Are there any big differences between HVAC systems and regular air conditioners? Which one would you rather have at home? Which would make your home more comfortable in the long term?
Many people are confused about the features and capabilities of air conditioners and HVAC systems. It’s even more confusing because some professionals use the two terms interchangeably.
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air conditioning. An HVAC unit is responsible for a lot of things more than air conditioning. So to clarify, this HVAC unit includes a furnace, the air conditioning unit, and any ducts or vents. So HVAC sometimes does reference air conditioning units but not all air conditioning units are HVAC.
An air conditioning unit basically designed for cooling. So only for cooling, that means that when you buy something and it only cools the air, that’s an air conditioner, but if it also heats the air, of course, that would be an HVAC.
You’d actually need to look at this more into the benefits for you and your home. In a normal basis, we’d be saying that the air conditioner is more cost-effective since the HVAC system would require more space, more maintenance, an installation process, and all the items to keep it running, like gas, or fuel. In the first part, even in just the installation, the furnace of a full HVAC system would needed to be installed in somewhere that is out of the way like basements, and crawl places.
An air conditioner unit would only require a simple installation and since it’s to operate, all you have to do is to make sure that it’s always clean. The Air conditioner is easy to install, a plug and play type of an appliance and you don’t have to worry about any fuel, or gas. You would just need to plug it in an electricity port and you’d be good to go to use.
However, coming into the benefits after the cost, which do you think is beneficial for the type of environment your house is in? There are very cold places that would rather have the HVAC system due to the comfortability and reliability of producing heat even if it has more cost the than other. You can consult any professional on what do you think is the best option for you.