Since contractors need to dig holes in your yard to install the pipes, adding a geothermal system to a new home is easiest. That way, you won’t have to destroy your existing landscaping during the installation.
Ductless Heating and Cooling
Ductless systems are similar to central HVAC systems, but they often have more than one indoor unit. Instead of ductwork, a small conduit connects the outdoor unit and the indoor units. This prevents energy loss through leaky ductwork and makes them easier to install. Without ductwork, you’ll also have more closet, attic, and basement space. Many ductless systems use zoning to set different temperatures for different areas or zones. That way, you won’t have to heat or cool unoccupied rooms.
Packaged units come from the factory with all their components in one casing, making installation and maintenance easier and less expensive. They’re also more efficient than central systems. You can choose a rooftop unit, a window unit, or a wall-mounted unit. You can even use zoning by installing more than one packaged unit.
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