When you live in a warm climate, like Tampa, Florida, keeping cool is essential to living comfortably. Having the right HVAC system for your home or office is pertinent to your comfort. We’re exploring the best HVAC Solution for Tampa, to help you can decide which system is best for your needs.
It’s first important to know about the 4 types of HVAC’s available to you.
Straight-Cool Split System — The name can be confusing as the system still provides heat. A traditional type of HVAC system where you have an Air Handler unit inside and a condenser unit outside. The Air Handler has an electric heat strip to provide heating capability.
Heat Pump Split System — A more advanced version of the classic HVAC split system with improved energy efficiency. Includes a heat pump condenser, capable of providing heat using the compressor, by reversing the flow of refrigerant in the heat cycle. This type of heat requires much less energy than the traditional electric heat.
Ductless Mini-Split Heating & Air Conditioning System — Provides cooling and heating for areas where traditional systems with ducts can’t fit or for added rooms, etc. These units are extremely efficient, with variable speed compressors and fans.
Packaged Heating & Air Conditioning System — A solution for homes and offices without adequate space for the multiple components of the split systems. These units are typically found on roofs and beside mobile homes, etc.
1. One Size Doesn’t fit all — A system that is too big tends to cool space quickly, but it doesn’t run long enough to remove the humidity from the air. You feel cooler but damp. Most people compensate by turning down the thermostat further, which uses more energy.
Conversely, a system that is too small has longer cycle times. Air doesn’t reach all areas of the space causing the system to work harder and parts to wear down. Instead of an expected 10- to 15-year lifespan, you will replace your HVAC much sooner. A proper heat load calculation and proper sizing is essential.
2. Cost — An HVAC system is an investment. While you may find great deals on a certain system, is it really the best HVAC solution for you? Sure, it’s beneficial to save money and find good deals on an HVAC system, but you ultimately get what you pay for. Like with any other product, there are more reliable models with better technology and those that are built for withstanding Tampa’s heat and humidity over a long period of time.
3. Efficiency ratings — Systems that offer a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), tend to be more expensive than those with lower ones, but they are also more energy-efficient which can reduce utility expenses. Most high-efficiency HVAC systems have a SEER score of 16 to 20 instead of the traditional 14.
When you are ready to choose the best HVAC solution for your needs, contact Ball Building Services in Tampa, FL. Our licensed contractors will walk you through all the aspects of the best solution for your building and even provide an on-site visit. Give us a call to set up your appointment for a commercial HVAC system estimate.