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Whole home, or central systems, heat and cool by moving treated air through ductwork—or by moving treated water through a radiant system.
Local heating and cooling systems provide warm or cool air to specific parts of the house, like a home office, sunroom, new addition or garage. Most often, to places where it’s impractical to run ductwork.
Nearly all houses have electric service. Which is convenient, because we offer several super-efficient heating and cooling systems, as well as cooling-only systems, that run exclusively on electricity.
Nearly all houses have electric service. If you have propane, too, odds are it’s stored in an outside tank. Natural gas, on the other hand, is usually piped directly to your home from a local utility company. Having either one is good news, because many of our most efficient heating systems involve gas furnaces. And all of our gas furnaces can be converted for propane use.
Nearly all houses have electric service. Many older homes use oil for heating. If you have a big tank in your basement, chances are you also have an oil-fueled furnace or boiler.
Ductwork is designed to keep fresh air circulating from your heating and cooling equipment to the rest of the house—and back again. You’ll know your home has ductwork if you see supply registers and return air grilles in your ceilings or floors (they look like vents). This means you have what’s called a central—or forced air—system.
Radiant systems create and distribute heat to your home by circulating hot water via radiators or through more modern, radiant flooring. Radiant systems are powered by a gas-fired boiler, an oil-fired boiler or a geothermal hydronic system. Some radiant systems provide your home’s hot water as well.
A true split system will have both indoor and outdoor units and relies on ductwork to deliver treated air. Go ahead and choose split system even if you have a furnace only, as long as your current equipment isn’t geothermal or packaged.
A geothermal system has piping underground, or in a well or pond, and uses a special heat pump to provide treated air through ductwork. Choose geothermal if you have a geothermal system—or would like to switch to one.
Packaged products are complete heating and cooling or cooling-only systems that sit entirely outside the home, either on the roof or the ground and use ductwork to deliver treated air. Choose this option if your current system is packaged, or if you want to switch to a packaged solution.
Traditional radiant system
Select a traditional system if your home has a gas- or oil-fired boiler to deliver heated water or steam to either radiators or an in-floor radiant system.
Geothermal hydronic system
A geothermal system has piping underground or in a pond or well. It uses a hydronic heat pump to provide heated water for a radiator/radiant flooring system or to a hydronic coil connected to a fan coil as part of a separate ducted system.
Heat pumps, air conditioners and furnaces achieve higher efficiencies through the use of innovative engineering techniques and more sophisticated components, like variable-speed compressors and blower motors. With advanced Infinity® products, there’s also the advantage of unique system communication and energy management. Despite the higher initial cost, energy-efficiency units ultimately create lower utility bills. Significantly lower, in many cases.
Perhaps long-term savings aren’t as important as getting a more economical system in place right now. Maybe you plan to move in a few years and you want to be comfortable in the meantime. Or it could be that a super-efficient furnace or air conditioner would be overkill where you live. If that’s the case, we have a range of solutions priced for your comfort zone.
If you have allergies, you already know the importance of good air quality. But the fact is, allergens make up just a small fraction of the pollutants that compromise the air your family breathes. To help, we offer a range of products that do more than capture the tiny particles in your air: They go a step further and kill many of the airborne organisms that can make your family sick.
No one likes too much humidity. But too little can be just as irritating, especially in winter. When humidity drops too low, you might notice sore throats, chapped lips, itchy skin and sinus problems. To help, we offer a variety of products designed to keep your home at a comfortable humidity—and everyone in it feeling great.
Did you know the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that the air inside your home can be 2 to 5 times dirtier than the air outside1? Cooking odors. Tobacco smoke. Fumes from cleaners and hair sprays. Even the materials used to make carpet padding and other materials in your home can give off gases even after that “new” smell is gone. And the kicker is, the more tightly we seal up our homes to keep them energy efficient, the more pollution we unwittingly keep trapped inside.
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